I'm joined by Jessica Hart, who's well-known for her 60+ Harlequin/Mills & Boon novels. An expert in narrative plotting, character development and romance itself, she has recently turned her hand at helping others achieve their writerly dreams. She talks about what to do once you've completed your manuscript:
Jessica, whose Summer with the Millionaire is out now, says:
read your manuscript with a sympathetic but tough eye, and I’ll give you constructive feedback. I won’t just point out what’s wrong, but make suggestions about ways in which you could tighten your plot, make your characters engaging, and, most importantly of all, ensure that you have a strong emotional conflict at centre of your book.
Maybe you’ll sulk the way I did when you get my report, but I hope you’ll also know that every suggestion is intended to make sure that whether you choose to submit to a publisher or publish yourself, your book is as good as you can possibly make it.
And maybe you won’t need to sulk at all! If I think the book is ready for submission, I can offer advice on that, and there will be a discounted rate for second reads of a manuscript and/or mentoring sessions by phone or in person.