Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's A Secret

This week's question: What are you reading now?

My answer: It's a secret.

I'm reading 2 very cool stories. One is aimed at children, one at middle-grade readers. I'd love to give you more details, but neither book is published yet so I don't want to give away any plot lines that result in the writers' ideas being stolen and them suing me for all the royalties they would have earned. In both cases, I'm helping them with edits and thoroughly enjoying both stories in the process.

P.S. For authors who say no to reading other people's manuscripts because of how time consuming it is, I highly recommend finding space in your life for at least one unpublished novel per year. I find that I learn just as much from helping other people hone their novels as I do from any writing craft book or course.


RJ Harlick said...

I agree with you, Robin, that you can learn a lot from reading an unpublished manuscript. It can be a good reminder of what not to do. I also enjoy working with the writer to help them improve it.

Susan C Shea said...

Belonging to a writers' group is so valuable. I regret ours fell apart when two of us got book contracts and our schedules and writing/editing needs speeded up so much. Do you read for larger developmental issues? I think that's the biggest help - the copy editing comes later, imho.

Meredith Cole said...

I agree, too. I just finished teaching a novel writing class--and I'm always amazed at how much I learn each semester when I regularly give feedback on unpublished work.