Formatting a Fiction Manuscript? Check These 7 Things

I'm working on the finishing touches of my novella before I send it off to an editor. Fixing copyediting issues, checking the tags, changing the tags---reviewing, tweaking, picking, agonizing, self-doubting, teeth-grinding, and rinse-and-repeating... Between all of that, I realized that I hadn't spent a whole lot of time on the big picture. I don't mean …

Quick Points on Rewriting the First Line, First Paragraph, First Chapter

I've rewritten the first chapter of my WIP about six times. First paragraph? Probably a few more than that.  I had received feedback from one beta-reader that my second chapter was stronger than the first. And another beta-reader informed me that she got into my book "after the first chapter." After isn't good. During is …