A stack of books has fallen over. Below the books is written Ask a Book Editor. It's the cover image for the Facebook group of the same name.

Do you ever have a writing question that you need answered quickly? Or you’d like to know something, but you’re not sure who to ask?

Where can a writer source trustworthy feedback for those one-off questions that pop up when you’re deep in the work?

One of my favorite resources to recommend is a Facebook group called Ask a Book Editor. The description says: “This is a group formed by editors who want writers to receive knowledgeable answers to their writing questions.”

And that’s exactly what happens. Writers post questions and editors give them answers. There’s no promo involved. It’s simply a way for editors to volunteer their time and give back to the writing community.

Other authors will chime in with answers on occasion, but you’ll know who the editors are because they include (E) after their responses. The admins and moderators created thoughtful rules to make the space a comfortable place to engage, and they are great about enforcing the rules when needed.

All questions are welcome. You can ask for specific feedback on a clunky sentence or comma usage or something about the editing process. If you’re self-editing and feel stuck, AABE can help you get unstuck. Or if there’s something you’ve always wanted to know about the publishing industry, professionals are happy to answer your question.

To me, one of the best features is the ability to use the search function to look up past discussions about a wide variety of writing subjects. There’s so much information available because writers are curious and ask lots of questions about writing craft.

It’s a friendly community with over nine thousand members. If you decide to join, email or message me and let me know what you think.

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