First, full disclosure. I downloaded this item from somewhere a while back and failed to index it to its true source. Hence, no credit for the original creator – but if you are he/she, or if you know him/her, please inform me immediately so I can add proper credit for the material – but it’s so good I couldn’t resist publishing it here as soon as it popped up in one of my periodic tours through my directories of downloaded information for authors, writers, speakers and self-publishers. Now . . .
Want to save money and time when using a professional editor (which every author should do) or before you send a manuscript to an agent or publisher?
Then before you ever submit a manuscript or chapter, use this checklist as a guide to cleaning up your material as best you can. A few minutes spent spent developing answers to each of the following questions can not only save you from being condemned to the slush pile at an agent or publisher office, but if you do these things as you go along in developing your manuscript, you’ll not only save editorial money and cut your time to market substantially, the exercise will almost certainly cure many of your bad habits (yes, we all have ‘em!) and improve your writing style to a degree that may surprise you.
It will certainly speed up the editorial process, and this can result in significant savings
The links included in the question below refer you to guides provided by About.com that will help you understand and implement the changes that will improve your work both now and in the future.
- Is each sentence clear and complete?
- Can any short, choppy sentences be improved by combining them?
- Can any long, awkward sentences be improved by breaking them down into shorter units and/or recombining them?
- Can any wordy sentences be made more concise?
- Can any run-on sentences be more effectively coordinated or subordinated?
- Does each verb agree with its subject?
- Are all verb forms correct and consistent?
- Do pronouns refer clearly to the appropriate nouns?
- Do all modifying words and phrases refer clearly to the words they are intended to modify?
- Is each word in the essay appropriate and effective?
- Is each word spelled correctly?
- Is the punctuation correct?
Twelve questions; a million answers. Happy hunting!