Happy 2019! Hope you all had a great 2018!
A great way to start a new year is to make new connections and move forward with your writing!
We all met up through various CP match-up posts like the one hosted by the amazing Susan Dennard. So you can imagine we love critique partner match ups on blogs. Our last CP Match up had a lot of people in the comment with their amazing projects! And we hope to continue paying it forward by providing a fresh forum for people to seek out CPs.
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 (Twitter size ~280 characters)
WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IN A CP (keep it short, about 1-2 lines)
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.
As a bonus, here are a few 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
Feel free to still peruse the projects on our last CP Match 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 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!