The Heidi Thorne Show

What to Do If Your Friend‘s Writing Stinks | Episode 225

December 21, 2021

Your best friend, or maybe a family member, has just completed a book manuscript. The person asks if you'd be willing to edit, proof or review it. Then you begin to read the "masterpiece" just created. All you can think is, "Oh dear God, this stinks!" Here's how to handle this awkward situation with the hope of preserving your relationship.

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Blog: Editing and Proofreading Tips for Being Critical and Kind When Reviewing Friends' Writing

Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:14 The ask by friends and family author wannabes

1:03 What your author friends really want from you

2:45 What to do if you're stuck reviewing a real book manuscript stinker

4:50 Preventing bad feelings and bad book review requests

5:26 The SETUP for less UPSET when reviewing friends' work

8:18 How to connect with Heidi

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