Monday Morning Fika with Kate Richards and Maria Coltman: An Aspiring Writer’s First Step

Buckle up, folks, for a long but worthy Fika conversation today! Last week, Kate Richards of Wizards in Publishing chatted with us about her pre-publication services for writers at all stages of their career. This week, aspiring author Maria Coltman tells us about her experience receiving a partial edit and pre-publication consultation, donated by Kate. Following her post is a list of ten questions that Maria asked Kate as part of their month-long work together.

Before we get started, there are two exciting items:

First, Katherine Deane is the lucky winner of last week’s random drawing for a complimentary edit of up to 25K. Thank you, Wizards in Publishing! Best of luck, Katherine!

Second, Kate Richards is offering another prize today, an ARC of her soon-tobe-published book, Dungeon Time! Leave a question for Kate or Maria in the comments to be eligible.

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Be sure to come back tomorrow for a Tuesdays with Ana discussion on using shifts in POV in fiction writing. New and aspiring authors, come with your questions! Established authors, come with your opinions and expertise.

I’ve written stories for pretty much most of my life.  The first story of any significant length I remember writing was when I was about nine years old.  All I can recollect of the story itself is that it had horses in it somewhere, and that it had a happy ending.  It took our teacher nearly the whole afternoon to read it out to the class, but sadly, such was my lack of confidence in my writing ability, I didn’t even bother to tell my parents, and can remember consigning it to the wastepaper bin as soon as possible.

This act didn’t prevent me from writing further stories.  I continued throughout my scholastic career encompassing a wide range of topics.  The earlier years were focused mainly on ponies, and then on to horses as I grew – primarily about my adventures with the aforesaid animals.

And then when I was thirteen, I discovered science fiction.  I read John Wyndham’s book The Chrysalids, and I was lost forever in another world.  One that I could see so clearly I could almost taste it – but one that was forever beyond my reach.

I devoured everything our small local library had to offer, and then saved my pocket money and bought virtually everything ever written by authors such as Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein and Bradbury.  I quickly discovered what I liked and what I didn’t – but many of those books published by famous names such as Corgi and Penguin, are still on my bookshelves today.

The thing that stood out for me, was the lack of female writers of Sci Fi.  The majority of books seemed to be written by men.  In fact, in those days, you were lucky to find anything of any merit written by a woman.  Until Anne McCaffrey came along.  I was so excited.  Here was a woman who wrote not only Sci Fi, but romantic Sci Fi.  She wrote (and continues to write) from a feminine viewpoint.  Her ‘heroines’ if you can call them that, are usually strong, aspiring females; but her ‘heroes’ (or main male characters) are even stronger.  Whilst loving, protecting and respecting their females, they invariably stand up to them, taking the lead, being decisive and asserting their control.

It occurred to me that my most favourite Sci Fi books from a whole range of authors, the ones that I have read time and again, are the ones depicting such relationships.  I so wanted to write one myself that it verged on an obsession.  I started to write many, many times.  But would come to a stuttering halt a few weeks later, and usually throw the handful of pages away in frustration and annoyance.

In fact, it was not until 2009 that the latest story swirling around in my head began to gain any substance.  I can remember I was on holiday at the time with my husband.  He noticed that my usual holiday reading was going untouched at the side of my lounger, and he enquired why.  My reply was that I didn’t need to read a book because I had one in my head, and I was fine-tuning it ready for writing on our return.  He laughed, because he is familiar with my little megrims.  However, when we got back I sat down at my computer and began to write.  Heartsong was born!

The words poured out.  There weren’t enough hours in the day to accommodate.  The storyline grew and evolved.  The characters became real to me; they dictated what they would say and what they would do.  In essence, they told me their stories.  It was just for me to bind it all together in order to tell to someone else.  At last I had a substantial piece of work, and in my head there was, and is, so much more to write.  Because I have learned that to tell one story often spawns another and another.

Then, of course, comes the difficult bit.  You have written a book, but what do you do with it?  No one in their right mind would ever think such an endeavour worthy of approaching a publisher with, but what steps should you take?  So initially I became brave and trusting, and I gave around ten copies out to friends and acquaintances of both sexes, and all ages and backgrounds, to read and comment on.  After all, if the story was rubbish, what would be the point in continuing?

The feedback was interesting.  One of my friends was serving out in Afghanistan at the time, and nearly the whole of his unit read it.  They liked the battle scenes best – but wanted more gore, which I was not going to comply with.  The women were perhaps more critical than the men, and I became a little worried that I was trying to rewrite bits to try to please everyone – and would end up pleasing no one.  But at least I had my answer – they said it would make good ‘holiday’ reading.  Believe me, I am more than happy with that reaction.

The next big step was to seek out a literary agent.  I can hear you all laughing.  But remember, I am new to this.  Yes, I have done my research.  I am familiar with a number of publishing houses dealing with my chosen genre.  But the agents don’t want to know.  They are all too busy.  You can’t even get a foot in the door.

So I read lots of advice, most of it freely handed out by published authors, (and some of it in ‘book form’ I had to pay for).  It was like wading through a sea of molasses.  So much conflicting advice!  I became very despondent, because if authors like JK Rowling have to self publish their first couple of Harry Potter books, what is the hope for people like me?

Then I met Ana.  A feisty lady who seems to have more successful books under her belt than I’ve had hot dinners.  Whether she was simply being generous, or whether she has second sight, I am not sure.  But she gave me a lot of good advice and encouragement, and introduced me to Kate Richards – and suddenly there is purpose once again.

Kate told me that she had wanted to write since seventh grade, and like me, had put it on hold for a number of years.  She identified with the fact that I felt overwhelmed, and explained that it would take time to adjust, to get to know and understand the world of publishing, and that I should just feel able to take it one step at a time.

I was worried about whether I should continue with the writing of my second book in a series of what I intend to be three, and she gave me reassurance, and told me to write and finish the books, and not to worry about the rest.  Kate shared with me that she had cried after getting her first real critique from her now, business partner, Valerie Mann.  So you can understand that I sent her my first three chapters of Heartsong with such trepidation I was nearly hyperventilating.

I shouldn’t have worried, because what she has given me I can now get my teeth into.  What she has allowed me to do, is to see my faults through her eyes.  Her advice distinctly lays the boundaries and informs.  Instead of just treading water, I can now work on those faults creating improvement and establishing better writing techniques.  Everything she has suggested is sensible and constructive.  For example, ‘overuse’ of adverbs, repetition of words, considering use of ‘points of view’.  One of her comments made me smile (I don’t think I have fallen into this trap too many times, but it is a point well taken!), she said “…remember, if it is my point of view, I can’t tell you I am pale or that I have a smudge on my cheek, unless I’m in front of a mirror!”

I have found the way Kate has drawn attention to words or phrases in my work with ‘highlighter pens’ very valuable in that it now gives me guidance to do the same with successive chapters.  (I will use the same colours!)

I am very grateful to Kate for answering my questions, although I am still processing the information and I know that certain points will occur to me as I progress.  I have already started looking into attending some writing workshops as she has suggested.   Not only will they help me overcome technicalities, but will perhaps be useful for networking and finding a critique partner.

Kate’s consultation has opened a door for me.  I’m not one to stand teetering on the edge.  My motto has always been Carpe Diem.  A little criticism shouldn’t be the end – it should be the beginning.  It should make a writer even more determined.  She has shown me ‘Round One’.  I look forward to ‘Round Two’!

I’d like to thank you for your time and efforts Kate, you are a very motivating person!

Thanks to you Ana as well!  I just hope I live up to all these expectations…..nose to the wheel, shoulder to the grindstone, put your back into it – help, it’s going to be better than a session at the gym!

Maria Coltman

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Maria’s questions and Kate’s answers:

1. What is a ‘critique’ partner, and how would I choose one or be assigned one? What is their role in the process?

That is a common question for new authors. The most important answer is it should not be your best friend from high school or your sister. They love you and may have a hard time stepping back and giving the hard answers. There are critique groups out there, or you can join a great group like http://aspiringromancewriters.webs.com/  How I found mine, and it seems pretty common, is just connections along the way. Try to have at least one who is published and they should be in your genre. A mystery writer is not the best choice for a romance writer, for example. Usually. There are always exceptions.

A critique partner is one who looks over your book during the writing process. They are looking for ‘craft issues’ like repeated words, passive structure,  head hopping, info dumps, plot issues. They may look more than once. They should be clear and helpful, but never cruel.  And your job, as the writer, is to take the criticism in the helpful spirit intended and always be willing to critique in exchange. The reason an unpublished writer can get published authors to critique is that most of us remember the kindnesses we experienced and try to make time to pay it forward.

2. What are ‘beta readers’? Do they read the whole book or just a specified part?

In general, a beta reader comes into play once you consider your book complete. You have researched and plotted, written and reviewed. To you, it is ready to go. Now…a beta reader comes into play. Their position in the industry is less important, since they really are approaching the book from a reader’s point of view. Consider them your last polish before submission. If you are considering independent publishing, a real edit from a real editor is still an excellent idea. But if you’ve done all your homework it will cost you less. At Wizards in Publishing, we price lower for books that require less work. Most editors I’ve spoken to do the same.

3. As someone entirely new to the process, how do you go about establishing yourself with a publishing house, and how do you know whether it is the right one for you?

Look for a house that has books in your genre. It may sound basic, but it’s a common omission. Then read their submission guidelines. Follow them to the letter. Font. Style. Do they want just a query? If you do this, you will stand the best chance of having your book read to start with.

Many houses have special calls. They may want werewolves for Christmas or steampunk for Arbor Day. These are an excellent way to begin with a new house. You offer what they want. Perfect.

Before considering submission to any house, Google them. See what turns up. I promise you they will do the same with your name. Acquiring editors want to know what is out there what you’ve been up to. Are you a responsible professional developing your brand or a drama queen who will make their editors’ lives hard ?  No matter how great your book, if they find you having flame wars all over Twitter, they aren’t likely to want to deal with you.  Publishers are very proud of their reputation. Their authors need to be an asset in all ways.

The second thing to do is chat up authors who are published there. Even if you don’t know them, they will probably be willing to tell you their experience. If not, it hasn’t cost you a cent. Ask someone else.

4. I am not so stupid to think that my first attempt at a full length novel wouldn’t require a great deal of rewriting and polishing, but how could we ensure that I am able to keep to my original ideas and storyline?

If you have followed all the previous instructions, you probably will for the most part. Publishers don’t have time or interest in rewriting your book. If it doesn’t met their needs, they will either ask you to revise and resubmit or just say no. But read your contract carefully before signing to learn what their editing policies are. Your editor will have a great deal of say in the final product.

5. Last year I attempted to approach two or three literary agents. They weren’t ‘disinterested’ but they simply informed me that they were too busy to take on any new aspiring authors. This made me doubt my ability to write, because I felt as if I was banging my head against a brick wall. Yet month upon month, year upon year, hundreds, if not thousands of new books are published. So if this is the case, where do these people make a start?

Most people don’t have agents. At least not until they have an established reputation in the business.

6. Would I get any guidance in writing a synopsis? I believe the standard length is a page or less. How would I know what to leave out and what to include if the ‘backbone’ of the novel came to more than one page?

A query letter or short blurb is one thing. A synopsis must contain all the major plot points and the length varies. Often an editor will be specific in how long she want the synopsis to be. Detailed or short. It’s worth taking a class to learn how to do one well.

7. How would I surmount the difficulty of the differences between the British use of English and the American use of English? Part of the essential action starts in a small East Anglian village. Would this present a problem?

Every publisher handles this issue differently. The dialogue should be appropriate for the characters. But as to spelling and grammar, they should be consistent throughout the book.  Most but not all US publishers prefer US style. Often a publisher’s submissions page gives you the information you need on this and many other issues.

8. I carried out a great deal of research before even beginning this book as I wanted to ‘know’ the market as far as is possible for an amateur. I discovered that successful themes run in phases of two to three years, then popularity wavers and the next theme takes over. eg vampire, shades of grey type books. I believe the next Star Trek movie is on its way to our screens. How do authors manage to hit the next trend, ensuring maximum interest in their books?

I look at Amazon and other online bookstores and see what their bestsellers are. What books are climbing the ranks? Every author and publisher tries to guess based on marketing data and other factors. And readers are very happy to tell us what they love and what they want. I also like to see what special calls are out there. Publishers have more access to sales data than the average author.

9. I have already started the next book of the series, and written in a couple of ‘hooks’ towards the end of the first book. If this book is absolute rubbish and you say ‘Forget it – you can’t write for toffee,’ I would feel very foolish to be half way through the next one. Should I hold off writing any more for the present, or should I continue? My characters have taken on lives of their own, and it would be very hard for me not to write down what comes next, but now I am rather uncertain. In your experience, what do you think? I even have a third book in mind to conclude the story.

I write because I love it. If someone told me I couldn’t do it, I’d take the time to learn more technique, take more classes…work harder. If you love what you do, it is never a waste of time.

10. I seem to be pretty technically inept when it comes to setting up blogs and social networking. It doesn’t matter how many times I print out instructions from the Help Menu! Is there anyone available who could guide me through all this? When I look at [another author’s] site it frightens me with its ‘professionalism’. Added to that, she is an incredibly gifted writer. Regardless of the fact that she has tried to reassure me, I’m still very nervous of not living up to expectations. Any sage words of wisdom for me?

We all felt like that at one time. Pay someone to set up a site for you that you can handle. You probably have a friend who is better at it and will be glad to help you. We have to promote online but we can be creative getting there. Don’t worry about knowing everything all at once.

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48 thoughts on “Monday Morning Fika with Kate Richards and Maria Coltman: An Aspiring Writer’s First Step

  1. Joseph McNamara says:

    What a wealth of information both from the human reactionary POV and from those in the trade with opinions and ideas to enhance and educate a writers experience. Thank you Maria for the wonderful insight and ideas. And Thanks to Kate Richards again for her continuing dialogue again this week through your quandaries. And of course a very special thanks to you Ana for these consecutive posts, a resource of knowledge and thought for the aspiring and seasoned authors.

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    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      It’s rather unfair of me to say that I am proud of this Fika because it was Kate and Maria, but I am still proud. 🙂 It’s also people like you who make it a great experience. Thank you, always, for stopping by and contributing your perspective.

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    • Maria says:

      Thank you for your comments Joseph. I cannot begin to tell you just how valuable Kate’s and Ana’s advice has been to me. My head is stuffed full of stories and ideas – but I need to hone my ‘writing skills’. I’m so used to writing in an analytical manner, that I have gone berserk with adverbs! Kate suggests I prune them away and use stronger verbs. I would be a fool not to listen to her. It’s small suggestions like this that will hopefully lead to an improvement.

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  2. Cara Bristol says:

    Excellent advice, Kate, all of it.

    To Maria, I would mention these three things: read the books of the publishers you think you’re interested in. You’ll get a sense for the kinds of stories they choose, the heat level, the editing quality and the quality of their books covers, which are very important.

    With regard to whether you should write the second book before you know if the first is publishable — write it! Focus on the positive possibilities, rather than the negative. It’s more salable if you do have the next book waiting in the wings. And if it doesn’t sell, you will learn more about your story and your characters having written the second book and perhaps you can go back and rewrite the first one as more experienced writer.

    I empathize with your social media concerns. I felt overwhelmed by it all when I first started. Try Blogging for Dummies to get you started. Don’t know which blog program you tried, but WordPress and Blogger are the two main free ones. If the instructions for one aren’t clear, try the other one. Also, Find an author’s blog that you like. If someone designed it for him or her, somewhere on the page there will be a link to the designer.

    You can also ask on Facebook. (BTW, Winterheart did my blog).

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    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      I agree with Cara. Even if (worst case scenario) the publisher of the first book chooses not to accept the second book, writing the story will give you additional material for revising the first one. I found, with Kat, that finishing the second book helped me to go back to the first one and shape it into a more coherent storyline. Besides, if the first publisher accepts book one but not two, most publishers will allow you to submit the sequel for publication elsewhere. It’s always good to have manuscripts ready. 🙂

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    • Maria says:

      Thank you Cara. You would grin from ear to ear if you could only see my bookcase, or the contents of my Kindle! Of course, I know which publishing houses would be my choice – but it would be like grasping at moonbeams! My first priority is lots of editing. Kate and Ana have pointed me in the right direction, and I must now work my fingers to the bone.

      I find it interesting that you are all saying “Write the second book.” My characters are almost standing next to me and giving me a good shake because I have deserted them for so long. It’s extraordinary how they tend to dictate what I write about them. They have become, for me at least, living entities. Perhaps you can advise me on something? I’ve noticed that some writers start the first chapter of a second book off by reminding readers what happened at the end of the first book. I’m never terribly keen on that approach and find it frustrating. I would prefer to immediately embark on the continuing story. What is your opinion on this please?

      Ana, I had never thought about the fact that you could submit a sequel to a different publisher. I also think this concept of returning to the first manuscript excellent, because hopefully my writing will improve the more I do.

      I’ve already been asking around about ideas for an author’s blog. The opinions seem to be divided between Microsoft and Apple. (I use Microsoft and am totally unfamiliar with Apple, but no doubt could learn if I had to.) Do you have any thoughts on this?

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      • Cara Bristol says:

        I think you should start the second book with a new story and weave in the details from the first into the second. One thing you will need to decide is if the your second book can be read as a stand-alone or if readers need to read the first in order to fully get the second one. That affects how many details you include in the second.

        I don’t understand what difference it will make if you use a Microsoft product or an Apple product (I assume you’re talking about computers?) for your blog. I have an MS software on my computer and have blogged on WordPress and Blogger both.

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        • Maria says:

          The second book starts off going back in time to the youth of the two main male characters, then gradually shifts forwards, concentrating on the character who “didn’t get the girl”. He is a devil-may-care, naughty boy. Always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Fingers in lots of pies. But his past catches up with him and strands from the first book wind around him plunging him into a series of events that drag in characters from the first book plus a several new ones. I don’t think it would really work as a ‘stand alone’.

          Interesting about your experiences with Microsoft and Apple. I have a friend who is a computer anorak and keeps banging on about me changing to Apple if I want to survive in the world of writing! I think it is possibly because everything he possesses is Apple. But frankly I am not in a position to go out and buy new equipment when everything I have is at least serviceable.

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          • Anastasia Vitsky says:

            I’m not sure why anyone would want you to use Macs. A great deal of the neat software isn’t available for Mac, and the computer accessories cost a great deal more than for PCs. I have a Mac and enjoy it very much, but there’s no reason to switch to a Mac for writing. If you were doing photo or video editing and liked the Mac software that would be different, but for basic writing there is no need.

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            • Maria says:

              I think it was all to do with having my own web design or something. There seems to be big competition out there at the moment but I’d sooner hang on and just concentrate on the writing part, which, so long as I have an ergonomic V-shaped keyboard is fine.

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  3. katerichards says:

    I agree with Cara, too. And Maria has a great way of telling a tale. We all have to learn techniques and what pubs expect at the beginning. She’s also making wonderful connections like our Ana who will give her wings.

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  4. stepheck says:

    Great advice, Kate! If a new author is willing, there’s a lot of great information, a lot of room for growing and a giant pond to swim in–it just takes time, oodles of patience, a few shots of humility, a whole bunch of determination…
    Stephanie Beck

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    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      A whole bunch of determination is right! Whether it’s going through submission formats, edits, or sending books for reviews, a lot of being an author is sheer grunt work. But we do love it, don’t we? Thank you so much for visiting today.

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    • Maria says:

      Thank you Stephanie for your comments.

      I already have oodles of patience and tons and tons of determination. As for humility – all I can say is that I am sadly lacking in confidence even at this stage in my life. I don’t want praise, but I respond enormously to encouragement, like a marathon runner! I have the staying power as long as someone exhorts me to keep going and ignore the competition.

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  5. Jessica Subject says:

    A great interview for aspiring authors! I have learned so much from both Kate and Valerie over the last two years.

    And I thought I was the only one who enjoyed The Chrysalids. The rest of my grade nine class hated it.

    All the best, Maria!

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    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Considering how busy Kate is, we were fortunate to have her here two weeks in a row. What a pleasure to watch her doing what she likes best–encouraging a new author. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by, Jessica!

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    • Maria says:

      Thanks Jessica! The Chrysalids will always retain a place in my heart. Fancy it being taught in school these days. We did books like Wuthering Heights. I loved the book but hated having to dissect it! However, it must have made some sort of impact on me because several ‘readers’ commented that my main character was like a modern version of Heathcliff. It offended their feminist thinking. It doesn’t bother me because that was exactly the type of character I wanted.

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  6. Sophie Sansregret says:

    Choosing the right critique partner is soooo important. I had one and chose badly. Sigh. Still editing.

    🙂

    Don’t worry, no one here would know this person so no one start guessing.. you won’t.

    Mysteriously I remain,
    Soph.

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  7. Minelle says:

    So much information here my head is about to explode. LOL I am going to keep coming back and read. Maria I love the way you write. I feel as if I am sitting with a cup of tea and maybe a few biscuits between us. I sure hope you just keep writing since these talented authors have all given you ‘that’ as their advice. Do what you love.
    Kate Thank you again for the wisdom and advice you shared with all of us and Maria.
    Ana…well miss talented professional author…thanks for these wonderful Fikas.
    See those wooden spoons always make me nice…AHEM!

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    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      I think wooden paddles make you even nicer, my dear. 🙂

      This is a great reference Fika that I hope authors will be able to use in the future, too. Thank you for stopping by, Minelle, and I hope that the information was helpful (even if it’s overwhelming).

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      • Minelle says:

        Yikes and ouch… wooden paddles! Well ‘some’ wooden paddles can be fun.
        I definitely will be reading more it is great for anyone beginning to write. I especially like the POV.

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      • Minelle says:

        Yikes and ouch… wooden paddles! Well ‘some’ wooden paddles can be fun.
        I definitely will be reading more it is great for anyone beginning to write. I especially like the POV.

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    • Maria says:

      Thanks Minelle for your kind words. Ana has obviously upset you so much with references to ‘wood’ that you printed twice! (She must have made your hand shake!)

      The helpful advice continues – Ana has written such a useful article about POVs in writing. I will soon have a file bursting with resources! I even woke up in the middle of the night last night and wrote another scene in my head for the next book! If this is going to happen on a regular basis I will have to keep a notepad and pen by the bed!

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  8. Sandra Bunino (@SandraBunino) says:

    Great advice, Kate!

    I’ve never had a critique partner but do have a few authors and readers who beta read for me. I find their feedback invaluable. There are so many options out there for authors today. It takes a while to find the best publishing “fit” but when it happens, it’s fabulous.

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    • katerichards says:

      I like having some authors and some readers if possible. Even if we authors are all readers, someone who does not write will give us a different perspective as a beta and it’s so kind of them to share their time.

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      • Anastasia Vitsky says:

        Absolutely. When a reader is invested enough in our work to give us feedback–not about technique but about the way a character comes across or whether a character really would do X or Y, it’s a wonderful gift. Readers who get involved and care about our characters that much make everything worthwhile.

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        • Maria says:

          How to you handle feedback from a reader who wants to start changing your character or characters? Are you able to see their point of view or do you ferociously defend your own perception of your character(s)?

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  9. catrouble says:

    Okay Maria…late but I made it and I really enjoyed learning more about your love for writing.

    Wow, Kate…you are so generous to share such valuable information. Almost makes me wish I was a writer instead of a reader…I did say almost…;)

    Maria…just keep writing that second and then third and then…if your characters are talking to you, write them! As far as Mac vs PC…for writing, you are better off staying with whatever you are working with now rather than trying to learn a new operating system, new equip and new software along with learning more about your craft. Sheesh, woman…try to keep things a bit simple will ya!

    Now…when am I going to get to read any of your stories?

    Hey Ana…you are so sweet to host Fika.

    Blessings to all of you,
    Cat

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    • Maria says:

      Cat, you know I adore you! You can be one of my Beta readers any time. But you scare me sometimes – I may get the sulks if you hate it!

      As far as simple is concerned – never heard of the word! (Never heard of KISS either!) Didn’t you know – I’m a Sagittarian!!!

      Luckily both Kate and Ana have given me something I can now get my teeth into – and I intend to!

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  10. terpsichore says:

    Such wonderful and ispiring information. I wrote a book for fun last year…I think it was more about the creative process for me…or perhaps that is the part of me of too afraid to allow myselft to be vulnerable to share it…I still work on editing it whenever I get the chance…if ever I become brave enough to pursure further I will look back to all this valuable information from Maria and Kate and Ana here. Good luck with all your writing and keep having fun with it. 🙂

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