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May is all about flowers and sunshine. My yard is already full of buds and blooms. Here's a photo of the earliest explosion of color. I'd love to see what's in your garden. Send me a photo!

Enjoy the reader tips in this issue. Next month I'll have some helpful editing tips for your WIP. In the meantime, let me know of burning questions you have about editing your own manuscripts.


Reader Tips!

Reviews are important to writers. They give guidance to other readers when choosing a book. It might be surprising to learn that although writers love good reviews, they know that all reviews might not be a five-star review. Writers pay attention to what a reader says about their books even if the critique may point out flaws in the characters and the story. Importantly, readers occasionally catch something that was missed in the writing.

When leaving a review, these are some questions to ask yourself that you can include in the review:
  1. Why did I choose this book?
  2. Was it in the genre I read, or am I stretching my reading life into trying a new category?
  3. Does the story flow?
  4. Do I care about the characters, and what makes them strong and what are their weaknesses?
Trashing a book or an author serves no purpose. Leave an honest, carefully written assessment of what you read. If you didn’t like the work, give an author honest insight into their writing and why the story did not resonate with you. Is your critical review one that will help the author build on their writing?

An example of a bad review that doesn't help the author or the reader is one an author friend of mine received. A reader bought all six e-books in the series. They read the first chapter of the first book and decided they didn’t like it. The reviews left for all six books stated, “This is a horrible book. I didn’t even read it. Don’t waste your time.” In looking at the reader's other reviews, this reader didn't like anything but biographies, so this series was not one they would have liked anyway.
The author got it that the reader didn’t like the book. However, if the books were never read, how could the reviewer have left a knowledgeable review?
Read on, review, and make your reviews matter. And if you’ve left a raving review, you can bet the author is smiling that someone understood what they were trying to convey.

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This Month's Recommendation
When was the last time you had an AFB? What is that, you ask? Take ten minutes and listen to this writing podcast. These guys are funny and full of good tips. If you have good stuff to say about writing, they interview authors. Click the image to find out what the heck is an AFB.

Book giveaway!

Visit my website The Editing Pen and find the May flower basket.
Click on the hidden basket to enter a drawing to win a free book.
May flowers bring gift showers!

Book giveaway!

I love to host blog tours, and usually the author has a giveaway for you wonderful readers. Here's a doozy:


 My Monster Friends and Me 

by Annie Sarac (Author)
Alice Brereton (Illustrator)

My Monster Friends and Me:
A Big Kid’s Guide to Things that Go Bump in the Night and Overcoming Your Fears (courage and anxiety bedtime books, social-emotional learning) 

 A delightful new monster book for kids to help them overcome their fears!
"This is a great way to start talking to young children about their fears and the monsters they become in their imaginations."—Kirkus Reviews

Caution: Monsters NOT as scary as they appear! Join a brave big kid in this surprising picture book as he shows off the many monsters he used to fear—but not anymore! He knows the secret to handling these scary beasts. With a little courage to turn the page... you never know what friends you'll find!

We all know about the monster under the bed and in the closet, but there are many other fears that children face every day from loud noises and spooky shadows to thunderstorms and the unknown in the dark. Blending bedtime chills and humor with fun illustrations, this clever monster story encourages children and shows how the power of imagination can help conquer fears.

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