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« on: January 18, 2007, 02:37:48 PM »
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A tough publishing climate

What is expected of new authors these days

The professional critiques often discuss how tough the publishing climate is these days, and how submissions are viewed by agents. Writing can be very enjoyable, and it is very useful not to lose sight of that. At the same time, for writers looking to get published, it is very beneficial to view the market, their writing and their feedback realistically.

The real publishing world is many times harsher than strong contructive feedback that you may receive on YouWriteOn, and we cannot stress this point strongly enough. The aim is to be aware of the realities of the publishing world, and for members to be their own harshest critics.

See the site's literary professionals, Phil Whitaker and Martyn Bedford's views below on viewing feedback constructively and on the current publishing climate. Examples of their constructive critiques for members are displayed in the professional critiques forum:

Phil Whitaker: Criticism has the potential to be both inspiring and fatal .. I?d suggest some rules of thumb. Spend a few days mulling on any criticism before drawing conclusions. If a criticism strikes a chord with you, act on it. If it doesn?t, but if several critics have touched on the same thing, consider very carefully whether to act on it. If a criticism really doesn?t strike a chord, and particularly if no one else has picked up on it, probably ignore it. Lastly, you may find critics evenly divided on an issue, as many pro as con. These are the trickiest to navigate: go with what your instincts tell you.

Martyn Bedford: The publishing climate is especially harsh these days and a novel that is 80% there won?t get a sniff of publication. Agents and publishers are no longer in the business (if they ever really were) of spotting a talented writer and nurturing him/her into the finished article - they expect each submitted manuscript to be as close to publishable quality as possible, so it?s down to you to be your own harshest critic.

If you want to write and get published, stay positive, use your constructive feedback to help your writing develop, and remember that writers do make it to success.

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