It takes a team of people to get a story from a bunch of words to a polished book ready for public consumption. If you’ll allow me to bend the sports team metaphor a bit, even in writing we have those who play on the offensive side and others on the defensive side. I’d like to highlight a key member of my defensive team today…another Inspy Romance member you know and love.
Before I get to that, let’s chat about who plays on the two sides. Offensive team members could be those who champion the book: people who help with research to get facts and references correct, agents who pitch the book to possible publishers or sellers, or reviewers and street team members who talk about the book when it’s time to sell. The offending team carries the book into the in zone!
The defensive team members, in comparison, defend against things that could keep the book from being successful—and in some cases, from making it into the in zone altogether! Defenders catch mistakes and suggest ways the story could improve.
Enter in today’s VIP: the Critique Partner! Over the years, my critique partners have been fellow authors within the genre of contemporary Christian romance who are familiar with the market, know what readers are interested in, and have a keen interest in seeing my stories succeed.
Inspy Romance author Jaycee Weaver and I recently partnered to critique each other’s novellas that will appear in the upcoming CCR collection The 80s Rom-Com Club. We exchanged one chapter at a time, returning each one with mechanical/grammatical edits, suggestions for better word choice, questions aimed at tightening the plot or clarifying character arcs, etc. It really is a true partnership in getting the story to the finish line, step-by-step. By the time our collection releases on April 26, countless hours will have been put into each other’s stories, and they’re each better for it. Team work at its best.
What I most love about critiquing for authors like Jaycee, and having them critique for me, is that it fosters a real investment in each other’s success and builds community. The CCR author community is a tight-knit and supportive team. With each book published, we cheer each other on. A win for one author is a win for us all.
Pre-Order The 80s Rom-Com Club Collection Today!
Is there, like, anything more totally awesome than the fun, feel-good rom-com blockbusters of the 1980s? The women who make up the online Just Another 80s Rom Com Lovers Club don’t think so. Join these digital friends as they each live out their own swoon-worthy love stories, minus teased bangs and mini skirts, reminiscent of some your favorite romantic comedies from the most righteous decade.
The collection includes novellas by myself, Jaycee Weaver, Mikal Dawn, Bell Renshaw, Jennifer Rodewald, and Betsy St. Amant. Read about each novella.
Pre-Order the eBook for just $0.99 for a limited time HERE! (Price goes up March 11.) The collection will be available in eBook, paperback, and on Kindle Unlimited on April 26.
Before reading this post, were you aware of the concept of critique partners? Do you enjoy seeing glimpses into the author process? What questions do you have for me or other Inspy Romance authors about how our stories come to be?