I feel like this is all I'm doing lately.  I've been reviewing a lot of new authors lately.  I've found a lot of gems, but I've also read a few books that make me grind my teeth.  Being the person I am, wanting to help other authors and liking the story, if not the editing, I send critiques of the books I don't finish just the same as the books I do.

But I'm starting to get tired of the disillusionment emails I get for my time.  Things like, "But I had an editor!" or, "I just don't understand," or "I can't believe my editor missed so much," or "I feel shocked," or "I feel lost."

Is there something wrong with saying, "Thank you"?  Or what about, "I appreciate you helping me"?  "Thank you for taking the time to review my novel"?  I feel like the bad guy when authors dump all that on me.  I'm just trying to help.  Rethink how you went about editing your novel, find other habits that work better, learn from your mistakes.  It's not the end of the world, it's just a reviewer giving you the chance to improve.  I could have put it in a review, blogged about it, posted it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and Smashwords, thus making my words a permanent blemish on your writing career.  I didn't.  The story's fine.  You have potential.  It just wasn't ready to be published yet.



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