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For a long time I had no idea what a critique partner was. Then as I started to take writing seriously and I became a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, I realised how important they are.

A critique partner gives honest and sometimes harsh opinions on your story but you will be forever grateful for their honesty. They will read your story from start to finish and tell you everything that is wrong with it. They will also correct grammar, punctuation, spelling etc. as best as they can. Remember though, they are not qualified editors or proof readers, they just point out the obvious errors.

Please keep this in mind: even though critique partners are important, you have to be ready. One thing I was told was this: if just want someone to tell you your story is good and you can’t accept criticism then a critique partner is not for you. Not yet at least. You must be ready.

To be ready you must be willing to take a step back from your story and get it ripped to pieces. But don’t view it as mean or rude, view it as a way to improve your writing. Believe me, there will be times you want to rip your hair out and scream at the other person but let me say this… don’t do it! If they’re confused and can pick up a zillion errors, so will the reader.

As a writer we don’t see our own mistakes, that’s where critique partners come in. Trust me, as much as it might hurt having your story ripped to shreds, it’s worth it. You will come out a much better writer at the end of it and your story will be 100% better.

Good luck!

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I am a member of the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA). Every year they hold a conference. This year it was in Fremantle, Western Australia. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford to attend. However, they have an online conference called The Claytons, which is specifically for those who have been unable to attend  the real thing.

I have been a member of RWA for just over a year and this is the first time I took part in it. Last year I was still new to RWA and didn’t know about it. This year I decided to do it because it sounded like fun. Let me tell you, it was an amazing experience.

We all logged into a chat room and over a day and a bit, we got to ‘listen’ and chat to other authors and editors. They provided some very useful information for published and unpublished writers. It was a truly wonderful experience. The highlight for me was being able to talk to editors from some very well known romance publishers.

Today, the final day of the conference, we ‘listened’ to Charlotte Ledger of Harper Impulse. For me, this was the highlight of the conference. She answered all the questions we had and explained, in detail, the process Harper Impulse has for aspiring authors. Let’s just say after her session, I am determined to submit my manuscript.

I would love to submit it now but I must be patient. Whilst my manuscript is complete, it is still being critiqued. Until it has been fully critiqued, I will not submit it. It will mean I won’t be able to submit for a few months but that’s the way it goes. I need my manuscript as polished as possible to make a good first impression.

My aim is to submit early next year.

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