Navigating the Forest of Feedback: 8 Ways to Recognize Helpful Criticism (and How to Ignore the Rest).

Recently, on a flight home from vacation, I met author Randi Hutter Epstein and we we were talking about her work.  She said “After about three days of writing, I don’t know if what I have is good, or crap.  I’ll ask anyone their opinion!”

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The One Piece of Advice Every Writer Needs to Hear

"If you was hit by a truck, and you was lying out in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing one song, one song people would remember before you’re dirt, one song that would let God know what you felt about your time here on earth."

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Ten Things That Make an Editor Stop Reading Your Manuscript

Common errors that literary agents and editors see in picture book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts. These can cause us to say a gentle "no"... or to head to the nearest bar.

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