Great idea for a post!
@Dawn – I actually do have an editing hobby — or at least, I’m paid so little it counts as a hobby. If you’d like to send me a few pages to wet your feet, let me know!
I’m very interested in finding a partner to swap chapters who is writing a similar story (YA fantasy/adventure/mystery). She would have to be brutally honest (no holding back) and attentive enough to help with solving continuity/pacing/characterization problems. And I would do the same, of course, or more. I will devote a lot of time and thought to your WIP, but structured deadlines are not necessarily a must. I know most of us have other commitments!
I have several beta readers, but they’re not writers (oh, and they’re family and friends so reviews are overwhelmingly positive). Would love to take it to the next level with the right person!
FYI: I’m a little nervous about testing the waters with someone who is already published or otherwise extremely experienced. I feel like it might be a bit of a one-sided relationship, ya know?
Let me know if you’d like to swap first chapters. No commitment necessary – just swapping to see if we like one another’s style.
@fabienne – I like your premise, it has some elements in common with my own WIP. Messaging you now!