Tips on Working with a Manuscript Reader

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  1. Matthew Woolums
    Matthew Woolums February 6, 2014 at 6:29 am .

    11. Don’t forget to thank your readers for their input.

    1. Alissa Johnson
      Alissa Johnson February 7, 2014 at 6:49 am .

      Absolutely. : )

  2. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey February 6, 2014 at 9:29 am .

    Thanks for an excellent post, Alissa.

    After all the critiquing from my writing buddies, I like to get a full read from someone who reads a lot in my genre but is not a writer. The feedback is very different and very helpful because it’s usually all about plot and character and rarely about the details of word choice, sentence construction or where the commas go.

    1. Alissa Johnson
      Alissa Johnson February 7, 2014 at 6:49 am .

      Such a great point! I remember a well-published writer who sat in on a book club–he couldn’t believe how much the discussion focused on characters and why they made the choices they did. A good reminder of what our final audience cares about.

  3. Dean K Miller
    Dean K Miller February 6, 2014 at 11:28 am .

    Let’s see, I’ve violated #’s 6 & 8, but so far without to much collateral damage. #2 is a great idea. Why not kick the tires and take it for a spin around the block be committing our precious work to someone? #10 is spot on and one I believe wholly. Creating the manuscript is fun and adventurous, often fraught with errors we know we’ll correct. But working through it on revisions, and it is work, it where the story is brought to life. Thanks RMFW and Alissa for great ideas.

    1. Alissa Johnson
      Alissa Johnson February 7, 2014 at 6:48 am .

      Glad it was helpful… I agree, #6 won’t make or break it but as the one doing the editing, I’ve had some clients that could never rest!

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