My Revise and Resubmit Adventure

Last year, I was querying a YA fantasy. It's the third story I've ever queried (and the second I've queried seriously), and it was going more or less like the last one had: a small handful of full requests that ultimately resulted in passes. And then I got a revise and resubmit. It was awesome! … Continue reading My Revise and Resubmit Adventure

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Why You Should Avoid Proposing Solutions While You Beta Read a Novel

Reading someone else's novel can be tricky. What level of feedback is right? How much is too much? Should you focus on a few big things, or try to do everything? It's hard, it's slippery, and it's easy to mess up. But do you know what makes beta reading really hard? The fact that writing … Continue reading Why You Should Avoid Proposing Solutions While You Beta Read a Novel

How Much Is Needed When You’re Giving a Critique?

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with one of my writer friends about critiques. She recently joined Scribophile, a critique website where you earn points by critiquing other people's content. Eventually, you can cash in those points in exchange for your own critique. So we started talking about critiques, and how a good critique … Continue reading How Much Is Needed When You’re Giving a Critique?

Being Badly Published is Worse than Being Not Published at All

A few weeks ago, I read a thread on Twitter by an author who had been submitting her novel to small publishers. And she got an offer! So she read some author reviews, researched the contract she was given, and decided to turn them down. The Twitter comments were bewildering: what? No! Why did you … Continue reading Being Badly Published is Worse than Being Not Published at All