*This* is a Good Idea

When is “editing” really “marketing?” Read on:

Children’s author crowdsources the editing of her new time-travel novel
by Charlie Jane Anders

Most authors nowadays try to get as many pairs of eyes as possible to look at their books before they’re published. Look at the acknowledgements of any science fiction or fantasy novel, and you’ll see a list of beta readers and people who gave feedback on early drafts.

But author Andrea White is taking this idea one step further — and giving kids a chance to become more involved in the writing process. White has posted the entire text of her novel,Time Angel, on her website, so kids can give her feedback long before it’s published next spring. White writes:

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“We’re all salesmen, no matter what our job title.” (LB)

And, let’s face it, in this day and age that is not a bad thing.