Friday, June 5, 2009

Saving Your Manuscript

MENTAL STATUS: "Excited". Celebrating my friend's b-day this weekend.

Have you ever received a personalized rejection on your manuscript, but didn't know how to fix it?

I went through Harlequin author, Susan Meier's workshop "Can This Manuscript Be Saved?" about a year or so ago and have some really great notes on that topic. You see, I do have one old manuscript I feel is worth saving, and I'm hoping some day I can do just that.

Do you have a manuscript you would like to "save"?

If so, and you can't attend Susan's workshop, check out Susan's abbreviated version of it at the Five Scribe's blog. HERE. Maybe it can help. :)

Have a great weekend!

11 comments:

Chicki said...

I know my first two aren't worth saving, but the two that followed need a little work. I've been seriously thinking about selling them on Amazon for $1.99. See
http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2009/05/more-on-amazon-kindle.html

Fascinating ...

Diane Craver said...

Have a great weekend, Jennifer.

I can't think of a ms. I want to save but will check out the link - thanks.

Jody Hedlund said...

I tossed all of my "practice" manuscripts into the closet. And they will NEVER see the light of day! So hopefully from here on out I'll only get better!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Thanks for this, Jennifer! I'm going to check it out.

beth said...

GREAT link--thanks for sharing! I've got a couple I think are past saving, but there's this one...

Jennifer Shirk said...

Beth: I'm with you. There is ONE of mine that, well, I think deserves another shot. :)

Jill Kemerer said...

I thought my fourth book was as crappy as the first three, but yesterday I got a very nice personalized rejection on #3 and I've decided to overhaul #4.

Your post is perfect timing for me. I'm going to check out the link right now!

Jessica said...

LoL, I'm not far enough along yet. So far, I'm saving them all. Snort!

Stephanie said...

I have several that needs rescuing now that I know what GMC is. I'll have to check that out!

Terri Tiffany said...

I recently rescued one but I plan to check out this link.

MsSnarkyPants said...

The novel I just figured out what is wrong with is actually a rewrite of my very first complete novel. That I wrote when I was a whopping 15 years old. LOL Now it's completely and utterly different than it was the first time around, and it is not in the process of a rewrite that I think is going to make it awesome! I'm so excited about it!

That link you posted is awesome. I just read through it, but I'm going to read it again when I can focus more. It inspired me to go look at my rejections folder. While quite painful, some of the rejections I've gotten weren't nearly as bad as I thought they were the first time around. Some of them are really quite nice! Funny how you can't see that in the initial slap in the face. LOL