on Jane Friedman:
At some point in the process of writing a book—or, more likely, at several points—we ask others to let us know what they think. Developmental editors, critique partners, beta readers, workshop leaders, sensitivity readers, friends—we ask different people, for different reasons, and at different times. When they respond, there can be disappointment, painful surprise, and resentment, as well as welcome validation and useful advice.
There are many articles about how to handle our emotional reactions to feedback, especially feedback we weren’t expecting. This article addresses some different questions, however:
- How and when should I rely on peer feedback versus paid feedback?
- When is it time to seek a second opinion?
- How do I know when to act on the feedback I get?