One wish from my father, I can fulfill this, but...
August 9, 2008 8:17pm CST
My father had a dream that he still carries up to now. (he is 77 yrs. old). He wants to publish his autobiography. The problem is he started writing it but he does not want anyone editing it. He could do as a "writer", but there are some sentence structures and a little grammar that needs editing. He's adamant that no one should touch his " obra maestra" because he so believes it is the best. My problem now lies in how to convince him to allow his manuscript to be edited/proofread. I know, I know, you'll tell me that I know what's best to do because I know him personally but before I decide on what to do, I would just like to ask for some suggestions. Two heads are better than one, so the cliche' goes. Do you have some suggestions on how to convince him? Can you help me out? From all of your suggestions, I will decide the best course of action. Thank you for your help and support. I greatly appreciate it.
• United States
10 Aug 08
i would not have it edited at all. first, these may end up being little cute sayings, or speech patterns that will always remind you of him. once you alter it, i think the author fades. the impact the author makes is diluted. does he intend on selling this book? does he intend on making copies for family only ? i always like to read stories which is exactly like having a real conversation with the author. i feel it gives you a better impression of the author and the book.