I had to attend a mandatory class the other day and we had an exercise that we did which was shared out loud with the group. And the woman running the class said something that I think could be applicable to criticism.
She said that we should applaud the effort that went into the project and even reading it in front of the group. Then we should say something positive. Then we should offer some constructive criticism.
In other words:
That makes sense to me. I’ve tried to do that in past communications with authors. Frontload the things that I liked, so that they don’t get lost in the shuffle and are said clearly up front. Then move on to the things that could be improved.
Just seemed like a good frame to me.