Wednesday, October 3, 2012

IWSG: Polished

It's that time again. The first Wednesday of every month is dedicated to Captain Ninja Alex's Insecure Writers Support Group. To join in on the support, sign up here.

This month I want to talk about getting that MS all shiny and ready to send out into the world. Three months ago I was working with some beta readers and proof-reading my MS. I had a few people look over the first half, I read it about ten times, then I printed some copies and had a few people proof the whole thing.

I thought it was ready to send out into the world, so I sent it. I actually got an offer with a small press which I turned down. But I'm having a harder time getting an agent to take notice of my little novel which has lead me to one conclusion, it needs more polishing.

I wish there was a magic time when a book is really done, but I feel like I'll be editing this book for the rest of my life and it still won't get published. So here's my questions:

How much polishing do you do before you consider your MS done? And how much polishing do you do before you've decide it isn't worth it and put it away forever?

P. S. - A story I co-authored is being featured by Jolly Fish Press. It's entitled The Wheresquirrel: Hold onto Your Nuts. It's horror meets comedy in the best possible way. Come vote for me and you can win a $25 gift card!
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