Critiques are an emotional thing for writers. We’re told they toughen us up, and maybe they do. Really, it depends on the person giving the critique and the person receiving it. Some people are fantastic for these jobs, others not so much.
One thing that always helps: alcohol. Unfortunately, you can’t always bring that to class or workshops. Bummer.
- Meet the barbed pen behind the best sellers of young adult fiction, such as the works of John Green.
- Perhaps his editor also has these book pet peeves.
- Or Maybe John Green learned how to approach critiques like a dancer.
- Pour yourself a whisky and peruse the Best Literary References on Mad Men, According to a NYPL Librarian.
- The New Yorker provides an AWP Conference wrap-up from this year’s event in Minneapolis.
- One author outlines reasons why a social media platform doesn’t necessarily translate to book sales but how some activities pull her to books in Please shut up: Why self-promotion as an author doesn’t work. And she provides pearls of wisdom that other authors might consider, such as, “I turned off my Google Alerts forever after a Goodreads review made me uglycry.”