I have a writing group, and the members are great. We inspire each other, give each other feedback, and boost each other’s motivation.
But in addition to that, I’d like to get together a group of serious authors, who like me, need fellow authors to help them get their completed manuscripts ready for submission.
Here’s what I have in mind, and it’s open to any serious writers. We get together a group of as many of us as we can (at least 4, but any number more), and trade contact info. When one of us finishes a manuscript (either roughdraft, second draft, or tenth draft, whatever you want), we send a copy of it to the others. Then everyone (everyone who has the time) reads it, offering as much or as little critique as we have time for. I would suggest that all critiques come back to the author within a month of when the manuscript was sent to the group, since the author may be wanting to submit it to a publisher (or self publish) as soon as possible, and will need time to make any changes before sending it.
If you get a manuscript and don’t have time to read it, that’s okay. That’s why we want a number of people, so at least a few will have time to look over it. We don’t meet or contact each therewith any regularity, but just when we have completed (albeit unrefined) manuscripts needing feedback.
With such a short time-frame, the critique need not be comprehensive. In fact, a couple paragraphs of feedback would be perfect. We don’t want to put strain on the time of struggling authors, we just want to help each other out in getting our manuscripts refined.
I’m open to different approaches if you have other ideas.
Anyone interested in being part of such a group?