There are many facets to 'Getting Into the Mix' and joining a critique/writer's group is only part of the process. Thanks to the people who actually stayed awake in computer class, the writing world has been gifted with such things as MySpace, FaceBook, Cyber Village and now Twitter-ing. All of these avenues can be explored with a click of a mouse. (Best part? It really is a free lunch!)
Another benefit of networking is gaining valuable insight on a rapidly changing market. There are a lot of authors who are more than willing to share their knowledge- 'Paying It Forward' so to speak.
The one good thing I've noticed about the Romance Writing world is the tangible sense of community. The wonderful authors/writers I've come in contact with have been more than happy to take a chance on a novice. It's refreshing and endearing.
So for you new writers satisfied to lurk in the shadows and watch opportunity pass you by, isn't it time for you to say 'Good-bye to Sandra Dee?'
Break away from your inner-high-schooler!
Making your presence known is such a simple step, but one well worth taking.