Few things are more heartbreaking for a writer than giving birth to a manuscript and handing it over to an agent, editor, or publisher only to see it killed in its infancy. How do you prevent your prodigy from taking a bullet to the heart? By learning the basics and making sure your manuscripts are as clean and professional as possible.
Whether you re a new writer or a seasoned author, the ability to edit and proofread your own material is crucial. Along with recognizing common errors, a writer should know the lingo of the writing and publishing industry, and have a good grasp of plotting, POV, crafting dialog, and so much more. Murder of a Manuscript will test your knowledge and give you the tools to polish your prose so the epitaph won t read: Here lie the remains of my first book. It never had a chance to show the world how wonderful it could have been.