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When to Stop Editing
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Submitting your manuscript to a publisher.

When submitting a manuscript to a publisher make sure it matches what they are selling by reading a few excerpts of their listings on their website. Then check the date it was published. If it is recent, your manuscript may be rejected because it will compete with that production they have  placed their budget to promote . Also ,select one genre for your submission in your query to the editor. Make sure you follow the publisher's guidelines for submitting. Do a close edit for spelling errors, grammar problems, and errors in facts such as dates of events.

When to Stop Editing

Writers often want to know when to stop editing their work. You can over edit. The thing to keep in mind is that no matter how many edits you do, the publisher will always edit it more. Just make sure spelling, grammar and scene transitions are as near perfect as possible. Some publishers don't read very far if there are too many errors in this area. They are on a budget so too many errors translates to a big in-house editing bill to them. After all those in house editors get paid @ $150. per hour to edit.

How to get your poetry/short story collections published

If you've ever wondered how to get your poetry/short story collections published, here are some hints I have found from publishers on that subject. Most publishers shy from such collections. Publishers shared helpful advice on this to me. Each poem or story needs to have been published individually in a literary magazine or other printed form. When submitting your collection to a publisher, you need to cite where and when each was published. If you are a well-known bard, you have a better chance of having your collection published.
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