I fell asleep for 15 minutes, and woke up with this in my head.
The Writer’s Manifesto
I, the undersigned writer, understand and accept the following ten conditions:
- I will never be completely happy with my manuscript, because it always could have been just that little bit better.
- Even though I write something great, it may never find a publisher, its due audience, or sell well.
- It may not get the cover it deserves, or even one I like.
- I may have to do most, if not all of my marketing, and spend large sums of money and inexhaustible time on social media with little sales impact.
This is a kind of zen koan – a mind-bending unanswerable question – for many authors. But as I’m getting ready to send off my next manuscript, these are the ten questions I ask myself:
- Prose – is it fresh, evocative, vivid, agile? Is it clean, with the occasional sparkle? Are the first five pages as good as they can possible be? Does it have a killer first line? Does the reader get a feel (or at least a hint) for the upcoming conflict in the first few pages?
First, I’m an author, not a copy-editor, and I’m not selling any services. For my first four books I didn’t use a copy-edit as it would have cost me around a thousand pounds to do so per book, and I didn’t think it was worth it. Now I have a large publisher behind me, and have just had a copy-edit done for me (for free), I’ve basically changed my mind.