I got back my first critiques from my online critique group (The Romance Critters — hugs to all of you!) and I am pretty much pleased. Yes, it is hard to have someone tell you your baby isn’t the most perfect, wonderful baby in the world. But I have no pretensions (well, yes I do, but I shouldn’t!) to know what I am doing here, and it was great to have someone tell me how to be better.
Actually, I was kind of encouraged that they didn’t say, “hey chick, you stink, keep the day job. ” I didn’t get trashed, and a couple of comments were even flattering.
So I have had someone who doesn’t have to eat lunch with me tell me what they think, and I lived.
I’d have rather they said, “Oh, it’s perfect. Don’t change a comma” but given that this is the real world and not a romance novel, I feel pretty good!