The Importance of a Good Critique Group – Rob Daniel-Agent

Having an impossible time finding an agent, let alone a publisher? Do you sometimes doubt your work and wonder if there could be something you’re missing? Please consider this:
Some writers have a special gift and can crank out bestsellers while living like a hermit, disconnected from any regular contact with the greater world of writing. The other 99-1/2%, like me, and maybe you, need to have regular stimulation and feedback – it often requires a ‘village.’ My village is the five other writers that form my fiction writers critique group. We meet regularly and each time two of us have sent out a dozen or so pages for critiquing, and an hour is spent on each writers work. Think your work is too ‘singular,’ and you could never handle such public exposure, anyway? Time to get over it and get feedback!
I was hesitant to join the group, but it has been a magical process…the variety of simple ideas, twists and frequent electricity those meeting provide are beyond help, they’re mother’s milk for many of us. Imagine a room full of Jiminy Crickets.   If you believe in your ability, have intensity and drive, and are determined to succeed in time, give it time. Read books, take classes and workshops. Attend conferences. Work harder and smarter. This is a business where shortcuts are scarcer than hens’ teeth, trust me. And have you noticed that some agents are now only looking at polished work?  Us your critique group and possibly a professional eye to perfect your work before you send it out.
Stay tuned to this blog for further information in answer to your question; “And just how am I supposed to conjure a critique group?”
Rob Daniel

Literary Agent with
Andrea Hurst Literary Management


  1. You are absolutely right! I don’t know what I’d do without my fellow “critters!”

  2. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  3. Rob, I couldn’t agree with you more. Most of us struggling to find a willing agent/publisher need the objective eye of a critique group. While I shuddered to consider asking a friend or family member to read and critique my ms, I did find a great resource on-line. I joined the community on TheNextBigWriter website a year ago and have received invaluable help from writers both published and unpublished. And the fact that it’s on-line makes it even easier.
    Cathryn Bonica, author

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