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  1. #11
    Jay's given you some really good advice here, rookie, to which I'll add:

    You've just finished? Okay, print the novel, get it bound in some way for easy reading (if you wish), and then put it in a drawer for a couple of months. Get started on something new while you're waiting.

    After a few months, go back and edit your first novel. You'll have left it alone long enough for it to be somewhat unfamiliar, which will allow you to edit it with a more unbiased eye. Editing it will teach you how to pick up on errors, things you missed while writing, etcetera.

    Finished editing? Great, put the novel back in the same drawer and go back to work on the next one. Why? Because as brutal as this may seem, that novel is not good enough (yet) to approach a publisher with. That isn't because you're a bad writer, or because you can't hack it in this profession, but it is reality for 99% of writers. First attempts at anything are rarely good enough to make it. It takes hours and hours of practise.

    But if you're willing to accept that, and you stick around to get advice off people who've been where you are now, you'll be a much better writer when it counts.
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  2. #12
    Well, of course, you need to have it edited. It is better to have an editor to have better and good results. Then you need to find a publisher to have it published. Good luck!

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