|First impressions are of
paramount importance in just about every aspect of life, but they
are particularly critical when it comes to manuscripts hoping to one day
be best-selling books. Today's literary agents and book publishers are
inundated with submissions and queries from authors trying to break into
the Big Time. Even readers of self-published books demand to be grabbed
from line one and entertained to the very end of any novel, memoir, or
non-fiction work. The competition is fierce, mind-boggling, and the
numbers are growing each year, but there is some good news.
The vast majority of the manuscripts out there being
bandied about are lousy and are unprepared for the professional world of
publication. The ones that break through are manuscripts that have been
carefully polished and edited. Amazingly, it's the one major step that
many talented, would-be authors omit. When you finish a 75,000 word
novel, go over it numerous times, then sit back satisfied that your book
is tweaked to perfection, you make the blunder of so many who fail to
get published or even looked at beyond their query letters. The
Problem? Your eyes are no longer capable of seeing your mistakes.
You've gone over your manuscript until you're clinically numb to the
glaring gaffs that hide on almost every page.
The Answer? Let some fresh eyes look at your
work, trained eyes, who can easily see what you're blind to from the
dulling repetition of rewriting, re-tweaking, and switching
"and" for "but." Every successful writer we know
says the same thing: No work is complete without professional
editing. And every individual empowered to promote your book demands
that what you send them has been professionally edited.
So, you see, you've come to the right place to be a