Essential writing skills: the ten-step tick list for finishing your manuscript

Matthew Wright

Whether you’ve got a publishing contract or intend to self-pub, there’s no getting around the need for quality assurance. And there’s only one way to get it – system, process, and a lot of elbow-grease.

My Adler Gabrielle 25 - on which I typed maybe a million words in the 1980s. My Adler Gabrielle 25 – on which I typed maybe a million words in the 1980s.

In recent weeks I’ve been outlining approaches to editing. But the process doesn’t end when you’ve got the last line-edit cycle finished. There are still things left to check.

Trust me – it’s important! You’d be amazed what slips through. The things to watch for before packaging that manuscript up and sending it off are:

1. Is the work still on length?
2. Are all your headers and footers consistent and correct?
3. Does the pagination on the contents page match the actual pagination?
4. Do your chapter titles match up with the contents page?
5. Did the last…

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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 15 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 20 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on a novel and Book 4 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2021 and beyond along with more children's books and novels for 18+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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2 Responses to Essential writing skills: the ten-step tick list for finishing your manuscript

  1. Thanks for this Janice, I went to source & reblogged it 🙂

    • jjspina says:

      You’re welcome, Chris. I can’t take credit for this blog since it is Matthew Wright’s. He has a wonderful blog with all kinds of info on publishing, history of New Zealand and other tidbits. Best wishes, my friend!

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