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

Beta Reading Novels and the Three Kinds of Feedback

If you've read some of my previous posts, you've probably noticed that I looooove to break things down: "writing" isn't just "writing," it's a collection of skills ranging from grammar to description to character building. You can't just ask for an "edit," because there are levels of edit. So it's no surprise that I love … Continue reading Beta Reading Novels and the Three Kinds of Feedback

WriteOnCon! And the “Fight Club” Approach to Querying Agents

First off, WriteOnCon! I didn't talk about it much ahead of time, but I participated. (And now it's over, so this won't be useful to anyone who didn't already know about it.) WriteOnCon is a once-a-year, online-only "writing convention" for people who write anything in the range of picture books to New Adult. (So while … Continue reading WriteOnCon! And the “Fight Club” Approach to Querying Agents