Manuscript's Journey To Publication ~
Wings ePress, Inc. we are aware the Reader's opinion is subjective.
Any art form is subjective and writing, painting, sculpting, are
all art forms which may engender widely varying opinions about what
is "good" and what is "bad." That does not mean that one opinion
is wrong while the opposing view is right. It only means each has
a different way of seeing what is there and either liking it or
of this, we want to give every manuscript submitted to us a fair
and even chance. Submissions are sent to our Reader Coordinator
who then sends them to the Readers. After reading the manuscript
the Readers fill out a form which they turn in to us.
Readers are looking for:
Good story, a story that pulls the reader in and keeps her turning
the pages to the hopefully satisfying conclusion;
Characters that are compelling and make us care about them and what
happens to them; and
Mechanics, i.e. good writing skills.
latter is not nearly so important as the first two but we judge
the writer on the professional presentation of her work. It is to
the writer's benefit to send in the cleanest and most well-edited
manuscript she is capable of presenting.
the Readers turn in the forms, we read through them and make our
decisions on whether or not to contract the novel. We may, when
time permits, also read the manuscript ourselves. We will make time
to read the manuscript on those occasions when the Readers have
diametrically opposing views of what they read. But the bottom line
is that we never depend on the evaluation of only one Reader.
your manuscript is contracted and you have signed and returned your
contract to our corporate office, we will assign an Editor to work
with you. The Editor will go through your manuscript looking for
grammar errors, typographical errors and logic errors. She will
suggest ways to smooth the flow of the story, strengthen character
development and story, and in every way possible, try to make your
story the best it can be.
Editor does not make changes in your manuscript other than inserting
editorial comments before sending it to you for your revisions.
At that time you are expected to make the revisions suggested unless
you feel it would compromise your story or your characters in some
the editing process your manuscript will go to the Senior Editor of
the department and she will assign it to a Copy Editor. It is the
task of the Copy Editor to go through the manuscript and make sure
that it is as clean as it can possibly be -- no typos, grammar errors
or logic errors. A Copy Editor may not make substantial changes in
the manuscript. If logic errors are found, the manuscript will come
back to you and your editor asking for the solution to fix it.
the manuscript is copy edited it goes back to the Senior Editor to
read through and if all is well, it will then be sent to production
at the appropriate time for the publication date given you. At that
time you will receive your galleys. It is very important that you
go through them with a fine tooth comb and look for typos and so forth.
It will be your last opportunity to catch any problems. The next time
you see your book it will be a published novel.