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I personally don't like "digressions".
I find it distracting, offers no real insight, and I believe it
removes the essence of the author.
I mean, I'm trying to understand the direction of the author, his
thinking, his process...I don't need distractions. I feel I'm
for the authors words...which probably cost more to hear in a
workshop. I don't want a single page of the book to be wasted.
But, that's just my opinion.
That aside, anything that would help Dan Marguis put out
more...content, is fine with me.
On 12/18/2014 4:00 PM, James Gray James@...
As an individual who has been a beta reader, I am biased.
I will say your books have a lot of digressions that are
not just quotes from beta readers. Both types of
digressions are much of what makes the books enjoyable to
just sit down and read. So, I am in favor or plenty of
digressions. I am sure that some people just want pithy
direct advice on how get the best results and do not
really want to be entertained at the same time. Kirk West
makes another good point in my opinion about the different
levels of skill among the readers of your books. There
are clearly a significant amount of retired people on this
list and certainly many more who read Dan't books and do
not join this yahoo group. If comments from beta readers
and other digressions help the people who are not
professional retouchers, I think they are very valuable.
In other words digressions are good.