This is the first in a series of articles by Tom Chalmers, MD of Legend Press, giving a publisher's view of the submission process and what a publisher is looking for.
This month: What a publisher wants from submissions and what a writer can do about it:
'While editors may well do some later tinkering, it shouldn’t be sent in unless the writer feels it is a manuscript ready for publication, in terms of both grammar and content. Lines like ‘I know it needs some work’, or ‘I think it’s nearly there’ show admirable humility but are an immediate put-off!'
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