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Subject: About 1/4 through. Reading services?
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 11:15 PM ET
Member Since: 6/3/2009
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I have been writing on a fiction novel for the better part of a year now. I am enjoying writing it and haven't come across any real blockages. I know where my story is going and how I want it to get there, although sometimes my characters have other ideas. I would love to get this story published (don't we all?) but it really isn't as important to me as finishing the book and having the satisfaction of knowing that I completed it.


However, I am losing my drive. I have had no feedback on my story and worry that I am working hard on something that no one is even interested in reading. I have tried to get friends and family members to read it and tell me what they think but they either tell me 'Oh it's great' or don't even bother to read it. I would love for someone to read what I have so far (or just the first few pages) and tell me what they honestly think. I am not looking for ego stroking, I am also not looking for someone to tell me it's complete crap. I'm a big girl, I can take criticism. Just tell me nicely, is all. lol.


I worry that if I send it off to someone I might damage my chances of it getting published, if it is even worth getting published. I have heard that putting it out there can make it un-sellable? I don't know why that would be.


Anyway, I'm rambling, I guess what I am asking is, Is there a way I can have someone read what I have and tell me the truth about it? I know it's not finished and there are some really rough spots in it but maybe someone can give me a little motivation?

Date Posted: 2/10/2010 12:55 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
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You need to find a critique group.  Either a local writing group that will read it chapter by chapter OR an online place that has private forums (sign up to read, or you send it to them via PM so its not public and then not considered published)

But if you wish I would be willing to tackle the first chapter, I can tell you straight off by that if its something that will catch interest or not. I have taken basic course in doing critiquing anothers work.

I understand what you are saying though, we need feedback on how things are going to make sure we are heading in the right direction.

I am a mystery/horror and fantasy writer, I have been writing for around 5 years, I love to write and yes want to get published in fantasy.
PM me if you wish my help. Maybe a few other PBS members will offer too and give you a well rounded response.

Date Posted: 2/12/2010 10:28 PM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2009
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Putting it out there doesn't so much damage your chances of getting it published as it increases your chances of getting your idea stolen. Depending on your agent, it can affect first rights as well.  These days though it is fairly standard to post excerpts to a personal website for advertising purposes, but you should never post your complete work.   That said, every writer needs feedback! I have the same problem with my family.  Sure, my mom says my work is great but- she's my mom.  I'm fairly sure she's legally obligated to think every stroke of my pen is genius.  

I'd also be happy to read your first chapter or so, but I'd also like to propose a trade- I'll read yours if you read mine.  *grins*  Maybe we can get a critique group started. 

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 10:35 AM ET
Member Since: 12/22/2007
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What genre are you writing in? I'd be happy to give your first chapter or so a read but some genres I'm not as familar with so don't know if my opinion would offer much help. Years ago, I lead a critique group and have participated in an online one. It was great but I needed to drop out as I got swamped with family life and work and had no time for it. I sure do miss it. = (

I'm a 'crime writer' (mystery, suspense, thriller aspect is usually the driving force of the plot ... except in my last book). I read in those genres and also in romance and Christian fiction. I just finished an inspirational romantic suspense and needed to learn how to write romance as that aspect wasn't my strong suit.

If I can be any help to anyone else, drop me a PM.



Date Posted: 3/6/2010 2:53 PM ET
Member Since: 9/22/2008
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I'd also be happy to read what you have so far.  I've dealt with quite a few family members/friends who say that same things.  I know it's hard to get honest feedback from people who don't want to hurt your feelings or just don't know a lot about writing. 

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 10:16 AM ET
Member Since: 4/5/2010
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I'm new to this forum but I would be happy to join a writers critique group. I also have a book that I have about 3 chapters written and I had my sister read it and she didn't like it but my sister doesn't read much and this is suppose to be a young adult book. I would like to get some feedback and find out if I really can write or if I am just delusional! I would be willing to read your book if you would read my chapters! :)

Date Posted: 7/25/2010 6:29 AM ET
Member Since: 1/22/2009
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I would be willing to read anyone's work and offer my opinion. I am currently working on my own stories with the goal of writing a novel and workings towards my BA in Literature.