Last Updated on: January 29th, 2021
Today I want to tell you about one of the gifts I’ve received last year. I also have a video for you to watch.
To set the stage, let me first tell you that in mid-February of 2014, Wording Well, my main website, was born. In addition to being a blogger and a freelance writer, I began to offer editing services as well. (I’ve since added blogging coaching/consultation services to my list.)
It’s amazing what can happen in two years of blogging! Not only did I receive recognition for my editing skills, but…
My Story About Karen Dodd
… in April of 2014, I had the pleasure of getting to know suspense novelist and indie author Karen Dodd.
Because I’m a huge mystery lover, I actually approached Karen and inquired if she was interested in doing an exchange: a copy of her book for a blog post review. This is my standard offer to authors, and includes a review posted to Goodreads.
I’m happy to report that Karen obliged, and sent me a digital copy of her book, Deadly Switch.
I read her book, and reviewed it in May of 2014.
Here’s where things get interesting.
I Can’t Turn My Inner Editor Off!
As I usually do when reading a book, I note any and all parts of the book that need editing. (This is something I simply cannot turn “off”!) Sometimes the changes that are needed are minor, sometimes they are major, and sometimes they are developmental. Sometimes there is one small detail that is overlooked or missed by the book’s editor.
And just so you know, I have found such errors in traditionally published books, too. 😉
However, self-published books tend to require more changes than traditionally published books do. That’s not merely my opinion; that is a fact, and Karen’s book was no different.
After reading and reviewing it, I had mentioned to Karen that I found a few problems, and offered to fix them for her.
I had already made a note of the parts that needed tweaking, so most of the work was already done.
Karen asked me, point-blank, what was in it for me. She couldn’t believe that a complete stranger would help her, for free.
Because I was basically unknown – as an editor – at that time, I simply told her the truth. If she liked my edits, she’d tell her others about me, including her friends who were also authors.
We all know that word-of-mouth marketing is the best kind of marketing there is, and so I figured that giving away some of my services for free initially would help grow the freelance editing side of my business.
What I didn’t expect was to get public recognition by way of a mention in the acknowledgments of her book.
I also didn’t expect to be thanked by given a few gifts!
Thanks FROM Karen Dodd
One day, after my edits were made, accepted, and praised, Karen asked me for my mailing address, as she wanted to send me a token of her appreciation.
A month passed, but nothing arrived in the mail.
Another week or two passed. Still nothing.
Of course, I wasn’t going to ask her or hound her or remind her of what she had said; I’m not like that. So I did nothing, and put the issue out of my mind.
Then one day, I had a surprise in the mail.
Not only did I get an autographed copy of her book, but she mentioned me in her “revised” edition! Watch the video to see what she says about me!
She also gave me a gift card for Tim Horton’s. I’m not a coffee drinker, nor am I regular customer of theirs, but my sister is, and so I sold the card to her for a reduced price, which made both of us happy!
Thanks TO Karen Dodd
About Karen’s Book, Deadly Switch
Getting back to Karen’s book…
Deadly Switch has been called “an Amazon critically acclaimed debut novel” and has received several rave reviews, which can be found on Goodreads and Amazon. It was also featured on The Fussy Librarian. ~from My Book Review of Deadly Switch
I have to say, I’m looking forward to he next book.
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