How Do You Choose a Manuscript?

Manuscripts to writers are like children. How can you choose a favorite?

This is the dilemma as I struggle to enter one in a contest.

The good news is that I have several to choose from. That is also the problem.

I have spent the weekend cutting the words and editing content. The story lines are all floating simultaneously in my head. Which is best – which is most appropriate?

All of my novels tend to portray women in strong roles, even if they don’t know their strength when the tale begins. So I like all of my heroines.

And the heroes are all different – Southern American, French, Italian. I like all of them as well.

Suspense, mystery, sex – all have plenty of the three essentials.

How to choose?

I will gladly take advice. At this point they are laid out across the dining room table like menus. Indecision is the enemy as the time constraints close in.

Have you ever had to choose a favorite manuscript? If so, how did you do it?

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  1. Oh man, I just WISH I had this problem. Good luck Renee! Of course, I’d be happy to help you out by reading ALL of them!

    1. Be careful Delana, you’re likely to go your inbox and find it full of my manuscripts. I’ve been writing for years and have only found the courage recently to start putting it out into the world. The decision has been made and m/s sent – and I thank you for the luck!

  2. Are you choosing which one to work on? One to submit soon? Do you have a particular publisher in mind? Can you and do you want to carry several forward at once? Do any of them seem “best” or most appropriate for a particular line that you can press through and finish and send it on out looking for a home, then go on to another one????

  3. All I can recommend is go with your heart! One of them must speak to you more than another…go with that one!

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