If Your Novel Sucks

Let’s face it… we’ve all been there. As a matter of fact, I’ve been working on my “new” novel for the past five years so I’m an expert on the subject.

As a novelist I’ve been subjected to insulting, demoralizing criticism from agents, editors, friends and even my mother. Meanwhile, as an associate at the Elaine Koster Literary Agency, I’ve been giving diplomatic, thoughtful feedback to our author clients for years.

Here’s a guide to the writing process filled with good-humored (if occasionally bitter) advice for serious writers. God knows we can all use some help while preparing to expose our work to a world full of know-it-alls and critics like me.