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First Readers: The Crucial Critics

by Kevin Nance

Department:The Literary Life
Issue:September/October 2010

While most writers feel vulnerable showing their work to first readers, the potential rewards far outweigh the risks. Contributing editor Kevin Nance asks esteemed authors such as Barbara Kingsolver, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Steve Yarbrough about their relationships with the people they trust to read—and judge—their work first.

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