Will you read my manuscript and tell me what you think?
Aspiring authors ask me this question and the simple answer is: No, I can't.
I used to give feedback, before I was published. But it isn't realistic anymore for two reasons:
- I can't spare the minutes. I want to devote all of my free time writing my next book.
- America has a litigious society, and there have been too many instances where generously-offered feedback turned into a legal nightmare for an author.
Don't despair, though. There are ways to get honest feedback. You can join a critique group, submit your manuscript to a writing contest, and connect with a beta-reading club. Be persistent and you'll find a way.
[I often get questions about what it's like to be an author. I'll answer each of the most commonly asked questions in a separate blog post. You can also navigate to them through the faq on my website too.]