I am a YA author, who occasionally writes NA and MG. Portland, Oregon is where I hail from. When I'm not drinking way too much black coffee and writing, I can be found reading, tweeting, or watching one of the many shows I'm obsessed with.
If you have just finished up a novel, or are currently wirting one, you may have thought about letting someone read it. And that’s good! The more eyes that are on your manuscript, the better it will be. Beta readers, CP’s, fellow writers; they all have something to offer and share that you can learn from.
If you don’t belong to a writing site already, then you may want to join up. If you don’t like the idea of a public site, and want to remain incognito, try to find a CP (critique partner) or fellow writer - even an avid reader! - who can read over some or all of your manuscript and give you some feedback. (Most likely in exchange for yours).
However, for a good critique to work, you need to be open-minded. Sometimes, not all crits are good. Sometimes they tear apart your work, and you’re left with your jaw on the floor because you thought what you had written was gold. This happens and it’s okay to feel sore about it. What’s not okay is to become offensive and ignore the crits because your feeling were hurt.
People take time to read your work and take the time to tell you what’s wrong with it. They’re trying to help, not hurt. But if you’re not listening to what they’re saying, then you’re not going to improve. No manuscript is perfect, and sometimes it takes a second set of eyes to help make it better. Take crits in stride and use them to your advantage to make your novel the best it can be. You won’t regret it.