How do you decide that your manuscript is done? I don’t mean “done” as in writing “The End.” How do you say, that’s it, I will not re-read it one more time, I will not edit it again? Is it only when you hold it, bound, ISBNed, with your picture on the back flap? Is it done then?
I recently turned in the manuscript for a nonfiction book I wrote for TSTC Publishing. That’s recently, as in day before yesterday. I was done.
Oh, I wasn’t through reading it. I wasn’t through editing it. I could have kept on doing that many more times. I was through because I had a deadline. I was through because I was determined to get it in before the deadline -- one day early, to be exact. I was through because I knew I no longer was making big changes. I was tinkering, changing a word here or there, adding links and back of the book resources.
I could have kept tinkering with it. But I stopped. I had a deadline, both from the publisher and from myself. I know plenty of authors who work their butts off on a book, only to see it in print and wish they could go back and change something. Maybe even a majority of authors experience that. Maybe, for the author, done is never done.
And, yet, it has to be. There has to be a “done” point. What is yours?
3 months ago