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Old November 17 2013, 06:11 PM   #52
DonIago
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Re: Writing questions

All I can say is that it's an odd bit of serendipity that I'm reading this thread after having read a friend's non-self-published book that triggered several of my editorial alarms, particularly a few which his prior work also set off.

Unfortunately he had a bad experience with a prior editor once upon a time which I believe has made him a bit oversensitive to critiques, he has in the past handwaved aside critiques as "the book's already published so nothing's going to change now" and, bluntly, I've offered feedback on his work but he hasn't reciprocated. So this time around we had a bit of a conversation about his story in which I neither provided any editorial feedback nor said anything that might have answered the simple question of, "Did you like it?" He didn't seem to notice how I walked around the whole thing, which is simultaneously a bit of a relief, a slightly guilty pleasure and a bit guilt-inducing (I don't actually like it when I think I could help someone become a better writer and I don't try to do so).
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