Fitness Professional turned novelist, Linda Rosen’s books are set in the “not-too-distant past” and examine how women reinvent themselves despite obstacles thrown their way. A central theme is that blood is not all that makes a family– and they always feature a piece of jewelry! Her novels, The Disharmony of Silence, Sisters of the Vine, and The Emerald Necklace are published by Black Rose Writing. In addition to writing novels, Linda was a contributor to Women in the Literary Landscape: A WNBA Centennial Publication for the Women’s National Book Association. She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and co-founder of the South Florida chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. In addition, she is a founding member of The Author Talk Network and an administrator and editor of the Facebook Group, Bookish Road Trip. Linda lives with her husband in New Jersey, but when the leaves fall and she has to swap sandals for shoes and socks, they move to their home in Florida.

It’s all about community. Are you seeing that everywhere you look these days?

There’s a reason everyone is talking about it – it’s essential to your writing life.

A great place to find that community and improve your writing craft at the same time is with a critique group.

So essential is it that I asked author Linda Rosen to write a chapter about exactly that for the upcoming, and eagerly anticipated, Launch Pad: The Countdown to Writing Your Book.

Launch Pad will give you just the right balance of inspiration, skill building, and a toolbox of writing craft tips. A literal Launch Pad for your writing career!

Linda Rosen shares her experiences and gives you the lowdown on where to find critique groups (both in person and virtual), what you can expect from them and how they’ll help your writing long-term.

Linda has condensed her top ten tips on how to find and participate in critique groups into a handy, free, pdf download you can access here: