You’ve done it! You’ve completed your manuscript draft. Now what?
So, you’re ready for all the wondrous benefits of a critique group! Now, go round up some writers and critique away! That’s all there is to it, right? Well … yes and no.
So, you’ve finished your novel! Congrats! Whether it’s your first, third, or seventh novel, it’s still a huge accomplishment. However, your feelings of euphoria are quickly fading at the thought of (cue dramatic music) editing.
How many more times must you slog your way through those 345 pages you just penned to perfection? Some say three. Ernest Hemingway says 39. Although this post may not provide a clear-cut answer, it does offer another approach.
You’ve just read a book, and you want to tell the world what you thought of it. Your mind is swirling with ideas and emotions. But as soon as you sit down to write your review, you forget everything you’ve just read.
So, what needs to go in a review?
Four of us sat outside the PWR classroom in Nussbaum, ready to learn from a publishing professional about freelance editing. I didn’t even want to become a freelance editor, but I was ready to take notes just the same.