Now, I know you’re all busy bees this month, working on getting those 50,000 words out, right? =) And I know you’re all going to be submitting those stories in hopes your NaNoWriMo baby will be published, right? Here’s something to think about when you’re done…
After you’ve written it, gotten your story and all those words out, I know you’re going to be anxious to share it with the world. One word: DON’T!
That’s right, I said don’t. Don’t share it, don’t send it to a publisher. Let it sit for a little bit and then go over it again with a fresh eye. You should do this with everything you write, but especially with your NaNo story, since those are written so fast and you don’t have the time to plot and characterize. And then, once you’ve gone over it with a fresh eye, send it to your critique partner or beta reader.
Just like with anything else, it’s important that you put your best foot forward when you submit to a publisher and attempt to share your story with the world. You always want to send it the most polished, perfect manuscript you can. We editors like to see that. There’s nothing that will get you rejected faster than sending in a sloppy manuscript. You can have the best story in the world, but presentation is always very important. Always. Remember, you’re not the only one out there with a great story to share. =)