“Sweet Dreams”: by Kirsten Ashley

A Book Review Lost and Found

Georgia NeSmith

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Telluride, Colorado — Photo by Thomas Kelley on Unsplash

Finally! I found this book review I wrote in 2014 on one of the three books I ordered free through Audible, via my membership then. I’ve been looking for for it for at least 6 years. Found it where hadn’t occurred to me to look until this evening — on my business website for my editing services.

I remember now I put it there to demonstrate the thoroughness with which I might review a fiction manuscript (as opposed to the dissertations I was doing back then). Tho I suspect it probably scared a lot of fiction writers away.

However, I reviewed the book as a finished, published piece, which is very different from what my approach would be to a student’s/client’s work. I’d certainly be a lot more supportive and the exasperated tone would not be there. This is a published piece by a writer who now has more than 80 books published (a bit fewer in 2014). She is no beginner (another distinction I would make in terms of my expectations). Not by a long LONG shot.

So the delicious pleasure I took in pointing out its massive flaws derives from shock at discovering she is an NYT Best Selling Romance author who’s been around quite a while. Plenty of time to get some decent feedback both from editors (which she now clearly has the ability to pay, and well).

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Georgia NeSmith

Retired professor, feminist, writer, photographer, activist, grandmother of 5, overall Wise Woman. Phd UIA School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 1994.