This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.
OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
All of us need to remember that all books are a team effort: writer, editors, and artist.
I’ve closed books because the copy was substandard. In not talking about a couple of mistakes. I’m referring to every page has an error. The story is incoherent. Because the team who should have cleaned it up to a squeaky clean finish, didn’t do their job.
After it’s published, there really isn’t much left to do. But before it gets out there? We should rally and help whoever asks us for honest input.
Yeah, I’m looking at you. 😉
Lots of work doesn’t get published because the critters didn’t bump it up.
What makes the difference?
Us. We are a community, and we are also on the publishing team. We are the critters, the beta readers and critique partners.
I warn everyone I read that I’ll be brutally honest because I know no matter how gentle I try to be, what I’ll say could hurt. I want the writer to be prepared—to strengthen their resolve—before they read a word of what I have to say.
Truth is truth. Being honest is hard. And each writer deserves nothing less.
No one is perfect. We all have weaknesses. For me, it’s mostly homophones and spelling. No editing program can point out all of them. Only my brave critters can save me there. I depend on them more than they know.
We all want to improve our craft. That takes bravery. Baring our soul and our words. So when agreeing to give feedback. Remember two things: be honest and be as gentle as possible. We trust you to be there for us and not stroke our egos.
Have you ever been let down by a critter? What did you change the next time around?