Writing Better: Call for Editing Exercise Suggestions

editing exampleOne of the most popular blogs on this site is the one where I took a page from The Hunger Games and explained why the writing needed a lot more work to be considered quality. I’d like to do another post like this, and need your help in picking a piece to go through.

Therefore, if you’ve read a book lately and thought, “this really could have used another draft or two,” I want to know about it! Grab your phone, snap a photo of the page and email it to contact@rlbrody.com; I’ll choose from the entries I receive and do another blog entry like that one. Here are the guidelines for submission:

1. Only traditionally-published books, please.
While I’m sure there are plenty of self-published books that could use another round of editing, the point here isn’t to pick on indie authors who are trying to make a name for themselves, and while I think using  an editor is a critical step in self-publishing, I don’t think it’s fair to go after those who may not have the resources to hire a professional editor.

2. I have to be able to read the page you submit.
For obvious reasons. If the book (and page) you pick is available via Google Books, that’s fine – in that case, just provide a link!

3. Please include the title and author of your selection.
Also, I hope, for obvious reasons.

4. Recent, popular books will be given preference over older submissions.
Because I want to talk about books read by the widest possible audience.

Looking forward to receiving your recommendations!

Looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Want to flex your own critical muscles? I’m accepting beta readers/advance reviewers for my upcoming short story collection SHORT FRICTIONS and would love to see your name and email address on the list!



Want to flex your own editing muscles? I’m accepting applications 

3 responses to “Writing Better: Call for Editing Exercise Suggestions

  1. I like your idea, but I think there is an oops in point #2 (the bold section) re submitting a page. Please check the wording again.

    • Rachel / @girl_onthego

      Sharp eye! Thank you, I’ve corrected point 2. (Fantastic irony, given the topic – clearly, everyone needs an editor…even me!)

      • You’re welcome! If I thought you would be offended I’d have not commented, but I was pretty sure you would not be. And you are also not the first to miss things when writing about editing. I am currently taking an introduction to editing course, so I am more aware of oopses than I have been in the past — and I also really really really appreciate the availability of multiple sets of eyes when I write anything. The irony was not lost on me, either, so I enjoyed the oops — although I don’t remember exactly what it was any more.

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