The Red Pen: When to revise your manuscript and when to keep submitting

When you submit your manuscript to agents you get a lot of form rejections amidst your feedback–that’s the way it goes. But, when you finally get personalized criticism that might suggest a revision do you jump at the chance to edit your work to make that agent or editor happy? My rules of revision guidelines: WaitContinue reading “The Red Pen: When to revise your manuscript and when to keep submitting”

My manuscript editing pet-peeves

Here are some of my editing pet peeves: Confusion about a hyphen, an en dash and an em dash (I love the em dash) Using double spaces instead of single space between sentences (Single spaces, please!) Overuse of ellipses, parentheses, or exclamation marks (It makes your writing look juvenile) Overwriting and keeping phrases and scenesContinue reading “My manuscript editing pet-peeves”

When do I know to revise? And when do I put the project in the drawer?

You’ve been working on a novel for weeks, months, years, you have been querying for what seems like ages, or your agent has been submitting your work for pushing a year or 18 months. You’ve tinkered with revisions based on feedback. But how do you know when it’s time to do a major revision, orContinue reading “When do I know to revise? And when do I put the project in the drawer?”

Wait before you hit send. Are those revisions really ready?

Everyone has a busy desk and clearing things off is such a great feeling. But, be wary of hitting send on that email too fast! Is your material really ready to go out? Whether it’s submissions, revisions, a query letter or sample material be careful you are truly ready to send it out. While everything canContinue reading “Wait before you hit send. Are those revisions really ready?”