Saturday, February 27, 2010
Who Loves Ya Baby?
Hopefully your life is filled with people who love you. For me, that's always been the icing on the cake and the cream-filled middle. You trust the people you love and this, ultimately, is the basis of any lasting relationship.
I've been with the same critique group for over ten years. We're practically a family unit now but I remember being the "new kid". I was shaking in my shoes the first time I read anything but I was eager. It's sometimes difficult to be included in a group that's been working together for years but they've been supportive from the start. It's their style and mine.
That doesn't mean that after we've had our coffee and doughnuts and exchanged the latest about what's going on in our lives that we don't get down to business. I rely on them to tell me that I've zigged when I should have zagged. I trust them to tell me the truth and they've never let me down. For me, honesty is a vital function of a critque group/partner.
A couple of years ago, I also started critiquing online with another erotic romance author. I love the review feature! We usually chat once a week by phone and are building a friendship and a working relationship. We've even collaborated on a multi-author series.
Although I think trust is the basis for any critique group/partner relationship,there's much more to be considered. Do you want to critique within a group where everyone shows up with the same level of experience or do you want to vary the experience level and mix published with unpublished (newbies and people who have been honing their craft for years)?
Do you want to critique with friends or if invited, would you walk into an established group and take your chances? What would be your dream critique group? I'd love to know. In case you haven't figured it out, I'm terribly nosy;-)
Enjoy the adventure of sensual romance
Assassin’s Kiss-Ellora’s Cave
5 Stars from Just Erotic Romance Reviews
5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies
4 Stars from Romantic Times
Ellora’s Cave Titles: http://www.jasminejade.com/m-524-paris-brandon.aspx
Resplendence Titles: http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/m8_view_item.html?m8:item=151-201-101-449-1