I thought joining a local critique group would be a wonderful addition to the online critique group. It would have added another point of view. And to have someone already published be a part of that critique group may have been a bonus as well.
Yesterday, I had an opportunity to join a local Picture Book Critique group hosted by Children's Author--Jennifer Swanson. I received their prospective member questionnaire and began filling it out. Everything seemed to be going ok, until I saw one of the last questions:
"Can you commit to 2 Thursdays per month from 10am- 12pm attending the meetings at the Southeast Library while critiquing the submissions in advance? Can you have something ready to submit at least once a month?"
I work full time and this was definitely not a good fit, time wise. I was hoping everything else would work out and filled it out anyway, along with a note: "
"Unfortunately, the times you list for meeting are not a good fit for me. But I hope that there is a possibility for an alternative time frame. Thank you for your time and consideration."The response I got was that the times were "firm" and "Best of luck with your writing". Those words struck home. They felt like I had just received another rejection for one of my manuscripts. They felt just like any other rejection I've ever felt. But, rejection is a part of an author's life, right? And you have to be a good fit for the critique group just as they have to be a good fit for you.
I will always be a part of my online critique group...which I LOVE! They are a good fit for me! :D