As some of you might know our ROR writing group gets together every 12 – 18 months to critique our books in progress.
Back in 2001 at the first ROR we read Margo Lanagan’s Black Juice anthology and wept over Singing my Sister Down, which went on to win a World Fantasy Award. That was also the year we read Maxine Mc Arthur’s Less than Human, which went on to win the Aurealis Award for SF in 2004.
Since then there have been many RORs, and critiqued many books. Some of these books have been shelved or are still waiting to be completed and others have been published, some of have won awards or been shortlisted for awards. (This reminds me I must update our success page. There’s been more sales since then. My bad).
For those of you who are interested, I’ve blogged about how to set up your own ROR group and how we critique. There are eight of us, but due to life, family and deadlines we don’t get to every ROR. (I’ve done them all so far, but I’m a bit of a ROR groupie. I even maintain this site in my spare time. All very sad, really).
Our next ROR is coming up in a couple of weeks. Having a deadline to get a book written for is a great motivator. We’re all madly reading each other’s WIPs (Works-in-progress), writing reports and planning to run away and be full time writers for a week!
There will be one book launch and possibly two, stay tuned!
This time we’re going to Tassie to Steele’s Island. Looks perfect for a bunch of nerdy writers!
So I’d like to raise a glass of cyber champagne to:
My writing friends, ROR ten years* on and still going strong!
* We couldn’t squeeze in a ROR last year in 2011, which would have been exactly 10 years, so this 2012 ROR is our official 10 year birthday bash.