|autumn colours seeping in|
Surely the critic comes into his/her own when s/he suggests errors of pacing or that the story line is flagging or in worst cases, simply unbelievable. Or suggests that it would be better if paragraph a) comes after paragraph d) becuse it is more relevant there. But it's hard to spot where improvements can be made when the page is scattered with basic errors, so really, I think the first drafters are doing themselves a disservice when they send rough drafts in for critique.
Also it's nice to be able to mention good points, but sometimes its hard to find any in first drafts. They'd be there in a second or third draft, though, I'll bet.
For your delectation, here's a link to a new book trailer I've made. Have a wander around an old fortified farmhouse at Aydon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyui1kfCd_8