If you are on this page it is probably because your manuscript has been selected for representation by the Rebecca Pratt Literary Group. Take some time and celebrate.
That's enough celebrating, now it is time to get to the hard work of finding a publisher. Writing the manuscript is usually the easiest part in the process of becoming a published author.
The first thing you need to learn to get to your goal of publication is to understand your new target audience. You are NOT selling your book--you are selling your manuscript to someone who can turn it into a book.
Let me repeat that: You are NOT selling your book--you are selling your manuscript to someone who can turn it into a book.
At this point, your customer base will consist of about 100 people, editors and first readers hired by publishers to choose from the thousands of manuscripts offered for publication every year. At one point, some bean counter figured that for every book published, 250,000 manuscripts are submitted. It is not enough to write a wonderful manuscript. You have to beat those odds.
Your entire customer base is about 100 people who are professional editors and manuscript readers. They have very specific needs and it is our job to help you meet those needs.
STOP HERE . . . until you fully understand and appreciate that change. When you are finished internalizing this new information we will go on to your first writing assignment. Ready?
Look over your manuscript, sit down and re-write it--in ONE sentence.
Pick yourself off the floor and realize that we are deadly serious. It is called a logline and we discuss loglines on the next page.