It is tempting to look at the other writers in your life and see only their successes. You see that one has a book contract, others are working the job you’d only dreamed of, others have drastically increased their platforms—and then you look at yourself and wonder what you’ve done with your life.
So, you’re ready for all the wondrous benefits of a critique group! Now, go round up some writers and critique away! That’s all there is to it, right? Well … yes and no.
“Critique group” is an intimidating term. No one likes to feel “critiqued,” and sharing art you’ve poured your heart and soul into with people you don’t know very well (yet) can be a little scary.
I’m not denying any of that. But it’s totally worth it.
Every day is a holiday. National Talk Like a Pirate Day, Caps Lock Day, Hug a Sheep Day … Here’s a list of upcoming holidays and how you can use them to boost your platform.
So, you’ve finished your novel! Congrats! Whether it’s your first, third, or seventh novel, it’s still a huge accomplishment. However, your feelings of euphoria are quickly fading at the thought of (cue dramatic music) editing.
Pitching your story to an agent or publisher should not be like pitching a baseball. The goal is not to throw out your idea as fast as you can, hoping your audience will miraculously slam a home run out of it. Here are some tips from my experience.