What makes a good manuscript? 1

What makes a good manuscript?

A manuscript is the work that an author submits to a publisher, editor, or producer for publication. A manuscript can also be referred to as a written or typewritten composition, document or book as distinguished from a printed copy.

A manuscript can also be a draft of a writer’s work whether it’s a memoir, a novel, a collection of poetry, a children’s story, a nonfiction book, or something submitted to the publisher for publication. Most publishing companies in the recent past have advised writers and only made it a compulsory requirement that only a printed manuscript can be allowed for assessment. This is because a hand written manuscript can be easily destroyed. The manuscript that is handwritten can also be misplaced leaving no reference material. In some situations a writer may have illegible handwriting that can be so hectic for a publisher to read.

A typed manuscript can be shared and stored in soft copy. It is also good because it is so easy to format it and even do editing on it. Every publishing company wants a good manuscript. It is very important for an author to distinguish a good manuscript from a bad one. This helps an author to easily know what to include in written content and what to avoid. Preparing a manuscript needs deep research and in writing it, it should be treated as brain surgery. Giving it good time and a nice plan in order to edit and write it.

A good manuscript should contain information that is unique. Original work. Original work does not mean that you can not refer to what other writers have done. If you refer then acknowledge the source. It is good for the writer to come up with unique writing styles. It is a writing style that identifies a writer. For a manuscript to be unique a writer must avoid duplication of creativity of already published work.
It should be well written: This is in terms of fluency of the narrative, it should be concise and of good graphitic and graphological features. It is easy for an editor to reject a manuscript if it is not informative and communicative. Every content published should be clear to the reader. A good manuscript should not be complicated. In maintaining complexity of a manuscript writers should try as much as they could not to confuse ideas.

A good manuscript should also have correct citing of other scientists work. It should clearly state whenever there is information that does not belong to owner of the manuscript. Citation helps readers to know what came directly from the mind of the writer and what was adopted from other sources. When citation is done well, the issue of plagiarism can be avoided.

How to do a good manuscript. Professionals who format their manuscripts correctly may gain an advantage in the publishing process, as publishers are more likely to recognise their work. When work is well arranged it is easy for an editor to spot mistakes. But where work is mixed up some serious mistakes can be ignored hence making the writer to appear so inexperienced if the content gets to the readers with those mistakes.

For an author to do a good manuscript, the author must interact with it’s audience and listen to their expectations. The audience is the consumer. The consumer is supposed to get what he wants not what the author thinks is expected.

In general to be able to do a good manuscript you need to understand current trends in writing, current issues, understand what culture expects and ensuring content is correct.