from an unpaid intern at Publishing House agency.
1. Delete the First Paragraph/Page/Chapter
The first part of whatever you’re writing might be (ahem, will be) stuffed with lengthy exposition and wordy, unrealistic dialogue.
3. Having a Following Helps
Having a blog or some kind of online presence is not bad. It does not make you less of a “genuine” writer. We have the potential to have a huge audience all on our own. Use this resource. It is an asset.
4. Read. Out. Loud.
Read your book out loud to yourself, or, better yet, go to open mic readings. I always catch mistakes and typos once I print out a few pages and begin rehearsing.