Sunday, 20 March 2011


I don't always find it easy to edit. Sometimes I'm on a roll. But if the edit is about proof reading, it is amazing how often I can go through something and still miss out letters from words, leave out whole words, or leave in grammatical errors.

A couple of weeks ago I had an opportunity to send some work to an editor. These opportunities don't come every day. I had days to go through three chapters with a fine tooth comb, and re-do my synopsis.

What I did was cheeky. But I was amazed at how many people helped. I emailed people from my writing group, and my book group and asked them to go to the Authonomy site and check out the relevant chapters of Deep in the Cocoa, my second book on the site.

I had immediate responses from many. And some really good help in various ways. From typos, to where the narrator had her nose where it shouldn't be. Which was all most useful. It's so interesting to get this kind of feedback. And so helpful.

So, a huge THANK YOU to all you who helped, and who wanted to help but didn't have the time, as it was short notice. 

The lesson ? It pays to ask. 


  1. Glad you got lots of feedback, Marilyn - I really hope you get positive feedback from the editor. Keep us posted!

  2. Thanks Sally. It pays to ask. I felt in a dire situation, and had started to panic. But yes, I am hoping for some positive feedback from the editor. Or any kind of feedback really. It's all I can ask for!