Critique Connection

A comment from Marybk on my last post reminded me of something I’ve been wanting to do again. It can be hard to find critique partners who are focused on learning, growing, and who also write in the same area as you do. I’ve always wanted to make sure my readers have access to critique partners if they need them.

A fair number of critique relationships these days happen online. Partners exchange manuscripts, give notes, talk on the phone or on email. It often takes several tries with several partners to get a good and mutually constructive relationship going. You want to look for someone who knows what they’re talking about, that can articulate not only what doesn’t work in a piece of writing but why, you want someone you can get along with, and someone whose writing you think is good and that you wouldn’t mind reading over and over.

I can’t guarantee that I can facilitate match-made-in-kidlit-heaven-style critique partners for everyone, but I did want to make sure you guys who are looking for crit partners had a venue to post. I have all of your questions from the last few days in mind and will get back to writing regular posts soon, but for now, let me make this a personals board for the critique-partner-less.

POST IN THE COMMENTS ON THIS ENTRY ONLY IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A CRITIQUE PARTNER. Put your genre (fantasy, paranormal, realistic, etc.) and your audience (picture book, MG, YA, etc.) and what you want to work on (a complete manuscript of XX,000 words, a partial, a query, etc.). Let’s see if we can’t make any matches here. The worst that can happen is you could share your work with someone, get some notes, and decide it’s not a fit.

ETA: If you see anyone here that you think might be a good fit, leave a comment with your email address or a way to get in touch with you. I can’t look through the comments and match people up, you should take the lead if you think anybody’s stuff sounds good to you. Use this as a personals board! Lots of people are looking for critique partners… now reach out to each other and try to connect and run with it!

128 Replies to “Critique Connection”

  1. I write contemporary middle-grade — have written three novels (none yet published), and have published short stories and non-fiction articles for children — and would love to find a critique partner who has completed a contemporary middle-grade novel of any length.

    Thank you for doing this!

  2. I write YA fantasy/fairy tale. I’ve got one novel in the mostly revised stage that needs a real work over before I start querying. I have another novel that I haven’t really revised at all that I’ll be picking up soon. I’d love to critique for pretty much anything in YA or middle grade.

  3. Lisa Willman says:

    I write picture books and young middle grade novels. My completed middle grade novel is fantasy. My completed pictures books are realistic. Would love to find a critique partner on-line since I live in a very rural area. I’ve been published in the adult field– curriculum writing, newspaper columns, and magazine articles–but not in the children’s field.

  4. Hi!

    I write mostly fantasy, some contemporary and paranormal. I’m working on some young adult short stories currently. I’m trying to broaden my horizons and read and write more outside of the box.

    In the recent few months I’ve been working with some fellow writers using Google Wave for critique, and really like it.

  5. Great idea!

    I’m a YA fantasy (urban AND trad, though focus on urban right now) writer looking for anyone willing to help with big picture critiquing. I’ve completed six (is it six now? I lose track) manuscripts and am in the middle of one now, but am learning how to revise better. I’d love a crit partner who could help me learn that skill! 🙂

  6. I write YA Urban Fantasy and have a completed manuscript ready for readers. Would like to find a partner with the same. Jess Tudor, I will email you!

  7. Count me in! I’ve got 3 YA novels; one complete (reality-based fantasy), two WIPs (fantasy and dystopian), and my writing group dissolved after a few members freaked out because they can’t stand the sight of red marks on their pages.

    Me? I like to see my pages ripped to shreds–saves my prospective agents a lot of time. Right now, I’ve got 3 manuscripts out (being read by agents), but after six others read it and passed, I could use the extra feedback and critiquing! 🙂

  8. I write YA realistic (one partial) and YA paranormal (one completed manuscript, but in need of serious revision). I have a writing group–composed of close friends–but I worry that we’re too afraid of hurting each others’ feelings for me to receive the feedback that I need. I’d love to branch out and get some online crit partners.

  9. Mary – You are seriously made of all sorts of awesome for doing this.

    I already have a critique partner that practically shares the same brain as me, but it’s always good to have another person looking over the stuff also. Plus she writes YA (which I also write), but the book I need to get into great shape is a realistic MG, which is not complete yet.

    I’d love to have another set of eyes to help me out, not to mention the invaluable lessons I will learn critquing another MG aspiring author.

    Okay, done rambling. Must get back to work. 🙂

  10. I’d like feedback on a 70,000 word YA historical Fantasy. It is my first book written in English (I’m bilingual) but my German books are under contract with the very best agency for Fantasy, Science Fiction and Historical Novels in Germany. With two disabled kids, my time is limited but I love MG and YA (except contemporary) and would enjoy sharing what I learned during the last 10 years of self education.

  11. I have a couple of long stories (4,000 words+) that I want to lengthen into chapter books geared to 2nd-4th grades. I have written a romance novel (unpubbed) but need some guidance and brutal honesty on improving these kidlit projects. They could be considered fantasy & Shrek-like. I am not afraid of seeing a ton of red ink marring my work!

  12. I write character-driven contemporary realistic YA. I’d be interested in reading the same, or maybe urban fantasy, paranormal, dystopian or sci-fi. I’m not interested in fantasy or historical, and though I prefer YA, I don’t mind middle grade. If you’re interested, click through to my blog to contact me. You can also see more about the three manuscripts I’ve completed there.

  13. What a great idea Mary.

    I write all genres of YA but my work at the moment is a bit of a mixture of mix of urban suspense/romance. My completed MS is 70,000 words and I’m hoping to start to query soon. I’d love another pair of eyes to look over my work and, of course, help someone else in return.

    I love reading all kinds of YA so I’ll return the favour in any genre.

  14. Kristen F says:

    I’d love to get together online with someone… I’m in the early stages of a YA dystopia novel. If anyone else is in early stages or doesn’t mind that I am, I would love to share critiques. I love YA urban fantasy and YA dystopia in particular, and I read extensively in MG (because my own kids read it). I’ve been published in my other life (I was a lawyer), but not as a fiction writer. I’m a rabid YA reader…

  15. I write YA realistic fiction. I’ve got one completed and one in the works, not to mention a YA paranormal that I haven’t touched in years. (That was just one of those because-I-thought-it-might-be-fun manuscripts.) I’m with Jenny on the red pen. Being an ex-teacher, the red pen is my best friend. There’s nothing better than a page with a ton of notes, be it notes of encouragement or critique. I’m also from a rural area with friends who won’t give constructive criticism because they’re afraid to hurt my feelings. I need a good partner in crime.

  16. Kathryn Roberts says:

    I have written a YA/MG paranormal fantasy. It’s the first of a three book series. It is just over 90,000 words (I’m working right now to cut that down, which is going great so far!). I would be willing to swap critiques, but would rather wait a few weeks (I am doing a lot of revising now and would like to wait until the obvious errors are gone).

    You want to swap Ms. Kole? =) hahaha

  17. I would love to find a critique group. Well actually two, one for picture books and the other for Y/A’s. Since moving to Costa Rica it has been impossible for me to find a face to face group. It would be great to have someone to exchange feedback with on a regular basis.

    I have written picture books for several years and am still writing new ones and perfecting the ones I already have. I am also branching into Y/A novels. Right now I am working on a paranormal mystery about a clumsy teenage boy. I would like to have someone to exchange chapters with and help motivate me through the process.

    I have not had a book published yet, but have had stories and poems published in children’s magazines and have written professionally for two newspapers. If you might be interested in swapping MS or sharing a group with me, you can check out my website to get a better feel for my style and personality. (Oh, and I’m a compulsive editor and re-writer when it comes to my own work.)

  18. (Wipes tear from cheek.) This is beautiful. You can all join my online critique group! I’ll review any KidLit. Seriously. I can do chapter-by-chapter reviews or complete WIPs.

    My KitLit stories all have elements of magical realism (although I write shorts in any genre).
    > A completed MS under revision, a younger YA — the MC is 14. This story involves historical events and time travel. Currently 70K words.
    > A partial YA urban/paranormal, MC is 16. Anticipate 40K words.
    > A partial MG contemporary/magical realism, MC is 10. Anticipate 25-30K words.

    I have works pubbed in lit mags and I co-administer an online critique group, but I’m looking for serious KIDLIT friends who are actively working on their MSs. We also critique cover letters and synopses, and writing workshops are offered (about 2 per year).

  19. Michele. . . I’m a PB writer (not yet published). I have one regular critique partner and an online group that does all genres. I would love to have another steady PB critique partner. It might even be possible that my current critique partner would be interested in doing a group thing.

  20. Hi!

    I write YA urban fantasy as well as adult. I’m currently working on adult steampunk right now. I’ve been working with Google Wave for critiques a lot lately and it seems to work well. I’m currently in university right now, majoring in English so I’d like to think I have a good grasp of language.

    I’d be willing to swap 50 pages or so to see if we’d be a good fit. I like most fantasy, YA or adult. It would be really cool to talk to someone who loves steampunk as much as I do.

    I’ll be querying soon on my steampunk story but I’m looking forward to getting back to my YA urban fantasy.

    Oh, and I also read pretty fast. I’m an English major. It’s what we do. 😉

  21. Lots of eager and exciting critique opportunities here, folks! Don’t be shy. If someone’s paragraph strikes your fancy, let them know and exchange emails!

    If you’re worried about spam, just say something like, “My email is mary at kidlit dot com.” People are pretty used to figuring out what that means and how to reach you.

    Unfortunately, I’M not looking for critique partners at this time, but nice try, Kathryn. 🙂

  22. Amber McPhee says:

    I think this is a fantastic idea. 🙂

    I write YA paranormal romances. So far I have three completed manuscripts (no agent as yet) and am working on a fourth. I’m interested in revising my third MS (currently at 90,000 words).

    I like honest critiques and will give them in return.

  23. Send me an email if you are interested in joining the Write Stuff Extreme online critique group to: mkaley3 (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.

    We can all meet up there…it is a small, password-protected site for writers of all genres (flash, short, poems, and novels).

  24. Hi my name is Naomi and I’m addicted to writing…Just Kidding 🙂 What a great support group!

    I write contemporary YA. My WIP is completed at 40K and I would love to find someone who loves to breathe, read, and write in first-person present tense. And someone who doesn’t mind edgy, really edgy.

  25. Oh yikes, I never included contact info before ~ today is such a #fingerfail day!

    My email is Cid @ CidWrites .com just remove the spaces! I’m also @CidWrites on twitter and cidwrites.com/blog I have a few blogs where I discuss WIP’s and Ideas I’m sketching out.

    I do need to jump back on the horse with my young adult shorts! I’m taking a break from my normal writing so my progress as far as critique-able material is scant, but I do like reading and critiquing, but like I said before, I really like reading and critiquing.

  26. Amber McPhee says:

    Just posted a comment. Here’s my email addy: ambermcphee (at) gmail (dot com).


  27. Love this idea!! I also write YA paranormal (one completed MS getting ready to query) and 2 others in progress. Would really love critique on beginning chapters and query. I’m finding the query letter pretty much impossible. Imagine. 🙂

    Amber, will email you, but my email address is brenda (dot) stjohnbrown (at) gmail.com.

  28. Awesome!
    I am in the beginning stages of a paranormal YA novel, and also have some short stories I need readers for.

    @ Kristen F- It sounds like we are both in the same stages of our work. I’d love to hear from you, maybe exchange a few pages/ideas?

  29. Kristen F says:

    I posted earlier but didn’t leave e-mail – mine is fennelk at gmail dot com

    (writing a YA dystopia, would love to get into a critique relationship with someone writing YA or MG. I’m a lawyer, former english major, college writing center tutor, crazed reader of YA fiction…)

  30. This is a wonderful idea!

    My name is Heidi and I’m sick of making my husband feel terrible for always having to “criticize” my work (even though it helps me SO much)!

    I’ve got a YA urban fantasy that’s just about ready for query stage, but I’d really like some fresh eyes. I’ll look over the comments above and see if I can find someone who would be willing to go over this genre, and I’d love to work on one close to that as well.

    You can contact me at heidilab@yahoo.ca

    Looking forward to doing this!

  31. Alison Stevens says:

    Michele and Kellie, I am also an as-yet-unpublished PB writer… any chance we could try a small group?

    My publications up to now have all been academic peer-review stuff. I’m looking forward to something more fun and adventurous. 🙂 My email is anpstevens (at) gmail (dot) com.

  32. This is a terrific idea! I have a great critique group that meets once a month, but we only get through about one manuscript a year, and since I have several manuscripts, (including a couple that are currently under consideration with editors) I’d love a critique partner. I write mostly YA fantasy, but have written some picture book manuscripts as well.

    I’m currently working on:

    1. A contemporary adventure /romance novel
    2. A adventure/fantasy fairy tale retelling
    3. An urban fantasy/paranormal romance.

    I’ve published short stories, articles, and poetry in magazines and would love to find a partner who is serious about writing and sending manuscripts out to be published. My email is alicebeesley@hotmail.com.

  33. Estee Wood says:

    Thanks Mary. This is just the sort of thing I’ve been wishing for!

    I write MG/YA, contemporary, fantasy and contemporary fantasy. I have 14 books written– most of which are for my eyes only! I’m looking for help on my YA contemporary-fantasy that’s about 60,000 words, and an MG same genre. I’m a busy mom of five, so I need a little understanding for those times when I’m going in a million directions.

    -Kathryn Roberts, your entry struck me as a good match. Send me a email if you want: esteewood at earthlink dot net

  34. Shannon contacted me and we’re going to see how we fit! Thanks, Mary!

    Also, Suzan, I’m really getting into steampunk and would trade pages with you, too, if you’re interested. 🙂 My email’s on my website, jessica @ jessicatudor.com

  35. I would love to trade pages with anyone. I’ve written a contemporary YA, which is out with agents (about six are reading the full right now). I really don’t need anyone to critique that because if no one offers representation, I’m ready to put that one away for now. My next WIP is a YA paranormal and I’d like to find people who can read a few chapters at time as I finish them. I’m really good with query letters, and I love love love lots of RED MARKS! I don’t want any sugarcoating, or any gushing unless you can point out at least one flaw to go along with it. Preferably on every page.

    Thanks Mary for setting this up for us! my email is kierahjanereilly at gmail dot com.

  36. I am working through revisions on an unpublished YA paranormal. I’d love to trade chapters with someone as they get revised. I’m probably a much better and faster reader/critiquer/proofer than I am writer, but I really don’t know anyone in this country that I can ask to read my chapters (I’m a new transplant). My email is scatkinson@gmail.com . Thanks so much for doing this, Mary.

  37. I need this! While I do have a friend that I trade critique with, I think we’re a bit too gentle with each other.

    That being said, I have skin like a rhino and would love for someone to give my stories the red pen treatment. I’m always worried about the grammar in my stuff, so if that’s your thing, please contact me!

    In progress + what I like
    Urban/Suburban (Thanks, Mary!) fantasy
    Paranormal with dorky wolf boys
    Unnamed Ghost story
    I also have much love for Steampunk, Dystopias, and YA scifi

    Let’s swap! fullofstarzee AT gmail DOT com

  38. Oh, noes! I thought I’d put in my email and website stuff on the first comment. Oh, well. email me at suzan @ suzanisik.com or it might be faster to twitter me @sisik. You might get a better idea of what I’m working on on my blog (suzanisik.com) in which I do a weekly update on the current WIPs… even though I forgot last week…

    Jess Tudor, I’m sending you an email right now.

  39. What a fab idea…thanks so much Mary!
    Soooo, I feel like I’m about to write a personal ad. 🙂

    – YA Urban Fantasy; not published yet (every possible body part crossed, as fingers alone, just weren’t cuttin’ the mustard).
    – 2 completed manuscripts (2 separate series).
    – 2nd book in each series, in process. Starting 3rd series as well.
    – Full and partials out w/prospective agents…and so, the waiting begins…
    – I write in first person, (mostly) present tense.
    – I’m a pretty fast reader, but like to take copious notes and make lists (if you couldn’t tell by this entry).

    – Aside from the obvious (interested in YA Fantasy), I’m looking for someone that likes long walks on the beach, movies, sushi, shoe shopping…okay, okay, sorry, just couldn’t resist.
    – I would like to find someone who has a sense of humor…when all else fails, this is what keeps me going the most.
    – Also looking for someone with a critical eye, but will deliver the feedback in a positive and friendly manner. While my skin is pretty thick (who’s isn’t, in this industry?), I still think there’s a constructive way to deliver the news.

    Willing to share the first 3-4 chapters to see if we’re a good match?
    Here’s to finding a good match for everyone! Thanks again Mary!

  40. First: Thank for this critique list. My current local fantasy critique partners are missing at least half our sessions. Maybe it’s time to work online. Maybe even set up a group of four who want to critique a chapter.

    So: Me … Complete drafts include a YA with gargoyles, angels, and demons — a MG about humans and faeries. Both are unpublished, and I’m not marketing them at the moment. Current WIP is about ghosts. [You can learn more about my works by visiting my blog. I think the link will take you there.]

    I should say I also have a degree in anthropology.

    You: I’d hope you’re serious about your writing. As for types of fantasy, I am open — paranormal, high sorcery, urban fantasy, ???? Guess, I should say I’m not fond of vampires.

  41. Thank you, Mary, for organizing this! :]

    I’m an unpublished writer, and my current WiP is a YA fantasy (with dystopian elements) that’s a fairy tale retelling of Beauty & the Beast. I’m still in the early stages of my WiP, and would love to find other writers who are still in the first draft stage of their WiP or who doesn’t mind that I am.

    I read extensively in the YA genre, but my preferred subgenre is YA fantasy (high and urban), dystopian, and steampunk.

    I’d be happy to swap the first chapter or so to see if we’d be compatible in terms of writing style before proceeding. :]

    My email is sandyshin7 [at] gmail [dot] com.

  42. I have a few critique partners but am always on the lookout for more! I write YA romance and would prefer people in a similar genre. I *can* read fantasy/dystopian/paranormal but it’s really not my specialty. Email is holly@hollybodger.com

  43. You’ll have to excuse Martha, all. She’s actually my critique partner and is VERY territorial.

    (Martha, put the machete away, how many times have I told you to–)

    Oh, hello everyone! *waves* Nothing to see here!

  44. I would love to participate. I have written a series of children’s stories rhyming stories on character. In the future, I plan to write some ya fiction. All sorts of stories rolling around in my head.

    I am also interested in your online critique groups. I would like to find another one if it does not cost anything to join.

    My e mail is Janet@janetmorrisgrimes.com.

    Mary, love the site and appreciate your guidance, as well as this opportunity.

  45. Erin…*waving*….crazy about sushi, beaches and movies, but I don’t have a thing for shoes. (I know, I know…how can that be possible?)

    Anyway, I’m willing to trade a few chapters to see if we’re peanut butter and jam….or just peanut butter and guacamole. (Or maybe we’re both just nuts?)
    I’ve finished my second novel, a YA urban fantasy, or urban sci-fi or something in the mix of the two and I’d like another pair of eyeballs to go over it.

    If you’re interested, feel free to email me at heidilab@yahoo.ca

  46. Hi Martha! Are you looking for anyone extra? *winks* Just don’t tell Mary 🙂

  47. Jocelyn Carlin says:

    Great idea!

    I have a critique group that meets once a month (one member already posted above!), but I’d like to exchange things more often.

    I have two MG fantasy MS in revision–one a fairy tale retelling, the other a princess story/fantasy.

    I plan on writing YA next, more fantasy/fairytale stuff.

    I’m a busy mom, so I need partners willing to be flexible when real life stuff comes up.

    You can reach me at jocarlin AT gmail DOT com

  48. I write mostly YA realistic fiction and mystery, but I LOVE magical realism. Due to my insanely horrible procrastination, I have yet to complete a full project of 50,000+ words. I have a promising short story that I’d love to have someone read and critique.

    My New Year’s Resolution was to complete a full novel. Still working on it. But I would love to have someone read what I do have down on a novel I started just a few days ago. Hehe. 😀

    Looking for someone who is experienced with the YA genre (and some subdivisions), and who is ready to be open and honest about my pieces, willing to read something that is completely unpublishable (at the moment).

    Just a little, short bio: I love animals, reading, writing, and beach-going. I like to eat (especially anything with chocolate) and I love to run. (It all balances out…sort of.) I have a dog and two guinea pigs. I also lead a teen writing group at the local library.

    If interested, please email me at cass234@live.com ! Can’t wait to meet my “match.” 😀

  49. I’d love a critique partner! I’m not going to be able to commit until at least mid-May (I’m making a big cross-country move, so I’ll be a little, erm, distracted!), but I’ll definitely be up for it after that point.

    I write YA. I’m all across the board, but mainly I focus on steampunk, contemporary, mystery, paranormal, magical realism, distopian – along those lines. I’m currently about 2/3 of the way through my manuscript, and hope to finish it up in the coming weeks. I already know it’ll need some major overhauling, and I plan to rewrite it as a second draft before sending it to a reader. I also write short stories and flash fiction. My work leans more toward the darker/grittier spectrum without being full-on bleak.

    If you’d like to read scenes from my WiP to see if it suits you, you can find them here: http://maybegenius.blogspot.com/2010/04/first-page-blogfest.html and here: http://maybegenius.blogspot.com/2010/04/alternate-scene-blogfest.html

    I probably WOULDN’T be a good match for high fantasy, romance-centric, or non-fiction.

    I’m confident in my writing ability and feel I know the YA genre pretty well. I can take criticism well, and am willing to be kind but honest in return. I have high expectations for the quality of my own writing, and am looking for someone who feels the same way.

    If you’re interested, please drop me a line! My email is available on my blog. I look forward to hearing from potential partners! 😀

  50. ME:
    I am upper MG contemporary. I have a completed 40,000-word manuscript.
    I’ve served as assistant fiction editor for Sotto Voce (www.sottovocemagazine.com) and I am currently guest editor for Cha (www.asiancha.com). I’ve published several short stories in print and online journals. I have a website, http://www.erinkentrada.com. It’s not very fancy, but it’s there.

    I would love to work with another MG contemporary writer, if another one exists. It seems that the writers have all been gobbled up by that tempting fantasy genre. I can understand why — it seems like tons of fun! Unfortunately I can’t write it, so I don’t try. And because I can’t write it (and don’t read it), I’m sure I would be of limited use to fantasy writers.

    Sooo, if you are a contemporary MG writer, “hit me up” (as the kids say). My email address is ekentrada (at) gmail (dot) com.

    I love to read other writers’ work and provide constructive and effective feedback, and I love to get the same in return!

  51. Crap…Jamie knows my ultimate weakness!!!!

    To chime in for a sec, I lurve my crit group, and I think it’s because everyone provides *actionable* feedback so even when it’s negative, it’s not annoying because I can do something about it.

    Mary’s really helped me hone that skill just by analyzing the feedback she gives other people….so…Mary…ahem…I challenge the next blog post to be: “how to provide a good critique for your new partner/group.”

  52. Kathryn Roberts says:

    Martha, I second that motion. And I’m sorry for ‘cutting in’ (pardon the pun) If I’d only known! =)

    And, I never put my e-mail down before, sorry. It is brykateemma @ cox. net. I have someone who I will be critiquing, but that doesn’t mean I can’t take on more. (besides, I think I need to look at something knew…my brain is about to explode from looking at my own MS for soooo long!)

  53. Jennifer T says:

    Sign me up!

    I’ve got two PB manuscripts that need further polishing and a bunch of other WIPs. I work in children’s media– TV, not print. (No surprise; I write scripts too, but it’s more difficult finding a crit partner for kidlit.) I adore short snappy copy, irreverence, and constructive red ink.

    Schedule-wise, work doesn’t ebb and flow; it gushes and floods. That said, I try to reply in a reasonable time. You can reach me at treuting at gmail dot com.

  54. My email is lisawillman (at) brainerd (dot) net

    I write picture books and younger middle grade.

  55. Alison, Kellie, Lisa W, and Michele,
    Picture Books here too. Let’s get in touch.
    My email is bethiam (at) bigstring (dot) com

  56. Mary, you are a gem!

    Hey, Erin! (looks up 6 posts…) I think you and I might be a good fit. I’ve already got a crit group for my PBs but I’d like to have a different set of eyes for my MG stuff. I’ve got three PBs being published this year (one is trade) and have just had a MG accepted by a small Christian pub. I also write contemporary – love fantasy, but can’t do it. I’ve got a finished first draft at about 40K that needs to be totally torn apart and rewritten so I’m looking for some big picture stuff right now. I’m also doing some manuscript reading for a small publisher over here and thoroughly enjoy critiquing.

    You can find me at my website http://www.karencollum.com.au or email me at karen at karencollum dot com dot au.

    I’m a busy stay-at-home mum so I don’t have bucketloads of time to spare but am really good at following through on stuff.

  57. Mary, this is perfect timing. If I hadn’t been sick yesterday, I would’ve seen this post, but I got behind on my blog reading. I just posted about needing a critique partner. In fact, I found Jackee as a manuscript exchange partner through one of your posts.

    I write fantasy – mostly YA, but also MG. I write anything from paranormal romance, to a person with a sixth-sense, to paranormal occurrences. All contemporary.

    I’m a substitute teacher, so my schedule is erratic, but I can always squeeze in editing time. I can start sooner or later. tmilstein at gmail dot com

  58. Thanks so much for doing this, Mary!

    I write contemporary realistic MG (so far), and I’m halfway through a revision of a 30,000-word novel set in South Africa. I’ve published educational books, articles, short stories, but no fiction books yet.

    I’m part of two critique groups already, but I’m always on the lookout for another great person to trade work with from time to time. At the moment, I’m especially interested in meeting anyone writing kidlit set anywhere in Africa, or anyone from Africa who is writing kidlit.

    If you want to trade feedback, send me an e-mail: melkoosmann [at] gmail [dot] com.

  59. I write YA and MG mostly paranormal fiction. I’m looking for a critique partner to help me get out of the good, but not great pile. Someone to read my manuscripts and help with my querys.
    Thanks. =)
    belle5678 at yahoo dot com

  60. Hi, ::waves hand to everyone::

    I have a realistic fiction YA novel 7OK that I’m hoping will be ready to query by the summer. My audience is older teen. I have a great crit partner but I’m always looking for more feedback.

    My one sentence pitch is: Eventually the boys of No System At All will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but for now they are in high school and motivated by a broken heart, revenge and an ultra rare comic book.

    Knowledge about music would be a huge plus.

    I will read mostly anything– I’ve done crits for at least 5 books. I prefer to read everything you’ve got at once. I give feedback on mostly global big picture sort of stuff. I tend to make comments in the document itself and then write up a second document will comments and feedback about characters and plot.
    I normally have a pretty quick turn around rate between 1- 3 weeks, depending on the length and how much feedback your looking for.

    I’m a middle school Reading teacher so I can tell you what sort of things my students are reading and if I think your book would work well in a middle school media center or not.

    If you are interested please e-mail me at fussymonkey2 at gmail dot com

  61. Wow. The response here is almost overwhelming! I belong to two online critique websites and while my critiquers are dear to me, (and have helped my writing), I find most of what they point out is grammatical corrections. I want to know if my story is interesting and engaging! Where does the story lose you or take you away?

    I have written a young adult, paranormal romance. I find this genre is quite large with some stuff I enjoy reading and some stuff I don’t. Having said that, I think it’s best to read the first page to see if there is an interest match.

    Anyone willing to send me a page of a young adult, paranormal romance and see if we fit? Email me at kris.fullbrook@yahoo.com!

  62. Michele Tennant – I tried to click to your blog but it wouldn’t go for some reason. I’d like to send you a note so if you see this email me. kris.fullbrook@yahoo.com (young adult paranormal romance)

  63. What a very kind thing to do, Mary. Thanks so much.

    I write urban fantasy MG/bordering on YA, most a boys-with-girls included audience. I am 3/4 done with a revision and expect it to take another two or three weeks, but I’d love to share it then. My life is a little tricky with a job heavy on responsibilities, a family, and my writing, but I can promise to put aside my current MG/YA reading material for a mss exchange. By the way, I like revision. And I like honest criticism. And while I know how to have a sensitive touch in critiquing, I also know how to edit.

    Would anyone be interested in sharing the first two chapters to see if this could be a match? Write me at dianemmagras at gmail dot com if you’d like to try.

  64. Hey everyone! Sorry for chiming in kinda late.

    I write both upper MG and YA, both contemporary. I have one upper MG manuscript completed (trying to figure out if it should stay MG or move to YA). Currently, I’m writing a YA. My YAs, by the way, are all romance. As far as a critique partner is concerned, I’m looking for someone who isn’t afraid to offer constructive criticism. If it doesn’t work in the story, PLEASE let me know. I can take it. Really. I, in turn, will offer constructive criticism, in a respectful way, of course. I don’t mind critiquing another MG and/or YA writer. I LOVE to read so it doesn’t matter if it’s contemporary, paranormal, romance, etc.

    Thanks so much for doing this!
    email: creativeangel76@yahoo.com

  65. Bongo, I love you, man, but really? Every thread? You gotta spread your particular brand of camel-lovin’ on EVERY thread? People are trying to get the hook-up here, but not the kind I think you’re talking about.

  66. I realized that if some of you were trying to get to me, I didn’t exactly leave a contact sooooo

    michele_tennant (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Or you can look me up on the web under my name micheletennant (dot) com.

    I’d love to hear from anyone interested in swapping PBs or YAs.

  67. Hi everyone!

    I write picture books in the 200 – 600 word range. (So far) I am unpublished. I have five WIPs in various stages of “readiness,” and could really use a critique partner that has been writing a while and has been studying the craft. I write in both rhyme and prose. I would love to partner with someone who is also studying the art of rhyme, but I also need advice on effectively using prose (rhyming is more natural for me). Sorry to be more specific, but I joined a couple of critique groups “willy-nilly”, and although I’ve gotten some good feedback, it hasn’t been as pointed as I would like. I try to give very comprehensive feedback with both the “whats” and the “whys.” I focus on individual lines and words as well as “big picture” issues. If anyone is interested, please contact me at jhedlund33 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

    Thanks to Mary for providing a place for us to meet up!

  68. I have a wonderful critique partner (two of them actually) and a couple of others who have read for me, but I’d love to get together with three or four people who are writing MG or YA fantasy/paranormal and know the unique issues that go with that. My first YA paranormal is being read by a couple agents now, but I’d love fresh eyes on it. I also have a new one I’m working on, and the next thing in the hopper after that is a middle grade. I am good at looking at structure as well as proofing the final stages, and would love someone to return the favor. I suck up criticism though, and don’t want anyone to have to tiptoe around my ego or visa versa. Please contact me at kidlit at writeedge.com or stop by the blog. We also just started an online query letter critique exchange yesterday and are accepting queries for criticism and input from anyone for the queries that are posted.

    Mary, this was a fantastic and generous idea!

  69. Thank you so much for doing this Mary!

    My WIP is YA Fantasy, a rewrite of a completed manuscript that was partially critiqued by two agents. I’m always looking for constructive criticism and someone to bounce ideas off of. I enjoy editing and revising (I know I’m weird) and was mentored by formerly published author Vicky Covington. I read a lot of YA and MG. Please email me if you’re interested in exchanging writing.

  70. Oh! Woops! I forgot.
    Here’s my email: Productofanillusion at gmail dot com

  71. Jocelyn’s in my critique group and she gives excellent critiques. If anyone wants a very detailed critique, she’s your partner!

  72. Oops! Sorry I’m late to the party. We were on a family trip.

    I have a realistic MG novel at 36,000 words, and a magic realism MG novel currently at 21,000 words (I’m still finishing the third draft).

    I also have 2 realistic PB manuscripts I would appreciate feedback on.

    And a drawerful of YUCK that I promise I won’t ask anyone to read!

    I’ve been writing for about 10 years (primarily playwriting) and have been working on fiction for the last 3. I’m looking for people who can make me work beyond grammatical errors…those who want to do some serious rewriting.

    Contact me at krue22 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  73. I commented earlier, but didn’t leave my email address like a doofus! 🙂

    I write YA and MG, but I’m currently looking for a critique partner to help with my realistic MG. I want to make sure that my stuff is realistic, that the plot moves along while keeping you interested. I’ve been doing better about catching grammatical stuff, but of course always love when people point out my unecessary adverbs and passive voice as well. If you think we could be a match, let me know! 🙂

    My email is tiffanyaneal (at) yahoo (dot) com

  74. I have just completed the first draft of a fantasy MG novel set in the UK – it has been a wonderful journey to this point, but I definitely need some help! I’m a Brit living in the Caribbean and it’s awfully hard finding a critique group here … so someone from KidLit would be perfect!!! I’ve been writing for several years and have had some short stories for children published on-line. I’d love to hear from anyone writing in a similar field who would like to try partnering up for mutual benefit!
    Hope to hear from someone….
    email: shunameade@hotmail.com

  75. I write mostly YA romance – both contemporary and paranormal. I like to read all kinds of YA, but I love fairy-tale retellings, YA dystopia and YA romance.

    I posted the first pages of a few of my WIPs on my blog, if anyone who might be interested in exchanging critiques would like to get a feel for my writing first.

    You can leave me a comment there or e-mail me at: melinda.a.gray at gmail dot com.

  76. Mary, bless you for doing this!

    While I have a few friends that I exchange critiques with on an as needed basis, I’m currently critique group-less.

    I write YA and MG fantasy/paranormal/mystery and am looking for a couple of you who also write in these genres.

    I don’t have a big ego, and I’m not afraid of critiques (though spiders freak me out so don’t send those). I promise not to tell you how to fix things in your MS . . . Okay, I fibbed a little . . . I will tell you how to fix your punctuation (if I notice it) but won’t try to put words in your mouth or on your page. I’ll let you know what doesn’t work for me as a reader and why it doesn’t work. I’m looking for people who can do the same with my writing.

    As an avid reader of YA and MG and a reviewer for TeensReadToo.com, I stay current with the markets in both categories.

    Think we might be a good match? Let’s exchange some pages. Email to jstradling(at)treasuretoyfoxterriers(dot)com or justjoan(at)officeliveusers(dot)com.

  77. Oh, dang, I’m terrible at personal ads.

    I write mostly YA, though I’m trying to finish my first MG project. Magical realism/ fantasy is kind of my thing.

    I’m in dire need of beta readers for a project I’m trying to rewrite: a 60,000 word novel about a high school girl who dies and comes back as a kitten. (Other than the being-a-cat thing, there’s no magic involved in this one.)

    As far as my own critiquing, I’m not good at being the grammar/punctuation police, but I do have a feel for when sentences are clunky. And since I am an AVID reader, I can usually tell you what plots or characters aren’t working for me and why.

    If anyone thinks this sounds fun, my email is msforster@lycos.com

    Thanks for the awesome post!

  78. I’ve been singing the praises of this all over the internet (aka twitter and my blog) and realised I am yet to post.

    I’m in the process of revising my 52,000 word YA fantasy novel and would love to find a critique partner who is also writing YA fantasy.

    I’m very honest in my critiques, but I also like to think I’m nice too. I give constructive criticism. I do have children and I teach part time, so my time may be stretched sometimes.

    I have no problem taking critique, I appreciate honesty and constructive criticism.

    If you want to exchange a few pages to see if we would be a good match e-mail me at: thegracefuldoe (at) hotmail (dot) com

  79. I write MG and YA historical fiction and nonfiction. Katharina, I’m going to contact you – you’re the only person so far who’s mentioned historical fiction. I should also tell you my undergrad degree is in German, so that could be helpful to you perhaps.

  80. SWF seeking…oh wait, wrong type of personal ad. 😉
    Okay, that was totally lame. I admit it.

    I have a completed YA urban fantasy that I would LOVE for someone to look at. Other than my mother. Who I think might be biased. 77,000 words, no title because every title I can think of SUCKS. I love reading (uh, hello captain obvious) especially YA, so bring it on. I would love some criticism because while I am perfectly content with most of my work, there are scenes that I don’t like and I don’t know what to do to fix.

    I need another set of eyes! Gouging my own out is not an option. Yet.

    My novel is about a group of college students that moonlight as demon killers. Yes, there was a deep void left in my soul when Buffy went off the air, and I am desperately trying to fill it.

    Interested? email is marytframe at hotmail dot com.

    Much obliged 🙂

  81. Yay! This is awesome.

    About me: I will read/critique just about anything. Right now I’m trying to polish off what I think is upper MG (but started out as YA fantasy). It’s about three kids (2 boys, 1 girl) that find themselves in their city’s parallel nether-realm. I mostly stick to MG and YA with my writing, but I’ve given pb and chapter books a shot. I try to read a fiction book and a book on craft at least once a month, but I read more than that if I can.

    I’m in a local critique group and I’ve critiqued two full MG manuscripts besides my own. I critique on the page for grammar, repetition, awkward phrasing and the like, and then write up a couple pages on the plot and overall vibe of your work, but if you’ve got a better way, I’m willing to try it–I want to improve.

    What I want in a future critique bff: Someone who’s lighthearted but serious about critiques. I’d love to send each other chunks of our work every week, and also do a full mss overview. I want us both to make aggressive progress. You need to be as determined as I am to get published, and read books on craft and revision.

    Future critique bff I know you’re out there! Shoot me an email 🙂

  82. So here it is…
    I’ve been using online sites like authonomy and inkpop as my editing beta group, but I have come to the point that I need serious review. I’m not talking chapter or two. I need a full make-over to sort out flaws because technically I blew a full manuscript read by a publisher because it wasn’t ready.

    I have a partial request coming up in the next few weeks and need to work on EDEN”S FALL desperately. It is in the Paranormal-Romance category, approximately 70000 words and is upper teens YA.

    If you like love triangles, angels and a strong MC voice then we’ll get along just fine.

    Let me know if you want to be critique partners my email is dawnatrcmsidotcom

    ta ta for now (and yes I like Tigger)

  83. Well I’m going to post on here though I’m somewhat terrified to. I write YA fantasy, but not high fantasy. My MCs are always female and I love exploring characters & developing them. Seriously, my favorite part of writing is figuring out who these people in my head are.

    I have just “finished” a novel that started 2 years ago as a NanoWriMo (which I technically finished then by throwing on an ending). It’s around 70,000 words and in needs of pretty heavy duty editing. I would like to find a critique group in my area but because I live in small-town Southeastern Kentucky I don’t know where to look. I know there are some published authors from my area (Silas House, if you know who he is), but I don’t think there would be anyone who could really help me with YA fantasy.

    A little bit about me as a person: I’m a professional Girl Scout who works a bit of a weird schedule because I plan programming/training and those work best on evenings & weekends. I like to hike, climb and camp even on my days off. If I could have a desk outside in the forest and work from there I would. I’m a former gymnast (who is sore from a tumbling team reunion) and generally a happy soul.

    My email address is cassilee85 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  84. Hey All,

    Sorry I’m late to the party! I already have a critique group for my YA stuff, but I would really love to get some more feedback on my children’s/young middle grade book. Think “My Father’s Dragon” age group. I’m emailing a few of you now, but if you’re interested, email me at tianalei (at) gmail (dot) com or check out my blog at tianasmith.com. Thanks 🙂

  85. Hey all – I’ve got an agent for my middle grade fantasy / time travel but would love to hear from others and help them as well. I’ll read just about anything, just looking to network and grow my limited critique group.

    Email me at kpsheridan at verizon.net


  86. Hi writerly folks,
    I’d love to find critique partner(s) who are interested in YA or MG paranormal, with a sort of literary/social comentary twist. I’m one of those weirdos who is interested in motiff, symbolism and allegory because that’s how you get adults to read children’s books and manipulate supply and demand. I love language that is lyrical and keeps the story moving at the same time and characters that aren’t obvious heroic types. I have no fear of romance, especially when it’s strange and I’m not one bit squeamish about the ickies. Not so interested in military, silly levels of violence or the fairy mafia. (Yeah, yeah, yeah. Kid’s books. Whatever. I read a lot. I know it’s out there trying to be the next hottest thing on Xbox.) My most memorable recent reads include The Hunger Games & Catching Fire, Shiver, Impossible, Graceling, The Dark Divine, As You Wish, Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Princess Academy, and ::blush:: The Notebook. I’m also a big fan of the classics that stick to you.

    My projects: I have four completed manuscripts that I do not want to run with at the moment. I also have two current projects that I’m very enthusiastic about. They should be ready for critique in about a month or so.

    Warning: While publishing is my ultimate goal, I feel that I need to focus on growth as a writer. All my life, I’ve blown English teachers away despite my inability to spell or stay awake in class. But as much as I do read, I know that I have a long way to go and that I know almost nothing. I’m not afraid to generate twelve shelved manuscripts before getting the work I really, really want. So yes, I will be brutally honest and I hope that you, my dear perspective critique partner(s), will be the same.

    If I haven’t scared you off, I’m Jennifer (dot) Newon (dot) Kos at gmail (dot) com

  87. I am so late to the game, here, but in case anyone is still looking:

    I write middle grade and YA. My current wip is contemporary YA – it’s a bit on the gritty side and I know a lot of children’s writers dislike harsh language, so head warning, this one does have some of that. My middle grade work doesn’t at all, but I’d love to work with critique partners who might like to work with me on both.

    I’d also love to connect with writers who are interested in discussing their craft and process and we can share resources and help each other move forward. I do have a few absolutely fabulous beta readers already, but I’d always love to expand my writing circle.

    Both of my wips have male mc’s, and I like fantasy, contemporary fiction, and definitely humor. My email’s merry (dot) monteleone (at) gmail (dot) com.


  88. Okay, like better late than never right?

    I am a published writer with an MFA degree, but please don’t let that scare you away. I am a far cry from Laurie Halse Anderson, but I’m not a complete toad either. While I have been writing for over 15 years, in so many ways I do feel like a beginner. That’s probably why I like writing – because it’s always a new adventure (albeit a sometimes frustrating adventure).

    I just finished up the second draft of a 57k word YA fantasy titled The Devil’s Triangle. My previous career as a social worker makes me very good at going inside a character’s mind. Unfortunately, I suck at plot and pacing and I worry that 57k words is rather thin for this genre. I also tend to write tight, which is good, but sometimes I end up shooting myself in the foot because of this.

    I like to think I am kind in my critiquing, but I will also question you for the choices you are making.

    My email is apalm48 (at) comcast (dot) net

  89. The post I’ve been waiting for and of course it comes during the busiest week I’ve had at work in FOREVER! If anyone out there is still reading these…………I see you are Toni, so I am hopeful! 🙂

    I finished the first draft of my first MS last August and have been revising feverishly since then, largely the first few chapters of a roughly 60,000 word (depending on my current revision) YA Paranormal Mystery Romance. My revisions so far have been based largely on critiques by people who don’t count in the real world: friends, colleagues, family, friends of friends, you get the picture, as well as what I’ve learned reading this and other online resources about YA and common mistakes unpublished and first novelists make.

    I should be done with my most recent revision in a few days and now I am forcing myself to stop revising until I get some feedback from a critique partner/group. My schedule and lifestyle make it a little hard to have a face to face group, so I am really hoping I can put something together online!

    The plot of my MS includes a ghost element, subtle astral travel (though not called that in the MS), and a past-life theme that could be challenging to someone who has more traditional views of concepts like heaven, purgatory, and hell. So if that made you feel squeamish when you read it, my material might not be a good match for you. If it feels like compelling reading to you, jet me an email at terrikh@comcast.net

  90. Okay, so I may be a little late too!

    Me: YA urban fantasy novel (61K) completed looking for representation. Working on another YA novel. I have a fabulous critique padner’ now, and looking for another great connection!

    You: YA completed or close to completing novel (or half way through!)

    Email me at: sevennblue@gmail.com

  91. I hope I’m not tardy for the party (I couldn’t help it, I live in Atlanta and its such a big joke)

    I would love to find a partner. I am currently converting my romance novel to YA (fantasy). I thought it would be a better fit.

    I am about 2/3 complete and would love a partner who will stay on top of my like Jillian Michaels on a fat person.

    (Yes, I used to watch too much television and I will throw my idiot box out when LOST ends)


  92. I have a complete MG fantasy, 80,000 words which I am trying to whittle down to a publishable size. This is my second novel and I would say I am an intermediate writer – have the basics down, but need more polish and voice (and some suggestions of where I can cut). I have been in critique groups for years – both on-line and in-person but would like some critiquers who are also writing MG fantasy. I always try to balance my critiques to point out strong writing as well as parts that need work. I am looking for someone who can critique about a chapter a week.

    My MS is contemporary fantasy written from a 12 year old girl’s perspective and a young unicorn’s perspective.

    berendsen70 at yahoo

  93. Thanks for listing the critique want-ads.

    I think I found a critique partner within driving distance — when my current partners seem to be fading. Thanks again.

  94. I’m late, but I’ll still try!

    I have a completed (except that I keep waking up in the night thinking of changes I could make and then go pick at the manuscript until it bleeds) YA paranormal (time travel) manuscript. It’s at 78,000 words, but I’d like to get it down farther. I’ve had some requests and encouraging rejection, but so far no agent! I fear I jumped the gun querying and would love some feedback on this project.

    I’d like to find a solid critique partner who won’t hesitate to tell me when to murder my darlings. And to be nice about it. I don’t need help with grammar, but I’m hoping for some big picture help. I don’t love gritty, but I’m willing to read just about anything.

    I’d love to exchange pages if anyone’s still looking.

  95. Rookie mistake!

    amywilson24 at gmail.com

  96. I am currently working on a manuscript, YA, Fantasy/Horror. I am searching for a partner who would be willing to offer a complete honest edit. In return, I will offer the same. I would prefer to partner up with a serious hard working person. I find myself being able to analyze one chapter or more a day. If this sounds like you, please let’s get together.

  97. Will start working on a rough draft again/manuscript, if I have a critique partner. I just need someone to write for. Have been published online here and there. I am one of those people who loves to write, but doesn’t know why. Am interested in reading some good YA Paranomal and am interested in writing the same–if I have a purpose to write, but right now, I am enrolled in the Institute of Children’s Literature and am taking their course. I write for my writing teacher, but would swap chapters with someone, if only there was someone. email: carlosandterra@yahoo.com

  98. ee hershey says:

    Whew – mine eyes are crossing from skimming such a list… and from visually editing out references to “dystopian” and “steampunk”, which fear at my advanced age of 33 I’m just too uncool to understand.

    Anybody else working on a MG wip that’s funny, silly, goofy, punny and just an all-around good time? I’m also interested in upper MG, mystery and light fantasy/paranormal that travel to approachable, nay WACKY, realms. Did I mention humor?

    Like minded? Would LOVE to communicate. gipsygrrl at gmail dot com

  99. YA Paranormal 70,000.

    would like to show chapter for chapter. I have a couple of writing degrees so I’m capable of excellent line editing, etc.

    I also need an overall “Does this work” for each chapter and will provide the same : ie line edit, general overview of chapter.

    I’d like to do a sample swap of first chapters so that we know we like each other’s stuff.

    My rate is a chapter a day. I’m mostly done with mine.
    you can contact me at futurehelen@gmail.com

  100. Just saw this now, amazing. Many thanks to Mary for putting this together.

    I’m obviously looking for writers to critique my work (95k YA urban fantasy), but I’d prefer more established writers than newbies. Not necessarily published ones, just people who have been writing for, say, more than a year or two. I’ve critiqued full novels before, and I’m more than ready for teaming up with a bunch of aspiring authors.

    Maybe a group of 4-6 where we throw out a manuscript a month for critique by everyone else? We could draw straws for who gets first crack, although I know it’s not fun to have to wait 6 months for your manuscript to get critted. I’m open to ideas.

    Shoot me an email – hermshark at gmail. Later.

  101. Is it too late? Oh well, there are still people replying, so why not?

    My name is Tabitha Rees. I’m a young writer with a YA/urban fantasy series about a girl who finds out the monsters in her dreams are real (muhahaha). I’d be more than willing to rub elbows with anyone in the buisness, whether they are established or unagented like myself.

    If you are interested in working with me with your own paranormal or teen novel/series please don’t hesitate to contact me! I’ll love to get to know people out there! Just contact me via anythingbutordinary927 at yahoo dot com.

  102. I hope I’m not too late! I’m Angela Francis. I’m a young writer as well, unpublished, and slightly new into this world. I have a background in entertainment and theatre performance, toured in plays, and singing. Transferred into the writing world about 2 years ago.

    I have a Edgy, YA book, almost crossover. Very dark, dealing with domestic violence. Really looking for someone to help me out. It’s about 80k. Would like to work on the entire thing, and really make sure it’s polished. I have several other manuscripts as well, all edgy YA. Please contact me at angelhett at gmail dot com

  103. futurehelen says:

    hi E A Abel,

    I’d be interested in swapping chapters with you!
    I’m also YA Fantasy.

    you can contact me at futurehelen@gmail.com

  104. I’m looking for a CP who can exchange a chapter every week or so. I need suggestions from my partner on anything he/she thinks would make my novel stronger. If you are good with snappy dialog –big plus. If you like or wouldn’t be bothered by a little (or a lot) of swearing, sex, violence–another plus.

    I’m writing Urban Fantasy now, and I prefer dark UF with maybe a little romance thread. I also like good historical romance and mysteries. I’m not really interested in YA. There are some books I really love in that genre, but my main interest is with adult themes and I would prefer my CP to have similar interests.

    If this sounds like a match to your needs, I am — pj2961 at gmail dotcom

  105. Very late to this game, but I’d like to give it a shot. I am currently working on my first MG manuscript – contemporary with a touch of paranormal. I would love to find a CP or small group to exchange chapters and receive constructive feedback. My WIP is nowhere near finished, but I am willing to share with someone whose work is farther along.

    I have lots of experience in giving solid feedback and notes and I am a voracious reader who sparks to almost all genres (fantasy, westerns, MG, adult, thrillers, YA, whatever…) All I ask is that my CP have an interest in the genre and age group that I am working in.

    Although I am new to writing long formats, I have a number of writing credits in entertainment with screenplays for film and television. I also have a few published short stories and non-fiction pieces. I wouldn’t label myself a newbie – a little more in the intermediate range.

    Please contact me at Robinclaire1 at gmail dot com, if you are interested. Thanks.

  106. Hi everyone-

    I guess I am REALLY late to the party. I’m a stay at home mama of two crazy munchkins (2 and 8 months old–no, I don’t have a death wish, more like a full time nanny wish).

    I write funny, quirky lower and upper MG, have a wicked sense of humor, and am a damn good writer. Am I published? *ahem, uncomfortable cough* Nope. Not yet. But I DID get a perfect score on my state teaching certification essay exam! Does that count?

    Ok, so I’m looking for a partner who is lax, but consistent, who will commit to writing at least a chapter or so every week, and understands that sometimes I can’t get work done because a crazy monkey, ahem, child, is screaming like a maniac that they want to see Dora the Explorer for the tenth time this morning, and sometimes another member of the family is covered in poop. It happens.

    If you think we might be a great match, call me! Oh wait, this is not online dating. Email me at: ammiehart AT gmail.com.

    Happy writing!

  107. I am currently involved with an in-person group, but I’d love to get an online critique partner/group for a more thorough critique of my work. My current group meets only once a month, and they never print out their work or send it via email before the meeting. I’m a very visual person, so I need to read the actual words myself or I drift off and lose interest. I’ve tried ReviewFuse, but the feedback is so inconsistent that you can’t really use it. I’d be willing to set up a group there if people are willing to fork over the $50 annual fee to join a private group.

    I write MG/YA/Adult, usually fantasy or scifi, sometimes a little romantic, sometimes funny. I like taking old fairy tales and rewriting them for modern times. I’ve mostly written short stories (due to time constraints) and I wrote a novel for NaNoWriMo 2008 (which I think I’m scrapping…30 days just isn’t long enough to write a novel…who knew?).

    I am working on writing a new adult novel which, at this point in time, appears to be a paranormal romance. It feels like a fairy tale to me, but I can guarantee that there are no actual fairies in it. I’m really burned out on fairies. And vampires. And shifters. If you write about them, and the story is really good, I’ll read it. Otherwise, no. There comes a point in time where you must say no, I’ve had enough. I am also working on a MG short story that may become a novel eventually. It’s about a girl who thinks she has a psychic power and no one believes her, and you’re not quite sure if she actually has it. So, is that paranormal or not? You decide.

    Crime novels don’t really rev my Chevy, but I will read the occasional thriller. Some authors I admire are Gaiman, Rowling, Pratchett, Vonnegut, and Austen.

    I’m a software developer in my day job, so I’m big on technology, but not big on reading or writing about it; merely as a tool to use for writing. I love art and music. I used to be the bass player in a rock band that no one’s ever heard of since we didn’t actually play a whole lot of gigs. I have stagefright. I love to watch dancing but can’t really do it myself, unless you consider Dance Dance Revolution to be actual dancing. If you write about any of these things, especially DDR, I would love to read it. (Also, have you tried Just Dance on the Wii? The Elvis song is pure WIN!)

    I have an infant at home, a full-time job, a chronic illness (MS), a husband who just bought a lawn tractor so now he mows the lawn every other day while I watch the baby, and not a lot of spare time (go figure, huh?), but I do love to write (and read). I may not be able to write a chapter every week. I have a lot of things (i.e. tiny people covered in snot) vying for my time. However, I am willing to critique your work even if I have nothing to share at the time.

    I want to build relationships with a group of writers over time, not just a quick critique of my writing in order to get it publishable. More of a long-term commitment, not just a one-night stand.

    Email me if interested: sarahellenolson AT gmail.com

  108. I’m a an unpublished writer and looking for a critique partner. I’m finished my second draft and wanting some honest feedback. My novel is fantasy/paranormal for a YA audience. I have a whole manuscript, around 87,000 words, but would like to work chapter by chapter if that’s possible. I’m eager to have someone read my work, besides my family. I’m also wanting a honest, trustworthy person to help me with whatever needs fixed.

  109. I have a first draft YA novel of 29K done. I’m currently working on NaNoWrimo for another YA novel, but in December, I will be going back to edit my 29K novel.
    I am looking for a long term crit partnership. Please read my blog and decide if I am a match for you and contact me.
    Thanks for this awesome idea.

  110. Hi! I’m a marketing and communications professional and a freelance music writer who has been writing all my life in one form or another.

    But…I’ve now finished a draft of a YA urban fantasy (87k). The book revolves around New York City, Irish Music, Elementals, and the redemptive powers of love.

    Looking for a “not pulling any punches” type of reader. I really want someone committed to helping me beat this thing into something strong. And happy to do the same.

    I like to read a variety of genres, styles. YA, British literature of the 1930’s, contemporary adult. Favorite authors: Maggie Steifvater, Melissa Marr, Evelyn Waugh, Harlan Ellison, Jodi Picoult…mixed bag really!

    Send a message if you think if might be worth exchanging some chapters. Thanks! perchance to dream2 at gmail dot come.

  111. Hey! I’m looking for a crit partner for my contemp YA. It is completed around 85k. Sent it out and had a lot of positive response but then got a great rejection about edits and revisions needed. Did that, now I am looking for a crit partner. I’m great with dialogue, line edits, plots, character, themes, etc. Looking for a fast-paced exchange. Love crit as well, will read *almost* anything but I prefer YA, dark, funny, and everything in between! Email me at angelhett at gmail dot com. Ciao!

  112. Hello,
    I’m looking for a Critique Partner interested in YA and MG novels. I read anything from fantasy to paranormal (I’m new to Dystopian novels but don’t mind them at all). I have 2 YA WIP and a current MG novel that I’m working on.
    I’m not published nor do I have an agent but I strive and work toward better writing. If you think you might be a match please email me at: ank272(at)live(dot)com


  113. Jeremy Eyman says:

    I am looking for a critique partner interested in PB MS. If it works out I would like to continue this into a critique partnership in the PB genre. I have currently finished my PB MS (Approx. 510 words) and is now ready for the critique rounds. I’m also currently WIP on some other PB MS.
    I am looking for someone that critiques with honesty, constructive criticism, has a passion for the PB industry, with some possible editing skills.
    I’m not currently published and just starting out learning how to critique as well. If you are interested in just doing a critique that would be fine as well.
    Well, hope to hear from someone in this endeavor. Thanks!
    email me at: jecolorado48 at gmail dot com

  114. Ai Kiminomori says:

    This is my first time to bump into this website and I’m not sure how things work, but I’m posting my need anyway. I am working on a huge novel (over 80,000 words) right now(huge, but not hard to read). It is a realistic, coming-of age story about 2 boys, one is an aspiring concert pianist, the other one a ballet dancer. My writing is pretty strong, but since English is my second language, I need someone who has strong grammatical/linguistic skills to critique it. Also, the nature of the two boys are such (both being artists), someone with good knowledge/interest about classical music and/or ballet will be very helpful.
    I will be happy to hook up with someone who is writing something similar and give my critique as well. Only, horrors, SF, romance, crime stories are not my forte. Historical novels, wars, social dramas, memoirs, children’s, coming of age, autobiography, etc. are my strength. If anyone’s interested, please contact me at: tuscanred@juno.com
    Ai Kiminomori

  115. Hi.
    I´m searching for critique partners with the same taste in YA Science-Ficton/ Fantasy. Currently, I´m writing on a dystopian novel (more in my mind but on computer).
    I´m from Germany but I will study Creative Writing next year in London.
    I only want people who really want to work on their manuscripts – not just for fun but for their future work.

    Okay, enough of bad english. 😉

    Send me a friendship request here: http://www.facebook.com/fabienne.seegler (sorry, email is too private)

  116. I am currently looking for a crit partner for my YA paranormal book, THE SCARLETT LULLABY. A twist off Sleeping Beauty. Told from 3rd per with alternating POVs. This is about 80k. What I can do for you:I’m great with dialogue, line edits, plots, character, themes, etc. Looking for a fast-paced exchange. Love crit as well, will read *almost* anything but I prefer YA, romantic, dark, funny, and everything in between! I’m looking for someone to do this for the long haul and create a lasting relationship with. Email me at angelhett at gmail dot com

  117. Rich Cappelli says:

    I am looking for a critique partner to discuss picture book manuscripts.

  118. Hey Lynnette,When I first started wrtiing, I LOVED critique groups. I was addicted. I was also soooo eager to be thick skinned that I was taking on EVERY bit of advice given to me. (uh, not good!) I still think it helped me grow a lot. It helped me grow to the point where I realized that to improve further, I needed to learn some things on my own. I read books on wrtiing, studied what I liked about the books I read, worked with a wrtiing coach on things like voice and style, learning what I did well naturally (so I could retain those qualities) as well as what my main areas of weakness were (so I could stay most open to changes in those areas). At that point, finding individuals who were a little bit beyond the beginner stage really helped me. I don’t think it would have been fair to trade with these people when I was starting out, but I’d hit the point where I’d outgrown my current critique group and needed partners who could help me take it to the next level. I found people who had opposite strengths and weaknesses as me, so I could be sure I was giving them something back. Still, sometimes I think I don’t deserve my crit partners! They are SO talented! Anyway I think this article asks some really great questions. I share my experience as a way of adding to this that maybe a writer should also re-asses these questions about the current critique groups every so often. I think I’d found about 5 partners who will definitely be my partners for the long haul, but you know what? I still post my work to groups or feedback sites every now and then, even to work with writers who are newer, because 1) There’s nothing like a fresh pair of eyes and the eager feedback of a new writers and 2) I want to give back to the wrtiing community. I was new once, too, and while I’m no old pro, I do know enough now to offer to others what had once been offered to me when I was first getting started.For me, the hardest part has been learning to trust my gut. It’s still all too easy for me sometimes to want to change something that 20 people loved by 1 person thought was bad. I always think maybe they just see something the other 20 people didn’t! For some writers, accepting criticism may be the hard part, but others of us, we do need to learn when to pass on some advice (I was impressed you included a question along those lines in your questionairre.) But it’s still the hardest part for me. I always worry am I really rejecting advice I don’t need, or am I being married to my words/story/character right now and I’m just too arrogant to see it? Anyway, that’s when I usually bring out the big guns and have my trusted critique partners help me hash out the advice and see what needs to be done. I’m growing more confident as, at least most of the time, my tried and trusted critiquers tell me I picked the right advice to pass on. In closing, though, I’d say that there is nothing like a skilled editor. Not only will hiring one (I recommend Lynnette HIGHLY) help you see what you are doing right and what you really do need to work on, but it really allows you to feel a little safer going along with most of the advice (that’s assuming you hire an editor who knows what they are doing. Again, I recommend Lynnette lol). Anyway, I’d say for anyone working on their book to find the right group as Lynnette suggests. Grow on your own, too. And when you’ve gotten as far as you can with critique groups and self-teaching, bring in a pro.Ya know like Lynnette.

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