- reoranization (pick yourself up, dust yourself off...blah blah)
- moving on
Now, since her comments to me came across a bit....mean as well, I decided to look up the story in question. The collection of entries I had to judge were in my 'sent' folder so I could still pull them up and I have to say after looking at the submission again and my comments...I STAND BY EVERY WORD. This author is multi-published herself with an electronic publisher (like me), however in historical romance. This manuscript she entered in the contest was a contemporary....totally different kind of writing.
Here is the closing comment I made on the entry:
MY SINCEREST APOLOGIES FOR THE LOW SCORES, BUT, INHO, THIS BOOK IS NOT READY FOR PULICATION. WHILE YOU MAY HAVE A GOOD PREMISE FOR THIS STORY, I DON’T FEEL YOU’VE DEVELOPED IT ENOUGH. THERE IS TOO MUCH TELLING AND AUTHOR INTRUSION. WATCH FOR THE OVERUSE OF ADVERBS.
I WOULD SUGGEST TAKING SOME CLASSES ON CRAFT. (RWA HAS SOME GREAT ONLINE CLASSES) THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL AUTHORS WHO BLOG ON CRAFT, THAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM.
TAKE YOUR TIME WITH THE STORY AND CHARACTERS. BUILD THEM FROM THE GROUND UP.
BEST OF LUCK TO YOU.That's not so bad, right?
Anyway, now that I know I'm right (hah) I can jump to step 5 and move on.
So, tell me, do you ever get nasty critiques? (of course, everyone does...I've had some doozies!) How do you handle them?
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