Sunday, May 2, 2010

Finished Manuscript: Now What?

Anyone who is a writer knows how glorious is feels to actually complete a manuscript. It is a feeling of true accomplishment. You were somehow able to take a little idea in your head and create an entire story. But then what? What do you do with that completed manuscript? After finishing up the final pages of my book, I wanted to show everyone my “masterpiece”. But I knew better than that. Just because I had finished writing the book, didn’t mean that it was complete. My book needed editing and a fresh pair of eyes. It will amaze you at what obvious mistakes others can find in your work. When you reread your own book, you know what it is suppose to say or look like. So often, your eyes will miss simple mistakes. Luckily for me, my top editor comes cheap. My dad has been editing my work since grade school and he never lets me down.


After reviewing my work, I always pass it on to my dad first. After he edited this book, I was lucky enough to have two avid readers to edit for content and character development. My mom and close friend were great in asking questions about the story and characters. Questions that should have been answered by the text, but I had neglected. After answering all their questions and once again revising the text, I was ready to share with the rest of my family. My main goal was to get my nieces, age 7 and 9, to read it and review it. I was a little hesitant that they may not be honest with their review, but when my 9 year old niece completed the book in one day, I assumed she must have liked it. With both girls giving their seal of approval, I was ready to move on to the next step. So what is the next step? The toughest part of all….finding an agent!

15 comments:

Unknown Mami said...

Congratulations and good luck!

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Wow! You are really on your way with the book. Hope you find a publisher soon. How exciting!

Wendy said...

Fabulous, Kelly! What an accomplishment!
Blessings,
Wendy
Faith's Firm Foundation
www.wendygunn.net

HSUper Parents said...

Congratulations! Wow, it's amazing that you wrote a book.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Congrats and the best of luck!
How awesome!!!
Thanks for the follow. I'm now following you back!
Hope you're having a great time!
Betty

Shannon said...

Congratulations! That is HUGE!!!!! You give me inspiration. I am about 1/2 way through my first book, just plodding along when I have time at this point. Someday I really will hold a finished anuscript in my hands right????

Kel said...

Thanks for all the support! I've completed a major goal, now to take it to the next step. Exciting and scary!

Kerri said...

Wow, Kel...that must be such an empowering feeling. I hope your quest to find an agent is an easy one...congrats!

Dee Crowe said...

How exciting! Can't wait to read more on your writing journey---also, thank you for the follow, I am now following you as well!

dee @ barefootbathandbody.blogspot.com

Rebecca said...

Great job! Congratulations!

Cristinalaloca said...

Hello my name is Cristina, your newest follower. Good luck with your writing. Hope to become good blog buddys.

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Jessica said...

Good on you for getting to that point!

Coloradocasters said...

Congrats on the completion of the manuscript. I write constantly but can never get anything to form beyond a few pages of endless rambling. Keeping us informed of the "little steps" along the way to publish, release and more would be very helpful. I wish you the best of luck.

Aleksandra said...

Congrats, Kelly! I hope you've found an agent! Good luck!

covnitkepr1 said...

I like to follow writer’s blogs as I feel I learn from each one. I have a book of Communion devotionals at the printers which I authored, although I don’t consider myself an accomplished writer. I am a follower on your blog and invite you to follow mine as well…and please leave a comment when and if you visit.