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Cruel to be kind

Find an early reader for your manuscsript who isn’t afraid to give you the hard truths

AGONY EDITOR

Dear Agony Editor, I’ve told all my friends, family, and co-workers that I’m working on a novel because I wanted them to hold me to it. But now they’re all asking if they can read it. Even when I say it’s not ready, they’ll say, “So let’s see what you have.” I know I should show it to someone, but how do I know who I should show it to? How do you pick your first readers?

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