Question: What do I do if there are no critique groups where I live?
Answer: I hear this question a lot.
First, know that there may be some, but you just haven’t found them yet. Keep looking. Try bookstores, schools, libraries, and coffee shops—any place were writers hang out. Also, ask every writer you meet if they’re aware of any area critique groups.
Second, have you considered an online group? There are many out there. Just do a search. These groups have different goals and various formats, so look them over to find one that’s right for you. And if your first choice doesn’t work, try a different one.
Another option is to start your own critique group. It’s not hard. It’s what I did. Again, look online for ideas and recommendations on leading a successful critique group.
Learn more about writing and publishing in Peter’s upcoming book: The Successful Author: Discover the Art of Writing and Business of Publishing, available November 2019.