http://www.scribd.com/doc/175914615/BSFA-FOCUS-No-60-Sampler
I only half apologise for talking about it again (as I’m secretly quite proud of this article) but Alex has emailed me to let me know that the BSFA (British Science Fiction Association)  has put together a sampler of the latest issue of Focus where, amongst other things, you can read the article about my personal experience with writing groups on the way to becoming published.
If you’re looking to get published then it’s definitely worth checking out.  The BSFA provides a number of excellent resources for unpublished genre writers, including Focus and their Orbit Writing Group.