Critique Partner Needed, Take 2

25 Mar

Trying again: Because of the new way I’m working, the speed and output I want to aim for and some other personal reasons, I’m looking for a second Critique Partner. So, when I said this on twitter last night, a bunch of people very kindly offered to “read” for me. Because that’s such a broad statement, I figured I needed to put some more thought into what I’m looking for and what I offer so people can see if they really want to come anywhere near me and my scribblings 🙂

WHY I NEED A CRITIQUE PARTNER

  1. That Darn Dyslexia has me. Things I can’t “see”:
    1. Misspelling words spell check doesn’t catch
    2. Putting words in the wrong order (sometimes more than just switching 2 words)
    3. Skipping words
    4. Putting words (or corresponding words) more than once
  2. Is what’s in my head on the page?
  3. Occasionally the phrasing I’m using is clear in my head, but not so much to someone reading it.
  4. And of course, overall thoughts, things that stop you, if a joke falls flat (that NEVER happens *cof*) and typical beta stuff.

HOW I WORK:

I’m looking to write 4 200-page books a year (we’ll see if I can do it!). I’m a pantser and so I’m not able to write the first 3 chapters and send it off to be crit’ed. I need to write the whole thing, go over it and then send it off preferably a fast turn around time. I’m willing to do that for you as well. I’m not talking weeks (unless your word count is REALLy high 🙂 )I’m hoping to find someone who would be willing to do large chunks in fairly quick turnaround times. Which, if we coordinate as long as it isn’t during a fast draft period or crunch time for either of us. Of course we’d set up some type of ‘warning’ system. It wouldn’t be, Oh, I’m sending you my entire manuscript tomorrow.

Do you have to write this much? No. But, I am looking at someone who can crit this much. If you need me critting that much too, we’ll do it! 🙂

WHAT I’M GOOD AT:

Continuity, spotting movement errors, plot holes and pushing you on your story, leaving your voice alone, pretty good with grammar. I’m honest and tough, but tactful. I also try to weave in comments about what you’re doing well and what I really liked. I think CPs should try to do that not just for encouragement or to keep the crit balanced, but sometimes we need others to point out our strengths so we can focus on those as well.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR:

My current CP writes and mostly reads adult romance. I’m looking for someone who writes YA preferably OR who reads YA a lot. Like, It’s-my-main-reading-for-pleasure-category a lot. I really am looking for a Critique Partner. So, not just a casual reader. Someone who we can bounce ideas and throw stuff around if we need to. I am completely willing to have a CP who doesn’t write. I know there are often people who enjoy the critting/editing aspect but don’t actually write for themselves.

WHAT I’M NOT LOOKING FOR:

I’m not looking for someone who needs help with stuff in a teaching or mentor capacity. I already have a few people I volunteer to do this for. I need this relationship to be a more even level of give and take. Please, if you’re considering this, your writing should already be “good” – I’m looking for someone playing at a competitive level 🙂 (Yeah, get used to the sports analogies. I write about a soccer team.)

WHAT I DON’T DO:

I don’t read erotica. Sorry. And if it’s hot or really violent I’m useless because I skim right over those to the next scene. We joke that it takes me about an hour to read a JR Ward book when I was trying her out.

WHAT I WRITE:

I write a series that at the moment I’m calling The Secrets. They’re standalone books about a group of friends in high school. Nothing paranormal going on (I know! Nothing!) Each book deals with a tough issue with humor (hopefully) while forcing the characters into making the tough decisions.

I also write YA fantasy… the traditional stuff. I’m not focusing on this right now. The first book is complete, but put away for a year while I work on The Secrets and 2 other ideas I’ve floated. I plan on reworking this over time and hitting the next book in the series as well. This is a much bigger endeavor. It has a big cast, its own mythology, it’s own world, gods who won’t stay out of the way, a war, hidden enemies…a lot to juggle J So, that’s there, but wwwwwaaaaayyy over there right now.

I will say, I don’t think that I’d be looking for a person here and a person there to dive in deep with like this since the time commitment to each other would be fairly intense.

ABOUT ME:

I’m newly agented and aggressively writing. I love to write. I actually enjoy editing (most of the time too) I love to read and go on genre binges. I lead a goals and accountability group to (so I’m big on balance). I try to be one of those people who doesn’t drop the ball – or warns you if something unforeseeable is going to stall me – if I say I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it.

So, if I haven’t scared you off and you think you’re a good match, drop me a line at briaquinlan@aol.com and let’s chat. There’s stuff that isn’t here and stuff I’m sure you’d want to say and ask as well. We can always try it out and see if it we’re a good fit.

Thanks!

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5 Responses to “Critique Partner Needed, Take 2”

  1. Tami March 26, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Man, I wish I had time to be your crit partner. YA (fantasy, admittedly, but still YA) is where my writing is headed, and still my favorite genre to read.

    Alas, I feel overwhelmed with my current workload and don’t read a lot of non-fantasy YA to boot. Not a perfect fit.

    Still, I wanted to pipe up to let you know you got a nibble, even if not a bite. =]

    (hey, if you can do sports analogies, I can do fishing!)

  2. Tosha Sumner March 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi Bria,
    I am looking for a critique partner as well. I read mostly YA and that is what I write as well. I am not agented, but am hoping to be by the end of the year. I am on the last 1/3 of the first draft of my WIP – a YA paranormal romance. I can send you more info about myself and some sample pages if you’d like. I am definitely willing to see if we were a fit in terms of scheduling, strengths/weaknesses, etc…

    Tosha
    P.S. I sent you a friend request on YALITCHAT. Feel free to contact me through there or via my email.

  3. Celise April 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Well, I’d help you out, but I don’t think I’m in the right place at the moment. However, I’m definitely like you in the fact that I too am a panster and can’t do anything halfsies. UNLIKE you, it’s a superstition thing with me. The last time I let someone read a WIP, I had writer’s block for 6 mos! I’ve since learned my lesson and wait until the whole book is done and I’ve eyeballed it at least once. LOL.

  4. briaq April 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Wow – 6 months!!!! How’d you get past that?

    And, it looks like round two was fruitful – wish me luck 🙂

  5. Chantal Kirkland April 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Are you still CP hunting? I am in need and I think I fit your bill.

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