Now that we're headed into the final stretch of our Spring Writing Bootcamp and many of you have (nearly) completed manuscripts under your belts, it's time to start thinking about sharing those stories with a Critique Partner of Awesome!
For those of you who have ever been in the market for a great CP, you know how finding one can be difficult. Where do you start? Will they like what you write? Will you like what they write? Will you like each other as people first, writers second?
I met ALL of my CP's of Awesome via the web -- Mary Kole's Kidlit.com Critique Connection introduced me to the ever-amazing Guppy Guts Skullcracker years ago. Twitter crossed my path with both the beautiful Jas Ketch and the lovely Lady Bird Bonebreaker. The spectacular Dread Pirate B. and I became online friends through the Write Brained Network, only to find out we lived in the same city - and the rest as they say, is history.
I love all of my CP's not only because of what they write, but because of who they are. And it's no coincidence they make up a big portion of the fantastic crew on this ship!
As you can see, the best place to start the search for a fabulous CP is the internet -- you've got Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, blogs -- oh how you have blogs! And speaking of blogs, you've got all of us fine pirates here at the YA Buccaneers that would like to help!
We thought it would be fun to connect all of you to that perfect CP of Awesome -- that soul mate per say, that reads and writes what you do. That laughs at all the right moments in your story. That can deliver the things that need to be fixed in a way they'd want it delivered to themselves. That just gets YOU.
After all, you've just spent the last three months with many of these writers already -- getting all those words down on paper, participating in a Word Sprint or two, shouting BINGO!, and sharing your successes!
See what I mean?
So here's how it will work:
POST IN THE COMMENTS ON THIS ENTRY IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A CP OF AWESOME AND INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
1. Your audience and genre (YA Contemporary, MG Fantasy, YA Paranormal, etc.).
2. Word Count (is it complete? almost complete?).
3. What you'd like to share: manuscript, partial, query, etc.
4. Contact information for you: email, blog, twitter, etc.
5. Read through the comments for all that might be a good fit -- and respond to their comment that you'd like to connect!
Finding your very own CP of Awesome is open to everyone, not just those that participated in our Spring Writing Bootcamp! Just make sure to check back often and read the comments to see if there's a CP of Awesome waiting here for you! Don't be afraid to reach out. Don't be afraid to share. We're all in this together!