I have gone from a full fledged critic of critique groups to an all-out convert. A good critique group is better than gold. In my Four Corners group, we have been on a query run. Four of the seven of us are at the submitting query stage, and I have seen queries go from okay to on-fire due to the collective comments of the brilliant girls in the group.
And last week, all four girls sent out queries. And already three have gotten requests, from partials to fulls, and from some of the big names in the industry.
The best thing about this group is that it is motivating me to work harder, cleaner, better. Every email I get saying, "I got another request!" drives me back to the computer to write, because I want to finish my own book even more now. There is no slacking off with these people. I can say for certain, with no reserve, these people are probably the single best thing that has happened to my writing ever!
So for that, Thanks Four Corners!! I'll be toasting to you tonight!