Progress Update 2

Hello again!  Last week I fell down the stairs and badly bruised my forearm (I thought it was broken for awhile); therefore, there was no blog post.

This week it is time to write another progress update.  A lot has happened since the last time I wrote one of these.  First and foremost, I have set a shoot-date for the release of my first book and have begun taking steps in that direction.  I have come up with a working publishing-plan and am in the process of finding a professional editor.  I will discuss this more as I hammer out the details in the coming months.

Secondly, I have joined the Critters Workshop critique group (www.critters.org).  It is an online workshop in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and I have found it to be a great resource.  Basically, it’s a large community of writers who both give and receive support.  Critters has even devised a way for members to get their whole novel read and critiqued without posting the manuscript online.  Despite its name, the Critters Workshop is full of passionate writers who give thorough and helpful feedback.  😉

I would really recommend joining a critique group for your genre.  Even if you don’t have anything ready to submit yet, joining a group is a great way of investing in the writing world and potentially making some valuable connections.  And if you want to avoid paying for a professional structural edit, this is definitely a must.

That’s all I have for now.  I promise I’ll go into elaborate detail about my publishing-plan when the time is right.

Be sure to tell me about your experience with critique groups in the comments below.  I’d love to hear.

And last but not least, have a great Olympic Opening Ceremony Day!

Happy Writing!

-Courtney

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