I’ve discovered the final read of a manuscript is not much different in English or German. Yeah, so they are two different languages, but once the writer is ready to submit their manuscript to an agent or for self publishing, there are a few things to check that don’t depend on language.
To make this step easier, I:
- change the font to anything other than the font I normally type in,
- increase the viewing to %175,
- turn the invisible characters on,
- AND, read slowly.
This step takes time. For an 80,000 word manuscript, I need 40 hours to do this properly. That’s 40 hours of intense concentration without interruptions.
What do I look for? At this point, I’ve already proofread for spelling and grammar mistakes so I want to check for:
- extra spaces,
- double periods,
- quotations marks that don’t have a matching partner,
- extra lines between paragraph or page breaks,
- consistent heading format for chapters,
- consistent headers, footers and page numbering.
Before you send of your manuscript, don’t forget to:
- remove bookmarks,
- accept or reject any changes,
- and turn off markups,
Your story may great, but you give yourself an edge over other submissions if your manuscript is technically perfect.
If you have any tips, let me know.