How do you know when your manuscript is ready? That’s the question I keep asking myself as I re-read chapters over and over again. How much editing is too much?
Right now when I finish editing a chapter my niece, whose almost 16, is reading it. Even when I think I’ve caught everything she’s pointing out a few errors (grammar, punctuation and one paste and copy mishap). I’m hoping for one more go through before I begin submitting, which is whole different worry. I suppose you could keep reading your book forever and find flaws in it. Plus it’s not like I won’t be doing a lot more editing if it ever gets published.
What I’m reading right now?
In the bedroom I have - "The Penny Tree" by Holly Kennedy
By my desk I have - "Alex and the Ironic Gentlemen" by Adrienne Kress
In the living room I have - "The White Bone" by Barbara Dowdry
In my purse I have - "So you want to be a wizard" by Diane Duane
Quite the variety. Recently on Nathan Bransford’s blog there was a question about writing different genres. I have to say I’m undecided about this because I like to read different genres and I have story ideas for other genres but I also see the need to establish yourself in one genre. I guess I’ll write the other stuff for fun.