The Key to Getting Published

Posted on December 19, 2013


ImageHave you been thinking about that book you’ve been dreaming of writing, but hesitate because you don’t want to receive another rejection letter from a publishing company?   Have you ever felt the frustration of not being able to thoroughly communicate your message on paper?  We’ve all been there, but there is hope. Find an editor.

   Arthur Plotonick said it best: “You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside of you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” In two sentences he summed up the job of an editor. They refine your manuscript and improve its overall quality.  They are your second pair of eyes that can give an unbiased response to help you convey your thoughts to readers.

Ever had a brilliant idea that lost its luster because of a misinterpretation? This can happen to authors as well. When we speak, people hear an audible voice. Our emotions are sensed by our tone and body language so it’s difficult to misinterpret what someone says when he or she is right in front of us.  But when a writer pens a narrative, the audience can only gather information from what is written on the pages. It’s through the comas, exclamation points, semi colons, periods, word usage and syntax that readers grasp your thoughts.  Editors help you reach your target audience by polishing and perfecting your intended message.

Editors help improve your communication and help you see your manuscript objectively. It is easy to hold biases about your own work and miss things someone else would catch. Perhaps in the past you have been pressed for time with an assignment, so you decided to edit your own work or skip that step entirely. I have done that in school; the resulting paper received a B grade instead of an A, all because I did not value one important step.  A good editor is worth the time and the cost.

So where do you find an editor? There are many websites and online publishing companies that will provide one for a fee. And if you are tempted to hire a non-professional for a bargain price, remember that you get what you pay for. Make sure that they can provide samples of previous work and previous clients.  Also, if possible, find an editor that works within the genre in which you desire to write. They will be the best for capturing your vision and preserving your unique style and voice. There are also different types of editors.  Are you looking for someone to just proofread or do you need help writing your novel? Editors are familiar with what publishers are looking for, and will help you turn your dream of being a published author into a reality.

We live in a society that operates at instant speeds and has numerous forms of communication that have taught us impatience.  We text and tweet 140 characters or less, and post statuses about our lives and emotions through icons and smileys. Our attention spans have shortened. This means it’s crucial that you capture the hearts and minds of your readers within the first few pages of your book. So how do you steal the affection of readers and keep them craving more?You have to write a great manuscript, of course, and find an editor!

Rachelle Legentus, Writer and Editor, Asta Publications

Asta Publications has a long history of helping writers tell their stories and get published. Since 2004, Asta Publications has helped hundreds of authors bring their book concepts to life and we are ready to help you too! Our dedication to our authors is unmatched. We deliver first-class products and services that are accurate, high quality, and exceed our authors’ expectations.

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