For this month’s #AuthorToolboxBlogHop, I decided to talk about incorporating feedback. As many of you know, Pitch Wars is fast approaching, and many have turned to the forums for critiques of their query and/or pages. But receiving too much feedback (on forums, or from CPs/beta readers) can be overwhelming. Hopefully, these tips will help 🙂
- Communicate. Explain what kind of feedback you’re looking for: big picture, line edits, compliment sandwich, blunt honesty, etc. Also, what you’d like them to look at specifically (characters, plot, etc.). This way, people can better help you with their critique.
- Step away. Sometimes, it might be tempting to immediately dismiss a piece of feedback. What I’d suggest is to read the feedback and let it sit for a few days. You might not agree with it right away, but some distance might help you see through a different perspective and change your mind.
- Don’t feel pressured to incorporate all notes and suggestions. You know your story best, so if you’ve given it a few days and some notes/suggestions still don’t click with you – that’s okay. But if numerous people have pointed out the same problem, it’s worth taking a second look. Also, keep in mind that there is usually more than one solution to a problem. So even if someone’s specific suggestion doesn’t work for you, it might help you come up with your own solution.
- Limit the number of people you ask for feedback. This might be more difficult on forums, but try to limit the number of CPs and beta readers working on one manuscript. Some things are very subjective, and having a bunch of conflicting advice is more likely to confuse you than help. Each person might have a different number they are comfortable with. Personally, I’d stick with 2-3.
Do you have any additional tips for incorporating feedback? Feel free to comment below!