Why had I never edited it? Because I didn't know any better. I just wrote and wrote. When I came across Veronica Wolff's books, I quickly visited her web site, something I had never done with any other author before. Veronica visited her forums often and talked with us about anything we had questions for and even started her own topics. In her forums I met my first critique partner, Pam.
Following Pam, I also met Lizzie. I quickly learned the value of a good CP. They are undoubtedly the best people I could align myself with. I am able to bounce ideas off of them, have them read my work and I value their opinion and suggestions. I now work with Lizzie and Melissa who I am lucky to know.
Veronica also encouraged me to join RWA (Romance Writers of America) and CHRW (Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.) The information passed though these groups as a valuable asset to any writer who joins any group. There are pre-published authors and authors who have many, many published books. We have a woman educated in Gaelic and Scotland, and woman who is a wonderful researcher, and we also have a gentleman who is knowledgeable in all forms of fighting. Just to name a few.
Through CHRW I have taken workshops, joined an amazing critique group, and have become a judge in a few contests.
In the critique group, I have learned so much more about writing then I ever thought possible. Everyone is so helpful. As it should be. We are all going for the same goal. To be published or to continue to be published. That's right, even published authors are members of this critique group. It is very helpful to have another set of eyes to read over your work before you pass it off. We all have an understanding also that we trust each other with our work and know that nothing will be copied and that no one will be harsh in their critique.
If I could give you any advice in your writing career, it would be to find someone to become critique partners with or to align yourself with a wonderful critique group. I promise, you won't be sorry.