We’re always learning

I finally just realized today how to fix a problem that some people can’t see my comments in the margins for my critiques because of platform problems or not having Word: I will start saving my crititques with the Track Changes and comments as PDFs! Why didn’t I think of this earlier?

So if you don’t have Word and are either waiting on an edit from me or will be asking me for a critique in the future, make sure to tell me to save your manuscript as a PDF when I return it. You’ll be able to see the comments (and print them out if you like) and not have to worry about trying to get to see it on a computer with Word or have me try to copy and paste all the comments into a separate file, which is time-consuming and confusing (the nice thing about Track Changes in Word is that when you add a comment, it references the place you’re referring to).

It’s a simple solution to a complicated problem. I love it when it finally comes together, but I do wish I could go back and fix some critiques from the past months. Speaking of which, if you got a critique from me in the past and don’t have Word, you likely didn’t get my full comments (and I didn’t even realize this was a problem until someone recently spoke up about it). I have a file of everything I’ve ever critiqued (I don’t delete the files once I send them to authors, in case something comes up later that I’ll want to reference), so if you’d like me to send you a PDF so you can be sure to get the full value of the critique, I’d be glad to send it along.

About The Author

Stacy Whitman is the publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books. She specializes in fantasy, mystery, and science fiction for children and young adults.


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