In our first year of business, we received more than a dozen manuscripts. We had to reject ninety percent of them—mostly for the same reasons.
Here are the top twelve reasons manuscripts are rejected:
- The author is telling instead of showing
- The point of view isn’t consistent
- The opening failed to hook the reader
- The author is dumping too much information on the reader
- The plot lacks conflict and suspense
- The characters are one-dimensional and flat
- The development of the characters and their relationships is unrealistic
- The manuscript contains scenes and passages that don’t move the story forward
- The ending is illogical, rushed, or dragged out
- The dialogue is unrealistic
- The sex scenes are not a good fit for the book
- The manuscript is riddled with grammar and spelling mistakes
To help new authors get published, may it be with Ylva Publishing or another publisher, we’re going to post bi-monthly articles about the reasons for manuscript rejection and explain how to avoid the most common mistakes.
Questions are highly welcome, so please feel free to leave a comment or send us an e-mail. We’re looking forward to some interesting discussions.