Cook your novel

April 14, 2012 at 7:39 am (Articles by other bloggers, Beginners, Writing Advice)

This is one of my favourite blogs, and it’s Australian. This post on how many points a fiction submission gets – or loses – made me laugh several times, but sadly every single point made in the article needs to be said. But most of all, dear reader, pay attention to Agent Sydney’s final plea to make sure your novel is fully baked before it gets sent.

Here’s how it goes:

1. Write novel. Edit if you must.

2. Wait several weeks/months.

3. Edit. Edit again.

4. Use beta readers – and not your mum, spouse (unless they actually criticize you, and do it well), or best friend – and edit again.

5. Send.

 

Savvy?

 

2 Comments

  1. Bonnee said,

    I saw that post when it first got published, it was funny. Those are good ground rules for writers to follow 🙂

    • Louise Curtis said,

      Bonnee: I’m truly impressed by your longevity!

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