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Writer’s advice from ‘The Wildcat’s Victory’ author

BlogCritics.com writer Mayra Calvani interviewed author Christopher Hoare last week and he had many insights from a published author for aspiring writers. Excerpts include:

ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS:

I’d suggest that every writer should join a critique group — a gentler one if they really are writing virgins. I belong to another one that I value for the insights of some of the members but would never submit anything there for criticism. I previously belonged to one that had members who delighted in stomping on any perceived weaknesses. You must learn to evaluate criticism, not succumb to it.

ON LOOKING FOR AN AGENT

Unless you have been advised by an established writer to approach an agent or publisher of their acquaintance, with at least a good word if not an outright recommendation, don’t waste your time.

Check out the full interview here: http://blogcritics.org/archives/2008/05/25/104108.php

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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