Margaret talks about going the extra mile
I’m talking again about going the extra mile when writing. It’s so easy to write a story and think that it is finished - especially for new writers. But the truth is you can’t sit back after your first draft and believe the story is written. It can take two or three drafts before you are truly satisfied, and even then – if you have the willpower to put it to one side for a few more weeks – you may still find things that need changing.
As writers we’re far too close to our work to be critical. I have a writer friend who reads my books before I send them off to the publisher - most writers have critique partners, and they are invaluable. It saves your prospective publisher’s time pointing out your errors, and gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve written the story to the best of your ability.
Even if you want to self-publish it is still vital to ask a friend, preferably a writer herself, to read through your manuscript and hopefully congratulate you on a book well written, or suggest you write some parts a little differently.