Life & Books: The Worst Critique Ever

If you’ve ever had a contest judge be a real jerk…

If you’ve ever had a horrible review…

If you’ve ever had a critique…



Then be sure to watch our video.


This week on Life & Books: The Worst Critique Ever–Me and Brinda Berry discuss critiques. And I chat about the critique that almost made me quit being a writer. Keep reading after you watch the video. There’s more to the story…


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A week after I got this critique the author was supposed to call me and discuss her critique. She never called. A month later I got a random phone call, answered it, and it was this author apologizing for forgetting to call me and wanting to set up a time to talk about my ten pages. I told her that she’d made her opinion abundantly clear and we did not need to have a discussion about it. Her response: “I promise I’ll tell you some good thing about your pages.” No Thank You. Too little. Too late.

*Have you ever had a critique, bad review, or jerky judge that made you question yourself–Share your story in the comments. I’d love to hear it. And other people would too. It’s nice to commiserate and realize we’re not alone.


About Brinda Berry:

Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family. Brinda is obsessed with cairn terriers, Kings of Leon, illustrated cookbooks, new technology and sandy beaches. She dreams of finding the perfect pillow–no small feat. She’s also terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. 

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Abbie Roads writes dark emotional novels featuring damaged characters, but always gives her hero and heroine a happy ending… after torturing them for three hundred pages. Her first novel RACE THE DARKNESS is available for pre-order now!



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