The only way to get recognized is to participate.

Writing only improves by writing and learning as you go. Any author will tell you this. A key part of that is to participate in critique groups, and other supportive writing groups. Each group is different and offers a unique experience, based on what their area of expertise is.

The same goes for marketing. Join groups, and above all participate in the exercises, and events. Even if you don’t think you’ll ever “make it”.

This past weekend #MFRW held a pitching session with over 28 publishers, and one lady in the group pitched two books. Both times she was asked for the full completed manuscript. Further more, during the wait between pitches, one of the publishers in the chat room asked if anyone had a pitch they wanted to practice with. This same lady volunteered another book she’s working on and guess what? When the MS is complete, the publisher wants it too. Now that’s incredible!

None of this would have happened if the lady hadn’t participated in the group. She went beyond that and helped monitor the other pitches to ensure things went smoothly. Marika,  we’re all so proud of you and are thrilled for you and your successes. We’ve had several other members receive requests for their full complete manuscripts as well. :)

Since joining #MFRW I’ve learned a vast sea of knowledge, not just about publishing. Yes that is the main thing they offer, but we have a very supportive group that is comprised of people from all aspects of the base. Bottom line, we are writers first and foremost, and help each other, and others however we can.

Last night I became a staff member of #MFRW. I’m surprised, and pleased by this opportunity to help others and help our group expand. The family like atmosphere is awesome! We laugh and joke while we learn, which makes learning fun. The support is incredible. We all have areas where we need to improve, and thanks to this group we have the opportunity to do so.

I participate regularly in a number of critique groups, and other writing groups as well. One just about blog hops, which will be the focus of next week’s post.

Which groups are you an active member of? What have you learned from them? Does a particular group, or something you’ve learned from them, stand out to you? Don’t be shy to speak up. :)

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About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

4 responses »

  1. Gerri Bowen says:

    Congratulations on becoming a staff member, Kitty. You are a natural! I belong to many groups, and they all provide good information and classes, as well as nice, supportive people.

  2. kittyb78 says:

    Hi Gerri. Thanks so much. :) Tell us about some of your groups?

  3. Ooh interesting, I will check them out! I am a member of various Facebook groups and the World Literary Cafe where I have learned about cross-promoting and e-marketing. I still have a long way to go, and my next task is to learn about blog hops so I will be interested in your next post…I am also a member of several writers’ groups on Linked In, all of which offer advice and discussions about all aspects of writing and marketing. My favourite of these is the group called Fiction Writers’ Guild. It is lively, active and full of helpful people willing to share their experiences and knowledge.

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hello, thanks for returning and leaving a comment.
      It’s an incredible group. :)
      I’m also on LinkedIn, and about a dozen groups there. I think Fiction Writer’s Guild is one of them.
      I’m participating in blog hops in Oct and Nov. :)

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