Hi all! We asked on Twitter if people would be interested in a CP match up post for y’all to find critique partners and it was a resounding yes. So, here you go!
As you might know we all met up through various CP match-up posts like the one hosted by the amazing Susan Dennard. So we are very much pro critique partner match ups on blogs. We hope that this gives you all a forum to talk about your work and perhaps find that perfect creative match so you can ride off into the writing sunset together!
Before we get into the nitty gritty, we wanted to refer you back to a few of our old resources about being a critique partner:
Meg’s post on Giving Constructive Feedback
Kat’s video on 5 tips for being a good CP
And our first ever post that’s just full of CP Love and advice
Okay, onto the match up!
STEP ONE: Write a comment on this post.
In the comment please include:
AGE CATEGORY(IES) YOU WRITE IN (YA/MG/A/PB)
GENRE(S) YOU WRITE IN (SF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, etc)
PROJECT PITCH (1-3 lines)
SHORT BLURB (250-300 words. We suggest your opening page)
WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP
STEP TWO: If someone’s manuscript sounds like something you’d like to read, send them a quick message about swapping pages.
Once you both agree that you’d like to swap, we suggest swapping either first 3 chapters or first 50 pages (whichever you agree is better). This is the “trial period” where you see if you actually do like each other’s writing AND if you like each other’s critique style. If you want to be on top of it, we suggest telling the other person what kind of notes you like to receive too. But if this is one of your first times critiquing, that’s fine too! This is all about finding someone to learn and grow with!
STEP THREE: Send critique notes and decide what kind of critique relationship you’d like to have!
So, there are many ways to critique. You could do a full manuscript swap. You can do it chunks at a time. It’s really up to you and your new critique partner, so after you get that initial 50 pages or so back, make a plan for what fits you both best!
If, for some reason you don’t like the other person’s notes or you just don’t think things will work out (for whatever reason), then you should be open about it and part ways with no hard feelings. Sometimes, people’s creative visions just don’t sync up.
Good luck and happy critiquing!!
NOTE: While we love hearing about other people’s stories, the WBP ladies are not looking to add any more CPs to our (abnormally large already) critique group. But we love the idea of having a post that can help other people find each other because other CP match up posts are how many of us met!