What a year it’s been!
A year ago this week, I was blessed to be invited to start a romance-oriented critique group with a friend who I had met at a previous critique group. She had one other member in mind, and we were able to come up with a bi-monthly time that worked for all three of us.
Within a few months, Amy Raby received her first writing contract, Julie Brannagh had an agent request a full manuscript, and I had my first publication accepted with a small e-publisher (Lyrical Press, Inc.). Now, a year later, Amy and I are working hard on our edits and Julie is celebrating finalizing a contract with her first literary agent! I think it’s safe to say we have had some good fortune as a critique group.
But just as important as the success we’ve shared this year is the camaraderie, friendship, and support of meeting regularly with others who share our interests. Though the three of us are in different life stages and have differing outlooks, we share a passion for story that unites us.
Within six months or so, we were meeting weekly, doing critique every other meeting and using the other for support, discussing books and craft, chatting about the publishing industry, and just catching up on life. I am so thankful for Amy and Julie and am so happy to be celebrating a year of coffee, frosting, and snark as well as a year of writing success.
I would be remiss if I took this post to celebrate a year of critique and forgot to mention my dear friend and critique partner, Laura Lee Nutt. Laura and I met in an on-line writing workshop and hit it off with similar writing interests. We’ve been trading critiques and parenting adivce for more than two years, and I wouldn’t be where I am writing-wise without her support and friendship. Laura has also gotten her first writing contract this year (also with Lyrical). So, when I celebrate a year of writing success, I’m thinking of her too!
Do you have a critique group? Do you meet in person or online? How long have you been meeting? What are some of the traditions you’ve developed as you do the writing thing together?