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”

An agent has opened the door to conversation. Now what?

The moment has come, an agent has requested and read your full manuscript and while it wasn’t an offer the agent has provided editorial notes and opened the door to seeing a rewrite or future work. Great news! You’ve caught someone’s eye, and even though it wasn’t what you wanted (i.e. ‘the call’) it’s aContinue reading “An agent has opened the door to conversation. Now what?”

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?”

My Manuscript Evaluation Checklist

With all the submissions I get I use my intuition and my checklist to see how they fare. While it is mostly gut reaction I need the checklist to balance out my feelings so I can best evaluate the content and quality of the material I’m looking at. I’ve received some great queries lately soContinue reading “My Manuscript Evaluation Checklist”