I was planning on touching on crit groups, and then Parker pointed out that I had, and hadn’t really provided any info. 🙂 So, here’s an answer to the question Parker asked in response to writing rule 17…
Hi Parker. The first two online crit groups that come to mind are
Critters Writers Workshop: http://www.critters.org/
The Online Writing Workshop: http://sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com/
I don’t have a lot of experience with the first one, although I’ve heard good things, and they’re free. The second one, OWW, is excellent. There’s a trial period, and then it costs $49 a year to be a part, but they’ve got a lively mailing list, a ton of helpful authors, and, for the most part, a professional attitude. They’re also loyal, and you may find that a circle of people gravitate to your work and become your regular readers, which is nice. I was an OWW member, and enjoyed it, although I’ve moved on to smaller, tighter-knit groups now (a lesser workload and higher quality of crits…).