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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Do You Want to Have a Healthy Discussion?

Last week, I followed a post entitled The Death of Print/Publishing, Part MCCLWTFXVIII by published author Jim C. Hines, and an exchange of comments between Mr. Hines and published author J.A. Konrath, about the pros and cons, past and future, and life and death of print publishing, e-publishing, and self-publishing. It was a truly amazing exchange, not only for the substance of the discussion, but for the style of the participants. They went up against one another in hand-to-hand combat, and after a time, being equally matched in weapons and skill, withdrew with grace to fight another day. They awed me, but more, they made me conclude without any doubt that...

Men are from Mars.

Just after that experience, an aspiring author asked me to do a critique. I pointed out several newbie mistakes, and I had a care with my phrasing because I appreciate that some authors take every criticism to heart. By pointing out these mistakes, I wasn't condemning the writing because (and here is a revelation for newbie authors) writing is all about revision. Yet, instead of having a discussion with me about my comments, the author went crying to her critique group, and after they told her to get a grip, came back to me but only to argue about almost every comment. She saddened me, but more, she made me conclude without any doubt that...

Women are from Venus.

P.S. Kelly Fitzpatrick, a multi-RWA chapter contest winner, 2009 Golden Heart® finalist, and author of Lily in Wonderland from Cerridwen Press and soon-to-be released Pleasant Lake, P.D. from Medallion Press, told me recently that I should get a No Hissy Fit Contract from an aspiring author before doing a critique.

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