With folks wanting to hone their pitches, queries, and first chapters before PitchWars submission, I thought I’d help everyone searching for a critique partner. Contests such of these are great for finding people who write in the same category and genre as you. Here are some places and things to do:
- Put a tweet out requesting to swap material using the contest hashtag. Be specific about the age group & genre you write to be clear to prospective partners.
- Watch for posts about entrants forming groups on their blogs to give each other feedback.
- Absolute Write Forums: These forums are for all age groups and genres. Not to mention the research on agents and publishers you can find.
- CPSeek Forums: There are topics on specific age categories and one just for queries and synopsis’.
- Agent Query Connect: This is a place to post you’re looking for a crit partner.
- Sub It Club Facebook Critique Partner Group: This is a private group you have to join, so no worries about what you post.
- Ladies Who Critique: This is a sight where you can join groups by the genre.
- Romance Critters: Whoa! A place for romance writers to swoon over each others critique. Awesome!
- Query Tracker Forum: Not only can you keep track of your queries with this site, you can go to the forums and get feedback!
If you’re a member of a writers guild, you can usually find a place to get feedback on those sites too. I’m sure there are many more places to find help honing your craft, but these are a few places to get you started.
As always, good luck!
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction