“I’d love to finish my novel to publishable, but how?”

Hello writers and muse daters. I just finished meeting with one of the writers over in the Writing Gym. While we were working together on her manuscript, she said something that struck me: “Knowing what I need to do is one of my main sticking points.”

This really resonated with me because I’ve heard the opposite from so many writers: “I don’t know what it means to have a publishable novel,” “I don’t know when it’s finished,” “ I don’t know when it’s ready to send out,” “I don’t know what it would look like if I were done,”  “I don’t know if this scene should go like this or it should go like that,” I don’t know if I need to add scenes or take away scenes,” and more. 

There’s a lot of confusion for writers as they look at what they need to do to write a traditionally publishable novel. When my client said that: “Knowing what I need to do is one of my main sticking points,” it was in response to the feedback that I gave her after reading her manuscript.

She had some very specific areas where she needed to revisit and augment some of what she was working on and so now as she goes back to the revision table she’s got some really specific tasks that she is going to take care of.  She’s going to rewrite this scene, she’s going to make sure that this characterization is stronger. When she’s done with that she will have the confidence to know that in fact this manuscript is written to publishable.

Imagine that for yourself–that you’re in a situation where you’re no longer thinking “Oh my gosh, what does it mean to be publishable?” “How do I even start with the revisions?” “What does it even look like?” “What would it look like if I had a publishable book?” “What are editors looking for?” “Why won’t agents accept my manuscript?” 

Instead of just swirling and twirling in that cyclone, asking all those questions what would it feel like to have specific tasks to take care of, to know with confidence that your manuscript was up to publishing industry standards and ready to go?

If that’s the kind of thing that you’re interested in, if you really want to traditionally publish your novel and you’re serious about doing the work that it takes to get there, if you are serious about getting your manuscript into publishable shape, click this link. I look forward to talking to those of you who are ready to stop the hubbub and get into the specifics of what it takes to be publishable. 

 

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