Your Ultimate Guide to Finding and Keeping Critique Partners

Thursday, January 18, 2018

So…you have a finished draft of a novel? Congratulations! Most aspiring writers never get that far, so already, you’re ahead of the game. But now what? You know enough to know that you need readers. But who? And where do you find them?   First of all, you need qualified readers. Not your neighbor, or your sister’s boyfriend’s cousin, no matter how many books per year they read. You need…

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Kimmery Discusses Beta Readers

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  You’ve seen the statistics: 80% of Americans want to write a book. Let’s assume for a moment that 10% of those are somewhat serious about pursuing the idea. Math is not my forte but I believe that would wind up being somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty million people, all of whom have contacted me personally in the last few months to ask for advice. I’m sort of kidding,…

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The Beta Question

Monday, January 15, 2018

The above quote from the inestimable Neil Gaiman is a lot of why I’ve had beta readers since my fanfic days, but have never had a dedicated critique partner in another writer, at least not since leaving school. Writers have a much, much harder time resisting the urge to say how we would do something — which is not always helpful when talking to another writer. I think it can…

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