DAY 13 – Have you participated in a critique group? If so, how did it work out for you? If not, why have you avoided joining one to this point? Is your critique group online or does it meet in person? What is the most useful thing you get out of your participation? How do you think a critique group could help you improve your writing?

When I wrote my first book, Adoption: More Than By Chance, I did not consider involving a critique group. I was comfortable with my writing style and had readers and editors checking for continuity and flow, plus the all-powerful errors in text that the author gets comfortable with and doesn’t see.

But I’m also writing more books. In the past 24 hours I’ve done some research and will attend my first meeting of a local writer’s critique group within a week.

Because my next book, Helping The Birth Mother You Know, appeals to a smaller niche market than my first book, I want to find (or create, online) a group who specializes in writing about adoption. It is a fact that adoption books written for adoptive parents and adopted people are more numerous than books written for birth mothers and even fewer for birth fathers. Birth parents’ voices are paramount to inclusion in an online group for adoption writing, but are often left out.

This has brought excitement to my book writing plan. That is a good thing!


  1. This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing because I was a bit challenged as well. One of the books I am writing has an EXTREMELY niche audience. Good luck with your book and I hope you keep us posted on how your groups turn out. Thanks!

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