Well, I’ve been fortunate enough to have found some great critique partners and I have paid for manuscript to be edited by someone who offered an editing service. One of my critique partners, Aimee Salter, has an editing service, so today she is going to share some wisdom of the importance of having someone with a writing background look over your work before you send it off to agents and publishers. But she's dishes out some free advice here, as well as on Writing Teen Novels. AND, one lucky will be given the chance to win a chapter critique from Aimee on my personal blog Down Under Wonderings. There's also a $15 B&N e-voucher up for grabs.
Sharon: Why do you believe it’s important that writers get a professional to look over their manuscript before submitting it to agents or publishers?
Aimee: Because without it, it’s very difficult to move your writing talent forward. No matter what level your natural talent, all of us can improve. Without someone who’s studied or professionally experienced, we just don’t realize how much we don’t know.
And, on a practical level, since the recession there are more and more people unemployed or under-employed and doing what they can to follow their dream and get published. There’s a literal ocean of options out there for agents and editors. If you aren’t in the top one percent in terms of your premise, your delivery, and your plot, you won’t get a look in.
Aimee: I should make an important point here: What I do is called “critiquing”. Although it’s a form of editing, it isn’t the same as what you’d experience at a publishing house.
Sharon: What book do you wish you had edited and why?
So YAtopians, what's your editing tips?