I saw the ad in the newspaper today about your writing groups. I would really like to join one, but can I ask a few questions first? I don't really want to get into anything too academicky. I've been educated and educated up the wazoo and I don't need any more education thank you very much. What I need is practical help. I have written the first draft of my book, got comments on it, and I am now on my second draft. I need people to take an interest in what I have done, fix the problems in it, and get it to a good agent or decent publisher. Can you advise me please?
I like your attitude. There are lots of people in your situation.