My intent here in this thread is to invited those who are currently in the process of submitting a finished manuscript. By finished I mean it's been roughed out and the story line completed. NEXT...Editing, query, seeking an agent, SUBMISSION X 6, waiting, the results. So much is geared toward the writing that it becomes a limiter... something that holds back a project. Like a root while digging a hole. There are better tools to use than the shovel used to dig the dirt. I'll go first. I failed at three books because of fundamentals, i.e., spelling, verb tense, etc. Good response on content, nice letters back, but always the same... They're vs their, then vs than, had vs has. This now completed manuscript I finished went straight to an editor. A paid editor. Without changing but a few redundant words, and all of the technical aspects of grammar, it's a new book I even enjoyed reading. Plus, without stumbling over obvious errors I can add to the suspense, draw out a dialog, add a minor character... whatever... and still have a clean book. If you are like me and no matter how hard you try perfection is not in you, it is my opinion that a GREAT story will sell with moderate editing. Now I have to prove it.. or at least try. Otherwise, only editors should write books... and not all editors have published books. So, please stay true to the theme, The book is finished, now what? Let's hear where you are in the submission process. Bad day editing... sound off. Nasty rejection... they're the best. Let's hear it. Waiting for a respond... let it out. Sold one... indulge in vanity, self-promotion and happiness .... But let us read about it too. We all have had and are one click of the mouse away from... critique and criticism. Let this thread be for those of us who have said.... The book is finished, now what? Maybe we all can help each other. Merry Christmas and may 2010 be ours to triumph.