Sodaro's Stories

October 10, 2010

Too many cooks…

Filed under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:48 pm

It is always an awkward time when someone asks if they can read my unpublished books. I know that their request comes from a good place. I know that they see it as being supportive and are sure that I would welcome any advice they would give or opinions they would have. I truly appreciate their interest in my projects, I really do. It warms my writer’s heart and truly makes my muse giggle with delight…
My hesitation in handing over my rough texts who have not yet been polished, not yet been sent out into the world is complicated. There is of course the thought that if I hand it over to everyone that asks to read it, there will be no one left to buy it when it is published…
But there is also another thought…the “too many cooks in the kitchen” idea. If all of these people read my books before they are published, and I get all of these opinions about things that are not yet concrete, how do I distinguish between good opinions and bad opinions? How do I tell this person that yes, you should read my book and yes, please tell me what I should change and this other person, no, you can’t read it yet and no, I don’t want to change that?
Mostly I avoid this issue by not letting anyone read anything I have written…but I now find myself trusting a reader with my words that I have not even read through…have not edited and fretted over. I write them, I type them, and I hand them over to one who handles them with kid gloves and knows what it is that is held. It is a rare thing indeed to find someone who understands that.



  1. It sure is. Hang on to that reader.

    Sometimes writers need protecting from well-meaning friends πŸ™‚

    Comment by Liz Carmichael — October 11, 2010 @ 6:51 am | Reply

    • Trust me, I am hanging on to this reader!!! And I have gotten pretty good at protecting my novels. I feel like that overprotective mom on the playground. LOL

      Comment by msodaro — October 11, 2010 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  2. I like that, an over protective mom πŸ™‚ Unfortunately it’s necessary sometimes.

    Comment by Liz Carmichael — October 12, 2010 @ 3:45 am | Reply

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