What is the perfect reviewer in your opinion? That rare person that comes along (or you wish came along) and gave you a great critique? For me, the perfect reviewer would have the following traits. Never attacks the writer: I think that's a given. I know sometimes a critique can be misjudged as an attack, so I'm referring to obvious direct attacks to the author. As well as smart ass criticisms as well. Gives critiques, not opinions: Not to say that opinions aren't appreciated but they don't do much to help the writer. There's always good opinions and bad opinions for a given work. What's more important is pointing out what can be fixed. Gives not just the negatives but the positives: I think this is an important aspect that most reviewers I stumble upon forget. I know it might sounds silly to add the positives, since it might come off as ego inflating or just to be nice. But pointing out the positive aspects is equally important as pointing out the negative aspects. Pointing out the positive aspects helps a writer identify his/her strengths and the direction they should start heading towards. Sometimes when I get no "well these are your strengths", I feel like I'm left in the dark. Sends the critique on time: Not to say that it has to be exactly on time. But it helps when they send something within about two months, rather than wait a year (at which case I've pretty much set the novel in stone). Or worse, say they would give it a look and then never respond. I rather they just say that they don't have time for it. Rather than leave me hanging and wondering if they've read it (or if they hated it too much to give a response). Shows how to fix the problems: If someone's going to give a major critique, I wish they would at least suggest how to solve the problem. One example is of my first novel. The reviewer has said that the first third of the novel is slow, which I get. But they never say exactly what the problem is or how it can be solved. So I'm left hanging there. Is interested in reviewing my next work: This is a given. It's always nice to have the perfect reviewer ready to review the next work, regardless of how they felt about the previous one. I'm pretty sure that's it for the qualities I'd find in the perfect reviewer. Pointing out grammar is nice but I know that's tedious and there's always an editor that can do that. On another note, if anyone thinks they have those qualities for reviewing, I'd love to send my work for critique. Not sure if you'll like it or hate it but I'd appreciate it either way (as long as there's a level of respect). Likewise, if anyone has some writing that they'd want someone to review, I'd love to give it a try. I always attempt to follow the above qualities. Maybe you'll appreciate my critique, maybe you won't. But hopefully I'll give a critique that's full and satisfying. Plus, I'm pretty laid back and open minded with my tastes.