Why Does Editing Matter for a Writer?

Edit your story to sell with a quote from Stephen King

Why does editing matter?

Take a moment and think about the time you invested in your last manuscript, whatever the style or genre.

I guarantee it’s a sizable chunk of your day. Not only that but it requires emotional energy as well. A writer pours her heart and soul into her work.

The finished product matters.

Editing is an essential but often overlooked part of the writing process.

Now, imagine sending this manuscript that you’ve so lovingly labored over to a first reader.

A slushpile is a place where slushreaders are so overwhelmed with mediocre and poorly-written manuscripts that they’re hoping each new story is the one. We all want to find that story that’ll make us sit up a little straighter, so entranced that the slushpile’s forgotten, and we’re transported to a different place. 

But instead, the slushreader is confronted with spelling and grammatical mistakes.

More than that, the manuscript contains glaring errors in word choice and usage, or most troubling, flawed story structure.

The ultimate conclusion?

This story was written by an unskilled author. Your story – this creation that you loved and labored over – may not be read past the first page, sometimes the first paragraph, and all your hard work will be for nothing.

The key to selling stories is a sleek, polished, professional manuscript.

By editing, I’m including the revision process from rough draft to polished manuscript sent out for submission.

Feel free to ask questions and share your experiences with rejection letters and editorial feedback. Let me know if there are topics you want to know more about and I’ll add those as soon as possible. The forums are this way.

So get going!

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