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Normally, Tuesday is TBR day. I’ll just say I’m reading John Barnes Directive 51 to review for another site and it’s too early for an assessment. Now, time to rant.
About 20 months ago, I began my first novel and it has been a wild ride from writing to finding a great agent to signing that coveted publishing contract. Early in the process, when I’d finished a first draft of the first book, I joined an online crit group. I’ll go ahead and plug critters.org because it’s a great group. I found three or four beta readers through that group that gave me invaluable feedback.
On any group that size, however, there are some duds. And I chose this week to crit the first chapter of a fantasy novel WIP I thought was rough but fixable. I was diligent and did a fairly lengthy critique. Here was my response from the author:
Thanks for reading my submittion (sic) and for your critique. However, the version you read is old one and I have revised it since but could not be bothered to re-sumbit (sic). So if you want I can send you my revised version for comparison. Also, I’m looking for someone to read the whole novel. Would you be interested?
Uh, no. I don’t think I can be bothered to re-read it. And you have gone onto a black list whose work I will never, ever look at again.
We all know the “do” list in critiquing: be polite, be respectful, understand that it’s one person’s opinion, give the writer positive feedback as well as constructive criticism.
If you’ve had critiques done of your work, or feedback from someone you’ve critiqued, share your horror stories! (No names, please.)