Ah, the value of a good critique! I sent my latest manuscript to Robin L. Rotham, and she made such excellent points. Thank you to Robin! *big sigh of relief* I just knew something was missing from the story, and she came up with it. A fresh eye by someone who knows the market can be invaluable in that final look-through before submitting a manuscript.
I’ve been in good critique groups and bad ones — too many to mention. But if a critiquer can point out even one important aspect or come up with even one new idea, it can make all the difference in a manuscript.
I really believe there are some things a writer can do to get the most from critiques:
(1) Be willing to return the favor. Spend your time doing your best at giving a good critique of the other’s manuscript.
(2) Only give over your own manuscript when it’s about as perfect as you can make it. Don’t waste a critiquer’s valuable time and energy, making her read hurriedly-dashed-off, half-baked ideas with grammatical errors.
(3) Don’t be thin-skinned or stubborn. Be willing to consider altering your golden prose.
Are you in a critique group?