I've finished a good second draft of my commercial fiction novel. I've had friends read it and gotten comments that were nice, but not helpful. I joined the guppies group of Sisters in Crime and had the fabulous experience of swapping critiques with another writer. She really put her finger on things I needed to change. I've revised based on her comments. I realize I need a few more good critiques like hers. The novel reads well now, but my gut tells me it still needs another draft or two before I send it out to agents. How do I source good critique partners? How do I get critiques on my draft from people who actually know the craft of commercial fiction? I haven't got any more guppies who want to swap. I don't have any friends who are commercial fiction writers, or retired agents or editors. I live in Paris.
Miss Snark nobly volunteers to come right over and help you out.
Do you live near a train station?
Do you know a good milliner?
I'm pretty sure several other among the devotion of Snarklings will volunteer to come too.
Party in Paris!
-Miss Snark returns to earth-
In this electronic age, you can critique with people in Peru and not even break a sweat. Peru, Indiana too. I suggest you prowl around writers sites and find some folks looking for critique groups, or partners. There are some posts about "how to find" buried in the Snarchives.
Paris has a wonderful expat community. I know several writers who live there. Haunt the local English language bookstores. Make friends with the clerks. You're not the first to ask this question.