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More on Beta Readers

Beta readers are the best way to improve your novel. The key is to get betas who are 100% honest, even if they hurt your feelings.

Because they will.

Many people will say, “Be honest,” even though they really aren’t ready for it. Not that they're lying; they may genuinely think they can take criticism.

But getting critiqued can be like getting punched in the stomach. Until you've actually been punched, you don't really know how much it hurts.

Here's another thing: Most people, consciously or not, really don't want honest feedback about themselves. When they ask, "How's my haircut?", they are really looking for affirmation that the haircut is nice. 

The first time my manuscript was ripped, it hurt. A lot. But I wouldn't trade it for a gentle critique.
The problem with a sugarcoated critique is that it lacks the impact of a blunt one. If something in my manuscript sucks, I need to know how much it sucks, not just it sucks, because a big sucky thing needs …

Rules of Civility, Atmospheric with Vintage New York

I hate Amor Towles. I want to chuck his Rules of Civility against the wall.

Because I can never write like that.

Why I love the book: Pretty prose. Deep melancholy. Thick atmosphere - I felt transported to 1940s New York City. And look at that cool retro cover.

Mr. Towles is a huge literary talent. If I had his verbal gifts, I'd have something more insightful to say here.