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A strong Manuscript is the foundation of a successful book.

 

Put in the simplest possible terms, people prefer to read well-written and well-edited books.

And what makes for a strong manuscript?

At the very least, your manuscript should display correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Readers care about these details. Errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, are typically corrected during a copy edit.

Experienced writers also pay close attention to the syntax or structure of their sentences, as well as to the style of their writing, so that readers don’t stumble on awkward phrases, misplaced parts of speech, poor or incorrect word choices, etc. They ensure that their vocabulary is appropriate to their subject matter and their intended audience, that they have used active rather than passive verbs to give their writing more energy, that the images and metaphors they use evoke strong images in the minds of their readers. In books that meet publishing industry standards, these kinds of issues are addressed as part of a stylistic or line edit.

In the very best manuscripts, all of these things fit and flow as part of a seamless whole because the author has thought carefully about the structure or pacing of their book as a whole, about the consistency of their narrative or the information they present, and about the clarity of their presentation. Typically, these kinds of issues are addressed as part of a substantive or structural edit.

It can take years for a writer to learn let alone master these skills, yet they are readily available to PineValley authors who take advantage of our professional editorial services.