A year ago, I wrote a post about this very subject, and here it is, September 21st, 2012. This is still as vital as it was twelve months ago, whether you call them crit partners, beta readers, or any other title. For a writer, these folks are beyond necessary. They are what keeps the words honest, plots coherent, typos to a minimum. They are my right arm, and seeing that arm is still suffering from niggly aches, I need all the help I can get.
This is just another reason why self-publishing is such an inadequate manner to describe indie publishing; this doesn’t happen all on my own watch. But regardless of how or if a writer publishes, to grow in this craft requires critiques, commentary. Gentle and with appreciation for what has been created, but also with an honest heart. I wouldn’t have improved over this last year if not for those who give generously of their time and attention. And for the assistance I have provided to others; it’s a reciprocal process, and I am always happy to offer my time for those who need the same feedback as I often seek.
So to my beloved partners in this artsy, writerly hive, I give you the Bettys pot of tea award. For there is nothing more I’d love to do than sit and gab about everything books over several cuppas. Julie, Suzy, Lisa, and Kate, hats off to you today!