August 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm #2972
That’s why most of us came here, right? 😀
Utilizing the tools of this website:
1) Hover Over the “Get Started” tab at the top of the page, a drop down menu will appear. Click on the option called “Search for a Partner”
2)Once the search page has come up first choose whether to search by all the members of the entire site, or just the people who have accepted your friends request.
You can do this by clicking on either “All Members (#)” or “My Friends (#)”.
3)Decide if you want to search certain words, like “nerdy” or “cupcakes” and you will be returned with results of members who either have that word in their profile, or have posted something containing that word.
Click the box to the far right that says “Extend Search Options”. This will bring up a new menu of the things people find pertinent in a Crit Partner; ie, Newbie, or Experienced, or Wants Weekly Feedback.
Then just click the boxes that are most important to you and the results will be others who checked those boxes.
4) Once you have a search that returns with results ( remember, we are few in numbers right now, you may have to unclick a few boxes to get a result for a while) send a friend request, and start a conversation.
Open lines of communication and compatible humor are big indicators of whether or not this person will be a good fit. Ask them questions, get to know them, and the rest is up to you.
TIP: ESPECIALLY if you are new to critting or having a partner (but really everyone could use a refresher), read the Articles on Critiquing under the Get Started tab, and also the FAQ’s.
Just like every other medium of communication, critting has do’s and don’ts and you are much more likely to form a long lasting relationship with your partner(s) if you figure these out BEFORE you get started.
Good Luck, and Good Critting!August 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm #4335
Yes, plz, let’s start it =)
Can’t wait to swap some chapters!! Yay =)August 15, 2011 at 3:13 am #4336
ooh, awesome! Will definetely be doing this tomorrow 🙂August 15, 2011 at 3:22 am #4337
If you joined multiple groups, feel free to copy/paste to other group forums.August 15, 2011 at 10:56 am #4338
What the search engine does not do is limit to certain genres… so when I performed the search this morning, 85 people popped up, but most were writing in other genres than the two I frequent.
I think I will just send a message to those I have connected to as “friends” and see who is ready to exchange WIPs.August 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm #4339
Shakespeare, what I did to circumvent that was only to befriend people in the genre groups that I have joined. This allows me to search by “friends” and know that my results are going to be within my group.August 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm #4340
I’m coming up with 0 results in the search engine so far, but as I understand from “beta” in the logo, this site is quite new, so I’ll give it some time.
@Admin Can the search engine narrow down results to only other writers in your genre? Could their be an option on someone’s profile to “Suggest Swapping Chapters”? Could their be a word-count meter, where users enter their working title and progress, so we could find other members at a similar stage? Maybe I should send these in…
But for now, I’m getting to know everyone in this forum, and perhaps something can come about that way.August 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm #4341
@ Jessica Friday
I think your suggestions are great. If you click on the group admins logo at the top rightish portion of the page you can email Laura Pepper Wu ( the owner) and she is super awesome about taking suggestions.
Beta definately means that there are kinks to be worked out, but I think all our suggestions could help.August 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm #4342
Sounds like fun. I work for gummy bears. 🙂
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