Which Way Do I Go? Critique Groups, Critique Partners, or Beta Readers

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Hey, SE Readers. Happy 2021. Joan here today.

No matter if you’re a beginning writer or have been writing for years, you’ve probably heard the terms critique groups, critique partners, and beta readers. Since the onset of indie publishing, critiques and beta readers are more important than ever. Traditionally published authors can benefit from these groups as well.

You may ask yourself which way to go. Let’s look a little at the differences.

Critique groups are most often composed of a group of local writers. They have a set meeting schedule with most meeting weekly or every other week. When I first began writing, I attended a weekly critique group. A published author/editor was the group leader. The feedback I received was extremely helpful as I struggled with words of my first novel.

Another plus to having a local group is friendships. Several of our members stayed in the group…

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