Judging Your Manuscript: Objectivity Counts
Linda F. Radke, Five Star Publications, Inc.
You’ve finally done it. After countless early mornings or late nights—or, more
likely, burning the candle at both ends—you’ve finished writing your book. It’s time to
turn your manuscript over to an editor. But before you do so, one tiny and niggling
question remains: is it any good?
As painful as it may be, it’s time to get some quality feedback. But don’t send it
off to your mother, favorite aunt, or best friend. Chances are these people are well aware
of all the sweat and tears that went into your book
, and that will make them less than
Remember: you’ve been living with this book for a long time and are, quite
naturally, subjective in your opinions. It’s time for your manuscript to be read
objectively by a slice of the reading public.
Instead, choose at lease two people for reviewing, one who knows the publishing
field and another who doesn’t. The knowledgeable person will be able to give pointers
on content. The other person can judge the book from the viewpoint of a casual reader or
newcomer, detecting gaps and identifying areas requiring further explanation.