I seem to be having difficulty in this area. I’ve had a few replies, but after a chapter or two of exchanges they disappear. It saddens me, but I feel like finding a critique partner is sort of like finding your soul mate. You have to go through a lot of crappy relationships before you find the one suited to you. Sure, some people get lucky and find that person straight off, but clearly, I’m not one of them.
Critique Partner – not to be confused with Beta Reader. Maybe this is my problem. Most places I’ve found have been for Beta Readers, and originally that’s exactly what I wanted. Someone to read and give an overall thought on the manuscript. However, most Beta Readers have wanted to be reciprocated – which has turned into the possibility of Critique Partner – which then falls through. So, at this point, my thoughts on Beta Readers have become – I’m more than likely not going to reciprocate on a Beta Read. At that point, I want an indepth critique partner that I can talk to, discuss things with, get new points of view, thoughts and ideas. For a Beta Read, I’m looking for someone willing to read and give me thoughts on the big picture. Beta Readers are great – for when it’s done. Which, I already have one manuscript done and going through edits.
However, I’m also working on other projects. I’m looking for a Critique Partner willing to kick my ass into gear if I’m having a bad day, and willing to look at my stuff whether completed or not. Someone I can bounce ideas off of. I’m looking for a critique partner that I’m in contact with several times a week as opposed to once a month. Sure, there will be times when life gets in the way, but that’s to be expected. I want a critique partner I’m comfortable with and who’s comfortable with me so we can be honest with each other without the other running off in a tantrum.
I’ve posted on several forums, hoping to find that one (or two) critique partner(s) that are on the same wavelength. I write Urban Fantasy and would prefer someone who writes in the same genre (or somewhere along the lines of.) Hopefully, I get a nibble. If you’re reading this and feel like this may work for you, feel free to leave a comment or email me.
If you have any tips or tricks on how to find a critique partner I’d love to hear it.
If you’re interested in Beta Reading Blood Moon feel free to leave a reply or email me as well. I have a Beta sheet for those interested so they know what I’m looking for.
Completing a novel is only the beginning.