No-No’s That Stop an Editor Cold

May 4, 2009 · 2 comments

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.

P.S. Conference photos are up.

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Tristi Pinkston May 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I missed this class, so thanks for posting the highlights.

Noble M Standing May 5, 2009 at 10:46 am

I agree with Tristi, I missed it, I apreciate you posting the details.

Thank you

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