Been awhile since I've done on of these.
Never Complain, Never Explain—Craft Tuesday at Write on the River
Bob Mayer's blog Write on the River
I think Henry Ford uttered the famous line: Never complain, never explain. This applies in the writing world in several ways.
One thing I do when critiquing material is ask a lot of questions. I tell writers, ‘You don’t have to answer those questions to me’ (in fact I would prefer they don’t), but rather they are to get the writers to think. At my Write on the River workshop, it’s an exchange of ideas and a lot of questions; and a lot of contributing to answers from all participating.
Remember, you don’t get any opportunities to explain your book once it’s on the shelf in a store or downloaded. You also don’t get any opportunities to explain your submission when it’s sitting on an agent’s or editor’s desk. So if they don’t “get it” the first time around, they won’t get it. Get it? All your explanations and defenses mean nothing because you not only won’t get the chance to say them, you shouldn’t get the chance to say them.
Hugh Howey posted 2015 Author Earnings