Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More Mark McVeigh!

A few weeks ago, Agent Extraordinaire, Mark McVeigh, invited a group of his blog followers to participate in a webinar about the publishing industry. I was one of lucky ones to join in on the fun!
Fun you ask? Absolutely! Mark McVeigh is an agent with The McVeigh Agency. Mark is a former teacher and former editorial director at Simon and Schuster. This man knows his stuff!
During the webinar, I was able to see and chat with Mark and other attending writers while learning about different aspects of the publishing world. Mark presented so much wonderful information about getting an agent or editor and of course, about getting published! I have about five pages of notes that I have already revisited. They will also come in handy when I get back to the agent search. We discussed everything from writing schedules and critique groups to query letters and networking. Of course I was a bit nervous at first, but Mark made everyone feel very comfortable, and we were all able to ask specific questions about agents and publishing.
During our webinar, some of us formed an online critique group which is now called “Mark One Page at a Time!” Sharon Mayhew came up with the clever name as a nod to Mark since he was the one who brought us all together. Mark was discussing the importance of online and face to face critique groups. Some of us were not in online groups yet, so we decided to form one!
This was such a worthwhile experience, and I am certain that each and every one of us came out much more informed and even more inspired. Thank you, Mark, for your generosity and expertise and thank you, ladies, for your wonderful discussions and continued support!
Check out The McVeigh Agency website here and the agency's blog here!

I am thrilled to be a part of a new online critique group as well as continuing with my local one (we had an amazing session last night). Do you have a critique group? If so, what brought you all together?

32 comments:

Kristi said...

Too cool! I love critique groups!

I have one that was formed by fellow bloggers as well and it honestly helps SO MUCH to get that feedback I need as I write. I'm really interested in finding a local one, but haven't had much luck yet. :-(

Best of luck to you fabulous ladies!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great post. I'll check out his blog. I met my group through a class where we were critiquing each other & then through SCBWI conference. I love my critique partners. I think you lose perspective on your own work. At least I do.

Ello said...

Oh man, I'm so jealous!!! That sounded awesome! And what a great name for a crit group - good luck with it. I love my crit group but we still haven't given ourselves a name yet.

Laura Pauling said...

My group is online and we met at NE scbwi conference last year. It's been great. We chat once a week online, which to me is much better than a face to face group because I can wear my fleece jammies.

Denise said...

I have a critique group. It's called "my family" and they critique the way I watch movies.
: )

ElegantSnobbery said...

Wow, sounds like you had a fabulous time and that it was so valuable to you! So excited you have an online crit group!! Sounds awesome, Kelly!

Rena said...

It sounds like you learned a lot, Kelly. Thanks for the links. I'm looking forward to checking them out and learning more about getting an agent. Have fun with your new group, too!

Kelly said...

Kristi - A variety of feedback is essential I think. Good luck to you, too!
Natalie - I agree. Sometimes you are too close to your own story that you need another fresh viewpoint to help make it better.
Ello - It was an awesome experience. ANd I'm sure you can come up with a clever name for your group!
Laura - Ha! Exactly. Though the face to face one is good for me to have some good chit chat first and then get to business.
Denise - Hee!! Aren't you regretting calling me crybaby now when I was little? ;)
Marisa - It is awesome as is The Practice Room group!! :)

Tina Laurel Lee said...

I totally agree that face to face and online are both really cool and totally different. I can't imagine jumping into online critiquing with out face to face experience first. It is so hard without visual clues and you learn so much from your fellow critters. On the other hand, I think you can do really thorough critiques online and get such varied critters!

And I totally agree about The Practice Room group. But I guess I would, wouldn't I! :)

Hema P. said...

Wonderful post, Kelly! I belonged to a face-to-face critique group for the past year. We came together initially via the local SCBWI chapter, but have formed a more core group since. We meet more often and truly support each other.

And now, I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone in the online group better and growing together as writers! :-)

Serenissima said...

Kewl!

My local critique group got together after we finished a nine-month writing program. At least half our sessions are devoted to chatting and reviewing movies, but that's fun too. ;)

In the past year I've also joined an on-line group that I hooked up with through the blueboards.

What I think I still need are one or two beta readers who write in my genre (YA paranormal) so we could do full ms exchanges before I send stuff off to my agent.

Good luck with your new group!

Candyland said...

I've always wanted to do a webinar. How cool. I have 2 betas, but not an actual group. It's nice to have people who support you:)

Solvang Sherrie said...

LOVE my critique group. We all kind of knew each other and started working together at the end of last summer. I feel blessed to have connected with them.

Sliding on the Edge said...

What is it about critique groups that draw people so close? I mean we start out tentatively sharing our mss. then next we're sharing our lives as freely as if we were family.

Well, I think I just answered my question. After you share those bits of your soul, you become family . . . a very supportive one.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Wow, sounds likes a great webinar.

I do belong to an online crit group. We have a forum now. It started out a few of us who "defected" from a yahoo crit group so we could run things differently. It's been wonderful and we've added some really great new members, too.

Rena said...

I could have sworn I replied to this. Anyway, I've given you an award on my blog today, Kelly, if you want to check it out. :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Kelly--funny...I took five pages (legal size) of notes too! You did a great write up.

Thanks for stopping by yesterday to offer encouragement. Mark sent me a sweet email offering his thoughts and genuine warmth. He really is a good guy.

Keri Mikulski said...

Great stuff!! :)

Have fun with your new critique group!

Kimberly Franklin said...

I am so thankful for my critique group. They are motivating and put up with me.... what more could I ask for?

:)

Dawn Simon said...

Great summary, Kelly! It was such a cool experience! I took lots of notes, too, and learned a ton. Mark is an excellent teacher.

My crit group started about five years ago. A couple things brought us together: a local writers' community and a class on the first three chapters of a novel. When the class ended, we asked the author who was teaching the class if she'd consider taking us beyond the first three chapters and teach another class. She agreed, and we've become a crit group that she guides. We love each other, but that doesn't make us easy on each other. We're honest and growing as writers together.

I'm so glad we all connected through the webinar!

Ann Marie Wraight said...

WOW - What an AMAZING experience Kelly!

My opinion of you was huge, now it's rocketing away into the universe!

I follow Mark's blog and other blogggers I know think really highly of him....WOW!!!!!!!!!

I feel all tingly and creative...I want to prepare something for a critque group now...

PJ Hoover said...

How very cool, Kelly! It's so great to get personalized information about the business.
I've changed crit groups a few times but now have a mix on online and in person people.

Kelly said...

Thanks for all of your responses about crit groups, ladies! Writing is so subjective; it is great to hear from a variety of people about your work. Plus the support is amazing too!

Kim Kasch said...

I love my critique group - who I met at the SCBWI conference a few years ago

Christina Farley said...

I love my critique group! I'm actually a part of three (I know, I'm crazy). One is a face to face group here in Seoul. But we're all over the board on genres. It's more of a chance to chat with other writers. Then I have the MiG Writers group and two girls I fast draft with. I love my critique partners. I don't know what I'd do without them.

Tory said...

No, Kelly, there isn't a critique group in my area, and I've considered online groups before. I think your post has sealed the deal, though, and I plan to join one soon.

I left an award for you at Head in the Clouds. Have a great Thursday! Tory

Elana Johnson said...

Wow, how cool. When you hear of these things, email me! I want to know about them too.

I have a face-to-face group, and we met at a local conference. We meet every other week and it's awesome.

Kelly H-Y said...

Wow, wow, wow ... how cool is that!!! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to participate in such an amazing experience!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

bummer i missed it!

Heather Kelly said...

Very cool, Kelly!!

Carol In Color said...

Sounds very interesting. Can't wait to check out the info you suggested. I love writing and would love to one day write a novel. I don't know where to start, but maybe with what you have posted here I can figure it all out. Thanks.


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WordWrangler said...

OOOOH! YES! I am a member of 2 crit groups. One is online, the other is in person. I love both.

My in person group, The mudskippers, have just recently started a blog. We are still in the baby stages, but we're working on it! (themudskippers.wordpress.com)

My online group are called the ShortStuffs. :) We've been together around 3 or so years.

Everyone meshes in both groups. Love both!