Choose wisely. Your critique partner should be qualified to offer feedback on writing and publishing. Consider asking a writer who has experience, as well as knowledge about your genre.
Try to find a reader who is also willing to point out what’s good about your writing, as opposed to someone who only focuses on the negative.
But providing honest feedback doesn’t mean the reader offering the critique gets to be a snarky bully! Stay away from any critique partner whose big head comes with an equally big, disagreeable mouth.
Define boundaries. Be clear about what you expect from your critique partner.
And don’t forget that your beta reader will have some expectations too. Know up front how and when you’ll be expected to reciprocate.
Decide whether to meet in person or online. Both options have their benefits. Communicating online offers more scheduling flexibility and interacting online also gives your beta reader an opportunity to carefully word his or her comments and lets you take some time to process any criticisms before you respond.
However, meeting in person also has merits. Since writing is often a solitary pursuit, exchanging ideas face-to-face can offer a nice change of pace and lead to more productive results.
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