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

On Using Criticism to Level Up, from Author Delilah S. Dawson

I normally write a way more wordy post every week. But this thread on when and how to take criticism on your work was just too perfect. Enjoy: https://twitter.com/DelilahSDawson/status/1087360935059181573 (It's a thread. Be sure to click through it and read the whole thing!) And now, an unrelated thought-dump on blogging, and what topics to blog … Continue reading On Using Criticism to Level Up, from Author Delilah S. Dawson

How Much Do Authors Make? On the Authors Guild Survey and the Complex Topic of Income

Photo Credit: The Authors Guild. The Authors Guild released a survey a few weeks ago about how much the average author makes, and hooooooooo boy, it's not good. According to the survey, the median income for all writers is about $6,000, while the median for full-time authors is around $20,000. On top of that, roughly … Continue reading How Much Do Authors Make? On the Authors Guild Survey and the Complex Topic of Income