Nanowrimo just ended Monday. (How is it December already?)

Now a whole bunch of people are going to submit their “books” to publishers. I wish I could tell them all — please don’t. Really. Don’t. I know you wrote 50K words. But honestly, it’s not a manuscript. It’s the rough idea of a book.

Can I tell you a secret? Publishers and editors who receive submissions in December and January know a lot of those submissions are Nano drafts. They don’t want a mess of words pumped out on a 30 day writing slog, with no edits or revisions.

Here’s a tip. The first draft of anything is only for you. Not anyone else. So you can read it again and know what needs to be fixed. Or deleted. Or added to. Don’t submit. Selling a finished book is hard enough.

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