What’s It All About?
Ladies Who Critique is a place where any writer looking to find a supportive critique partner/ beta reader can find a compatible match (or several). We are here for writers of all levels – published, unpublished, agented, unagented, aspiring, hobbyists, closet writers or complete newbies! There are no requirements for Ladies Who Critique membership (except that you should be 16 +) and it is completely free – and always will be. Here’s how to get started:
- Sign up, create a profile (and tell us a bit about your writing), join your preferred genre group, browse members and when you see someone who catches your attention, contact another writer for your ‘first date’ (this usually involves switching up a few chapters to see if you are compatible).
- The details of how and how often you will critique with your partner are then left up to you. Ladies Who Critique simply provides a place where writers wanting critique can find – and be found by – potential critique partners. It’s run by two volunteers and is not for profit, so we depend upon our community to police themselves. So far it’s worked out great, and many a positive critiquing relationship have been born! Please keep in mind our limited resources.
How it All Started
Founder Laura Pepper Wu found her critique partners after asking the owners to post a notice on the Facebook page Chick Lit is Not Dead. She was looking for one or two women to get back to her, but received many many more responses than she had anticipated!
It was clear that there was a need for a critique partner matching space online, and after realizing the energy and buzz that working with another writer can bring, Laura wanted to help other women discover this too. And so Ladies Who Critique was born! Here are the core ideas behind our community;
- A place where writers of all levels can search & find a match based on genre, experience & interests.
- A completely free service.
- Fun and without obligation.
- Safe and trustworthy.
- Fills the current need for such a space online.
- Up to date with current trends in publication.
- Support writers who wish to pursue the traditional path and those who choose to go down the self publication route.
- Build confidence in those who aren’t even confident to call themselves writers quite yet.
- Offer a variety of articles, resources and blogposts on how to successfully critique, the benefits of critique, and how to maintain a good critiquing relationship.
- Enable our members to be fully savvy on the ins and outs of the new rules of publishing by keeping up to date with the newest and current technology, and developments in the publishing industry.
Laura Pepper Wu is the author of five non-fiction books; Wow! Glowing Bride in 30 Days, 51 Ways to Save Money & Still Have a Chic & Fabulous Wedding, 77 Ways to Find More Readers for Your Self-Published Book! Fire Up Amazon and Sayonara Japan. She’s also the co-founder of the book studio 30 Day Books and the Editor at The Write Life Magazine.
She has extensive experience in the self publishing and digital book industry as well as in book marketing and promotions. Last year she finished the manuscript of her first fiction, which she intends to query to traditional publishers later this year.
The book would be nowhere without her great writers group and critique partners who gave her the support (and kick up the ass) to finish it.
Laura is a reader, a writer and a full-blown Japanophile, where she lived and worked for 3.5 blissful years. Born and raised in England, she now lives in Seattle where she quite often finds herself translating from British to American English for the sake of friends and family. (And yes she still laughs at the word ‘fannypack’… every time.)
She is madly in love with her dog, her husband and thinks that there will never be enough books written. So ladies and gents, keep on writing and critiquing, and send her an email when you are published.
She’ll be your first and biggest fan.