Critique partners (CPs) and beta readers have been on my mind a lot lately as I’ve been working on Catalyst, so I was happy to be going through my RSS reader and find that a friend (Alessa Hinlo) had posted something about CP Matchmaker. So, naturally, I was curious.
Now, I do want to say that I have a fabulous set of critique partners already (the RRFS), but the fact is that sometimes we’re all a little too close to each other’s material, because we’re more than just critique partners. We bounce ideas off each other, we brainstorm with each other, and so in many ways by the time we each get to the point of needing a critique partner to actually read through the entire story, at least one (or more) of the group has already been walking step-by-step with the author through the entire story. Note, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when you know the writer’s intentions inside and out before actually reading a story, you do critique differently than a fresh set of eyes.
I’ve also been wanting at least one or two critique partners for Catalyst that haven’t read it at all (in any stage) so far, so this is perfect timing.
Well, sort of. I anticipate that I will be revising Catalyst for at least another month before it’s actually ready for eyes besides mine again.
But, let’s move on!
From the Host (@MeganGrimit):
Ok, so here’s what’s up:
(I’m going grade school party invite for this one)
What: A chance to pitch your book to a bunch of like minded writers
Where: Twitter, of course!
When: January 20th from 10am-10pm EST
Why: Because it’s going to be so much fun!
There are a few rules to follow, though, so make sure to read the guidelines for all the details!
Now to see if I can get some pitches written up this afternoon/evening!