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Critique Partner Match Up Service – 2013

*Before you enter, please skim through this post to get an idea of what is going on.*

Have you done that? Good! Now it’s time to meet some critique partners! 🙂

 

Rules:

– Anyone 13-20 may participate, whether you’re serious about writing or doing it just for fun. You may mention your exact age in your entry, or you may not. It’s up to you.

– You don’t have to contact anyone about being critique partners if you don’t see an entry that looks like a good match, but you have to participate to contact others. If you see someone who you want to talk more with about being critique partners, contact them in whichever way they say you should in the form below (more on that in a minute), and tell them briefly about yourself, why you think they’d be a good fit, maybe go over what your current manuscript is about, etc. and then ask them if they’d like to swap pages. Please keep it courteous, and respect that they may not want to swap. It isn’t anything personal if they say no. (Side note: Swapping pages–usually about the first five pages–is a good way to see how you work with the other person, whether you like their writing, their critiquing style, and vice versa. And if you both agree it will work, you have yourself a new critique partner!)

– Similarly, if you get contacted by a participant and don’t think they’re a good fit, please politely decline their offer. They will understand. But if you think they’re a good match, give them more details about yourself and your writing and send them an agreed-upon number of pages to critique, and they’ll send yours in return. Please try not to make them read your whole manuscript until you both agree you should be CPs. Tact is always appreciated.

– CPs don’t have to be purely for critiquing either, and you don’t need a finished manuscript to enter. CPs also make great writing buddies, especially with Camp NaNo coming up.

– (For what it’s worth, I don’t think you should limit your CPs only to teen writers, though, even if this contest is teen-only. Remember that adults have great opinions about YA too, no matter how old they are, and a range of input is always helpful!)

– Most importantly, have fun with this!

 

Entry Form:

If you’d like to participate, post brief answers to the form in the comments below. A few sentences each is good. (This is also the same form as last time, so if you want to reuse your responses, go for it!)

Name or pen name:

Genre:

Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?

Pitch your current book in under three sentences*:

Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:

What you’re looking for in a critique partner:

Links to blog or twitter (if applicable):

Contact**:

 

*This post may be of use, if you have no idea how to write a pitch.

**Note: I know many people don’t like their email addresses published publicly, so if you’d rather not include your email as a means of contact, just ask anyone interested in working with you to comment on your blog (and you can grab their email address from the comment and email them privately), or message you on twitter/facebook/whatever and work it out from there. If you’re fine with having your email in the comment, then please include it, but be sure to space out the “@” and “.com” to avoid spambots. [i.e. TeenRiter(at)gmail(dot)com]

Questions? Comments? Concerns? And just so you know:

All entries most be posted in the comments section below by 11:59 PM EST on June 16th! However, the actual reading entries and contacting participants can go as long as you like.

Thank you! I hope this helps!

(To clarify, you can start contacting right away, but you have until the 16th to put your entry in the comments below.)

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About Michael Waters

I'm Michael, I'm eighteen, and I blog about YA books for Barnes & Noble.

70 comments on “Critique Partner Match Up Service – 2013

  1. Zara Hoffman
    June 9, 2013

    Name or pen name: Zara Hoffman

    Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?: I’m self-publishing so an agent isn’t in my plan, but I’m very serious about my writing

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences: When Fawn Belgrave’s magical powers become the coveted prize in a bet between God and the Devil, her life is turned upside down–starting when she meets Caleb, a dark angel tasked with corrupting her soul.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: In addition to writing as much as I can, I’m an avid reader (I write book reviews on my website at http://zarahoffman.com/avidreader.html), sing, and dance.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: Someone who isn’t afraid to tear my book apart, but does it respectfully. I need to know what someone likes in addition to what they don’t (I like knowing what I’m doing RIGHT in addition to what needs to be worked on).

    Links:
    http://zarahoffman.com
    http://zarahoffman.com/blog
    http://facebook.com/AuthorZaraHoffman
    http://twitter.com/AuthZH

    Contact: zarahoffman(at)zarahoffman(dot)com

  2. themagicviolinist
    June 9, 2013

    I already have two critique partners, but the more the merrier, right? 😀 😉

    Name or pen name: Kate/themagicviolinist

    Genre: Fantasy, mostly, but once in a while I do realistic fiction. I also do a little bit of poetry.

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?: Of course it’s for fun, but I am VERY committed to getting published/finding an agent.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*: Current book? Oh my Gollum, I have too many books I’m working on to call just ONE a current book. I’ll do two, then, the one I’m editing and the one I’m writing:

    “Fantasya: A Giant Probelm”: The unicorns are in danger, and Cassandra–a unicorn with a legendary golden horn–is committed to save her beloved world of Fantasya along with her best friend Cornelia. But when Cassandra and Cornelia accidentally get sent to Earth, they must blend in with the humans to stay alive. Can Cassandra and Cornelia defeat the giant that’s threatening their world, or will they die in the process? (This is the one I’m editing. Sorry about the pitch being a little long)!

    “Cosmo”: Cosmo Moonshine has always wanted to go to college and be an astronomer. She has little to no chance of making her dreams come true, though, since she and her mother are practically broke after Cosmo’s father divorced her mother when she was nine. But after her best friend Celeste teaches her how to blog, the tides begin to change. (This is the one I’m writing).

    (Apparently I like girls with names that start with the letter “C”). 😉

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: I’m a writer through and through. I mostly write fantasy, though I like to write realistic fiction and poetry occasionally. I’ve always written novels by myself, though recently I’ve been experimenting with co-authoring with my friends, and I’ve had a blast with it! 😀 (So if anyone is interested in writing a book with me, let me know)! I love to read (some of my favorite books include the “Harry Potter” series, the “Hunger Games,” series, “The Host,” “Cinder,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “Wonder,” the “Darkness Rising” series, the “Fablehaven” series, and the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series). I’m nerdy, love emoticons ;), and play with my family, friends, and dog in my free time. I’m a huge fan of video games (favorites include Mario Kart Wii, Minecraft, Webkinz, and Wizard101) and I love to watch sitcoms.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: Someone who’s honest, but kind, fair, and committed to writing. I would LOVE to find a critique partner who isn’t afraid to say what he or she thinks because of my feelings. Helpful criticism is more important to me than flowery compliments (especially if you don’t mean it). Though I’ll never refuse a, “Great job!” at the end of a critique. 😉

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable): themagicviolinist.blogspot.com. (NOTE: I’m not allowed on Facebook or Twitter or any other social media site until I’m sixteen, which is in three years).

    Contact**: themagicviolinist[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

    Hope to hear from someone soon! 😀

    • themagicviolinist
      June 9, 2013

      I didn’t put my last name on here, because it’s public. :/ I hope that’s okay. ;P

      • John Hansen
        June 9, 2013

        (Totally okay! That’s encouraged, actually, and you don’t even have to put your real first name if you don’t want to. “themagicviolinist” works fine as a name. 🙂

      • themagicviolinist
        June 9, 2013

        Thank goodness!

        Yeah, themagicviolinist is my online pen name. 😉 I go by Kate ********* when I’m writing books.

  3. Tim Lyzen
    June 9, 2013

    Name or pen name:
    Tim Lyzen
    Genre:
    YA Thriller/Dystopian
    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?
    Writing is one of the most fun things I can think of, but I am very serious about getting an agent!

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*:
    When Thayer Voltair, the son of the President of a Utopian society, is set up by his own father to be kidnapped, he is thrown into a world he was hidden from all his life. Trapped in Rebel territory, with Thayer’s father announcing war, he must choose to fight with these mysterious Rebels or with his distant home. HOPE follows Thayer’s journey of love, betrayal, and war with the worlds crumbling around him.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:
    Well, my name is Tim Lyzen. I’m currently 16 years old and going to be a senior in high school next year. I love to read and write, obviously, but I also act, model, and sing. I’m basically your drama nerd. I love all YA thrillers and YA contemporary.
    What you’re looking for in a critique partner:
    I’m looking for someone who can give me feedback on chapters, what they like, what they dislike, etc. I want someone who can be blatantly obvious so I know what I need to fix or change. It doesn’t have to be comments on every single sentence, only when you see something you like or dislike.
    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable):
    My twitter is: @TeenageWriting (follow me and DM me here first to contact me)
    My blog is: writerswithdrawal.wordpress.com
    Contact**:
    My email is: timlyzen@gmail.com (if you don’t have a twitter, email me)

    • Anna
      June 10, 2013

      Do you have goodreads or a tumblr I could contact you with? I’d like to be your critique partner, but I keep my email private on the Internet. 😛

      • Tim Lyzen
        June 10, 2013

        Can you email me your information?

  4. cassidyrizzo
    June 9, 2013

    Pen name:
    Cassidy Rizzo (subject to change and I’ll let you know if it does)

    Genre:
    Primarily Contemporary Christian YA, but I’ve dabbled in other genres.

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?:
    For now, I’m just trying to hone my ‘skills’. It is a goal of mine, though, to get an agent. Maybe in college (I’ll be majoring in either Journalism or Communications)

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences: Pastor’s Kid Liam Stone is convinced he could have saved the life of his kid brother, but there’s no changing the fact that Silas is gone now, and has been for over 7 years– and that his dad blames him entirely. Now, Liam is 18, a drug addict, and in love with the new girl in town–who has her own set of family issues but doesn’t let that keep her from doing right. This girl is changing Liam’s life and he’s realizes that maybe he should let her…

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:
    I’ll be seventeen in July. I am homeschooled. My dad’s a pastor, but that doesn’t define who I am, just how I need to live. Which is kind of weird sometimes. I have 4 brothers. I like music, but I can’t listen to Owl City when I write and do school because Adam Young’s attractive voice demands to be listened to and it distracts me. I’m pretty much addicted to Pinterest.
    Anyway, I create worlds inside my head and I like to live there. I am deeply interested in people, but I don’t want to talk to them. I want them to talk to me. This is partly why I love writing; I can “make” “people” say anything I want them to say and it’s not awkward 😉

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner:
    Someone who is honest and NOT biased. Someone who won’t make me wait for a month for a reply (patience is not a virtue I was blessed with). Someone who is kind, but won’t sugarcoat his/her critique.
    That said, I’d like more than one CP, and at least 1 guy and 1 girl (for a variety of opinions) Preferably somewhere around 17.

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable): http://cassidymarierizzo.wordpress.com

    Contact**: beyekind432(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Amanda
    June 9, 2013

    Name or pen name: Amanda F

    Genre: Contemporary YA/Christian

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun? Currently? No. This is pretty much my first serious book, and I’m going to leave it as a learning experience. Not to say I think it’s a terrible story, but I know I need to keep learning before I’m ready to be published.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences: Ah…*goes to find her document* Okay I really need to memorize this pitch 😛 Here we go: After she moves to a new neighborhood and is rejected by the girls there, a bitter teenage homeschooler must prove that everyone is different and also learn to forgive others in order to find a friend.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: Me. Well, let’s see. Here’s the bio off my blog: “Hi! My name is Amanda, though to some people I’m more frequently known as “Ms. Mind Reader” or “Sweeper.” I can usually be found with my nose in a book, staring into space (which means I’m either pondering life or talking to my crazy characters), or on the computer having a riveting chat with one of my friends. I’ve been called strange, weird, insane, confusing, amusing, sweet, bossy (that was a little sibling!), compassionate, funny, sarcastic, amazing, smart, ridiculous, and a lot more in my 14 years. I can personally tell you that all of the above is true, at least some of the time. I have 4 younger brothers and 2 younger sisters–I’m the oldest, whoo! I love photography, music, many kinds of writing, and more!” (Sorry that was a bit long.)

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: This is a first draft. I’ve had two people read through it and give me some bigger things they noticed. I’m working on editing it now. I’d like someone to be a little more specific this go-round. I wish I was further along in edits, but honestly I’ve barely started. I’m new at this 😉

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable): Main blog: http://alifeonmission.wordpress.com character/writing blog: http://charactercentral.wordpress.com No FB or Twitter. I’m on Google+ though: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100072473666777262978

    Contact: I’d rather not post my email here for the world to see 😉 Drop me a comment on the “Virtual Tea Party” page if you’re interested. I can give you more information, too!

    — Side note — I do have another story I’m working on, but it’s not anywhere near done yet. I just started, actually. 😉 But you’re welcome to tell me what you think of what I have so far! No pitch yet for this, but basically it’s about two teenagers who go on a journey to bring the rain back to their country. Okay, I really need to work on a pitch for this. xD

  6. Cindy
    June 9, 2013

    Here we go. This feels a bit awkward. 🙂

    Name or pen name: Cindy

    Genre: I like working in several, but YA fantasy is definitely a favorite.

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun? I’d like to become more serious about my writing this year and improve my craft.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*: From childhood, a young girl has been taught by her ma to slay dragons. (It’s a bad pitch, I know; I promise the real plot is more complex!)

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: My name’s Cindy. I’m in middle school. Figure skating, ballet, and acting are hobbies (aside from writing). Ella Enchanted and Princess Academy are some of my favorite novels. 🙂

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: Any gender is okay. Any age is fine too, but I’d like to have at least one CP in eighth or ninth grade. Someone to swap chapters with and be friends with and stalk by Twitter. Preferably someone who is currently working on their own novels (so I would have something to read and critique as well).

    Basically: Anyone is welcome, especially those who love to write and wouldn’t mind being friends.

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable): @cindynotebook

    Contact**: cindybookworm[at]hotmail[dot]com

    • Kailyn Elyse
      June 11, 2013

      Ooh, dragons! Ah, Ella Enchanted and Princess Academy are two of my most favorite novels too! I’d love to be your CP!

      • Cindy
        June 12, 2013

        Hey, Kailyn! I’ll send you an email. 🙂

  7. Katia
    June 9, 2013

    All right. I’m Katia, and I currently write dystopian with a bit of sci-fi thrown in (though mainly with technology; not ). I’m not writing for publication, but I would like to eventually find an agent.

    My pitch: The Corporation is after Dem Stonewall, and he’s doing everything he can to not get caught. As he reaches the Society’s age limit, 30, he’ll do anything to stay under the radar; including continuing to work as a Tinker, the person who paralyzes the “old”. When Luria, a seventeen-year-old girl, enters his life angry from her mother’s “Tinkering” several months before, he has to make a choice: to stay with the Corporation or to suffer the fate he’s given to so many others.

    I’m fifteen. I love creative writing, from poetry to short stories to novels (no prizes there). Some of my favorite books include The Fault in Our Stars, Speak, Copper Sun, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin. When not reading or writing, I love hanging with friends, cooking, baking, and talking to my family.

    I’m looking for someone willing to critique my novel in the next few months, once I’m done editing, and I’d be more than happy to return the favor. The only YA genre I wouldn’t read would be sci-fi (although I’d make an exception if the story’s engaging, of course).

    If interested, you should contact me at my blog: katiathewritergirl@blogspot.com, on any of the posts or pages. I’d love it if we could work something out.

    • Katia
      June 9, 2013

      Oh, more about CPs: I’d like someone who’s very honest but also provides actual positive feedback (unlike my last), who’s relatively well-read in the genre (although I’m pretty sure mine’s different), and who wouldn’t mind reading a lot of sarcasm. 🙂 I’d also like the feedback to pinpoint specific points where I could improve, because I’m very detail-oriented, and it really helps the story.

    • authzh
      June 10, 2013

      I just emailed you.

      • Katia
        June 10, 2013

        Hey Zara,
        Um, that’s not my email. However, my email is redslinkyrocks(at)gmail(dot)com.
        I’d love to hear from you!
        Katia

      • authzh
        June 10, 2013

        Oh, okay. I’ll email you now.

  8. April May Jay
    June 10, 2013

    Name or pen name: April May Jay

    Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (NOT Paranormal Romance)

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun? I’m definitely serious about getting an agent.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*: Seventeen year-old McKinley “Switchblade” guards the entrance to the dystopian town of Accolade, constantly fighting both intruders and the discrimination of the town’s residents. When an attempted murder at a concert leaves McKinley’s roommate under the impression that he’s dead and McKinley under the watchful eye of a ragtag group of teenagers determined to whip him into shape, McKinley must try to escape and warn his friends of the impending danger. But the more he learns about his new life and his old, the less he wants to leave.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: Aside from writing, I love rock music (think Breaking Benjamin) and photography. My favorite authors include Michael Grant, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, and Barry Lyga. Neal Shusterman is my writing idol. I like writing stories that are dark, but not melodramatic or overdone.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: I need someone who can help me understand what works and what doesn’t and why. I need somebody patient and open-minded, and not faint of heart. Definitely honest, harsh, and assertive.

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable): Blog: http://aprilmayjay.blogspot.com/
    Website: http://farplesey.wix.com/april-may-jay
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AprilMJay

    Contact**: Tweet at me! I’ll tell you my email then.

  9. cait
    June 10, 2013

    Name or pen name:
    Cait D

    Genre:
    Dystopian (I’ve finished books in sci-fi, epic fantasy, paranormal/steampunk, and contemporary too).

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?
    Serious! Very serious.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences:
    (Title: BOYBOTS – YA apocalyptic thriller)
    Her country will be destroyed in nuclear war if 17-year-old Eden Marcello doesn’t hand over her grandma’s advanced robot technology, which comes in the shape of a defunct boy-robot whose program glitches turn out to be his attempts at controlling himself.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:
    I’m 19, I’ve been writing seriously for about 4 years and finished 10 books. I read everything and anything YA, and I love stuff like The Hunger Games, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and anything by Maggie Stiefvater. I’m Australian, so I’m pretty sarcastic and I’m laid back and joke a lot (beware…mwhwhahah!). I also love peanut butter. That matters.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner:
    I’d love a critique partner who’s thorough and tough. Not excessively blunt or harsh though. Needs to be okay with violence/dark themes. I also need someone to not just tell me what’s wrong with my work, but give advice/suggestions on how to fix it.

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable):
    notebooksisters.blogspot.com
    https://twitter.com/NotebookSisters

    Contact:
    Comment here or email
    notebooksisters AT gmail DOT com

    • Katia
      June 10, 2013

      I’d like to be CPs. 🙂
      I think we already know each other’s writing styles pretty well.
      Of course, if you wanted to send a few pages over, I’d be more than happy to read them.

      • cait
        June 10, 2013

        Well, hi! (I kinda hoped you say this.) 😉 I will send pages!

    • authzh
      June 10, 2013

      Sounds super interesting! Wanna be my CP?

      • cait
        June 11, 2013

        I’ll email you!

  10. aishamonet2
    June 10, 2013

    Name or pen name: Aisha Mone’t

    Genre: YA Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?
    Totally serious, I can’t wait till the day I finally make something publishable so I work on getting a agent.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*:
    Avery Frewin has always thought there was something different about her, from her slightly pointed ears to the way she looked nothing like her parents. And on her seventeenth she’s shone a world she never dreamed existed, Not to mention she’s expected to be the future Queen of.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:
    I’m 13, I’ve been writing since I was seven. My first book was titled “Four Girls and A Guy” a masterpiece in the making I know.
    I have a huge love for the Harry Potter series, I also love The Fault In Our Stars, The Hunger Games, It, and Pride and Prejudice. I’ll read anything as long as it has decent writing and a good plot.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner:
    I’m looking for someone who can give me good and honest critique. Nothing insultive or rude, but straight to the point and blunt. I’m looking for someone to give me feedback on what they do and do not like overall.

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable):
    My twitter is @miss_hijabi

    Contact**:aishamonet@gmail.com

    • themagicviolinist
      June 10, 2013

      Hiya! 😀 I think we’d be a great match! I’ll e-mail you about being CPs.

  11. Lillian
    June 10, 2013

    (Sorry if my HTML doesn’t work. I’m not familiar with WordPress.)

    I’ve been looking for a CP for a while, so this post (and the previous) is indescribably helpful. Thank you very much!

    Name or pen name: Lillian (to clarify, because even from a name it’s hard to tell these days, I am female)

    Genre: I’m okay with most genres; not big on horror, erotic romance or children’s fiction, and I’m wary with magic.

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun? Both, really. Hitherto I’ve written for my own pleasure, but the older I get the more I realise I do desperately want to publish. I need help tailoring a style suitable for publication, while also satisfying myself.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences: When the gun holds a bullet, not everyone will live to see the sun rise again. All her life, Drina Connelly has traced the orbit drawn by the gravity of her once-renowned mother. But when a series of traps and ruses lead her down the spiral to demise, she is forced to accept that she was not born to shine with a radiance of her own, but to reflect that of lights to come when other lights go out.

    Briefly talk about yourself: I live on a rock; I play sports where I don’t have to rely on a team; I’m a euphonium/guitar/bass/tenor horn/bugle player wannabe trombonist; I’m Catholic, but I hope that doesn’t prejudice me; INFJ, if that means anything to you (though most people perceive me as a T); and my second passion (after writing) is mathematics (surprisingly?!).

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: I’m somewhat stubborn, which leads to my leaving unnecessarily elaborate imagery and disgraceful tangents in my work. And I won’t take them out until someone tells me, with clear and logical reason, ‘hey, that’s just too much’. I need honest content critique, and someone with whom to discuss more casually the fineries of plot and character.

    Contact: scrumpus [at] live [dot] co [dot] uk
    I’m on Protagonize—BasilWoodall—but not very active these days, and most of my writing on there isn’t very up-to-date(!).

    IMPORTANT NOTE: I won’t be finished my exams till the 18th of June, and I’m away for much of the following month, so I’ll only be indefinitely available to critique anyone else’s work until August. Sorry to be inconvenient.

    • Katia
      June 10, 2013

      Hey Lillian! I’d like to be a CP of yours. If you’d want to read my blurb above and see if you’d want to crit that or not, that’d be awesome. If you agree, I could send you a few pages of my WIP. I’d be ready for critiques in about August as well.
      -Katia

      • Lillian
        June 11, 2013

        Wow, that would be amazing! I’m over-the-moon to get a reply so soon!
        I’d be delighted! I’m intrigued with the idea of a society ‘age limit’. Say, the first chapter/prologue, to get a feel for one another’s writing?
        PS – I do have space for critiquing between-times; that note ^^^ is just a heads-up, really – just in case, you know. 🙂

    • Miss Alexandrina
      June 11, 2013

      Lillie! *jumps up and down* I’d ask you, but you’re already editing WTCB 😉 Oh, I have restarted chapter one, by the way, so the wordcount has slightly changed *doesn’t know if she got email(s) because of exams*


      People should use the word ‘hitherto’ more often.
      (Oh, and, by the way, you must have a distinct writing voice – or we talk too often – because I recognised you in that first sentence. 😉 )

      And you have a character called Drina. *dies in happiness* I love your pitch, by the way, but I think so might find it a little confusing. With queries, I found that clarity is most important (I know this isn’t a query, and that works well for a pitch, but I’m just warning that, if you use a similar style in a query, it may not work).

      Axxx

      • Lillian
        June 11, 2013

        Wooo, Alex! ❤ Good to see ya!
        You know, funnily enough I'm doing 8-10 RIGHT THIS MOMENT! At least, not this moment, because I'm replying to this, but nevertheless. As soon as I have done so, I will be returning to the above 😉
        Again?! Oh, dear, I feel for you… But if it cuts down wordcount, maybe it's a good thing.

        They should. I don't know why they don't. 😛
        (Haha, either way, that, 'tis pleasing to me ears!)

        I do indeed. And Drina and Alix are (weirdly enough) the only names that remain from the original plan several years ago.
        Okay, thanks for the advice! I realise I must've been trying too hard to be poetic and forgetting about the explicit plot. *mental note*

    • Miss Alexandrina
      June 11, 2013

      (I seem unable to reply directly to the below comment, though I suspect it is my computer/browser more than anything else)
      Haha! I’m brilliant like that with the whole psychic thing 😉 And there’s nothing like a good bit of multi-tasking. I’m doing that now.

      Actually, it’s less about wordcount (and chapter one is not the longest chapter, so I feel LESS pressured); I changed the beginning because an agent-type critiquer said that she was confused about what was happening in the first three pages and what Aidelle’s motivations were. Besides, I spent an afternoon reading about beginnings and I kinda love my new first line.

      Muahaha. You see: I was infiltrating your life even before you knew me!
      *bobs head* Just from a intriguing-those-agents perspective. Confusion is the #1 reason for providing a form rejection. Can you see how it might read better as a blurb introduction?

      • Lillian
        June 11, 2013

        Ah, hence the new focus on motivations. I think I just perceived she was trying to prove that she is worthy of Phillip’s love, while still trying to get satisfactory passion from him.
        Worth the frustrations, then. Good to hear. I believe you put the new version up on Protag a while back? I’ll take a look at it when I can.

        Heh heh! That’s a scary thought. Though I’ve been known to predict such things (like dreaming about a friend begging to use my old glasses just before an exam so she could see the clock – and that very thing happened on Monday, though she’s always boasted to me about her flawless sight). Maybe we both have a psychic touch 😉
        Mm, interesting. Good thing I don’t go in for particularly elaborate plots. You must have a hard time explaining the time-travel.
        Yeah, or maybe not even that. I still haven’t decided whether the whole sun-moon thing isn’t too over-used as a theme.

        (And since this probably isn’t the best place to have one of our customary lengthy conversations, feel free to take any points you want to pick up on into email or elsewhere 😉 )

      • Miss Alexandrina
        June 12, 2013

        That’s it exactly!
        Ah, yes; you’re already ahead of me, then.

        I know I at least have a psychic something – or I’m just good at second-guessing people. I can often answer a yes/no question whilst the person fumbles over the asking bit I’m already aware of. Tehe, I like my gift.
        Not particularly. I understand it, but the problem is conveying what I know to others, especially about the incident. That’s what I’ve found about my query; It’s not the time-travel per se, but the mechanics behind the inciting incident. I need to explain the how of Aidelle getting trapped (and one critiquer suggested that I’d made it sound like every time they have a fight time will stop) whilst keeping it simple.
        Not if you pull it off or give it a twist.

        (As I’ve popped into school, I can’t)

  12. Meredith Waugh
    June 10, 2013

    Huge (but quick) question-
    Is anyone here a graphic novel writer?

  13. Natalie Noel
    June 10, 2013

    Name or pen name: Natalie Noel Truitt
    Genre: YA Christian Fiction
    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book or is it just for fun?: I am very serious about this book.
    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*: As a child, Chrissandra “Chrissi” Mae Crawford witnessed the traumatic death of her cousin. Now at seventeen years old, she has strayed away from Christ, and is willing to break all the rules to get back home to her family. What she doesn’t know, is that when she goes home, she will meet Ross Tyler, the man who will give her the desire to start living again.
    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: Hi! Well my name’s Natalie Noel (Nat, Natalie). I’m fourteen years old, and besides writing love to play volleyball, go outside, and go on Facebook. I’m a straight A student and tend to read YA Christian fiction, same as I write, or romantic suspense (as long as it’s clean).
    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: Okay, first I must specify, you have to be a female or my parents won’t let me work with you. I’m looking for someone who can send critiques back in three days or less (I will do the same, but if you can’t do that, it’s not at the top of my priority list), and it would be nice if you write YA or something similar to that (PG work please). I’m willing to Skype or talk on the phone for plotting sessions and things like that, but I’m also find with only talking over email.
    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable): http://www.indianawriterblog.wordpress.com
    Contact**: authornatalienoel98@gmail.com (I reply fast) or message me on my Facebook account: https://m.facebook.com/natalie.truitt.9?__user=100004336714785

    • Amanda
      June 14, 2013

      Hey Natalie 🙂 Emailed you!

  14. Anna
    June 10, 2013

    Name or pen name: Anna

    Genre: historical fiction/ alt history

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun? One day, I’d love to publish. But I don’t think I will as a teen.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*: book one: an alternate history, steampunk Old West tale about battle, pioneers and true love. Second book: the misadventures of a girl living in a home for suicidal teens. Last book: a complex civil war story.
    I swear they are exciting, I just can’t explain them. 😄

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: I LOVE history, so a lot of my stories are set in the past. I mainly read classics. My favorite books are The Great Gatsby, Les Mis, Fahrenheit 451 and The Fault in our Stars. I listen to a lot of folk and bluegrass music, as well as the soundtracks for Les Mis and Once. 😀

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner:
    Someone who keeps me accountable for writing, give me constructive feedback, and challenge me to write my best.
    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable):

    Contact**: contact me on Goodreads. My username is annabanana14. Also, you can message me on Tumblr (my URL is bookmerf.)
    So… Yeah. 😀

    • Anna
      June 12, 2013

      I guess I’ll properly pitch my books so someone will be interested in being my critique partner…
      Novel #1: After a Confederate victory, what used to be the United States is in shambles. The West is completely isolated from the rest of the world, completely lawless and run by scientists. 18-year-old Elinor Harper finds herself trapped in the west, the victim of a horrible experiment and dependent upon the care of a young doctor. Soon she’s swept into the world of a budding army, the Alliance, which promises to establish a government and bring the west to peace. But can Elinor actually trust their motives?

      Novel #2:
      After a suicide attempt leaves her wheelchair- bound, January Carson is pretty unenthusiastic about life in general. Estranged from her mother and stuck in a home for depressed teens, all Jan cares about is completing the remnants of an unfinished love story she finds in a trunk. Soon, she finds that the story may be the key to her own sanity.

      Novel #3
      For Marc and Nora Rossi, life is good. Sure, they’re poor and their country is on the brink of war. But they’re so deeply in love, they remain oblivious to their problems- until Marc’s brother commits suicide and Nora loses the child she was carrying. Rudely awakened from the dreamy life they had been living, they soon find themselves divided by political and spiritual differences. The young couple must discover the real, radical meaning of love across the lines of the Civil War- before it’s too late.

  15. Rachael Buchanan
    June 10, 2013

    Name or pen name: I go by either Lynn or Rachael Buchanan. Haven’t completely decided which one I like better yet.

    Genre: YA science fiction and fantasy, been thinking of trying contemp.

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?: I love writing, and it’s one of the best things ever! I also really want to find an agent.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*: Everyone but seventeen-year-old Jena Anderson has a doppelganger, someone who is identical to them in looks but opposite in personality. As she struggles to survive in a world that sees her as an abomination, she must uncover the truth behind her tangled past and learn where her future lies . . . if she has one

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: I love to read dystopian, science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, pretty much anything, as long as it is more clean than not (pg-13 without sex scenes or extremely bad language. I love action, but I prefer it to just be overly intense and not dirty-ish). I love, love, LOVE The Hunger Games, Divergent, Cinder (I’m a sucker for fairy tale retelling), Ender’s Game, and the Harry Potter series in general. I’m sixteen, and when I’m not writing, I’m either playing my oboe (band geeks unite!) or knotting bracelets (I’ve been compared to Finnick Odair due to that hobby). In all honesty, if I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. I may be the tiniest bit obsessed.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: I want someone who is brutally honest, and gives me completely open opinions.I want my story to be ripped apart by someone whose eyes are fresh, and I want that because I want to improve! I want to make my story the best it can be, and I need someone who’s willing to help me do so. I’d also like someone who could respond with critiques in at least a week, and I’ll do the same if they’re interested.

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable): https://twitter.com/Ersatzmask and
    witingmusicandothercrazythings.blogspot.com (don’t judge the blog-I just started it and I’m a slacker)

    Contact**: Please just comment here, or tweet me, thanks!

    • authzh
      June 11, 2013

      Oh my god that sounds fantastic. Would you consider being me CP?

      • Rachael Buchanan
        June 11, 2013

        Sure! I emailed you! 🙂

    • Brooke
      June 13, 2013

      Hi Rachel! I think we would be great critique partners…please let me know if you’d be interested in swapping pages!

      • Rachael Buchanan
        June 13, 2013

        I’d love to be your CP! I emailed you!

    • Miss Alexandrina
      June 26, 2013

      Hi, Rachael,
      Do you have space for considering another CP? *pleading eyes*
      😉

  16. Kailyn Elyse
    June 10, 2013

    Name or pen name: Kailyn Elyse

    Genre: Urban Fantasy/Adventure

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun? When I have a manuscript that is ready to be published, then I plan on looking very hard for an agent.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*: Imogene, Rhys and Zara are nothing alike, but are brought together by one thing; Family. In a world where magical creatures are no longer bed time story’s and a war is about to start, the road to family and understanding is filled with many dangers and one of them wont make it to the end.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: I’ve been writing for about six years now and I got my start in Twilight fanfiction, something I am not too proud of. I love writing all different sorts of genres, though my favorites are probably Historic Fiction and fantasy. I love reading Historic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and books about spies.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: Someone that will be honest with me and help me grow as a writer. I’d like someone who isn’t afraid to speak their mind and not sugarcoat the truth just to spare my feelings.

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable): https://twitter.com/KailynElyse

    Contact**: kailynelyse96@gmail.com

    • Kailyn Elyse
      June 10, 2013

      Ugh, I forgot to change up my email.

  17. Lauren Fleming
    June 10, 2013

    Name or pen name: Lauren Fleming

    Genre: YA Fanstasy mostly, but sometimes I dabble in contemp

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?: I’m trying to get more serious. It’s hard when I have so many ideas that are challenging each other for attention.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*: Francisca escapes the clutches of her overbearing father to find a fallen star and change her fate across the Caribbean sea, but when she accidentally stows away on a pirate ship, she is saved only by the kindness of notorious female pirate Anne Bonny and her husband Calico Jack. After another pirate captain hears of her quest and her magical compass’ ability to locate stars, he begins a chase that leads Francisca to the mainland of what is modern-day Mexico and into the heart of the jungle while she tries to discover what is so special about the fallen star that it can change her fate and cause a man to go mad with desire.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: I like to act, sing, and dance. I also really, really like research (good for historically accurate fiction.)

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: I haven’t actually started writing yet. I’m still in the planning phase, so right now I’m looking more for someone to bounce ideas off of [and kick my butt into gear when I’m not writing]. Eventually I’ll want someone who can read my first drafts and let me know what direction I should be heading.

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable): I have both, but I rarely use them.

    Contact**: owlybird[at]gmail[dot]com

  18. Miss Alexandrina
    June 11, 2013

    Name or pen name: Alexandrina Brant

    Genre: NA sci-fi [or fantasy – I’m a little uncertain] romance

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?
    I’m hoping to query late this year, so CPs will be making sure I’m being clear with my character voice, motivation, goals and obstructions in each scene (this is my writing Achilles’ heel) amongst the typical content, continuity and ‘does this make?’ critique-y stuff. I may also ask for query critique.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences:
    When twenty-year-old Aidelle’s fiancé slams the door on their relationship, she doesn’t expect that the act will seal her in another reality. Neither does she plan on coming face to face with a girl who claims to be her granddaughter from one possible future. Before time seals, it’s clear that she will have to work quickly in these new circumstances – otherwise not only will she herself cease to exist, but so will the man she adores and the family she will come to love.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:
    I don’t read as much as I ought to (my excuse: exams and editing), and a good lump of that reading is in Latin, which has led to florid and complicated writing on my part. My newest round of edits is working on reducing the fluffiness of the writing and making it more readable.
    The above pitch is for the third of my completed six manuscripts, though only two are currently active. I’d be happy to have CPs for the first few chapters of my YA murder mystery, actually. The latter half is not at the stage of being displayed yet, but I’m sure having people looking through will spur me on to actually finish editing the silly thing! 😛
    When I pull my head out of my writing bubble, I’m found discussing perception of the world and whether mental illness is a real thing, trying to infiltrate the business that is musical theatre or organising Liturgy for my school.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner:
    I turned eighteen last month, so I’ll be looking for CPs in the more mature range. Of course, I understand that this is not reliant on age, but I’d like to read and have my stuff read by strong/confident writers. I rarely say no to specific genres; the only ones I’m not keen to read are your typical paranormal beasts (ie. vampires, werewolves, zombies) or guts-and-gore-type horror.
    Gender is not an issue, though I have a feeling that my plot may appeal more to women. It would be interesting to get a male opinion of it, actually, especially as three of the various POVs are male POV.
    I can do one chapter per week, though I don’t mind upping that if a CP is sending me more critique. It’s up to them the schedule. (Over summer, however, I expect to hold three or possibly four CPs, so more than one chapter MAY be a little ambitious of me 😉 ). Whilst I have my exams and Leaver’s arrangements this month and I’m in Uganda for most of July, after that I have until the beginning of October free to work on writing as I wish.

    twitter: @caelestia_Flora
    blog: http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com/

    As Lillian (above) mentioned Protagonize, I might as well. You can drop me a note on my GoldenEarthAngel page and read examples of my drabbles there, too.

    Contact: Celestal_Fleur(at)hotmail(dot)com

  19. Brooke
    June 11, 2013

    Name or pen name: Brooke Harrison

    Genre: YA, dystopian, fantasy

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?

    I’m definitely serious. 🙂

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*:

    After Evera fails to complete her first murder, she is Relocated and given a new assignment. New look, new identity, no memory. Evera doesn’t have time to question her orders or discover who she is, until she meets Jett, who attempts to befriend her and learn her secrets – which is difficult, considering she doesn’t know the secrets she possesses.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:

    I recently turned 17 and I am an avid reader and writer. I’m currently really into dystopian novels and YA, and some of my recent favorites include Divergent, Matched, Legend, and The Host. My favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Agatha Christie, and Rick Riordan. In middle school I self-published three books (a trilogy) about a 13 year old girl who lives in a city in the sky. I think self-publishing was a great experience for me, but I’d love to pursue traditional publishing and my writing has improved since the 7th grade (let’s hope). I love dark chocolate and using parentheses to make side notes (which my AP Lang teacher told me I need to limit).

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner:

    Someone who knows what they’re talking about and is willing to be completely honest. Someone who loves reading YA as much as I do. 🙂 Someone who writes consistently and motivates me to become a better writer. Someone who will look at what I’ve written and do their best to point out what does and doesn’t work – constructive criticism is about identifying a problem and offering a solution.

    In return, I will try to do the same. I love reading others’ work and helping them enhance what they already do really well.

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable):

    Blog: http://www.brookeharrison.com
    Twitter: @1bro2syd (Although I have a Twitter, I don’t really use it!)

    Contact**:
    You could just comment here, or leave a comment on my blog and I’ll find a way to respond to you. 🙂 You could contact me on Twitter, or you can email me, which is probably the best way to reach me.

    Email: b-alex@liquifusion.com

    • April May Jay
      June 12, 2013

      Hey Brooke! I think we’d be an awesome match! I’d love to read some of your stuff. Shoot me an email at farplesey@gmail.com. 🙂

      • Brooke
        June 13, 2013

        Hey April 🙂 I’ll email you and we can swap pages!

    • Miss Alexandrina
      June 26, 2013

      Hi, Brooke,
      Cool premise! Are you still open for CPs? If so, I’d definitely be interesting in swapping pages (well: duh!).
      Alex 🙂

      (late reply, I know; I haven’t really had the chance to check up on TCWT for a while due to exams)

  20. Sarah Olson
    June 11, 2013

    Name or pen name: Sarah Olson

    Genre: Mostly fantasy, both contemporary and traditional, but I dip my toes in almost everything else, too.

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun? For now, just for fun. I need to write a lot before I go agent hunting.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*: I’m preparing to start seriously writing a book but I haven’t reached that stage yet. Mostly working on various short stories and practicing finishing things before I start something serious.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: I love fantasy, especially traditional, but enjoy reading anything from non fiction to anything about horses, to adventure and science fiction and dystopian.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: Someone to handle my random bouts of insanity (just kidding…sort of) I basically need someone who will read and give blatantly honest feedback to me about my writing, not critique a book exactly, but rather help me grow as I write snippets until the right idea hits me. I want to help someone out with anything they need in their writing. I can be quite honest and frank, but in a caring way, and help support someone who needs a kind word now and then. I need someone mature and serious about writing but likes to have fun with it.

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable): N/A

    Contact**: saraheolson5@gmail . com (don’t spam me) 🙂

    • Amanda
      June 14, 2013

      Hey Sarah! Maybe I can help 🙂

  21. Nishant
    June 12, 2013

    Name or pen name: Cat Cafe(I know it sounds really stupid.)/ Nishant

    Genre: Fantasy at the moment, but I have also tried my hand at Sci-Fic and Crime.

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?

    I write because it’s fun, how do I explain it? Let’s take Roger Federer’s example. He plays tennis because it’s fun, but that’s what made him so legendary. I want to be RF’s author counterpart of sorts, so yeah, I’m serious about getting published too!

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*:

    The Hunters:
    Following the start of summer break, Gale. C. Chawla would have never expected to have his head severed, let alone obtain a ticket to a different world all together.

    In an odd universe split between the Hunters, recruits from the human world and worshipers of Ehedus; Shades, beings born from negative human emotion and worshipers of Baha; and Lurkers, non-believers of god, Gale finds himself dragged into a war that had started well over four thousand years ago in their timeline, oblivious to its nature and purpose.

    He faces new creatures, powerful friends, death, and even a revelation that makes him second guess his loyalty to the Hunters.

    (I’m sorry. It looks like I just found out how much I suck at writing a pitch. It’s a complex plot and I’m willing to better explain to anyone interested in knowing.)

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:

    I grew up watching anime, which sparked my first interest in fantasy. I’d like to think of myself as a friendly person but that’s for other people to judge 🙂
    My Hobbies? Anything related to sports qualifies, I was serious about tennis until an injury permanently sidelined me for good. Having said that, I’m a fitness freak 😛
    I read a lot of books which include The Alchemist, Jurassic Park, and almost the entire collection of Agatha Christie and Jeffery Archer among many others.
    I’ve been writing since I was 13 and here I am six years later – seed to sapling! Long way to tree! Woo 🙂

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner:

    Someone who isn’t afraid to shoot me in the head and criticize me for my flaws, but the bullet should be a blank! 🙂
    I mean, I’m all for nurture in a nice and polite way.
    Simultaneously, I’d be the same to anyone of the same or different genre.
    I would not mind healthy encouragement from time to time for motivation. This part is entirely optional though 😛

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable): I’m sorry, I don’t have any 😦

    Contact**: 9594nichu(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. Charles
    June 12, 2013

    Name or pen name: Charlie

    Genre: Fantasy and Realistic Fiction.

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?: I am very serious about getting an agent and eventually publishing.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*: I’m working on two books at the moment, so here is both:

    Fantasy: First Draft complete:
    A boy from the human world with magical powers is captured by the only human girl from a world of magical creatures, due to the fact that he may be the lost Element that the evil Royal Family of her world has been looking for. But she wants it for herself, until she falls for him. And they both realise what they’ve been missing, and if they were born into the right world after all.

    Contemporary/realistic fiction: First draft being written:

    A gay boy from the UK and cyber-bullied girl from the US are best friends via the internet and have never met: but that doesn’t matter. They have one thing in common: They both want to commit suicide.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:
    I am a 17 year old male who lived most of his life in Malta but moved to the UK several years ago as is about to do English Lit, History, Theatre, and Film studies at A level (high school.) I’d like to eventually be a published author/actor/movie director.
    I like to read everything I can get my hands on, and love writing, although I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my manuscript and lack confidence. I want everything to be perfect.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner:
    Someone who can give me real input and critique writing as well as story and character strengths. They need to be harsh in their critique, but kind about it. They also must be a great and fun person 🙂

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable):
    http://www.twitter.com/ScribeCharlie

    Contact**:
    Tweet me on twitter if interested x Would love to hear back 🙂

  23. Caitlyn Echo
    June 12, 2013

    Name or pen name: Caitlyn Echo

    Genre: YA

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?

    One day I’d like to get more serious, but for right now, I want to focus on writing and having fun with it.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences:

    I have more than one project, so this might be difficult… How about this? I’ll just tell you about one of them 🙂

    Krysanthe (the title isn’t final) is a story about Hades and Persephone’s daughter, Krysanthe, who I made up. I would tell you more, but I’m not sure what “more” is yet.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:

    I’m 15 and living in Washington state. I get really passionate about problems in the world. Other than reading and writing, I like to sing, dance, act, and tumbl. My favorite authors are JK Rowling, Richelle Mead, Veronica Roth, Sarah Dessen, Kody Keplinger, Suzanne Collins, Ally Carter, Cassandra Clare, Meg Cabot, Miranda Kenneally, Laini Taylor, and too many others to name here. I like all sub-genres of YA, and I’m trying to work on reading outside of YA as well.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner:

    I’m looking for someone who can give me good advice on how to improve, and/or someone who I can just talk to about writing because sometimes it gets kind of lonely with only me and my characters.

    Links to blog or twitter:

    Tumblr: https://twitter.com/Caitlyn_Echo
    Twitter: http://caitlynecho.tumblr.com/

    Contact: caitlynecho AT gmail DOT com

    • aishamonet2
      June 13, 2013

      I sent you an email, hopefully we can partner up!

    • Simone Saidmehr
      December 1, 2013

      I would love to partner with you. I am not ready to get a book published right now, but I would love to in the future. email me at simonelsaidmehr@aol.com

  24. Name: Brooke

    Genre: YA thrillers and contemporaries

    Serious about getting an agent?: Very. As soon as I clean up this last draft I’ll be querying.

    Pitch: Eighteen-year-old Stephanie wakes up after the car accident with no memory. She finds eleven stars tattooed on her arm, the tattoo “SKNT-PHNX-05” on the back of her neck, and has unexplained hydrophobia and fighting skills. That’s when she finds the note. The set of coordinates. And the stranger who calls her by a different name.

    Myself: I love to read and write, mostly in YA but I’ve read a little NA as well. Still in high school (upperclassman). I’ve written four novels in addition to this one, and some shorter pieces. I also like ice cream. And chocolate. Those are important things.

    What I want in a CP: Someone who’s willing to help me fine-tune it, but is not afraid to take a deeper cut if needed 😉 Ideally he/she would be able to get through it quickly (month or so).

    Links: I’m on Twitter and have a blog

    Contact: via the contact form on my blog

    • Miss Alexandrina
      June 26, 2013

      Hi, Brooke Y,
      Awesome that you’re almost ready to query. I don’t know whether I really am, but I feel like I’m at that stage now, myself. I hope to do an extensive ‘final’ (because it’s never final, is it? xD) edit over the summer. Also good to see another NA fan here.
      Contacting you on your blog as I’m typing (yes, I am a horrendous multi-tasker)
      🙂

  25. karawrites15
    June 14, 2013

    Name or pen name: Kara

    Genre: [YA] Mystery/thrillers, urban fantasy, high fantasy, Paranormal, a bit of science-fiction, though that isn’t my forte.

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun? I am quite serious, yes. (:

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences: I have a few projects, but the main novel I’m working on is a YA mystery/thriller/romance kind of novel:

    After Ava Hale’s older sister, Kesley, is murdered, she desperately seeks answers. She teams up with her sister’s ex-best friend and the local girl-gang, unearthing things about her sister she never would have known. In a letter addressed to her sister, Ava pieces together the evidence that led to her sister’s death, and realises that her sister wasn’t the saint she always thought she was.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:

    I used to mainly write Fantasy and paranormal, but since then, I’ve branched out into the mystery genre, which I actually really love.

    I’ve been writing since I was… about eleven, finished my first full length novel when I was twelve (it was so, so bad, in case you wondered) and have been writing non-stop ever since. And when I’m not writing, eating or sleeping (or doing school work, of course) you’ll generally find me with my nose in a book. I also like chocolate.

    Yes, that last part was totally necessary.

    Also, I’m sixteen years old.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: Someone who is motivating, but at the same time, is willing to help me shape this novel is something good. (:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kara_writes16
    Email: Kara_writes(at)hotmail(.)com

    • Charles
      June 14, 2013

      I’d be really interested in being your Crit partner, if you’re interested in trading first chapters and getting a feel of how we critique? ;o
      🙂

      • karawrites15
        June 15, 2013

        Sure, just send me an email. ^_^

  26. Noelle
    June 21, 2013

    Name or pen name: Noelle

    Genre: Dystopian/ Fantasy

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?: It’s supposed to be fun, but I also am working towards getting an agent.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences:
    Genevieve’s sixteenth birthday will be a joyous affair, not just for her, but for the rest of the country. Making it to sixteen alive will show the rest of the U.S. government that someone with the DNA of both a human and mermaid can not only survive, but remain immune to disease. Everything changes when the Queen of Atlantis is found dead on the morning of Genevieve’s birthday and she is the one suspected of committing the crime.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:
    I’ve been writing seriously for three years now. I’ll read any YA, but my favorites have to be the Percy Jackson series, the Perks of Being a Wallflower, the Fault in our Stars, and the Divergent series. I’m kind of obsessed with Marvel superheros (the Avengers, anyone?), my favorite being Iron Man. I also have GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) but it doesn’t mean that you have to tip-toe around me. I’m still somewhat sane.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner:
    CAMP NANOWRIMO, anyone? I feel like I haven’t seen enough people who are doing it. I’d love to have a critique partner who is also going to participate in Camp, so that we can be all motivational towards each other while writing the first drafts. Then after that…the fun can begin.

    Someone who can give it to me straight, and be blunt but not harsh at the same time. Also, someone who can actually tell me what’s wrong with my work, and if possible, how to fix it.

    Links to blog or twitter (if applicable):
    http://akwardlywriting.blogspot.com/ (I haven’t written my first post yet).
    https://twitter.com/TomboyNoelle201

    Contact:
    Email me at tomboy2020 AT ymail DOT com
    Or just drop a comment here.

    • saskia
      June 30, 2013

      I’d love to be your crit partner! I have previously replied to your post but for some reason it didn’t pass moderation (seriously i have no idea why) and neither did my standalone post describing myself and other things, so i emailed you 🙂
      We could do a chapter swap if you wanted, to see each other’s writing and critique style? I’m also doing Camp NaNoWriMo.
      Here’s my blog, if you wanted to see, only one post so far:
      http://www.writetolifey.blogspot.co.uk

  27. Simone Saidmehr
    December 1, 2013

    Name or pen name: Simone Rose

    Genre: Science Fiction

    Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun: I would love to get a book published one day, right now I am not interested.

    Pitch your current book in under three sentences*: The year is 2015. probably. I was sent back in time to do god knows what. All I know is that I woke up with a letter that read.
    Welcome. You, Bionca Loor and 65 other citizens of the year 2049, have been selected to participate in a test.
    Deep within the city of New York, is a book titled As We Know It.
    This book contains valuable information, classified to the U. O. T (Union of Terren) and will not be shared with you.
    As you all know, in the year 2036 the Great Fire of Rink, destroyed the city, taking the book with it.
    Your job is to find the book.
    Complete this task and you will return to the year 2049, but fail and you will spend the rest of
    your life in this time period.
    Keep in mind that we can only bring 5 of you back, so find each other
    create alliances and begin your search. Be Prepared.

    Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write: My main writing genre is Science fiction, but I am definitely open to other genres.

    What you’re looking for in a critique partner: Someone who is dedicated and someone I can learn from. I think if you can learn from a partner that’s a good pairing. I hate sugar coating so if you don’t like what i have written, tell me that. Constructive critisizm is important.

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