Tag: Writers Resources

How Does I Critique Good? Redux

My previous entry on how to do critique partnerships may have been a bit heavy on demands and rules. I’ve come up with something a lot simpler. You give me as much of your writing as you want. I’ll get back to you in 30 days. All I ask in return is that you extend to me the same courtesy.

And that’s it. For critique partners, I’m looking for fellow writers who will read with a writer’s eye. I need help on characterization, pacing, and unpacking of scenes. Once the critiquing stage is done, I’ll move on to beta readers.

Beta readers can be anybody. All I ask for them is to read as much as they can in 30 days then get back to me with general “Is this story good?” type of feedback.

That said, I currently have 1 critique partner, and I’m in need of about 4 more. People from different cultural backgrounds is a plus. It’s always nice to get a good cross-section of society.

Does this mean my book is ready for CPs?

Basically, yeah. The book is done. Unless I decide to include book two as the second half of the same book. Then it’s about half-done. Still toying with that idea. Will make a final decision by September.

More Book News

Sent my book to the editor the other day. I’m using Jordan Rosenfeld’s editing services. She’s great, and I highly recommend her. She looked over my manuscript once before and gave me great direction and guidance. Hope she’s ready because this draft is almost totally different from the one I showed her before.

Yes, I’ve been working on this novel for too, too long. Time to set it free to sink or swim. I’ve got another two books in the wings that I’m working on, so that’s interesting. Tang of Fate, my first novel, is a fantasy work about a woman who’s trying to stop an evil sorcerer and his skeleton army by finding a hidden power somewhere in the lost north. Fun times! There’s elves and buffalo and wizards and magic and stuff blows up.

Going to be starting a mailing list soon with all sorts of goodies. Not sure yet what form it will take, but stay tuned. It’s all happening this year. Next year. Whatever.