J.J. Overton

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J.J.Overton is from Coventry, in England’s industrial West Midlands. He studied mechanical engineering and is a Freeman of the City of Coventry. He was a director of Grey and Rushton Precision Tools and subsequently was involved with quality control in various industries. Reading and writing has always been a feature of JJ's leisure time.

In later years, before devoting more time to writing, he was a self-employed stained glass artist. His native Warwickshire, with its rich, and sometimes turbulent history, influences his writing. He is married to Sandra and has two adult sons, David and Chris.



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After writing my first draft I worked through it a second time, and then beta readers (people who I knew) read my book. Subsequently, I…more
Hi Arifah.
After writing my first draft I worked through it a second time, and then beta readers (people who I knew) read my book. Subsequently, I worked through the manuscript a number of times. My advice, as a first option, is to try to get people you know, who will give you an honest opinion, to read your manuscript, and then if need be, to make corrections. Other people will spot errors and spelling mistakes you have missed. However, it is your manuscript. What you want is for people to make constructive comments. If your writing is a novel, you don't want those who read it to alter the story!

The next stage would be to have an editor read the manuscript. The obvious problem with that is that it could be expensive. Of course, this depends on your budget and the word count of your manuscript. If money is tight, fiverr could be an option for finding someone to do editing for you. This is the link to fiverr. https://www.fiverr.com/
I used an editor who I found on fiverr. She did a reasonable job, but if you go down this route, do your research, and ask to see some examples of editing work from those you approach, to save being ripped off. Fiverr may also be a good source where you could find beta readers, but here's a link that could be useful. http://betareadershub.tumblr.com/

Really, the more polished your manuscript can be before submitting it to a printer, the better it would be for your readers; of course, that's important. It is also useful to try to put the writing aside for a couple of weeks and then go back to it. You will then be able to view it more objectively yourself. What I found difficult was when to let the manuscript go and say NO MORE REVISIONS, publish now!
Do you intend to opt for print on demand, and e-book publishing?
Regards,
JJ
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Carmen Thanks for the friend request. : )


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J.J. James  Overton Majenta wrote: "Hello, J.J.! Thank you for contacting me! Congratulations on your books. I hope you are well and that 2017 got off to the right start for you and yours. Have a good week ahead. Blessings!

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Hi Majenta, many thanks for your likes and the congrats, etc. You have a good week too!

JJ


Majenta Hello, J.J.! Thank you for contacting me! Congratulations on your books. I hope you are well and that 2017 got off to the right start for you and yours. Have a good week ahead. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


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