Janette Rallison started her class at LDStorymakers with a statement that all of you should understand: Agents, editors and publishers will continue reading your manuscript until you give them a reason to stop.
Any of the items listed below are reasons to stop reading:
- Problems with POV
- Improper use of dialog tags
- Starting your book too far away from the world-changing event that propels your characters
- Lack of character motivation and/or goals
- Sentence structure and grammar issues
Janette went into detail on these and other no-no’s and gave examples of correct and incorrect ways to deal with them.
Before you submit, be sure to check and double-check your manuscript for these things.