I just finished editing my entire manuscript. This final edit was a little tedious because I was looking for too many adverbs and adjectives, or words that I repeated way too much. But it was worth it. Now I’m looking for beta readers who haven’t ever read it before. I want new eyes. I want someone who can tell me if everything makes sense now that all the changes have been made. I’ve had a few offers from people on Absolute Write, so I’m feeling pretty good right now.
I’m also going to get some people to read it who aren’t writers. I want opinions from regular readers. I want to know if they like it and would buy it or recommend it to a friend.
Hopefully, I’ll have heard back from all the readers by the middle to end of August. I’ll read all their comments and then make the necessary changes. Then I’d like to let the manuscript sit for a few weeks. In that time, I’ll polish up the query and try to get a synopsis ready to go. And then…(drum roll), I’ll read it one more time and start sending out queries.
It’s a lot of work but I’m more hopeful than ever.