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Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

For the love of all that is holy, stop!


Because you can do something does not mean you should. That’s right I’m looking to all you tens of thousands of “writers” who have a wonderful idea for a book. Then set off to write a novel so bad those cursed to eternity in Hell would send it back.


“Damn that’s harsh!”


I agree it is harsh. But sometimes you need to slap someone to get them to realize the truth. And the truth is that not everyone is cut out to write a book.


How many of us (all?) have seen a great cover, read the back description, and thought this sounds good. Only to get through the first five pages before tossing the book across the room screaming NO!!


I’ve read thousands of books by “unknown” authors. I have been surprised by a few amazing hidden gems. Most have me stoking the compost pile.


Now if my attack has not deterred you. If you want to write a book and you feel it is an absolute must. If (and this is a big if) every fiber tells you to do it then go ahead. Make sure to take the following steps.


1) PAY to have an editorial assessment. A professional who will review the complete manuscript. They will provide feedback on the structure of the book including plot, pacing, and style. 99% of books won’t make it past this stage. A good, honest editor will tell you whether you’re the next J.K. Rowling or if you should burn the manuscript.


2) PAY a copy editor to check your text. Making suggestions that will strengthen your prose and ensure a consistent style.


3) PAY a proofreader to check for spelling and punctuation.


Then


Repeat steps 1-3 using different people from the first time.


Only after six, (that’s right 6), different people have edited your book should you contemplate publishing it.


Not only will doing these steps make you a better writer. Every one of your readers will thank you for taking the time to produce a solid novel.

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