It's time to lift the shades on our shacks (or mansions) of writerly insecurities and invite the IWSG over for tea and crumpets. Raise your pinkies to our illustrious host, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his fan-tabulous co-hosts: Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!
When do you know your story is ready? That's this month's question. Hmm. Kind of open ended there. Ready for what?
Ready for editing? That's easy. I haven't written anything without knowing how it ends, so once that first draft is done, it's done.
Ready for a beta reader? A tougher call. I'd say however many drafts it takes to get the characters and plot in primo shape, but maybe before the final polish.
Ready for submission? Here's when you have to get out all the typos and awkward sentences. Give the plot and subplots another hard look. Does everything make sense? Are there major plot holes? Find lazy words that escaped earlier edits.
Ready to publish? You want it as perfect as possible, but you can't spend your whole life on one project. (Well, you can, but that would drive most people mad.) Deadlines can help, whether imposed by yourself or other parties. At some point, you let it loose into the world.
Ready for the fabled trunk? If you've reached your limit on sending queries, the requests for fulls are coming up empty, and you refuse to self-publish for whatever reason, then there is this option.
Is your story ready?
Next month's question: Earl Grey or Lemon Zinger?