Margaret talks about writing
If you want to become a successful writer you need to go the extra mile. You have an idea for a story, you write it, send it off to a publisher, then wonder why it wings its way back.
OK, some authors get their first book accepted with very few changes, but re-writes are normal. We all think our story is perfect - after all we’ve spent hundreds of hours working on it - but editors see things that we don’t. We are too close to our precious piece of work to see where it’s not working.
The wisest course of action is to put your precious finished manuscript to one side for a few weeks. It’s amazing what a difference it will make. When you re-read it again you’ll see things that weren’t obvious before. Even if you’re self-publishing it’s still important to go the extra mile and make your book the very best you possibly can.