|Beneath my skirts?|
As if! You'll have to get past my polar friend first!
Who can you trust to critique it for you, lavish you with good honest feedback. This is the cold hard warts and all stuff you want someone to hit you with before you get to the querying stage.
Do you use a small group of friends, one, two...three? Do you use a critique group online? Which works best?
From my own experience, I tried regular group sessions...sounds like therapy doesn't it? I've read my work aloud to complete strangers; and it was great - only a little confusing. If there were ten in the group - then it would be ten viewpoints I received back. And seriously, can anyone deal with this many views without losing sight of the story you want to tell.
I find that having at least two serious critique partners combined with several good friends is the method that works for me. If your friends fit your target market - why not? For me the difference between this approach and a critique group is that these are people who know you...hell if my good friends can't tell me the cold hard truth about my work - then who can?
Let me know, which privileged souls do you allow in? Who gets to read your lovely work before the querying process?
A/N: Any tips on critiquing, please feel free to share.
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