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January 30, 2018


Hank Phillippi Ryan

Yay, Linda! Internet spotty where I am--but grabbed it long enough to say congratulations! (And I don't know where I'd be without my husband as reader-consultant!)


Linda, you've almost convinced me! I'm such a control freak that the thought of critique partners or beta readers brings me out in a rash but your readers sound utterly delightful.

Linda Lovely

Catriona--Critique partners are just editors with no power. No reason to sweat. Keep what you like, change what makes sense.


Sounds like you've found a great group of both. It's important to pick people who know what works and what doesn't, just as it is important to not take everything they say.

I've been a Beta Reader a couple of times, but I prefer not to do it. Too much pressure on me, and it takes away from my other reading time.

Linda Lovely

Mark, I try to make sure my Beta readers don't feel pressured. Want them to know I value their opinion, but if they don't have the time--to start or complete--I understand. Non-authors who are avid readers but not under deadline are ideal candidates. If they're retired and it's cold outside, all the better!

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