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Nov 3, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

Ok so this came at just the right time for me. I've just finished the second (ish) draft of a first novel and I'm debating how many close friends should I let read it.

I've had my Constant Reader (to quote a little known writer) read this draft and have made tweaks but now want to reach out and see if the book makes any kind of sense.

Thinking about the commerciality of it is also really interesting, but I've no idea how to find someone who could approach it with that frame if mind.

Anyway, I'll comment in case anyone would be interested in reading an alternative Irish historical fiction 😅

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Great post, Jami. Some time go I started up a little group of non-fiction writers - we shared our work and gave each other critique on one piece a month. We did it by email so travelling wasn't a problem. And it worked really well. You might have spurred me on to set up another group soon. It's useful to share, there's always something you can get out of the feedback and we all want to become better writers.

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Great and helpful post. Also, cute dog pic. I meet with a small writing group. I share my work with them chapter by chapter and then revise. I am already starting to put together who I will ask to read the entire memoir. This post opened that a little. I’m a little stuck on number 2- someone with a sense of the market and what will sell.

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Oct 31, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

I’m at the stage I’d enjoy someone taking a look at my first pages of my third draft. 🤓

Contemporary romance

And thanks Jami!

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Oct 31, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

Is there anyoe on this feed that has an interest in classical music?

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Love this and also, I’m open to being a reader for someone. Just putting that out there since it seems you are giving us the opportunity.

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Excellent advice. The question of "Do I share my work?" really comes down to what do you need from sharing it, and will the person you are sharing it with be able to do that. Sometimes, we just need reassurance that it's good, sometimes we need constructive feedback from someone who understands writing, sometimes we just want raw first impressions.

But it's so important to be honest with yourself. It's never fun to ask for constructivr feedback, receive it, and then realize that what you actually wanted was reassurance that you wrote something good.

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