Eileen Haavik McIntire

Resources for Writers

Antidotes for bad reviews. When I published this novel, I suddenly realized that I was now a target for anyone's critiques—ready or not. But then I remembered two books I've kept around for a long time: Rotten Reviews, edited by Bill Henderson and Andre Bernard, and No Turn Unstoned, compiled by Diana Rigg.

The first is a collection of bad reviews of works now regarded as classics. For instance, Ralph Waldo Emerson said of Pride and Prejudice, "I am at a loss to understand why people hold Miss Austen's novels at so high a rate, which seem to me vulgar In tone, sterile in artistic invention, imprisoned in the wretched conventions of English society, without genius, wit, or knowledge of the world. Never was life so pinched and narrow. The one problem in the mind of the writer...is marriageableness... suicide is more respectable."

No Turn Unstoned takes on play reviews. As an example, the book quotes Samuel Pepys on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: "...I have never seen before, nor shall ever again, for it is the mot insipid, ridiculous plan that ever I saw in my life."

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Useful websites:

The following can help you separate the scams from the legitimate, whether it's publishers, agents, or other services for writers.

http://www.writerbeware.com » Provides warnings about schemes, scams, and pitfalls that threaten writers.

http://pred-ed.com » Provides useful feedback on publishers, agents, and others.