The End. Now What?

By A. Bello, co-founder of The Author School and author of 'Emily Knight I AM' & pop up story 'Rose' and 'Lox'

So you have finished your manuscript. First of all, congratulations! This is not an easy task, so well done for completing it. Now it's time for the next stage. 

I speak to countless people who want to write a book but have no idea how much it takes to get a book ready for publication. I was one of those people. I was twenty-three trying to figure it all out, with no support and I didn't know a single writer. I went to writing classes and conferences and funnily enough, no-one stressed the importance of having an editor. I did the unthinkable. I went to get my book published without it being professionally edited. Now, before you shake your head, I honestly didn't know I had to get it edited. My manuscript had already been critiqued and I figured, I could edit it myself. Besides, I didn't even know where to find an editor and I certainly didn't have any spare cash lying around. Then an angel came in the shape of Frances, an editor who worked with Oxford University Press. I was introduced to her by my friends dad and she became my mentor. She also edited my entire book. For free. Thank God for angels. 

When you have finished a manuscript, you should always get it professionally edited. No excuses. There is no way that you as the writer are going to see every mistake in the manuscript. Why? Because it's your baby and you are way too close and protective of it. If Frances hadn't of come along when she did, only God knows the shape my book would have been in.

The great thing about editors is some do sample chapters, so if you don't like the way they edit, you don't pay for anything! Remember your book is a business and should be treated as such.

Invest in an amazing editor, who will help you to make that awesome manuscript even better. 

To learn more about Editing, book a ticket for

Class 1: Editing, Book Doctor and Critique (11:00 to 11:45am)

Guest Expert: Andy Lowe, Book Editor and Author of The Ghost

on September 26th 2015, November 27th 2015, or January 23rd 2016 at The Bridge

£35 for class, £100 for five classes with lunch. 

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