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Author feedback for your book is another area that requires authenticity from you, the author. Some not so commendable authors pay people for “good feedback”. A lack of integrity will sooner or later be revealed. I would flee from such an author and his/her books!

This is what Max Tucker, Chairman & Co-Founder at Book In A Box has to say:

“If you want to show your manuscript to someone to get feedback, it should generally be a person from one of these two groups:

  • People who are experienced writers/editors
  • People who are in the exact audience for your book

Let’s break down each category:

Experienced Writers or Editors

This is obvious. Someone who has a lot of experience in writing and editing can almost certainly help you with your manuscript, and give good feedback. But remember, many people vastly overestimate their experience and ability in these areas. Many people think they are skilled writers or editors, when in fact they are not.

  • People who are in the exact audience for your book

This type of feedback can be very helpful. They could tell you what really helped them in the book, what parts they wished had more content, and where they got confused or lost. That sort of feedback tends to be very valuable.

One thing to remember about those people though, is summed up in this quote from famous author Neil Gaiman:

When people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”

His point… very few people are good enough at writing or editing to actually know how to do it well. They may know that your book isn’t working for them in some way, and that critique should be listened to. But their ideas for solutions are probably bad, because they have no experience actually solving writing problems.” – End of quotation

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This is good advice, which I am trying to follow.

As per my book of poetry, namely My Best Poems, Complete Collection, I have the privilege to have someone very special, from the first above mentioned category commenting on my final draft, before its publication; Robyn Claydon, a published author who holds degrees in Education, Literature and Theology and is a Fellow of the Australian  College of Education.

She is an international speaker and author,  taught English for many years and lectures in Poetry.

Her books include a Personal Development Course for Secondary School Students, a History of the School where she was the Vice Principal and books on practical theology.

She is listed in the World’s Who’s Who of Women and the Dictionary of Distinguished Leadership. She resides in Sydney with her husband.

This is what she had to say about my book:

Pia’s poems capture echoes from the past, reflections on the present and hope for the future. T.S.  Eliot in “Four Quartets” writes:

“Footfalls echo in the memory

Down the passage that we did not take

Towards the door we never opened

Into the rose-garden”

 The echoes from Pia’s life as she reflects on the harsh realities of life’ experiences and the disappointment of unfulfilled dreams  can evoke our own echoes. But her poetry does more than dwell on life’s disappointments; it also reveals the healing power of beauty glimpsed in nature and in life-affirming relationships.  She moves from darkness to light; from despair to discovery and to the assured hope of the eternal “Rose Garden “.

Robyn Claydon


Another high-caliber feedback, about Part 3, Spirituality, from My Best Poems Collection is from Pastor Ralph Estherby, Author, Australian Army Chaplain, Director of Chaplaincy Australia and Senior Pastor at Breakthrough Hornsby Church, as listed below:

“I have found Pia’s “Spirituality” poetry to be consistent and life-giving and I commend the work highly. Her poems are almost Psalm-ic or Proverbial in the biblical sense.  They often presented a ‘tension’ which needed resolution which came to finalization in the last stanza bringing release and joy.

I consider this to be a valuable piece of work and I thank her for allowing me the privilege of critique.”

Ralph Estherby


“Great poems and perfect synaesthesia (words and art).”

 Koraljka /Artist and Illustrator



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