It looks like I may have opened a can of worms by suggesting the writers would like input. I’m going to clarify the purpose of the comments for these Edits:
The comments are for patting each other on the back, giving each other that little hair-raising shot of praise that makes publication worthwhile. You can ask questions and discuss subject choice and genre, too. Anything that would feel good to the author.
However, the comments are not for amateur critiques. I’m sorry, folks, this is not a critique group. This is a professional editing blog, differentiating between good writing advice and bad writing advice so aspiring writers know they can count on what they learn here. Unless you are a professional editor (sometimes even when you are), I’m afraid you are not qualified to give this advice. The last thing I want is to disseminate writing advice under the guise of amateur critiquing. And I don’t have time to correct all the mistaken advice any or all of you might have absorbed from sundry sources and be willing to pass on.
THERE’S A LOT OF BAD ADVICE OUT THERE.
This is your safe place.
If you’re interested in joining a group under my supervision, I do run Workshops. There are several operating right now, one under-enrolled. Please feel free to contact me about getting in on a reduced fee for the remaining weeks.
On the blog, let’s stick to praise and discussion about ideas and support.
Please–leave the critiquing to me.