Maggie Stiefvater's blog is doing what she calls a Critique Partner Love Connection
. Basically, it's a way for writers to find the right critique partner.
It works like this:
"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. "
Of course, since it's Maggie Stiefvater's journal, the vast majority of people involved are writing YA paranormal romance, which is a bit of a dilemma for those who write in other genres.
So my question is this: Is anyone interested in doing something similar in this community? (4/10/11): Since it doesn't look like a ton of people are interested, maybe it would be better to hold off on this for a couple of months.
However, if you're looking for a critique partner right now, feel free to comment with any or all of the following:
-a description of your work, including genre and age group
-your current progress
-what you're looking for in a reviewer (ie, brutal honesty, good at detecting logic and consistency issues, dreamy eyes, etc.)
-any other information you feel is relevant
See if anyone bites, and if not, we can always try this again later.