Recently on my Sinc Guppies yahoo group, there was a long list of giving and receiving critiques. I found the thread interesting due to the mostly mean and hateful feedback stories these unpubbed and pubbed authors received. In that thread, the authors said they wanted the honest feedback, but that they wanted it done nicely. As most of you know, I intern for a literary agent and I think she’s the best at giving nice, but honest rejections. She does a great job of nailing down the overall reason the manuscript didn’t work, but first to help soften the blow, she lists several things she did like. After pondering this dilemma for a while, I came to the conclusion that everyone should be like my agent and offer the good with the bad.