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More than 50 authors have received feedback on their novels from The Spun Yarn in 2017 and 2018.  Here's some of what the authors had to say.


"The quarter-by-quarter breakdown from my Spun Yarn readers was extremely helpful. In addition to shining light on some pacing defects in my manuscript, it gave me confidence the readers were committed to the job of reading the story and offering candid assessments."

– Jack Bunker, Washington, DC, author of True Grift

"I would absolutely recommend the Spun Yarn to a writer friend. I think the fact that you have three readers assigned to each book makes it powerful. If two people are saying the same thing out of three, I'm more likely to listen."

– Jessica Ainsworth, San Francisco, CA


"The Spun Yarn provides a new kind of feedback that direct manuscript exchanges don't give. It gives an overall picture. The big picture!"

– Eve Tal, Israel, author of Double Crossing and Cursing Columbus

"I've been in at least eight writers groups over the years. Writers in these groups tend to over-analyze short excerpts from a book, which never gives me a feel for what they think of the the whole novel. So I was hoping Spun Yarn readers – reading my entire novel – would give better critiques. And they did."

– Bruce Shigeura, Berkeley, CA


"It’s always hard when strangers comment on your baby's picture in anything less than flattering terms. But that's why this kind of feedback is necessary. The Spun Yarn feedback report was very gentle in presenting the negatives and very encouraging overall."

– Dean Lohse, Jacksonville, FL, Winner of 2013 Royal Palm  Literary Awards Book of the Year in the Mainstream (unpublished) category

“My Spun Yarn feedback was beautifully presented in terms of layout and appearance. When I swap work with other writers, the focus is mostly on what’s wrong and what can be fixed, so it was nice to hear positive feedback too!”

– The Spun Yarn author


"With the feedback I got, I felt confident I could make edits that would make the book more solid on a net basis--exactly what I was hoping for." 

– The Spun Yarn author

"I would absolutely recommend The Spun Yarn to another author. There's no personal BS to worry about; no inflating or deflating scores based on reciprocity as one finds in some workshop groups. The anonymity is great. It allows for a truly candid review. Also, again, I was very impressed by the attention to detail."

– The Spun Yarn author


"Spun Yarn feedback let me know what parts [of the manuscript] were working and what parts were not working….  [The Spun Yarn feedback report] helped me understand what was successful and not successful.”

– The Spun Yarn author

"I have recommended it to my entire writing group. Several people are already applying! It's that we never get a chance to have anyone read our entire manuscript. My current writing group reads 25 pages of one writer each week. Which means we forget what happens and the feedback can only be focused on that section.."

– The Spun Yarn author


“You can't get feedback like this except through an editor, and [an editor's feedback] is only one opinion and quality varies tremendously.”

– The Spun Yarn author

"Your feedback has been hugely helpful – and I am late in the process. I've already had 2 highly-regarded published YA authors read [my manuscript] and give feedback. I've also had a professional book editor do a reader's report and made changes after that. I am sure Spun Yarn feedback would have been just as helpful on early drafts."

– The Spun Yarn author


“I think it's a brilliant idea and was very impressed with the report. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to try it – it has helped me a great deal.”

– The Spun Yarn author

“I was scared to get the feedback and am always nervous surrounding exposing my writing to others.  My fears weren't necessary as [The Spun Yarn feedback report] made sense and was surprisingly favorable.”

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"Based upon direct feedback from The Spun Yarn, I've already rewritten scenes to clarify and emotionally intensify the protagonist's and antagonist's motivations, as well as a couple of secondary characters. I'm strengthening the secondary male characters."

– The Spun Yarn author

"Especially when the project is a long work, either fiction or non-fiction, feedback is invaluable. Relatives or friends are unlikely to make pointed criticisms.  I'm in two writers groups, and that feedback is helpful, but it comes chapter by chapter and weeks apart.”

– The Spun Yarn author


“I think you are offering a much needed service and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of it. I enjoyed the experience and think it will be very useful in improving my manuscript!”

– The Spun Yarn author

“The [Spun Yarn Flash Feedback] progress reports were most helpful. It helped me pinpoint where my novel was working and where the momentum was lost (though different readers had different opinions). This might be specific to my project…but to me these "check-in" feedbacks were hugely useful.”

– The Spun Yarn author


On whether she would recommend The Spun Yarn to writers:
"Yes! I thought it was really helpful to get feedback from a diverse group of readers, and liked the way the feedback was presented."

– The Spun Yarn author

"The feedback was amazing and the entire package felt polished and professional. I feel like it has dramatically improved my *own* understanding of my novel!"

– The Spun Yarn author


"It's so hard to find good beta readers. Friends say they're going to do it then don't get round to it, and even if they do, it's a tricky thing to ask of a friend because they often don't want to hurt you. YES, I would recommend the Spun Yarn to other writers."

– The Spun Yarn author

"The Spun Yarn helped me get feedback so I could do the final high-level edits on my manuscript before sending it out to [editors and then agents]. It also enabled me to get feedback from neutral readers who didn't know me or my work."

– The Spun Yarn author


On whether she would recommend The Spun Yarn to writers: “Absolutely! It was helpful and will really help me revise my novel.”

– The Spun Yarn author

"I think The Spun Yarn is great for people looking for top-level feedback on their work or who feel stuck in a rut with their writing group."

– The Spun Yarn author


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