Last year, when I finished manuscript, I wanted to give it a deep tissue message and edit it until all the knots and bumps were gone. However, it being the first time that I was going to really dig in to one of my manuscripts, I needed help. So, I did what I always do when I need help. I went to my computer and when that didn’t yield what I was looking for I went to my library and when that didn’t work out I went to Amazon. But I only found a few articles and chapters in writing books. They were mostly tip of the iceberg advice, the ones that discuss writing in the active voice and not the passive, or using adjectives sparingly. Not much help. So, I did the best I could and called it good. However, with all the rejections I received, it was not good.
Now I’m getting close to finishing my current WIP and I want my manuscript to be so polished that it sparkles and shines like a rare gem. To do that, I know I’m going to need the right set of tools. One of the most important items I have this time around, is an awesome critique partner, but before I ask her to read it, I want to eliminate some of the bigger issues. Herein lies the problem, I still don’t know how to thoroughly edit a manuscript.
But there is hope.
If you have the same problem as me, rush over to Writer’s Digest and sign up for their webinar, “The Art of Revision by Michelle Bower.” The weibnar is taught on Thursday January 17th and 11pm MST and the instructor is an agent at Folio Literary Management. Here is what the webinar promises to teach you:
- How to developmentally edit for concept, structure, characters, and more
- How to line edit for elegant, powerful sentences
- Tips and tricks from authors who have successfully navigated the submission process
- How to edit so that your book is most likely to appeal to today’s agents and editors
- How to find and incorporate feedback from the right readers
Not only is she teaching a ninety minute course on it, but she will even critique your first two pages. But you need to hurry because the 17th is this Thursday.