Guest Post (and Giveaway): Lani Longshore of Tri-Valley CWC

When I spoke at the Tri-Valley chapter of the California Writer’s Club, I heard about this great base critique group the club had, one that helped the club’s writers get started with critiquing, and then went even further–to help them form their own, smaller break-out groups. I loved this idea then, and I still do. […]

Carol Baldwin on (Trying to) Make a Long Story Short…plus a giveaway!

Carol Baldwin is the first in my monthly series of guest bloggers talking about critiquing. Carol’s most recent book is Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8 (Maupin House, 2008). She has coordinated an SCBWI critique group for over 15 years, blogs at, and is writing her first young adult novel. The three […]

Guest Post: Teralyn Rose Pilgram on Dealing with the Evil Editor

When Teralyn Rose Pilgrim sent me an email offering to contribute a post here about the evil editor and her techniques for hushing that irritating, sometimes, debilitating voice, I was happy to say, “Yes.” I think this is a problem many, if not all, writers face, and it’s always helpful to hear how someone else […]

Guest Post: Ruth Spiro on Multiple-Genre Critique Groups

Please welcome Ruth Spiro to my blog! Ruth writes for children, but critiques with writers of various genres. When I heard that, I asked her if she’d do a guest post about how that works for her and her critique partners. She said, “Sure!”  Thanks, Ruth. 🙂 Check out her guest post below (especially my […]

Guest Post: Peg Finley on Multiple Critique Groups

When I asked around for anyone interested in guest posting here about critique groups, Peg Finley sent me a note. And when she told me she belonged to three critique groups, I told her to “come on down!” I wanted to hear her talk about the benefits and the challenges, and she was nice enough […]

Guest Interview: Wendy Martin on Critique Groups

Wendy Martin is the author of several children’s books, An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child (2005, 2008), Aidan’s First Full Moon Circle (2008), and Watchers (2008). She is the illustrator of those three books as well as Rabbit’s Song (2009) by S.J. Tucker and Trudy Herring, and Smoky and the Feast of Mabon (2010) by Catherynne M. […]

Guest Interview: PJ Hoover on Critiquing

PJ Hoover is the author of The Forgotten Worlds Trilogy, a fun fantasy that takes its characters and readers into the world of Lemuria and Atlantis. The series includes The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, and The Necropolis. (The last book will be released Fall, 2010.)           PJ is also a wonderful blogger, with a positive […]

Guest Post: Dawn Simon on Evolving with a Critique Group

This month, I’m starting a new feature at my blog. I’m invited writers to come and post about their critique stories. When I happened to see Dawn Simon mention at her blog, Plotting and Scheming, that she wanted to post sometime about evolving with her critique group, I quickly sent her a note, asking if […]

Guest Bloggers: Mary Hershey & Robin LaFevers from SVP

Shrinking Violet Promotions is one of my favorite blogs. I discovered it soon after I started blogging, and I’ve been a regular reader since. Mary & Robin are encouraging, enthusiastic, and seriously GET how tough it can be for writers to get out there and market themselves and their books. So, obviously, I was very happy […]

Heads Up: Shrinking Violets Coming Soon

I’ll be blogging for real on Thursday or Friday, but I wanted to throw out a quick note that we’ll have seriously cool guest bloggers here next week. If you haven’t read the Shrinking Violet Promotions blog yet, you’re missing out big time. And the authors behind the blog, Mary Hershey and Robin LaFevers have generously […]