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Looking for a Critique Partner Listings 5/25/2012

Looking for a Critique Partner Listings 5/25/2012

Listings are super scarce this week! Seems like lots of people are having luck finding CPs on the forums which is AWESOME. If you are still on a CP hunt and aren’t listed below, feel free to write out your requirements in the comments. 

Hope you have a lovely (long – if you’re in the States) weekend filled with family, friends & fun! ~

– Laura

@dizzyspellSCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

“As the title suggests, I’m looking for a critique partner for my 64,000 upper middle grade fantasy novel. I’ll be happy to exchange the favor, of course, and I don’t just read middle grade — I also love YA.

I’m looking for someone brutal and honest, who doesn’t care about my feelings so much as making my writing stronger.

When I get a partner, I’ll be able to check in at least once a week, depending on how in-depth you want my evaluations.

Here’s my current pitch: 

When twelve-year-old Damien Eldridge makes a mistake that gets his sister kidnapped, he must infiltrate the underbelly of the magical world to bring her back.

Unlike the rest of the Eldridge family, Damien is magically defective. While his little sister gets home-schooled in sorcery, Damien pretends to be a normal kid in the ordinary world. But secretly, he plans to steal a talisman that’ll give him powers of his own. Once he’s got it, goodbye ordinary.

Damien learns too late about the perils of stolen magic. One: real magicians hate thieves. Two: once you’ve got it, you’re stuck with it forever. And three: it’s evil. With his new talisman, Damien accidentally summons monsters who have a taste for the flesh of his family and friends.

When Damien’s sister vanishes, he knows it’s his fault — and so do the magical police. As they launch a witch hunt against him instead of a search party for his sister, Damien goes after her himself. His investigation drags him to the supernatural underworld, where one thing becomes clear: the same uncontrollable talisman that got Damien’s sister into this mess is the only thing that can get her back out alive.

If you’re interested, I’d really love to hear from you.”

@kerryannWOMEN’S FICTION / CHICK LIT

“Hello Ladies:

I’m just shy of completing the second draft of my women’s fiction novel. No one has read it yet. I need some readers for general critique at first (plotline, holes, character development, etc) so I can fix all that, and then some in-depth critique. 

I am very serious about being published.

A summary: 

Evelyn “Evie” Brantley has wanted to kill her husband for the last year — too bad a car crash took care of that for her. But when the struggling, unemployed mom discovers a hidden safe in her late husband’s office, she realizes that even though her marriage, country club home, social life, and those last lingering pregnancy pounds have disappeared, her freckled nose has yet to scrape rock bottom. Instead of her vanished life savings, the safe holds a set of keys and a few papers alluding to blackmail, infidelity, and an illegitimate child.

Still reeling from the betrayal, whisks her codependent young son away to her late husband’s former playground of Costa Rica. With the help of some quirky new expat friends, Evie sets off on a wild-goose chase (technically, more like a wild-monkey chase) through a deceptive paradise, hoping to recoup some of her assets, confront his mistress, and confirm the paternity of the child. But while Evie chases ghosts, handsome resident surf bum Rye Wilder pursues her. Before she can be swept away by their building wave of attraction, Evie must save herself from drowning in the past, and learn to balance on her own awkward feet.

Hidden amongst Costa Rica’s black sand beaches, lush rainforests, and smoldering volcanoes lie the keys to heal her broken family, and the truths that may set her shattered heart free.

If anyone is interested, please email me at kskm07(at)gmail(dot)com.

Serious inquiries only, please.

Thanks–Kerry Ann”

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Looking for a Critique Partner Listings, 5/18/2012

Looking for a Critique Partner Listings, 5/18/2012

 

 

Here is the list of members looking for a CP this week. Now what are you waiting for? Go get critiquing!

– Laura

 

@anapin – YOUNG ADULT

“I want to find a long term cp , that want to share stories as we write them and critique in all the terms of it (grammar,plot,arcs,flow,etc.)

I’m willing to do the same in exchange every time this cp needs to.

Something about my story:

Muriel Blythe, 18, has a supernatural gift that is also a curse—she can feel everything someone else feels, or make them feel what she’s feeling. When Muriel is unable to control her gift, her sister almost dies. To protect her adoptive family from herself and learn alone how to control her gift, Muriel moves to Madrid, Spain.

In Madrid, Muriel finds only a bigger curse. Shadowy creatures called Malekia want to kill her by absorbing her soul—and she doesn’t know why. Some creatures of light called Luxben appear to help her, only saying that rescuing people is what they do—anything more. While living with the Luxben Muriel starts feeling things for their leader, Dalkiel. She begins to love him even when she isn’t sure who or what he really is, but she’s certain that he isn’t totally a light like the other Luxben. He has something dark in him; his light isn’t bright and clear. It’s like a glowing shadow. 

Muriel learns that rather than a curse, her gift is her only weapon to protect the ones she loves. She fights a deadly battle to discover what the Malekia and Luxben really are, and why the Malekia want her dead. But she will also find out that her profound and passionate love for Dalkiel is star-crossed, that she’s not as human as she thought, and that she will have to convince him that their love is worth everything- even the blend of good and evil.

I’m a spanish-mexican woman. I’m 30 years old , married and with two children. I’m bilingual in english and spanish since I was a kid.”

bolide031 – CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

“Hi! I’m seeking a writing buddy who can critique a children’s picture book. 

It is important that I find someone who can give me honest criticism. As my goal is to publish this book in 6 months, I’m looking for someone who can work under a deadline with a quick turn around. I’m also willing to make a trade if you have a manuscript in need of critiquing.

If you’re interested, I would enjoy hearing from you!”

jennadanielle – YOUNG ADULT

“Ello!

I’m Jenna, a 24 writer from Canada! I’m trying my hand at YA (contemporary romance) and don’t have a clue what I’m doing! I usually write adult paranormal / horror (new adult would be a better fit, but that’s too popular) so I’m open genre wise!
Shoot me an e-mail , jennadanielle87@gmail.com if you’re interested! Or you can tweet me @raddestgirlever!”

leahwrites – YOUNG ADULT

“Hello, I’m Leah. I’m searching for a (some) crit partner (s) for my WIP which is a YA fantasy about a girl named Emma who was cursed 100 years ago by an Enchantress. One hundred years later the curse is broken but soon Emma will find out that her freedom comes at a high price. If you are interested please email here: swoonworthybooks@yahoo.com

I would like someone trustworthy and willing to work with me long term. I’m new at the whole critiquing thing but will be more than happy to give some feedback on your work if you are interested in swapping. Hope to hear from someone soon.” pastedGraphic.pdf

mojo09226 – EROTICA

“I would love a partner to work with and maybe we can exchange chapters for each other.”

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Looking for a Critique Partner! Listings for May 11th 2012

Looking for a Critique Partner! Listings for May 11th 2012

Hey lovelies! I’m switching up our usual ‘Friday Writing Links from around the web’ for CRITIQUE PARTNER WANTED. Each Friday I’ll put up a round-up of those members currently searching for a CP, as determined by the forum requests. If I missed you somehow, leave a message in the comments! And check back often… I’ll be here every Friday.

Oh & TGIF! Have a grand one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@Jeanna FLASH FICTION

“Looking for someone to give my flash fiction (about 500 words) a peek. It’s a little, um, odd (it involves body parts falling off, but not in a gruesome or gory way; just in a kind of random, surreal way). Partially trying to determine if its TOO odd? But also looking for any other critique someone might want to offer.”

@roxannegalpin


“I’m 20 % of the way through, have reach a point of inflection in the novel. I need some fresh eyes to read and provide feedback. Of course, in return, I’m will critique a piece of yours.”

@bolideo31 CHILDREN’S

“Hi! I’m seeking a writing buddy who can critique a children’s picture book.
It is important that I find someone who can give me honest criticism. As my goal is to publish this book in 6 months, I’m looking for someone who can work under a deadline with a quick turn around. I’m also willing to make a trade if you have a manuscript in need of critiquing.
If you’re interested, I would enjoy hearing from you!”

@frank SHORT- STORY/ YA SCI-FI

“Hello! I’ve been working on a short story with the intention of publishing it for free to various digital publishers. The primary goal is to introduce the characters of a forthcoming three-part YA Sci-Fi series and, of course, to get my feet wet in the publishing industry.
I am seeking a few people with fresh eyes for a one-time read and critique of my story who can provide frank (ha!) feedback before I send it off for editing in preparation for publishing.
If you are interested, please let me know!”

@smileylou YA URBAN FANTASY

“Hi ladies,
I’m in need of someone to read through the first three chaps of my novel. It’s a YA urban fantasy about a girl who discovers a dying Angel (you should know I’ve re-named the species ‘Védő’ because I hear agents are sick of stories about Angels). Following this discovery my MC, Mona, is sent on a mission to destroy a knife that’s threatening to wipe out a hidden race of immortals.
I’m trying to nail ‘voice’ and could use some feedback from a fresh pair of eyes. Feel free to throw anything you’d like me to read in my direction. I’ll try my very best to help if I can.
 xx
*Note* Védő in Hungarian means protector.”

@victoria SHORT STORIES

“Hello 
If anyone is interested…I’m looking for a critique partner or writing buddy who can critique in short stories or chapters. I take my writing pretty seriously so in return if anyone needs a critique I would do my best to critique as if it was my own work. I guess take a peek at my profile to see if my style and interest matches yours. I would like just work exchange through email and encouragement in writing, along with honest criticism. Again, I will do the same in return to the best of my ability.
Victoria”

@katie6425 YA FANTASY

“I am 15 years old and have completed three novels and a full-length movie. I teach a free creative writing class every Monday, which earned me a trip to Orlando, Florida this summer through FCCLA. ANYWAY, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in co-beta reading my YA Fantasy novel? I would be willing to edit yours, if you edit mine sort of deal, or you could just do mine if you like “

@mary FANTASY


“Hi critiquing ladies,
I’ve recently finished the second draft of a 75,000 word fantasy. It’s loosely inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen story, but the setting leans more to high fantasy than to fairy tale. The full blurb for the book is in my profile.
I’d like to find a couple people to swap beta-reading services with. My ms has been critiqued twice and revised, so I’m in the stage of needing big-picture feedback rather than line edits.
Let me know if you’re interested!”

@tdr7311 URBAN FANTASY/ ROMANCE


“I’m looking for someone to critique with. My novel is urban fantasy with romantic elements. The protagonist is college age, so there is a younger feel with the language. It’s sort of between YA and adult but with adult situations–what they’re coining as New Adult.”

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Writing links from around the web! 5/04/2012

Writing links from around the web! 5/04/2012

Best Writing Links

It’s that time of the week already… best writing links from around the web is our weekly Friday feature. How Friday rolls around so quickly each week I’ve no idea, but I’m not complaining!

Have a wild weekend, whatever you’re up to. I’ll be watching a belly dancing performance at a friend’s birthday party, and no doubt enjoying some great middle eastern food. Yum!

– Laura

 

1.       When to Avoid Passive Voice  – The Write Practice

The title is pretty self-explanatory. Passive Voice is not always your best friend.

2.       C.S. Lewis on the Dirty Secret of Language – The Write Practice

Rules just don’t exist in language. Ask C.S. Lewis.

3.       Obsessing Over Your Manuscript’s Size  – Jane Friedman

Is word count keeping you awake at nights? You are not alone.

4.       How Do You Balance Writing With Platform Building?  – Writer Unboxed

Ask the expert – Jane Friedman answers the question about creating a balance between writing and platform building.

5.        The Beauty is in the Details, by Sherry Thomas – Romance University

Details are what bring out the divine in a story. Sherry Thomas explains why.

6.       Rock Your Writing with Checklists  – Word Play

If you want to write effectively make a checklist. It will save you a lot of trouble.

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Writing Links from around the web, 4/16-4/20

Writing Links from around the web, 4/16-4/20

Best Writing Links

There have been some GREAT articles on writing this week. If you are a newbie looking to get published, be sure to read number 6 from Jane Friedman. I’ll be reading the rest on my flight back to Seattle – 12 hours on a plane and I’ll need some good reading material!

Cheerio England, it’s been great. Have a fab weekend, all! – Laura

1.       Best Way to Kick-Start Creativity? Just Write. – Galley Cat

Yeah, that’s right. Stop worrying about writing the best sentence anyone has ever written. Writing is all about revision, proofreading and editing – remember this isn’t your final draft.

2.       How to Start Your Novel – The Write Practice

Don’t try to jump into conflict too soon. Take your time to introduce character and build the plot.

3.       Character Trait Entry: Brave – The Bookshelf Muse

Learn how to write about a “brave” character.

4.       You Can’t Be Published If You Don’t Play – The Artist’s Road

Have a play on words; create a terrible character; have a flawed plot; and only then will you be able to come up with a book publishers can’t wait to get their hands on.

5.       Is Your Character Talking the Talk Instead of Walking the Walk? – Word Play

Are your characters actually doing things or just sitting there talking about doing them?

6.       Writing & Publishing Terminology 101 – Jane Friedman

A glossary of terms every writer serious about getting published needs to know.

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Writing Links, best of the web 4/2-4/6

Writing Links, best of the web 4/2-4/6

Best Writing Links

I’m in England! As we speak my father is feeding my husband smelly blue English cheeses.. I feel I must rescue him. Here are some great links from around the web this week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend – it’s nice to be home!

Writing Lessons from the Newsroom – Jeff Goins Writer

5 lessons in writing from a newsroom journalist.

3 Reasons to Write Stream of Consciousness Narrative – The Write Practice

Faulkner may have been your least favorite guy in school but stream of consciousness exercises really helps get into the head of your character.

Writers Should Struggle Against Style – Jane Friedman

Don’t be a slave to your style. Find a way to look at the world in a different way to bring more creativity to your writing.

6 Ways Bloggers Can Avoid a Visit from the Grammar Police – The Creative Penn

Blogs are not meant to be perfect pieces of writing. They are a way for a writer to get what’s on their mind out of the way – a place to unwind and relax. Occasional typos and grammatical mistakes will happen. But too many and the Grammar police will get on your case. (more…)

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Writing Links: Best of the Web 3/26 – 3/29

Writing Links: Best of the Web 3/26 – 3/29

Best Writing LinksBest links from around the web this week! Have a great weekend, and happy reading!

1. The Best Way to Begin a Writing Career – Jeff Goins Writer

The best place to practice your writing skills is by writing for magazines. Find out why it’s important to write for websites and magazines etc. 

 

2. 7 Reasons Your Muse Isn’t Talking to You – The Write Practice

Being a good lover to your muse and working on your relationship with her/him can get your far in your writing career. Learn how. 

 

3. Bestselling Women Authors Discuss Women Writing – Jane Friedman

A 2-minute treasure trove by bestselling female authors for aspiring women writers. 

 

4. Writing Tips: Guns, Bullets And Shooting With J. Daniel Sawyer – The Creative Penn

Want to write action thrillers but have never fired a gun? Listen to a podcast or watch the video of Joanna Penn interviewing J. Daniel Sawyer on his latest book, “Throwing Lead” which gives writers a feel for how it feels to hold and shoot a gun and more.

(more…)

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Best Writing Links From Around the Web – 3/19 – 3/23

Best Writing Links From Around the Web – 3/19 – 3/23

  1. One Piece of Indispensable Writing Advice – Jeff Goins Writer 

The best advice anyone can give a writer – two dirty words, “Keep Writing”. 

2. How to Be Funny With Well-Chosen Words – The Write Practice

Being funny is difficult. Telling jokes is an art – some will swear it’s a science. People seem to have forgotten the power of the written word in telling a funny story what with the influx of memes and imgurs. Four tips to writing humor. 

3. The Tension Between Art and Commercial Realities – Jane Friedman

Learn from publishing guru, Ron Hogan, about forming a connection with your readers, and keeping true to your artistic values.

4. Character Trait Entry: Cautious – The Bookshelf Muse

What is a “cautious” character? What are the layers it needs? This blog answers these questions on characterization of a particular kind and how to avoid certain clichés. 

5. Strong and Sassy Heroines with Annie Seaton – Romance University

Conveying a strong and sassy heroine can be hard in the romance genre when the focus should be on an alpha-male. Keeping her lively without going overboard is hard. Annie Seaton, author of Winter of the Passion Flower, shows how to create one successfully.  (more…)

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Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads

Looking for a good book to read this weekend, why not support a Ladies Who Critique member at the same time? Here are some great options below. And if you enjoy the book, don’t forget to leave a review! It always means so much to authors to have their books reviewed.
 

 

 

 

Coming Soon!

Lisa Amowitz: YA paranormal thriller BREAKING GLASS published by Spencer Hill Press.  It will be coming out in both ebook and trade paperback in June 2013. 

https://twitter.com/#!/lisa_amowitz

Website: http://lisa-amowitzya.blogspot.com

 

If you are a member who would like to be added to the list, email laura @ ladieswhocritique dot com. Happy reading!

 


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Friday Fun: The Writer’s Clock

Friday Fun: The Writer’s Clock

Happy Friday folks!

While I ADORE this clock from Linda Rohrbough

 

 

I have to add a few time segments of my own.

 

 

– Coffee.

– Internet time-suck research.

– Reading (usually someone who writes better than I do).

 

What would you add to the writer’s clock?

 

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