You are about to send your complete manuscript to an editor, agent or a publisher. Freeze! Before you send this masterpiece into the world, test it in a Word Jam Session.
Order pizza, pick up some beverages and invite three to five friends over. Feed them, make small talk and when they’re feeling mellow, pass out portions of your manuscript. I recommend having them read both smooth as well as clunky parts. Okay, I know what you’re thinking ~ A sneak attack on your friends (i.e. making them read your manuscript aloud in exchange for their dinner) is sneaky. Well, you need to hear your words read out loud, feel the texture of your lines as it flows from a readers’ lips. Even Stephen King has someone read his work before it goes to an agent. So, write, invite friends over and have Word Jam Session!