I am in the process of re-writing, and editing, and fleshing out my book, and I am starting to appreciate more and more those who have the strength to point out the things that still need work. If you EVER beta read for someone, please heed my words: It is better that you point out any flaws or weaknesses NOW rather than allow them to be pointed up in a review later.
I am lucky in that the readers that I have do tend to read with a critical eye. It may go against their very nature, but they do try to be ruthless, and for that I am unspeakably grateful.
|"Ezra Pound, il miglior fabbro" (the better craftsman)|
One of my very favorite poems is T. S. Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. When it was first published, Eliot dedicated it to "Ezra Pound, il miglior fabbro" (the better craftsman). For some reason, this still breaks my heart.
I understand the value of good criticism. I respect it. I long for it. It is what all writers hope to find.