After a lengthy relationship (almost a year?), the members of my critique group have decided to go their separate ways.
This is in no way due to a falling out or irreconcilable differences. We're just heading in various directions and have different needs at the moment. One writes YA and wants to connect with other YA authors. One just has a different style of critiquing and wants to find like-minded critters. And one just doesn't have a whole lot to submit right now (but her crits were much appreciated!). Like I said, we're just not able to meet the needs of the other members. And that's okay.
As one member pointed out, we're not burning any bridges. We're still here to call on if one of us runs into a bind or needs an extra pair of eyes. We'll still connect on Facebook and our blogs. We'll make every effort to meet up at the ACFW conference in September. We're still friends, for goodness sake. Just not official critique partners.
It hurts a little, but it's all good.
Now I'm on the hunt for another critique partner or two (or six). My agent is coordinating a critique group consisting of other authors he represents. I may look into that. Preferably, I'd love someone who writes (or at least enjoys reading) the same genre I do.
So we'll see what happens. In the meantime, thanks to Nicole, Val, and Patricia (and Heidi - who left a month or so ago) for the helpful critiques and advice you've given me. You all brought something different to the table and I can't tell you how much I've appreciated your feedback. Can't wait to see what God will do through each of you and looking forward to seeing your books on the shelves someday!
Now a question for those of you who are currently involved in critique groups: How did you connect with your group and how do you make it work?