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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Book Proposals & Query Letters by Coleen O'Shea, Marilyn Allen

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Get Thee to a Writers’ Group

The benefits of a writers’ group have been bandied about for years. Some authors swear by them; others consider them buzz kill. Which is right? Neither—as long as you join a writers’ group that works for you. Many of our authors tell us that they’d never have finished their books if it hadn’t been for the support and feedback they received from their writers’ group. We believe they can be a good source for feedback, but only if you like and respect the other members.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the elements to keep in mind.

Clear Goals and Procedures

A good writer’s group has clearly defined goals that all members need to reach in order to stay in the group. This can be anything from presenting a new ...

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