Writing over 300 stories, between ghostwriting and rewriting, I’ve only seen one story that couldn’t be tweaked, nudged, shaken, or even deconstructed and reconstructed into a publishable story.
The concept and author of that one book were, well, not quite all there. Dealing with so many clients, I’m surprised I only had one so far.
Aside from that though, most stories or drafts can be magically turned into something an author will be proud to be author of.
A big problem I see is that new authors sometimes don’t know what a publishable story is.
But, wait a minute …
Let me clarify what I mean about a publishable book because today any story can become published, whether it’s poorly written or a well written story.
When I use the term “publishable,” I’m talking about a book that meets the U.S. standard children’s publishing guidelines.
Three of the top mistakes I see that would warrant taking another stab at your story or demolishing it and starting over are: