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So You Finished Your Book! Here's What To Do Next

Starting Your Publishing Journey

So now that you have written your draft, you might be wondering what comes next. Don’t be in a huge rush—there is a whole process to know about. We want you to keep writing and make your manuscript the best it can be. Here’s a guide to what happens next:


First, set your draft aside for a month or two. This break will give you a fresh perspective when you return to it, allowing you to see your work with new eyes and identify areas for improvement. Thorough self-editing is crucial; you don’t want to send your book out when it’s only at half its potential. Review your plot, characters, pacing, and language. Make sure everything flows well and is free from inconsistencies.

Next, Think About Publishing

Once your draft is polished, it’s time to consider publishing. The type of editor you choose will depend on your publishing route. Here are some options:

What Are The Different Types of Editing?

Regardless of your chosen path, the key is to ensure your manuscript is the best it can be before it reaches the hands of readers or publishing professionals.

What is Developmental Editing?

Developmental editing is a comprehensive and in-depth review of a manuscript that focuses on the overall structure and content of the story. This type of editing examines the big picture elements such as plot, character development, pacing, theme, and narrative flow. A developmental editor provides feedback on how to strengthen these elements, addressing issues like plot holes, inconsistencies, and character motivations. The goal is to enhance the overall coherence and impact of the story, ensuring it engages readers from beginning to end.

What is Copy Editing?

Copy editing is the process of reviewing a manuscript for clarity, consistency, and correctness at the sentence and paragraph level. This type of editing involves checking grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax, and style. Copy editors also ensure that the language is clear and concise, and that the manuscript adheres to a specific style guide if required. They look for and correct any inconsistencies in tense, tone, and terminology, making sure the writing flows smoothly and is free from errors that could distract or confuse readers.

What is Proofreading?

Proofreading is the final stage of the editing process, focusing on catching any remaining errors or typos before the manuscript is published or printed. Proofreaders meticulously check for mistakes in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and formatting. Unlike developmental or copy editing, proofreading does not involve making changes to the content or structure of the text. Instead, it ensures that the manuscript is polished and free from any surface-level errors, providing a clean and professional final version ready for publication.

Remember, writing the draft is just the beginning. Taking the time to carefully edit and choose the right path for publishing will help you create a book you can be proud of. Keep writing, and don’t rush the process—your story deserves the best!

What Does Tally Ink Offer Writers?

At Tally Ink, we understand the challenges and intricacies of the publishing journey. Whether you're just starting your manuscript or putting the final touches on your book, Tally Ink offers comprehensive services to support you at every step.

Comprehensive Editing Services

Our team of experienced editors is here to help you refine your manuscript. From developmental editing, which focuses on the overall structure and content of your story, to copy editing and proofreading, we ensure your book is polished and ready for readers.

Design and Formatting

A captivating cover and professional formatting are crucial for any book. Tally Ink connects you with talented cover artists who can create visually appealing designs that capture the essence of your story. Our formatters ensure that your book looks great and is easy to read, whether it's in print or digital format.

Author Support for Any Publishing Route

Whether you’re aiming for traditional publishing or choosing to self-publish, Tally Ink has you covered. We offer services tailored to your specific needs, including manuscript evaluations, personalized feedback, and coaching sessions to help you navigate the publishing process. While we don't publish the book for you, we provide all the necessary tools and support to get your manuscript ready for the publishing journey.

The 60-Day Novel Writing Challenge

One of our flagship offerings is The 60-Day Novel Writing Challenge. This structured program is designed to help authors complete their novels in just 60 days. With daily tasks, motivational tips, and expert guidance on plotting, character development, and other essential aspects of novel writing, this challenge is perfect for both new and experienced writers looking to achieve their writing goals.

Learn More About Tally Ink

For more information about Tally Ink and The 60-Day Novel Writing Challenge, check out the video below:

Tally Ink is committed to empowering writers and helping them achieve their dreams. Whether you need editing, design, or guidance, we're here to support you every step of the way. Let Tally Ink be your partner in the publishing journey.


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