|Discovering reader reactions to your work-in-progress is crucial in gaining objectivity.|
Where to Get Feedback
· Look for sites or forums where you can critique other people’s work in return for critiques of your own.
· Join a writers’ workshop group in your local area.
How to Prepare for Feedback
· Get your work into good shape.
· Give people a deadline for feedback.
· Approach around five to ten people.
· Offer something in return.
How to Sort Your Feedback
Good feedback helps you to improve your work.
Bad feedback doesn’t get you anywhere.
· Several people agreed on the same point.
· The feedback fits with your intentions for your work.
· You might sometimes get feedback that looks good on the surface, but which would drag your novel in the wrong direction.
How to Make Decisions for the Next Draft
Of course, there’s no rule that says you have to take any feedback at all, but your book will almost certainly be stronger for it.
Story by K.M. Weiland