I’ve met a few that think like this, and it isn’t always a bad thing. It depends on who is in the group and what we expect out of others. We’re lucky in that Jamie(my wife) and I are editors and we have other members that tear into manuscripts and point out every little mistake. Each case (group) is different, and we continue to urge people to use an editor anyway, if there are any doubts. It’s important to keep in mind you don’t always get what you pay for. Any editor should be willing to offer a ten page trial.
Last week I met three friends who are writers. We meet weekly, we keep the group at just us four and we have the best of times. One of them told me that a member of a larger group that we are both part of told her, “I don’t need an editor. You guys are my editors.” I don’t remember for sure but I think my mouth dropped. While a writer’s group is great for small edits, plots, pace and loop holes just to name a few, we are not a full proof editorial services company.
Sadly there are writers who do feel this way. A few things can go wrong in this setting. For this particular group and member she is at every meeting, makes sure she submits every single time and hates it when time gets away from the meeting. This is what happened for her to…
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