By Amy Wilkins, Harlequin Digital
Did you complete a manuscript during NaNoWriMo this year? Maybe you’ve been working on your manuscript from So You Think You Can Write? Harlequin would LOVE to see your submissions! But don’t forget that crucial step, polishing your manuscript!
Our online writing conference and contest So You Think You Can Write shared some great tips from our editors and authors about editing your manuscript and preparing it for submission. So before you send in your story, check out this advice and apply it to your own manuscript to put your best foot forward:
Moving the Story Forward. Debut author Amanda Renee shares her experience with revisions as a new author. Amanda and her editor Kathleen Scheibling also shared revision tricks and tips in a Twitter chat, Revising Your Manuscript and Beyond.
How to Tackle Those Pesky Revisions. Harlequin editor Elizabeth Mazer and guest authors offer insights on revising your manuscript, including decoding your revision letter and receiving feedback from a critique group/partner in transcript of a live chat.
Editor Turn Ons and Turn Offs. Three editors share their pet peeves and what catches their eye in submissions in a Twitter chat transcript. Do any of their pet peeves appear in your manuscript?
The Heart of the Matter: How to Find the Essence of Your Plot in Two Sentences. Love Inspired editor Emily Rodmell blogs about three simple questions to help you craft a great pitch or query to hook editors and readers alike on your concept–or discover the need to revise so you can have a streamlined plot that will get you on the right track.
The Dreaded Synopsis: Editor Dana Hamilton, with input from editors Meg Lewis, Megan Haslam and Susan Litman, offers advice on writing a strong synopsis, which can challenge published authors, too!
Nuts and Bolts on Submission: Information on the nitty gritty — margins, spacing, and getting an editor’s name correct by editor Shana Smith.
Harlequin/Mills and Boon Writing Guidelines and Carina Press Submission Guidelines. As always, if you have a manuscript you’d like to submit to Harlequin, please read our writing guidelines for more insight on each line and information on how to submit. Our series romance lines and digital imprints are always open to unagented submissions.
Happy editing and good luck with your submissions!