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Interested in having a "to the bone" critique

  1. Petra Vlah profile image60
    Petra Vlahposted 7 years ago

    Asking for a favor takes a lot of guts, but I really need help and would appreciate your impute.

    I am having major disagreements with an editor about a chapter I wrote (part of my memoirs book).
    It will be time consuming since the chapter is 9000 words, but if you could write a “to the bone” critique about it, I would forever be in debt to your generosity to help out.

    Not knowing anything about the previous chapters may make it even more difficult, so I understand that a comprehensive critique is impossible. If you are interested, I could e-mail you attaching the chapter “Changing gears” and the critique I got from the editor.

    Please do not hesitate to ignore this message or to decline my plea for help.

    1. Sally's Trove profile image81
      Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Talk to your editor frankly. Pull no punches. After all, you are the one who pays his/her salary/fee.

      If you are so at odds with your editor, then you should sever the relationship, or, look to yourself about why you are at odds with a professional's opinion.

      If you are asking for someone's "impute" in this forum, then I think you need to look to yourself first. Perhaps your editor is telling you something you don't want to hear.

      1. psycheskinner profile image84
        psycheskinnerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Typically the publisher pays an editor.  Are we talking self-publishing here?

        1. Sally's Trove profile image81
          Sally's Troveposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Your question is beside the point. Petra got good advice or bad from the editor, whether that editor was hired on contract or was employed by a publisher.

          It's the author's and editor's responsibilities to work with each other toward the common goal of getting the work published. If they can't agree, then the agreement needs to be terminated.

          Petra, hopefully your editor is a professional and is working in your interest. If you don't like what she/he has to say, then make that confrontation.

  2. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    I would, but not sure it would be worth any value. However, I am *bumping* this thread back to the top, to see if anyone else can help. smile

    1. psycheskinner profile image84
      psycheskinnerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      There are forums where you can get critiques like critiquecircle and the absolute write water cooler.

      1. Cagsil profile image61
        Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        And, how is that relevant to what I said? It makes no difference to me where other critique places are, because I have no use for them. You telling me is meaningless.

        But, I was trying to bring the thread to the attention of others, which is why I *bump* it, so Petra could get assistance. wink smile

        1. Petra Vlah profile image60
          Petra Vlahposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you all so much; I will have to make a decision soon and I will get back to you. So far there was good and there was bad in this relationship, but I feel now more than ever, my editor is too busy to spend the neccessary time and effort required for this project

 
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