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Many authors and aspiring writers ask themselves what are the best practices to get their work read, reviewed and possibly published. A great deal of debate is going on about what are acceptable ways to promote one’s work. 

Getting the Most out of Critique & Comments
At some point in your writing career, you should seek feedback on your work. Sure, your mom can look it over. Your best friend can read your new novel, but if you want honest criticism, one of the best sources for critiques is from your peers.

A Critique Can Be Wrong
An important aspect you must consider is that critiques, or opinions, can be wrong. Even professional editors aren’t always right, just be prepared to take each critique seriously and see if you can apply it to your work.

I Like your Story
Someone said they like your work. Great!
Then they start to get into a more solid critique. Don’t automatically tune out everything after the BUT…

If you think it’s totally off the mark, move on. Ask other writers in our community about the person’s comments. Don’t be afraid. You’re here to further your writing vocation.

I Hate your Story
That’s hardly feedback, and it’s definitely not constructive. We frown upon this type of comment and simply won’t allow it. This could even result in this member being banned from the magazine.

This situation hardly ever happens, but if it does, we take firm action. We want to help you build your confidence in your writing, instead of allowing such comments to destroy a writer’s confidence. Being constructive is the key.

Positives and Negatives
On that note, when giving feedback on another’s work, why not point out both the positives and the negatives? If the plotline is strong, say so. If the characters need work, let the writer know.

This approach can work miracles for a struggling writer – no matter what their level of experience. Whether you’re just starting out or have already published several novels, Angie’s Diary can help you get a fresh perspective on your writing. If you’re ready to gain a new appreciation for the writing process and network with your fellow writers, then give our magazine a shot. You won’t regret it.

Get…But DO Give
Don’t expect your fellow authors to overwhelm you with comments on your first post – of course, it does happen, even regularly – but instead, start giving feedback on the work other writers have posted, as they will almost certainly reciprocate. That’s the beauty of this magazine.

I Don’t Know How to Give Feedback
Of course, you do. Just as you can spot strong and weak points in your own work, you can point out the same in other people’s work.

As a matter of fact, by reading work from other writers, you can help develop a sense of what works and what doesn’t. Developing that sense will help you in your own writing to improve your skills along the way.

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