This post concerns something that to date I have very little knowledge on, but aim to be a certified expert about in the near future. That is, what happens to a manuscript one a publisher takes it on?
My experience of publishing is my self-published novel in 2004 and my recent non-fiction work on managing your writing last year (see end of blog for more information). So, that as yet elusive what happens next stage had yet to cross my path.
I am sure it will be a case of horses for courses and will depend on the nature of the submitted work, but it does intrigue me how much work the publisher and/or agent does on that submitted manuscript before it is let loose on the world.
How much input and “say” does the author have on this process?
For me, getting a manuscript “ready” for submission is a lengthy process. If I am being completely honest the drafting and proof reading stages can lead to at least a dozen drafts while I fix the various things that I, my beta readers, and copy editor find during this process. Each draft is carefully logged, saved, and spread sheeted to death so that I know what has happened along the way. I would be lost without my spread sheet.
I have seven novels in various stages of readiness. Two of them, an adult crime thriller and the first volume of a fantasy faery story trilogy have been submitted to various establishments. The second and final part of the trilogy are written and in the drafting process.
The other three are written. They are young adult fantasy novels awaiting proof reading by others. These are part of a series for which I have so many more ideas it may well grow into a substantial body of work.
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