Manuscript Content Suggestions

  • Describe the setting of the story (plantation, high rise apartment…)
  • Describe the characters
  • Develop a plot or a theme
  • Dates of events and the correct spelling of names and places is important.
  • Don’t use formal and nicknames interchangeably (stick with one name)
  • Don’t repeat information unnecessarily
  • Wordy paragraphs kills the story (revise paragraphs, omit unneccesary words)
  • Story should be chronological (discuss events in an orderly time frame)
  • Have three or more professionals read, critique, and edit the book draft and or proof
  • Accept constuctive criticism from writers and book lovers
  • Great story telling takes a lot of effort which includes many revisions
  • The authors are often too close to the story to analyze it
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