Manuscripts do not instantaneously become full-fledged novels overnight. Many authors often ask: After you’re done writing the manuscript, what’s next? The common mistake that new authors do after writing their a manuscript is to send them out to agents and publishers right away. The truth is, before manuscripts are even taken into consideration for publishing, there are many hoops and loops that must be dealt with first. Publishing exists in a vast field, with many participating players. If you’re not careful enough, you might fall victim to frauds whose only goal is to get your money and run—leaving you with a frustrated dream and an unpublished manuscript.
Developing Manuscripts into Masterpieces
If you’re not supposed to send it to publishers and agents right away, then what should you do first? The answer is quite simple: edit it, find ways to make it look interesting, and look for a credible agent. The following seems straightforward enough, but due diligence is needed in order to pull them off. To help you turn your manuscripts into potential novels, here is a guide especially made for you.
· Continuously edit and re-edit your manuscript.
Before submitting to publishers, it is assumed that you have already edited your work at least once. However, no matter how many times you read and re-read your work, you will still fail to see mistakes in your manuscripts. For that reason, apart from editing it by yourself, it is also advisable to join critique groups.
Critique groups are perfect for those who want a peer-to-peer criticism of not just the grammar, but the overall impact of your writing as well. These groups have specific guidelines that will help them edit manuscripts efficiently, and make fair and accurate criticisms about the way you write, your characters, the plot, and your story’s climax and resolution.
After you’re done with critique groups, review your work again and see if there are other changes that you would like to do. Once you believe that you’re holding the best possible manuscript that you could ever right, then you’re done with step one.
· Hook people to your story with the use of an effective query and an interesting synopsis.
Believing that your manuscripts are riveting is fairly easy to achieve. The hard part is making others believe in them too. For authors, many strategies can be employed in order to ensure that readers stay interested. Among those, the most useful are your queries and synopsis.
Queries are letters that you write to agents in order for them to agree to read, absorb, and hopefully, sign your work. Just as perfecting your manuscripts are important, writing a flawless query letter is also necessary. These letters will make or break it, — whether they get represented and forwarded to the right people or not. Therefore, you must do your best to impress the agent by including a short background of your life, what your story is about, what its hook is, and how it will be concluded. You may also include the first few pages of your manuscripts to show your way style and pacing when it comes to writing.
The other important facet to remember is your synopsis. Your synopsis is the summary of your story highlighting the characters, conflicts, twists, and resolutions of your manuscripts. Ensuring that your synopsis remains interesting is the key to hooking your readers at first glance.
Afterwards, you need to compile your query, synopsis, and manuscript in a clean and organized manner. Your work will not only be judged for its content but its form as well.
· Research about and contact reliable agents
Once you are finished with perfecting your query letters and everything else, you will then need to find an agent that will take you and your manuscripts to the next level. Before you send out your letters and manuscript to different places, you must first research about everything that you need to know about your potential agent. Learn about their other representations, their most fruitful projects, and their success rate.
If you already have a particular agent in mind, then you need to communicate with him or her effectively. Your agent will guide you through the process of the publishing world, from the professional editing, to submitting your manuscripts to the publisher. A credible and reliable agent will not charge you upfront. They have faith in their work, and will only charge you once they get you your contract with the publisher.
Other authors choose to not represent themselves with agents. They immediately try to market their books to publishers. Although that is a valid choice, you must first think about your own capabilities and see if you can pull that off.
Turn your manuscripts into golden opportunities
Although some people find interested publishers at the onset of their careers as writers, they are the exception rather than the rule. For most people, they get published by working diligently in order to make their manuscripts as perfect as possible, in both form and content.
Edit and re-edit to develop them. Write an interesting query letter. Hook your readers through your synopsis. Find a responsible agent and publishing house. Even though this process requires more work, it makes it more possible to turn your manuscripts into golden opportunities to success.