Thursday, April 7, 2011

2011 Critique Partner Love Connection

I've been asked several times in the last few months if I would do another critique partner love connection on my blog and I now have enough requests that I'm going to go ahead and do it. I did one WAY back when and, looking at it, I find that the wording on it still mostly applies, so here we go:

Okay. As y'all know, I have two critique partners ( and ) whom I love dearly. They rip and tear at my ms with everything they have in them and they read what I read and love what I love and . . .well, after a long critique partner search, I have learned much about what I need in crit partners, and they are what I need.

However, it's come to my attention that not all of my blog readers have found what they need, and they're having a hard time putting out a call for crit partners on their own blogs because of traffic. Some of them are really good too -- agented or published or close to agented or published, and they need someone at that level. Others are just starting out.

So I thought I might do a Crit Partner Love Connection here on my blog, if anybody's looking. This is PRECISELY the way I found Tessa and Brenna.

Here are the rules, such as I ever have rules:

Post a comment saying the age range (adult, YA, MG), a brief, one-sentence blurb about your book or just the genre if you don't want to share more than that, and whether or not you have an agent, etc. Also the last book that you read that you loved that you feel epitomizes you as a reader.

Then, if someone sounds appealing to you, you send them a message saying so and find out if it's mutual. If it is, you exchange the first 50 pages of your manuscripts, critique them, and return said critiques. If either of you doesn't feel like the crit relationship is working at that point, you get to smile and say thanks and walk away without any questions asked. That's the way it works.

NOTE: I myself am not looking for critters. Two partners is enough for me -- I can't keep up with anymore. I recommend definitely two or three partners for best results. That way when someone says "this sucks!" and someone else says "does not!" you can be the tie breaker. But if they both say "this sucks!" and you say "does not!" it means you're wrong. ;)

Okay. Go! Any questions?


Stefanie Jones said...

I just want to thank you for the last one you did! I found one of my crit partners through it, and we've formed a great crit relationship (and are currently going through the agenting and publishing processes together.) You rock for doing this!

arlena1212 said...

Hey Peeps,
On the off chance that someone is actively searching for a critique partner AND also reading this post... I'm in need of my literary other-half.

I'm a stay at home mother of two wild children I affectionately call "The Crazies" and an online children's literature contributor for

The last book I read was the MG novel, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I enjoy reading fiction of all genres but have a passion for Teen/YA.

In between breaking up lightsaber fights and convincing The Crazies that Johnny Depp is in fact my boyfriend, I write speculative YA stories.

I do not have an agent.
My current WIP involves a Syphon(an ethereal being that sucks out the souls of the dying) and Cassie, the girl he's shadowing on the last day of her life.

I'm still finishing the first draft. Anyone interested in reading the first 8 or so chapters and offering constructive criticism, please email/contact me:

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