March 25, 2010

Revision Part 4

This week, I'm giving you more links and advice on revision. I've covered this topic before in a three-part series. Here's a link to Part 1 of Revising.

But these are new links--so much better than the ones posted way back in December. (Okay, maybe not. You be the judge.)

I'll start off with the YA Highway's Survivor's Guide to Revisions: A step-by-step process for taking your manuscript apart and putting it back together.

Then there are the Dames. They've provided a great checklist for your manuscript. This is a great post if you *think* it's ready to send out into the world.
Also, one of the dames gives her personal take on revision with some interesting humor--how revision is like being in a cave.

Finally, when all is said and done, you think you're ready to submit. You research agents and *carefully* read their submission guidelines only to discover that your novel isn't the right word length! (Oh no!)

You can get advice from all over the place, telling you how long your book should be. But very few explain the why. Here are the Economics of Word Count by Lucienne Diver.

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