Let me rephrase: you have been very clear that you are not ok with nitpick comments re: typos or grammar. I thought you were ok with more overarching comments regarding plot or character. Your statement here seems to apply to all criticism. Is that true?Siobhan
Please do not correct the typos. The reasons for this are many.
- some of you don’t read each other’s comments and we end up with twenty comments about broke instead of broken or some other minor issue
- some of you do read each other’s comments and then call each other dirty names because you disagree about comma placement
- some of you email us personally about typos, flooding the email box with corrections
- a lot of times your corrections are wrong.
This makes more work for us.
Errors of Fact
…everywhere (including the Pack Map) you have the Pack in the north *East* and in the first chapter of Ryder you have it in the North *west*.
“In the absence of a great enemy, the city had fragmented again, with the Pack controlling a chunk of the metropolis to the north-west.”Lynn
This is an error of fact. It must be corrected.
If you spot such an error, please email us and we will fix it. Please do not post it in the comments. While all comments are being read, the email is prioritized over the comments and we can fix the error faster. We are very grateful to Lynn for spotting this and emailing us right away.
Please be sure that you are not mistaken before emailing.
“The Rod of Aaron” never turns into a snake in the Bible. I know only Christians might notice or care (some probably won’t). I still loved Ch. 6 pt. 1 but I just thought you, the authors, might like to know. (It’s actually the Rod of Moses that does so — twice, in fact — in the scriptures)Oh Kay
This is not an error of fact.
10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: 12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.Exodus 7
Click here to view this verse in many different types of the Bible.
It costs writing time to respond to corrections. 🙂 Please be mindful of our time and yours.
Errors of Expertise
Camilla, who is a former nurse, was kind enough to point out the issues with taking a direct hit on the spine. This is an error of expertise on our part. We are not medical professionals. We have fixed this error and we are grateful for her generosity and help, but her comment was deleted.
A comment like this has the potential to detract from the reading experience, because it threatens the suspension of disbelief. This is something that’s typically fixed in a beta read. This is less about the infallibility of us as writers and more about us protecting your enjoyment. If you spot such an error, please email it to us but please refrain from commenting.
Critical Comments That Attempt to Improve Our Writing
Here is our press kit with some highlights of our career. If you possess professional credentials that surpass ours in the field of writing and editorial work and would like to contribute to improving the manuscript, please drop our agent an email and we will consider employing you as an editor for our future projects.
At this time, we are not soliciting editorial feedback from professionals on our first draft. If you have no professional credentials, please remember that we do not come to your job and explain to you how to do it properly. 🙂
Yesterday was a slow day and only 19, 866 of you read the Ryder post. If everyone of you had questioned our word choice or sentence structure, I don’t think we would keep going.
Reader comments that criticize, praise, speculate, and pick apart the story are fine. That’s what it is there for. Go ahead, knock yourselves out. Reader reactions help us fine tune the narrative. We want to know what plot turns and character actions made you happy, or sad, or upset.
If your comments are deleted for cause, you will be notified. You will not be banned for leaving a critical comment even if it crosses the above guidelines. You will just get a fussy email and an explanation of why the comment was removed. Sometimes the offending comment will be left with a response, because we would like to respond publically.
So Siobhan, none of your comments have been removed, which means you are fine.
Please remember that the story is here for your enjoyment. It’s probably best to not nitpick it over every little wrong thing it does, because it kills the fun of it. Unless your fun is gleefully finding something that didn’t work and madly cackling to yourself about what huge hacks we are. We don’t mind if you cackle, just keep it to yourself. 😉