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jmar2 – 2008-05-31 10:22 AM
When you sell an essay, a story or a book, to whom are you selling it? What’s that, you’re selling it to a reader?
Actually, no. You’re not. You’re selling it to an editor or publisher. And what they’re looking for is very different than what an avg reader might look for. Mostly technical proficiency and marketability. I’d never ask a reader if an editor would be interested in purchasing something I’ve written. They’d have no clue. So, if you’re writing for publication, I’m not sure I’d have a reader crit me.
Let’s be honest here, okay? Critique boards at different websites are vastly different. You’re going to get a very different critique on a site frequented by professional actively published writers than you are on one frequented by mostly enthusiasts. The key is to figure out what you’re looking for and find the appropriate site that works for you.
If WD isn’t cutting it, let us know. We can offer referrals and some ideas.
That being said, I have indeed seen harmful crits out there on the interwebs. I’ve seen some writers damaged and I’ve definitely seen writers’ work damaged. I don’t post publicly on crit boards. Passwords mean squat, anyway. (I do offer some crits, however. Mostly because of how doing so helps me as a writer. )Because of this, I’ve pursued other options for my own writing-I’m a member of a locked online writers’ grp. I also have a few select betas for emergencies.
But that’s me, other people enjoy them and have found them very useful for their writing. I respect that immensely. All that matters is what works for you.