How to deal with critiques and editorial feedback

In the past two and a half days I’ve packed up and moved back to school. First day of classes of my senior year starts tomorrow! Eeek. Scary and exciting at the same time. While I prep for class, why don’t y’all read this handy dandy post about feedback on your writing – something that’s also scary and exciting at the same time 🙂

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critiqueWhether you’re a first-time writer, indie or traditional, it’s always a nervous moment when editorial feedback arrives from an agent or editor. Here’s what to expect and how to cope.

There will be changes

Always. Even if you’ve had beta readers. Even if you’re a seasoned pro. Of the 14 or 15 full manuscripts I’ve submitted, there was only one where the editors didn’t want to change anything, beyond tiny niggles. Only one.

There are two kinds of feedback. In traditional publishing, agents – and editors in the initial stages – will tend to give brief, sweeping notes about character arcs, pacing, credibility and relatability. Even though these won’t be as detailed as the work an editor will do, they might keep you busy for a couple of months.

Moreover, an editor who does a detailed critique may have a different vision from those who have looked at it before…

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