Tutorial: Driving Another Author Insane.

Or how I learned to make a friend turn to possible drinking.

This is less of a tutorial and more of a warning. As some people might know, one of the projects I am working on is Road Trip of the Damned, a zombie fiction novel. But instead of doing the smart thing and sending to a paid editor, I asked a friend of mine and fellow author Alex Hansen to read it and give me his thoughts about it. To say that I think that it could have been too much for him, might have been an understatement.

Within the 326 pages of the beta copy of the novel I gave him, there were 794 comments throughout the document, which I presume over two hundred of them were ‘Period should be a comma‘.

Wow…just wow…

I know that I am not that great of a writer, but almost 800 things to be fixed with a lot of them telling me to fix a common error in writing.

As I work on this, I feel horrible for doing to this to Alex, I could almost envision him; sitting at his computer, staring at the bright white screen as he fought the urge to scream at the top of his lungs “F***ing Commas!”. If I wasn’t in China, I would send him a bottle of wine with a red tag on it with ‘Sorry’ written on it.

So, while I fix this novel before sending to an editor, let me just say this. Respect the people who look over your work. They do a lot for authors and should be appreciated. If another author looks over your novel, look over their novel or do something nice for them.


Filed under How to, Opinion Pieces

2 responses to “Tutorial: Driving Another Author Insane.

  1. Haha, this caught me by surprise!

    For the record, though, I wasn’t screaming “F***ing commas!” to myself while reading, I was muttering “Surely there’s something helpful I can point out besides this punctuation error.”

    Don’t be too hard on yourself. When you get rid of the 200 identical comments, the positive comments, and the “totally just my opinion here, but…” kinds of comments, there’s probably not a whole lot left.

    Do you have an estimate yet for when Road Trip of the Damned will be released?


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