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8/31: The Editor Is In

I've been asked to edit a manuscript, and after much deliberation I've decided to go ahead. The writer, who's a stranger to me, has been willing to put her (original fiction) rough draft out there with a sincere request for comment and critique, and I admire that kind of openness and courage (and enthusiasm and self-confidence). I said I'd give her a free hard edit of the first couple of pages (because I'm guessing that problems I see there represent a pattern throughout the work).

She replied very quickly. I'm not 100% sure that she actually accepted my offer of a free editorial scalpel-ing, but I'm going to go ahead.

Old Peanuts comic panel showing Lucy at her psychiatrist booth, with the overhead banner changed to say Word Help Five Cents


ETA: I understand that this budding young author has spammed pretty much all of DW--including the DW Powers That Be--with her request for reviews. I'd like to think she's sincere if a little mistaken in her approach, and I wouldn't want to see her shot down for it. We were all young writers once, and, speaking for myself, not all of us had this much chutzpah.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.

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karen_jk
Oct. 9th, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
Ok, I missed this part about how she'd asked for reviews.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 9th, 2013 06:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was a tempest in a 15-second teacup yesterday or Sunday. I would never, ever, ever volunteer critique unasked. This young woman, however, created a DW account (maybe an LJ too, I'm not sure) the day before yesterday, made a single post linking to her Tumblr and to wherever the whole novel is already posted, and then sent private messages to everyone with interests listed in the Supernatural, vampire, werewolf, Teen Wolf, and writing realms.

I didn't realize that the request was so impersonal and publicity-seeking until after I'd started reading her story. It sort of snowballed from there.

Edited at 2013-10-09 06:27 am (UTC)
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