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Guest blogging over at Novel Spaces!

I'm a guest blogger over at Novel Spaces today!

For those who don't know, Novel Spaces is a blog featuring all manner of advice and interviews, along with news and other juicy tidbits from around the publishing industry. The blog is fed by a collective of writers representing a variety of writing backgrounds and experiences, including my friend and fellow word slinger Kevin Killiany (kvaadk). In addition to the work these folks put into the site, they also solicit guest blogs from other writers on a regular basis. Last year, I was asked to contribute a guest piece, which ended up being Collaboration (or, “How to Write with Your Best Friend and Not Kill Each Other"). I guess it was received well enough, because Novel Spaces regular Liane Spicer asked me back.

So, what are we chatting about this time around? It's an article for which I got the idea after reading all the craziness surrounding an author getting publicly upset over negative reviews of their work, and about which I made this offhand remark on Twitter one day: "Reviews are the Kobayashi Maru for writers."

It was all downhill from there.

The guest post went up very, very early this morning, and you can now check it out for yourself:

Novel Spaces: Reviews - You Can't Win

And once you're done, be sure to cleanse your palate by reading some of the other, more awesome articles to be found there. Lots of good stuff to be had.

Thanks again to Liane Spicer and the whole Novel Spaces gang for inviting me back into their playground.


( 5 comments — Lay it on me )
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Jun. 16th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
I've seen you take a bit of heat from some quarters on a few of your reviews, but I've always appreciated yours (and all the reviews at Unreality) because they're balanced and thoughtful, regardless of your final opinion of the work in question.

You and Steve (and Dan, when he was doing them...and whoever else I know I'm forgetting), never take the cheap shots, and your reviews are about THE WORK, itself, rather than being a review comparing it against whatever preconceptions or wishlists you may have formed while waiting to read/listen to the thing. Even when you have something critical to point out, it's done in a respectful manner that fosters reflection. A writer can't ask for a better review -- good or bad -- than that.
Jun. 15th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
Good article, Dayton.

You linked to my lj, which I've pretty much ignored for nearly half a year, so now I'm feeling obligated to start posting things so both of my lj friends will have something to read. Thanks for adding to the non-paying workload, man.

I know one writer, spouse of the editor who gave both of us our break, who insists she never, ever, reads a review. But a bit of conversation can revealed she knows everything anyone ever said about her work. Her husband gallantly stepped to the fore and said he read everything and reported to her.

Me, I track every mention of my name everywhere. Except for a couple of police blotters and a few deadbeat lists I'm not showing up anywhere, but I keep hoping.
Jun. 16th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I never bought the whole "I never read my reviews" bit, from anybody...writer, actor, whatever. I read 'em, but I just don't make much mention of them, one way or the other.
Jun. 16th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Nice piece, well said. I'm crossposting a linky on my own LJ.
Jun. 16th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the pimpin', kind sir!
( 5 comments — Lay it on me )


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