Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 26 seconds

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 26 seconds

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 26 seconds

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 26 seconds

I have learned over the years that when someone asks me to edit or otherwise respond to their writing, that different people have very different expectations, so I ask them – what kind of feedback would be most useful to you? Likewise, I would recommend to anyone that when you ask someone to read your writing, tell the reviewer how they can be helpful to you. Some just want you to correct errors. Others want to engage intellectually. Most people (not all of course!) will respond positively to this guidance. Unless it’s made explicit, you may get a response that’s less than helpful. I realize in a teaching or publishing situation people may base their assumptions on their roles but it never hurts to ask in my experience.