Writers need good friends. They need them to buy their books (someone has to!), flatter their egos and tell them to stop worrying and just get on with it. They also need them to read their manuscripts before the book gets sent to the publishers and for this special friends are required. Actually, I wouldn’t even describe these people as friends – they are more work mates, colleagues, fellow book lovers and word crafters. Because the worst thing a writer wants as feedback is “it’s great” and nothing else. It’s not helpful. There are very few books that are completely great, even of those that are published, and most books at the manuscript stage are down right horrific. Writers need someone to tell them what is really awful about their particular book – something which friends aren’t necessarily very good at. My storyAbsorbed is being read by a good friend who I met years ago as a work colleague. We were both reporters/subeditors for the same newspaper at the time and she is also a book reviewer so I know she will take her “friend” hat off and put her “reviewer” hat on (and also fix some my appalling grammar). It’s just I haven’t heard from her since I gave her the manuscript in the middle of last week and I’m sure she’s read it by now . . .
I quick email saying “it’s great” would really cheer me up right about now.