Myth #1 (of about 100 - I'm writing an eBook on this topic):
Your editor will rewrite whatever's wrong with your manuscript. Just send it in half-baked and she'll do the rest.
It really doesn't work that way. The writer sends in the best version of her book possible, a version she believes is publishable as is. The editor spots any inconsistencies and points them out. An editor never, ever rewrites. There is a rule about that.
This subject is on my mind as I go through a manuscript of mine, a standalone, for about the 6th time, trying to get it exactly right. I just realized I may have to go through it yet again. This is a manuscript that has been languishing for two years, so I guess there is no rush, unlike with many of my others. This one has to be perfect no matter how long it takes. Fingers crossed!
.Agatha Award-winning author of the DCI St. Just mysteries, Max Tudor mysteries, standalone suspense novel WEYCOMBE, Augusta Hawke mysteries, and dozens of short stories. Books offered in all formats, including large print, e-Book, and audio.