Fall is a great time to join a critique group. If you are looking for a critique group please email Lois Brandt, your critique group coordinator. Tell her your location (in Seattle specify neighborhood) and genre. Lois@LoisBrandt.com.
Why join a critique group? I am so glad you asked. Here's the quote I read at Tuesday night's SCBWI meeting:
"But even if you become the master editor, you will still need a support group of astute readers to expose your work to fresh perspectives. This is a point I will raise many times throughout this book, so it is best if you can round them up now. These readers may or may not be in line with your own sensibility -- it is good to have both -- but they should be supportive of you, honest, critical, but always encouraging. Even the most proficient writers cannot catch all of their own mistakes, and even if they could, they would still be lacking the impartial reaction. Outside readers can see things you cannot. If you change one word due to their read, it's worth it." -- Noah Lukeman, THE FIRST FIVE PAGES