You might think that this is a small thing: a personal and professional no-brainer. To me, it's a big deal, which is how it is with so many anxieties. One person's no-problem is another's ponder-it-obsessively. I have no problem with something like risking rejection or hamming it up (see photo below), but I worry about making myself less available and accommodating.
Okay, here it is:
I decided today to hold off on taking any full-length book critiquing work until my new novel Cobalt Blue is well-launched. I'll continue during this time offering feedback on chapters, short stories, letters, etc. And I will go back to critiquing whole books probably around the first of June.
Moreover, I'm going to raise my critique rates a bit in the interim.
I'm near dizzy with the shock of such a brash move.
Also, with the whirlwind of preparations for what fellow novelist Carrie Knowles and I are calling The Crazy Ladies Book Tour. We both have new novels coming out soon, each of our books with a (different) fairly loony woman as a main character. Much much more on this later.
(photo by Karen Tam)