I love when great clients get great recognition, and I wanted to share this Kirkus review of Paul Samuelson’s The Boys of Earth-180. It’s a space adventure for middle-grade boys, and since I actually have the sense of humor of a middle-grade boy, you can imagine how much I enjoyed myself.
Our cave-dwelling ancestors had to be able to distinguish between grunts that meant “Come look at this” and “Run for your life if you don’t want to get mauled” and “I just saw Crunchy keel over after eating this berry.” And the ones who weren’t able to express themselves clearly lost a lot of friends that day.
Self-editing is an important stage in a book’s development—and a valuable learning experience for authors responsible for the quality of their own books. When you hand an editor an unfinished manuscript, you rob yourself of one of the most valuable learning experiences you can have as a writer.
Conventional wisdom for selecting beta readers is to choose people who can give you honest, objective feedback, which typically excludes close family and friends. But sometimes the best feedback comes from the person who knows you the best.
So, I don’t know how to change Word’s default language to Klingon or turn my computer into an orbital station. But I do know there’s a lot hidden beneath the surface of Microsoft Word that I’ve found handy in my own writing and editing.