Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Critique Partner Blogfest

Loralie at Apathy's Hero is conducting a blogfest, the Critique Partner bloghop.

In her words:

 "I'm hosting a blogfest from Feb 10-13. The basic premise is simple, if you're looking for critique partners or beta readers, even if you already have some, this is your chance to maybe find some more.

It works like this:
  • On Feb 10, post your information on your blog (I'll tell you what information below)
  • Between Feb 10-13, go visit all the other people's blogs, and read what they've got to offer.
  • If you're interested in reading and/or helping them out, let them know by replying to their post
  • If you love the idea, but just don't feel like you're the right person to provide feedback or don't have the time, let them know you loved their idea and why.

Don't feel compelled to offer to read for someone just because they offered to read for you. I mean certainly, talk and hit it off and see how it goes, but I'm just saying...

So, what's this vague information I'm mentioning? The things that your post should contain?
  • Genre, Age Group (YA or Adult), & Title of your story
  • Your current story status. Are you working on a first draft? Trying to wrap up a final draft for submission? Somewhere in between?
  • What kind of feedback are you looking for? A full-blown line-edit and critique? Overall thoughts? Input as you move through each chapter? Something else? How detailed or high-level do you want to go?
  • A pitch, blurb, or query about your book so we know what it's about. I'll leave it up to you to decide how you'd like to sell it, but try and keep it under 300 words.
  • The first 500 words of your story. This isn't an agent-judged contest or anything like that, it's a search for feedback, so give us what you've got.

This will all allow people to decide if you've got what they're looking for on several levels. There's one important thing to keep in mind, and I want to put this out there now because I suspect many of you have the same kind of writer's ego I do - a little fragile."

Go to Loralie's blog at Apathy's Hero and sign up. Cuz all of us need that 'fresh eye' to crit our work.


  1. Thank you for link back and I'm looking forward to seeing your entry in a few days ^_^ Here's to the fantastic new readers we'll find.

  2. Have fun! You make me wish I were a 'real' writer, rather than someone who has lots of ideas in my head but no idea how to translate them. I'll leave that to the experts. :)

  3. what a great idea! I don't need anyone just now but I may check it out for the future...

  4. Oh, great idea for a blogfest. I already have CPs and betas, but this is still really excellent for writers.

    1. It is a great idea. I might host my own blogfest.

  5. i must say that i adore the way you write your blog.

    1. That is a lovely complement. Thank you. I enjoy this outlet for my inner beast.

  6. i have a cp for march, could use more, but cant offer more right now. one at a time.
    trudge, trudge.
    but thanks for the heads up!

    1. Busy as we all are, I figure a chapter or synop won't be too much for me.

  7. That's a cool hop! I am looking for partners, but I want to finish the second draft of my novel before I take on anyone else's work. Good luck!


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