Calling Your Manuscript Finished (For Now)
I’m blogging over at Books & Such today. A preview:
Here is a typical email I receive from writers I’m considering for representation, or clients whose proposals are about to be sent to publishers:
Dear Rachelle, I’m SO sorry to bother you and I hope it’s not too late. I was looking over my manuscript and I found a typo on page 3. I left the “e” off the word “the” in the fourth line of the second paragraph. Additionally, I realized I began chapter 1 four inches down the page and I think it needs to be only three inches. May I send you an updated and revised manuscript?
Okay, I exaggerated this a tiny bit. But I have to smile every time I get one of these. Of course, making sure your manuscript is impeccable is a good thing. But you will drive yourself, your agent (and probably your spouse and kids) crazy stressing over every little typo! Editors and agents (having just a teeny bit of experience in this) are capable of evaluating a manuscript without being distracted by a few small mistakes.
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