Monday, May 11, 2009

Contest Underway & Critique Groups


The pitch contest on the QueryTracker blog officially opened today and is running very smoothly. It will close at midnight tonight. If you want to enter, be sure to head on over to the QTblog for all the details. Only certain genres will be accepted, so be sure to read the fine print. Speaking of fine print, tomorrow I'll be forwarding the pitch entries to Brendan Deneen of FinePrint Literary Management. (Yes, that cool pic is of none other than Mr. Deneen.) He's one awesome guy to work with, let me tell you. He'd be a great agent for anyone to have!

I've recently reconnected with an old school chum who is at the beginning of his writing journey. He asked me about critique groups. I'm very lucky to belong to Write For Tweens, a critique group via Yahoo Groups. I cannot tell you the many, many ways my crit-mates have helped me become a better writer. However, my membership in this group kind of fell into my lap, so I've never had to seek one out, which leads me to my question for you:

How did you find your critique group?

19 comments:

J.N. Future Author said...

I don't have a writing group....maybe I should find one!

I think blogger counts as my critque group. I try to send them things to read.....the problem is, after I get the rewrites back, I don't send the story to anyone else

Lady Glamis said...

I found my critique group through a blogging friend. I'm so glad I did!

Awesome contest you guys have going!

beth said...

First group: We all entered Amazan Breakthrough Novel Award and started talking on the forums there. Then we all lost and were complaining about how we need to get better...and a group formed from that.

Second group: Found through SCBWI membership.

Looneywriter said...

I sort of fell into my critique group by accident as well. I picked up a copy of Writer's Digest and in it they mentioned a critque section on their web site -the rest, as they say, is history. I've been a member for about two years now and it's been a great experience!

Katie said...

I don't have a crit group - but I do have a partner I met through ACFW. ACFW is starting a new method for crit groups though - which I'm excited to try out!!

Nisa said...

I know they say not to use family to critique, but they're so dang good at it... I wish my MS was closer to being done so I could enter the contest. It has given me a much needed opportunity to practice though, and wow do I need it!

Liana Brooks said...

I found critiquecircle.com through recommendations on Miss Snark's blog.

All genres welcome :o)

Casey McGill said...

My best friend is my critique group. I know...you're never supposed to choose a friend but she's a writer too and very honest about what she thinks. She's awesome to bounce ideas off too.

Yamile said...

I don't have a critique group! How do I find one!!! My good friend belongs to one in my home area, but they only have a certain number of spaces available, and they're not taking any new members. I so want to join them!

Jeannette said...

I got lucky too, there was a writers group where I am living. I met other writers through this group and eventually we formed a workshop of our own, because we wanted something slightly different from what the first one offered. I've heard about on-line groups and forums but have never tried to find one....

Angie said...

Some good online critique groups can be found at critters.org, hatrack.com, and nauvoo.com (for LDS writers)

Cindy said...

I don't have a critique group, though I wish I did. I do have a friend, however, that lives nearby who also writes Christian fiction. We found each other through Meetup.com

Bill, the Wildcat said...

My wife and I met two ladies at a local writers conference, the James River Writers Conference, a few years ago. Those two ladies had already been meeting together and invited us to join. Since then we've grown into very good friends and have continued to meet once a month to do critiques. We named our group the Ten Page Club (XPC, for short) since we agreed to a ten page limit/goal for what we submitted each month.

52 Faces said...

Nice to meet you Suzette! Thanks for the follow. Boy I wish I had heard about the query contest earlier!

My alumni network has a big presence out here in Hollywood and in the publishing scene on both coasts (not that it's gotten me published...yet) so they started a fiction writer's group. I've always trusted people from my college to give great critiques but also to understand my writing. I actually need to hussle and read this meeting's submissions.

Jessica said...

ACFW. Thank goodness. :-) A crit group can be invaluable.

Leni Qinan said...

Rather than a critique group, what i have is a test group formed by family & friends. I appreciate the time they devote to read my books, but obviously, their opinion is biased. I also have my blog, but visitors are always so nice, hahah.

I have 2 writer friends also, but they're always nice, not really critique.

I'm having a look at the links sugested by Angie (thank you), I'm sure they will be useful for this purpose.

Thanks for the clues!

The Muse said...

Delighted to find you had selected to follow my blog:) I in turn have followed yours..I look forward to many delightful posts!

Suzette Saxton said...

Thanks for sharing your critique group info, everyone. And thanks for following my blog!

The QueryTracker blog will be having contests every month, 52 Faces, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to enter.

We'll be posting the winners on Monday.

The Muse said...

:) I am adding your site to my blogroll ! Happy weekend!