Dear Pub Subbers,
I remember how hard it is to share your work with others. You might have a difficult time processing the information you receive. You might be fearful. However, it is a vital step to get your work in the highest possible condition to give you the advantage you desire for publication. To encourage you a little more and to help build that confidence and belief in yourself, I added sending your work to a critique group or individual for credit with PubSub3rdFri. You can have your name entered into a contest for a free critique by submitting your work for critique as well as sending it to a publisher, agent, or contest.
Celebrate! Get excited! Be Very Happy! Let your happiness show. I encourage you to take advantage of a critique group. If you aren’t in a critique group, join an active one or start one of your own. Submit your work to a critique groups, a professional editor, a free critique by someone, a publisher, an agent, or for a contest. When you get negative feedback…remember that feedback is neither positive or negative until you decide which it is.
Margot Finke: “How to Start a Critique Group”
Margo Finke: “Critique Groups: Where to Find Them”
Submit a manuscript, query letter, cover letter, proposal, or first page to a critique group on a regular basis. Getting a critique is an essential step in getting your manuscript ready to submit to a publisher, agent, or contest. It takes courage and perseverance to get your writing into a publishable condition. After you’ve written your work, studied it, and revised it, you need someone to read what you’ve written. You need your work critiqued by a writing group.
It may be difficult for you, as a writer, to share your creations with a group of other writers. It’s a two-edged sword. You want their opinions, but you fear their opinions. These thoughts go through your mind: Will they like it? Is it good writing? Does it hold their interest? What will they say? What does it mean if they don’t like it? Does it mean I’m not a good writer? Does it mean I’ll never get this book published?
Calm down. Don’t take a critique of your writing personally. When you ask someone a yes or no question, you must respect their right to give you a yes or no answer.Their answer doesn’t make it true. It’s just an opinion. The only person who can make it true is you. If you believe it, then it’s true. Only believe what you think is 100 per cent accurate. Don’t make changes unless you agree 100 per cent with the change.
According to Bob Proctor, two things that lead to success are education and motivation. You have the motivation. The results of the critique will be your education. You are investing in your future as a writer when you take a chance on yourself and let someone critique your work. You will learn facts to fuel you to the next level of your career. You will find out where your strengths are. This will give you confidence. Ask the people who are going to critique your work these seven questions (plus others, if you’d like) about your work:
1. What are the strong points of this story?
2. Did the story hold your interest? If so, why? If not, why not?
3. Which scene was your favorite? Why?
4. Who was your favorite character? Why?
5. Do you have any ideas for improvement in the following areas: characterization, dialogue, plot, setting, descriptions, punctuation, or grammar.
6. Who do you think would like to read this story? Why?
7. What publishers might be interested in this story? Why?
8. Highlight three Blue Ribbon passages.
(See my blog post “Questions for a Critique” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/questions-for-a-critique/ for more information about critiques.)
At this point, you are ready for the other steps for Week One of PubSub3rdFri. Go to the appropriate links below for more help and resources.
Week Three Pub Sub Friday
(See other Pub Sub 3rd Fri blog posts: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/category/writing/pub-sub-3rd-fri/)
Submit your work. You are worth it. Good luck with all your publication endeavors.
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Joan Y. Edwards
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