As a writer, we all get our work reviewed by someone before shipping it off to the publishers, after all we want to make it as clean and pristine as possible to better our chances of getting the book published. Here's a common place problem though, usually the ones most first time writers turn to is their friends and family. Since our family loves us, they'll usually say it sounds goods and sing our names to the heavens. Fact is, family and friends lie so we don't get hurt by their words. So, here's why I bring up this thread, where do you get your work reviewed? You can't ask family and friends because then you risk being lied to. Me, I'd take it to someone else, but I'm not very trusting and worry about it being stolen, but I need someone, anyone who can review my writing and give me the cold, hard, hateful truth. In fact, a lot of writers need someone who'll sock it to them, it's the only way to better one's writing. Yes, I must admit the review section of the site is nice (and very helpful might I add) but posting section after section of a writing can get very tiresome, and may even annoy some members. Which brings me back to my original point, who do you turn to? Who do you ask to give you the review you want, without fearing them being too nice, or even stealing the content for their own? Now, I'm not looking for someone to say "oh go to such and such place and find the person of your dreams" (sorry it's rude and such but people do this and it can be annoying). In fact, I could care less if I get a suggestion for reviews, I'm merely putting this thread up as a discussion piece. If it violates the rules (I might have misses where) then by all means I'll pay my time and let this thread sink into the shadows as though it was never there. Anyways, back to the topic one last time, if you can't trust your friends and family to give you the brutually cold but honest truth about your work, then just where do you turn to find someone who can give you it?