Gail F. Woods

April 17, 2023

Gail Woods - The Smile of Depression & Why Real Communication Matters

By Kim O’Neill

Smile of Depression…‘savor the strawberries and flush the shit.’ Editing.....

Soon…no one is more anxious than I am to be able to share a launch date for Good things come to those who wait. Patience has always been the spiritual gift with which I have the most trouble.

So, I decided to share a little story about the importance of having your manuscript professionally edited. As soon as the book’s website is operational,I will be posting blogs, etc. there, also. But, for now, FB is my available platform.

For those few who don’t know, I am a retired 20+ year English teacher. I taught grades 7-12 at various times in my TX teaching career, but my “specialty” was 11th grade Advanced Placement “English Language and Composition”. Proud to say 60% of my students in those classes passed the College Board exam from 1994-2004, at Ferris ISD, Mesquite ISD, Whitewright ISD, and Alvord ISD.

My point being, I pride myself on my proofreading and editing prowess. My husband Dan, a music educator, had a kick-butt English teacher for his high school years, Mr. Morris in Mansfield ISD, and he is one of a chosen few who gets away with correcting my writing. Last, but not least, my writing mentor, Teresa de Grosbois, is no slouch either. She has published international best sellers, and teaches seminars on book writing.

All three of us, plus a few test readers, read my manuscript. Dan, Teresa, and I read it billions and billions of times, with just slight hyperbole. It was very humbling for me in the beginning to read their multiple comments inserted in my documents, but I soon put my big-girl panties on and appreciated their input. It always served to make the book better.

When I announced, FINISHED ✅and began the “get it published journey,” the question was asked, “Do you need it to be professionally edited?” I hesitated, as we three had discussed paying for it to be “edited one more time” at various times. Going with my gut instinct, I said, “Yes, I just feel that I want it looked at with fresh eyes.”



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