So, who do you trust? Nobody? Wife or husband or agent?
According to the Guardian the other day, Ian McEwan has a few friends looking out for ‘flickering log fires’ in his books. Not that I personally mind stuff like that. It just goes to show how blind/tolerant I am. Delete whichever suits you. But real authors don’t want common clichés, and it seems that it’s generally the person they sleep with (!) or their agent who gets to read their manuscripts first.
And why is it still a manuscript in this electronic day and age? (I’m sure that’s a FLF, btw, but I don’t care.)
Meg Rosoff has a husband, who reads and criticises. Who do the rest of you use?