Guest Blogger: Author Raquel Byrnes

Raquel Byrnes author photoPlease welcome inspirational romance author Raquel Byrnes! She has dropped by with a guest post to help celebrate the release of her new romantic suspense. Purple Knot, the first book in the Shades of Hope series, is available from White Rose Publishing.


How to Find a Critique Partner

by Raquel Byrnes

A good critique partner is worth their weight in gold. Someone who points out what you can’t see, is clear and precise in their advice, and able to do all this with the compassion and understanding that can only come from a fellow writer, well if you find one, you’re on cloud nine.

The problem is that it’s really hard to find them. I have been blessed with a phenomenal team mate in the writing life and I wanted to share some tips on how to find a critique partner of your own.

  • Join yahoo groups in your genre. Did you know that there are thousands of groups all specializing in a type of writing? From science fiction-horror to paranormal vampire teen love stories, there is a group for you. The best place to find a critique partner is where other writers in your genre hang out.
  • Join a local critique group. Writers that take the time out of their busy schedule to meet with other writers are bound to be serious about their craft. Join a group and bring your chapters. It’s a great way to get multiple critiques at once.
  • Take Part in Blogfests. If you have a blog, and you should if you’re a writer bent on publication, then joining blogfests is a great way to meet other writers. Sometimes you hit it off with someone and exchange chapters with one another.
  • Join a Writer’s Guild. Most guilds offer a forum for writers to exchange work and critique each other’s chapters. It’s a nice way to connect with other members as well.

Whichever avenue you chose, be sure that you understand that it is usually a quid pro quo situation. For every chapter that you submit, you critique someone else’s.  Also remember to be gracious. If you don’t like the advice, don’t argue. Thank them for their time and move on.  With a little luck and some perseverance, you’ll find your dream writing partner.


Raquel Byrnes lives in Southern, California with her husband ofPurple Knot cover image sixteen years and their six children. She considers inspirational fiction a wonderful way to minister to others. She writes romantic suspense with an edge-your-seat pace. Her first book the Shades of Hope Series, Purple Knot, releases on June 3rd from White Rose Publishing. You can visit her at her website: and her writing blog, Edge of Your Seat Romance.

7 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Author Raquel Byrnes

  1. So far I’ve only posted excerpts on my blog and have gotten some good suggestions, but mostly very polite comments. I think that’s common for a public forum like that. I did win one critique in a contest and that was excellent help to me. When I get something complete I’ll look for a critique partner, but maybe I should follow your advice and start looking now.

    Tossing It Out

  2. I’m finally beginning to see straight after the past month’s flurry of both physical traveling and blog touring. I’m way behind, but wanted to peek in on a few of your blog visits, Raquel. I’m so excited for you with your release of Purple Knot! As for critique partners, I treasure mine – all three of them! I wouldn’t even consider submitting a manuscript before subjecting it to the sharp eyes, bright minds, and sweet spirits of these women.

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