How Perfect Does Your Manuscript Have to Be?

Keynoting the Indy Authors Fair (2011)

Keynoting the Indy Authors Fair (2011)

As part of the 2012 Missouri Writers Guild conference faculty, I did a Q&A for their conference blog that discusses many topics, including:

  • How I got started with social media
  • The difference between marketing objectives, strategies, tactics, and tools
  • How perfect your manuscript must be before submitting to an agent or editor
Posted in Social Media, Writing Advice.

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the publisher of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors, and was named Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World in 2019.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press), received a starred review from Library Journal.

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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Deborah TaylorFrench

Is this the post to comment on? I hope it is. And thanks Jane for shining your light on social media and tools for writers.

Deborah TaylorFrench

Thanks. I think I already did that. Will check now.


The thing I appreciate about your approach is applicable to all writers using social media. Look at the social media landscape and think about what’s not being said, then talk about that. That’s the definition of a thought leader and why you have the following you do. My own Twitter stream is filled with fun, wordplayers who delight me every day; to me, it’s akin to a curation task to find good people (around the world who think and challenge me to think harder. The platform building is important, but not the greatest reward of social media.  Confession re drinking:… Read more »

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Patricia Gligor

How perfect does your manuscript have to be?
 I would say that it has to be as “perfect” as you can make it before you submit it to an agent or editor. Since none of us is perfect, take your best shot but check and re-check your manuscript first!