Today in #LitChat MediaMonday: Dealing With Critics 101. Follow #LitChat in Twitter or login to our dedicated channel at

Aristotle said, “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

The goal of most writers is getting published. After spending months, even years on a project, we want to share our work beyond ourselves and our circle of friends. We are proud parents of that work, urging it into places where it can be discovered, read, discussed, appreciated. This week in MediaMonday we’ll discuss You’ve Got Hate Mail: How to Deal with (Annoying) Critics (Jane Friedman’s blog, October 30, 2014).

What happens then when a work isn’t appreciated? When critics find fault in our words, our ideas, our methods? Once a work is published, does an author have a right to defend its purpose? Is it ever right for an author to engage a critic? We’ll discuss these questions and more today in #LitChat.

Color Song Cover mediumLater This Week in #LitChat

We are thrilled to welcome Victoria Strauss, author of Color Song, and eight other novels. Victoria is also co-founder with Ann Crispin, of Writer Beware, a publishing industry watchdog group that provides information and warnings about the many scams and schemes that threaten writers.