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Date Posted: 13:44:49 11/27/09 Fri
Author: Page
Subject: Oh, and one more thing >>>>
In reply to: Page 's message, "Here's what I think >>>>" on 13:34:05 11/27/09 Fri

I would suggest you let any and all beta readers know up front which genre the book falls into. On almost every crit board I visit, the parts posted always include that information. For example:

TITLE: Carey On
GENRE: Women's Fiction

It gives your reader a better understanding of what you intend in your book, and avoids misunderstandings like you had with your Scottish reader.

Good luck!

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[> [> [> [> I think Page hit it on the nose -- Debi, 17:26:56 11/27/09 Fri

You can't let one crit discourage you, dea. I'd never write another word if that was how I let crits affect me. Some are right on the mark, some are not, but you have to write *your* story and don't let someone else tell you how to do it. I never saw HoA as a romance particularly either, contemporary fiction of something like that would be the best I could come to as catgorizing it.

As I always say with my crits, take what you find useful, ignore the rest. And above all, KEEP WRITING! You have a great voice and imagination and I enjoyed HoA, so ppppbbbttt!!! to anyone who says differently.;-)

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[> [> [> [> [> thanks, Debi! -- dea, 10:36:00 11/30/09 Mon

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[> [> [> [> Page, come inside >>> -- dea, 10:20:31 12/01/09 Tue

thank you very much for your advice and your kind words. i replied to my friend's e-mail, thanking her for her opinion. the only thing i said was that HoA is not Romance, and i was sorry for misleading her and for being offensive in any way. her reply was very nice, i think we're ok. let's see...

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[> [> [> [> [> Oh, I'm so glad! >>>> -- Page, 13:17:32 12/01/09 Tue

It seems like her crit was based on her misapprehension that HoA was Romance, and she critted it the way she would a Romance novel, a very different beast than any other genre. I'm so glad the two of you are okay!

Hugs,
Page

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