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We also invite you to scroll down and view our blog posts, designed to guide you on your publishing journey wherever the road might take you.

Before You Send Your Manuscript Out to Readers ...

Before your manuscript is ready to be sent to an editor, it should be read by several readers. These readers can be made up of your friends, family, other aspiring authors, or published authors. 

You're excited because you know how close you are to being ready for submission . . . you'll get feedback, you'll make the suggested changes, and you're finished, right? Well, pretty close. But don't think this step is going to be a piece of cake. That's a mistake a lot of writers make - they hurry and get the manuscript out to readers before it's really ready.

Here are some tips to help you get that manuscript as ready for readers as you possibly can - keeping in mind that if you take out the glaring problems now, your readers will have an easier time spotting the more complex problems.

1. Go through and do a search for "was." Most of the time, when the word "was" is used, you can change it to more of an active voice. Instead of saying, "She was sitting on the porch," say "She sat on the porch." This brings your reader into closer contact with the story, and it eliminates the repetitive use of "was." Unless, of course, you need to indicate a time sequence. "She was sitting on the porch when the car pulled up" indicates that the two things happened at the same time. If you say, "She sat on the porch when the car pulled up," that indicates that she saw the car while she was standing up and then sat as it parked. So don't eliminate "was" if it's indicating an important time sequence, but get rid of it as often as you can.

2. Go through and do a search for "that." Most of the time, "that" is used when it's not needed. "She thought that he'd be there to pick her up at three." Take it out and see what you've got ... "She thought he'd be there to pick her up at three." It's the same thing, but "that" gets repetitive and makes your sentences wordy. However, don't take them out when they're needed, because in some sentences, they do play an important role.

3. Go through and make sure all your punctuation is still there. I've noticed when I edit for people that as they take out words they've been told to take out, sometimes the punctuation gets taken along with it, erased accidentally by the cursor being in the wrong place.

4. Go through and take out fully 3/4 of your adverbs. Keep only the ones that are absolutely needed - most are indicated by the context, anyway, and aren't necessary.

There you have it - four steps to help make your manuscript ready for readers. These aren't the only things to watch out for - there are many - but these are the most common mistakes and the most common detractors from the story. With these things out of the way, your readers will be able to concentrate on the things that remain and help you polish the story until it shines.

What Are Narrative and Exposition?

These two terms are somewhat confusing in the industry because they're rarely defined when they are used. Here's a quick definition, in case you've always wondered. 

Narrative -- narrative links the dialogue together. For instance: Tom crossed the floor and picked up the antique vase, wondering where it had come from.

Exposition -- exposition tells us what happened in the past and catches us up-to-date. For instance: When he'd been working as an excavator in Mexico, he'd seen some artwork that reminded him of the designs on this vase. But in Mexico, his mind had been on anything but art. Instead, his days and nights had been consumed by thoughts of a certain dark-eyed girl and the way she flicked her hair over her shoulder as she walked away from him. Always walking away from him.

Essentially, narrative tells us what's going on now and exposition tells us what did go on, a little while ago. It's a past and present thing.