So. I know many of you are looking for critique partners and now that I have a platform that can reach lots of people, I'd like to help by hosting Writability's first ever critique partner match event, Meet Your CP!
So, basically, if you're looking for a critique partner, or will be soon, follow these steps:
- Fill out the following template and post it in the comments:
Genre(s)/Category(ies): [First, the category and genre of the MS you want critiqued, then what category/genres you usually write in and are willing to critique. i.e.: YA Science Fiction, MG Contemporary, Adult Fantasy, etc.]
Elevator pitch: [A short, usually one sentence pitch. i.e.: An uprising on a distant, alien planet threatens the reign of a teen, alien queen.]
First paragraph: [Pretty self-explanatory.]
What you're looking for with a CP: [Long term CP? Just need a CP for this project? How often do you anticipate trading? etc.]
Your writing background: [Is this your first manuscript? Fifth? Are you agented/unagented? Any relevant info can go here.]
Contact info: [E-mail, Twitter handle, whatever]
- Browse the comments and see if there's anyone you'd potentially be interested in working with. If so, contact them!
- Do a critique partner trial. Trade a sample (I usually did first chapter) and while you're critiquing, think about whether your trial partner's writing style/story would be a good fit for you. When you get their critique back, look over the notes, and consider whether their critiquing style works well for you. If yes, yay! If not, that's totally fine too—you are both 100% allowed to say, "Thanks for your feedback! I don't think we're going to be a good fit, but I appreciate your input and wish you all the best." No hard feelings, no questions asked—not all CP trials work and that's totally okay. :)
So that's it! Feel free to contact multiple people if you'd like—both because CP trials don't always work out, and because it's good to have multiple critique partners. I recommend having 2-3 CPs. I like having odd numbers myself, that way there's always a tie-breaker if/when your CPs disagree.
Good luck and have fun!
Looking for a critique partner? Now you can find one at @Ava_Jae's first Meet Your CP event. (Click to tweet)