I’m hijacking the topic from yesterday’s Riding With The Top Down’s blog by Helen Brenna, which is reading someone’s work for free.
What do you do when approached to give your opinion on an aspiring writer’s work? I’m not talking about contest judging as the entrants have PAID for your critiques. While I’m nobody in the publishing world, I still feel an obligation to give back what has been so graciously been given to me. (Major thanks to Marilyn, Susan, Linda and Deb!)
But. . . the few times I’ve accepted this burden, spending hours with detailed critiques, I’ve either alienated them or hurt their feelings that I’ve never been asked to help again. I wasn’t cruel or called their ‘baby’ ugly, but I didn’t hand out the praise they thought their work deserved. If the NYT BS author said it was ready for publication, why did you ask me to read it?
Now after reading RWTTD blog, I’m having second and third thoughts about accepting unsolicited work. I don’t really have the time, and in today’s technological world, there are other options for aspiring writers.
What is your take on this?