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Today, I want to talk to you about doing your best. It sounds like there’s not a lot to talk about, right? Oh, you are so, so wrong.

I was wrong, too.

There. I said it. I was wrong. I thought it was obvious that you need to do your best every single time. I was mistaken. I’ve seen a lot of people half-assing their book lately. What’s the point of writing if you don’t give it your best shot?

I’ve seen many, many people talking about how their book is going to take off just like Harry Potter did. And oh, they don’t need to do any editing at all. They can just send it off to a publisher as soon as NaNoWriMo ends. The publisher will receive it and accept a publishing deal on December 1.

Say what?

No, you need to put work into it. NaNoWriMo is quantity over quality. You’ve heard that…right?

I know, it’s not easy to admit that your book needs to be edited. I fought that for a while. Guess what? If you want to make your book the best it can be, you have got to edit it. That includes sending it off to an editor after you’ve looked it over yourself.

People sending their books to publishers on December 1 is exactly why publishers hate NaNoWriMo. They don’t want to work with someone that has every intention of NOT  doing their best. Come on, guys. Work with me here. Don’t send an unedited book off into the world.

Even if you self-publish, please get some editing work done. If you don’t, your book will be laughed at. I know you don’t want THAT happening.

So please, do your best. Look over that first draft yourself and then send it off to an editor. Don’t try to save money by skipping a step. That step is important.

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Keep the faith, writers. I believe in you all.