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The Five Stages of Critique: A Guide For Beta-Readers

November 4, 2016 by


So the writer in your life asked you to read something and give them your opinion. It’s all going well until you mention something that didn’t quite work for you. There’s a faint frown. This is the writer entering the first stage of response to critique. The first stage is always defensive: Let me explain […]

Why a Support Network is Crucial to a Writer

February 14, 2013 by


Perspective! Writers tend to work on their own, in the dark, which can be at times crazy and lonely making. At these times it is particularly helpful to have caring and supportive people around you who will encourage and reassure and… you know what? I don’t know. I don’t have those people. I have these […]

Two Writers, Both Alike in Dignity — Not Much. Together, They Fight Crime.

December 17, 2012 by


The more attentive amongst you will have noticed that this website is run by two people. (Although Paul doesn’t post very much because he’s stinky. Or it could be that whole ‘finishing his doctorate’ thing. One of those.) In addition to being friends and co-website owners we’re also superheroes. (Okay, not really.) We fight crime. […]

How Many Beta Readers Do You Need?

December 6, 2012 by


Someone asked me the other day how many beta readers I usually have for a book. I thought I’d share my answer since it’s a question I get fairly often and it’s a bit complicated. Fundamentally, it’s a fight between wanting as many people as is humanly possible to give feedback and the opportunity cost […]