Something I believe every aspiring writer needs is to obtain an objective and completely unbiased critique of his or her work. But how do we obtain this? Our first instinct might be to ask our family and/or friends, but I don't know how truly objective the people in our lives can be (even if they really try). I know that "critiquing services" exist, but they're costly -- and I tend to think some are even scams. An honest appraisal up front could spare us a lot of unnecessary work and frustration later on during the querying process (if, in fact, our work is not truly "publishable"). Does anyone have any input on this topic?