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2015 Critique Partner Love Connection

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It’s time for some hook-ups. Namely, the 2015 Critique Partner Love Connection.

As many of you already know, I have two critique partners (Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff) whom I love dearly. For the last 6+ years, they’ve read everything that I wrote before my editor ever got a look at it. Tessa and Brenna critique, suggest, support, and mock whenever I need critique, suggestions, support, or mockery. Our critique group is the result of a long search — I went through numerous writers’ groups and one-on-one readers, and always felt that the edits were missing something. I wanted to be critiqued, and yet I never wanted to act upon the critiques I got. It took me a long time to realize that I needed to find critique partners who enjoyed the same sort of story-telling that I did; critique partners who weren’t always suggesting that I turn my novel into the sort of novel that I didn’t want to write. Also critique partners who communicated in the same way as me — we do everything via gchat, informally, without structure or rules.

So. I found Tessa and Brenna by posting a match-up exactly like this one, and every year since then, I’ve done a match-up for others to use. In the years in between, other resources for crit partners have appeared on the internet, and I keep thinking I’ll stop getting requests to post one here. If anything, the requests have multiplied. Possibly it’s because the most difficult part of the critique partner search remains the task of finding a human who enjoys the same sorts of story-telling as you — maybe the mere fact of having me in common maybe takes some of that odiousness away. Whatever the reason, I keep getting asked, so here it is.

Here are the rules, such as I ever have rules:

STEP ONE: Post a comment saying the age range (adult, YA, MG) of your project, a brief, one-sentence blurb about your book (or just the genre if you don’t want to share more than that), and whether or not you have an agent, etc.*. Also include the last book you read that you loved and also the book you feel epitomizes you as a reader. If you write in a language other than English, include that info with the language in all caps so it’s easy to find while skimming the comments. Finish with a way to contact you.

*You don’t have to include the agent/ publication information unless it’s important to you to find a critique partner who is also agented/ published. I was agented/ published when I met Tessa/ Brenna; they were not. It depends on the sort of support you’re looking for.

STEP TWO: If someone else in the comments sounds like a possible match, send them a message saying so and find out if it’s mutual. If it is, exchange the first 50 pages of your manuscripts, critique them, and return said critiques. If either of you doesn’t feel like the crit relationship is working at that point, you get to smile and say thanks and walk away without any questions asked. This is VERY IMPORTANT. This ability to shake hands and part ways without hard feelings is the reason why this process works. Sometimes it takes a few exchanges before you realize it’s not a good match. Don’t feel pressured into sticking with each other — remember that this is honest speed dating and a ‘not for me!’ is not a rejection based upon merit.

NOTE: I myself am not looking for critters. Two partners is enough for me — I can’t keep up with anymore. I recommend definitely two or three partners for best results. That way when someone says “this sucks!” and someone else says “does not!” you can be the tie breaker. But if they both say “this sucks!” and you say “does not!” it means you’re wrong.

FURTHER NOTE: I don’t read the comments, really. My imaginary assistant Halfred and I monitor them infrequently only for spam-deletion purposes.

I’ll be mirroring this post on Facebook, Tumblr & Blogger, so check the other comments there as well.

 

It delights me when writers come up through my signing line and let me know they met their critique partners through me. I can’t imagine writing professionally without Tessa and Brenna, so it’s nice to think I can pay that forward. Happy hunting.

 

 

  • Jake Rideout

    Hi! I’m Jake (female) and I write YA. My current WIP is a contemporary action-adventure called Evasion Tactics, but I also write fantasy. The logline: Fifteen-year-old Avery McLaren has made avoidance an art form. To escape her feelings of abandonment, she immerses herself in Stalker, the tactical game she plays in the woods. But when her team is recruited by a secret group called the Shadow League, Avery must face her problems head-on if she wants to make it out alive.

    I am unagented and unpublished. I’m a Children’s Literature Fellow at Stony Brook University and will begin pitching my manuscript in Manhattan in three weeks. After that I’ll work on subbing to agents and start the next project.

    I hold an Advanced Certificate in creative writing and attend a lot of craft workshops. I belong to a critique group but the pace is too slow for full manuscript critiques.

    Last book I loved: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
    Book that epitomizes me as a reader: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

    I can be contacted at jakerideout85@gmail.com.

    • CL Mannarino

      Your WIP sounds awesome!

  • Ariana F

    My name’s Ariana and I’m writing a YA fantasy stand-alone novel called Orchard and Ambergris.

    Orchard and Ambergris are two young men dealing with the usual pressures of big city living – paying rent on time, dating, getting caught up in violent murders, and solving crimes on behalf of a corrupt police force.

    I do not have an agent – this work is incomplete.

    The last book I truly loved reading was Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll. The book that truly epitomizes me as a reader is Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente.

    • Ellen Rozek

      I’m not sure if I’d be the ideal CP for this manuscript, but I wanted to let you know that it sounds AWESOME.

  • http://d.moonfire.us/ D. Moonfire

    Salutations. I guess I’m getting to the point I need to find someone to bounce ideas off.

    I write adult high fantasy/steampunk/industrial age with non-traditional characters (LGBT, pacifists, non-heroes). I don’t have an agent but I have been published. I pretty much love most books in almost all genres, so I don’t really pick a favourite. Wizard of Earthsea is probably best describes me.

    A slight expansion on this:

    Even though I write about teenagers/children, most of my bigger projects follow them from teenage years until later in their life or until they die.

    I have a number of projects currently in motion, including a collection of short stories (Journals of Fedran, http://journals.fedran.com/issue-00/) and books 2 and 3 following Sand and Blood (http://sand-and-blood.fedran.com/); the former link has a rough idea of what my writing looks like before it hits an editor, the former is hopefully final version.

  • Vicky H

    Hi! My name is Vicky. I mostly write fantasy/paranormal YA, but do stray into adult fiction if the mood takes me.
    I do not have an agent, nor have I ever had anything published. I’m currently at Bath Spa University studying Creative Writing & Publishing, and although there are some great people there I’ve yet to find anyone who is reliable enough to be a CP.
    My current WIP is about the embodiment of Murder and the various trouble she gets into (with help from Suicide and Madness.)

    The last book I read that I loved was The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. The book I’d say epitomises me as a reader would be The Child Thief by Brom.

    • CL Mannarino

      I like your idea! What’s the best way to get in contact with you?

  • Jamie Adams

    Hi, I’m Jamie :) I write mostly YA contemp. The current project I’m polishing is a YA contemp retelling of Phantom of the Opera set in a youth orchestra. I don’t currently have an agent. I’m better at global reader report type critique and decelopmental conversations than nitty gritty but always willing to try. The last book I read that I adored was A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray and the one that represents everything I hope to be as a writer is Vicious by VE Schwab- compelling, engaging, and deep. You can reach me on Twitter at @jamie_adams22 :)

    • http://haydenmariecreations.tumblr.com/ Hayden Marie

      I LOVE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! Oh my goodness, if you’re interested in swapping first chapters, I’d love to! Your manuscript sounds awesome

    • Lisa Loves Lit

      I love story retellings. I might be interested in trading if you want!

  • Connor Allen

    Hello! My name is Connor, and the project I’m working on falls into the Young Adult/New Adult age range. The novel in progress (tentatively titled “Genesis”) follows a young psychic named Rilke in his search to find his friend, Asbel, along with discovering the secrets of the segregated communities he finds and the Beasts that lurk in the woods, threatening human existence. The last book I read that I thoroughly loved was “Blue Lily, Lily Blue” by Maggie Stiefvater, and the book(s) that I would say epitomizes me as a reader (and inspire me as a writer) would be the “His Dark Materials” trilogy by Philip Pullman. If you’re interested in what you see, please message me on Facebook or email me at connor.ferguson94@gmail.com. Best of luck to everyone!

  • Lisa Loves Lit

    My name is Lisa. I am still kind of learning what my writing style will be. My one finished project at the moment is from this past NaNo and it is a YA contemporary story. It is kind of a modern day Cinderella type of story set at a country club type of setting. I do not have an agent. This work is “complete” other than that I feel like I need to go back and add more to it to make it more interesting beyond just the story. I have enjoyed so many books this year. But probably one that I adored the most this past year is Starry Night by Isabel Gillies or maybe The Swap by Megan Shull. I would love to get to where my character dialogue is as good as what you see in Maggie’s writing, as that is what really grabs me, characters. You can contact me at buffywnabe at gmail dot com.

  • emily june street

    Hi, I’m Emily. I did this last year and found a great reader. I’m looking for another one. My books that need reading are epic fantasies with female leads that don’t follow a traditional heroine’s path. They are new adult to adult in age range. I’m looking for a reader who is ready to trade and read now. I self-publish, and I also have a book in contract with a medium-sized independent press. I’m an open-minded reader and I like everything. My latest good read was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. You can contact me at: emily@luminouscreaturespress.com. My blog is emilyjunestreet.wordpress.com. Thanks!

  • Michella

    Hi everyone! This is how I found one of my super awesome crit partners last year so I’m super excited to do it again.

    My current WIP is a YA contemporary and I have a YA fantasy I’m editing next. I have a YA fantasy under consideration with a few agents and am plotting either a YA historical fantasy or a YA contemporary next. But fear not, I know that’s a lot haha.

    The last book I read was The Winner’s Curse–which was super awesome.

    Swimmingly, which is the YA contemp I’m editing, takes place in an aquarium and follows Laura fresh out of rehab. She has to balance summer school, volunteering, and staying clean along with new friends and repairing her damaged family relationships.

    You can contact me via email ellad95@gmail.com or on Twitter @Mic_Domenici

    • Anna

      Hi Michella! I’m Anna, and I’m working on a YA contemporary about a boy who runs away from his grief (and a botched breakup) to spend the summer with his aunt at art camp. Your WIP sounds really interesting – if you’d like to exchange excerpts and have a look, I’m at annamulligan@hotmail.com

    • Elizabeth Foster

      Hi. Swimmingly sounds interesting and I noticed you are also writing fantasy. I am writing light fantasy which takes place in an oceanic realm. If you’d like to exchange some pages, my email is e.foster3@bigpond.com

  • Hayden Birkett

    Hi, I’m Hayden Marie. I write YA across a long list of genres– fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, etc. i’ve been writing for 16 years, and don’t have an agent currently. I’m good with honest critique and would like a parter who gives the same! I bring years of writing critique to the table. I’m a quick writer! My manuscripts are: CROSSFIRE, the story of a girl with powers in New York and the Man In White who seeks to exploit her. AVERSION about a muslim angel sent to guard a boy who doesn’t want her protection. FALSE ALARMS, a tale about two boys who fall in love at boarding school. SWIFT, a fantasy story about a boy chosen by the gods to take down the Deceiver.

    I’m looking for a long term CP who is willing to travel the road to publication with me!

    The last book I read that swept me off my feet was I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson. Books that have defined me would be THE RAVEN CYCLE and LORD OF THE RINGS. My goal as a writer is publication within the next few years.

    You can check out my art and stories here: http://haydenmariecreations.tumblr.com/

    If you’re interested in swapping the first few chapters with me to see if we’d be a good fit, please contact me at:

    RJDREAMWALKER (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM

    OR @HaydenMarieBee on twitter!

    Thanks, and Happy New Year!

    • http://katy-l-wood.tumblr.com Katy L. Wood

      Hello!

      It sounds like you’ve got some really interesting manuscripts going. You can read my post a little ways up the page, and if you think we might be a good match please shoot me an e-mail any time at KataraAlchemist@hotmail.com

      -Katy L. Wood

    • CL Mannarino

      I’d be interested in working with you, if you think we’re a match!

  • Karen T. Smith

    I’ll be honest, I stopped looking for crit partners after finding too many opinions about my work gave me head cramps and further exacerbated my Editing Procrastination, wherein it’s simple to not finish editing because I don’t know what direction to go. But I am trying lots of things in 2015 to move myself forward, this seems a great idea.

    I write YA and MG science fiction, with one (unfinished) fantasy novel in there, too. I have a variety of projects in-process, some finished, some 80% done. Would love someone who was comfortable with the 80% done concept (I generally know where I’m going in the final 20% but haven’t finished the words.)

    Logline for a recent project, a sequel to a finished MG SF. It’s called Guide Me Through the Deep Space Night.
    Brynne and the kids on The Selenium are charging through the Gliese 876 star system with little idea of what to do next. Everyone 13 and older has fallen into a mysterious sleep, they’re on an intercept course with a gas giant, and there’s some sort of vehicle with an unknown energy signature speeding toward them. Can she lead this ragtag group of kids to safety and figure out how to wake up the adults, all before her thirteenth birthday four days from now when she, too, will fall victim to the sleeping sickness?

    I am a hybrid (I have an agent but have indie published some work.)

    Prefer twitter contacts: @KarenTSmith

  • Rebecca Cousins

    Hello! My name is Rebecca and I’ve been writing for the past ten years, finishing several novels but I’m looking for honest, constructive criticism to get further. My novels are usually Young Adult/New Adult with themes of mythology, friendship and romance. I have a few novels I’m looking for feedback on but the one I’m focusing on right now is called Vein of Love. It is about a girl who through a 300 year old contract is engaged to a demon due to her ancient bloodline from powerful beings known as daemons. She will do anything to get rid of him, until she realizes maybe he’s not the monster but she is. I have the first draft up on Figment but I’ve changed a lot so far. http://figment.com/books/120450-Vein-Of-Love

    The last book and the book I’m still currently reading is Gone Girl and I love The Great Gatsby. I do not have an agent but hopefully in the future I will. Just leave a comment on this post or email me at bec_1545@hotmail.com

    Thank you!
    Rebecca

    • Stephanie G

      Hi Rebecca! I checked out a little bit of your work on figment (like only a few paragraphs) and I think I’d like to give it a shot! You can email me at stephanieeegrace@gmail.com. Thanks!

      • Rebecca Cousins

        Sure! Sounds great!

  • Aimee

    Hello :) I’m Aimee and my current project is a YA paranormal. I do not have an agent (though I am currently looking) nor am I published. The novel is complete.

    The MC is reeling from her mother’s recent death- a death that was labeled a suicide. MC can’t accept this, so she looks to unravel the mystery of her mothers on her own. In so doing, she stumbles on the granddady of all secrets-her mother was a witch. (Dun!) And, like mother like daughter, the MC is a witch, too (double Dun!). Heavy focus on strong female friendship, and love triangle free.

    The last book that I read and loved was I’ll Give You the Sky by Jandy Nelson. Rich, gorgeous writing and a story that tugs on your heartstrings. All things I love, and things hope to accomplish in my own writing.

    You can contact me at amschae@gmail.com.

    Thanks all!

    • Emily Ann Ward

      Hey, Aimee, I’m emailing you!

  • Laura Sebastian

    Hi! I’m Laura and I’m writing a YA retelling of the legend of King Arthur. It’s told from the perspective of Elaine, the Lady of Shalott, or ‘Elaine the Mad’ as she’s better known in Camelot. She lives with her reclusive, overprotective mother in her tower, taking a potion every night that she thinks helps her stay sane. But when the king’s stepdaughter, Morgana, comes into her life, Elaine learns that her madness is actually visions, and that her fate is tied to Morgana’s, and the magical island of Avalon where Morgana studies. After leaving her increasingly dangerous mother, Elaine joins her there and meets tempestuous Guinevere, bookish Arthur, moody Accolon, and a half-fay warrior named Lancelot, who Elaine’s mother swore would be her doom. Though on Avalon she finds happiness for the first time in her life, it isn’t long before she learns she’s traded one puppet master for another and she must stand on her own in order to save Morgana from her fate…and everyone else from Morgana.

    I’m at the half-way point in the manuscript, which is usually the point where the plot strings start slipping out of my hands. I would love to have a critique partner who can talk about not just what I’ve already written, but what my plans are, since it’s a planned trilogy (to say things like “maybe you don’t really need a dragon,” or “why have one dragon when you can have five?”)

    I have an agent and two novels that are currently in the submission process. If any of this sounds interesting to you, please shoot me an email at LKSebastian@yahoo.com.

    • Anna

      Hi Laura! This sounds really different to what I’m working on, but really seriously awesome and I’d love the chance to have a look and help you shape the rest of the work. My main WIP is a contemporary YA about a bereaved boy spending a summer with his aunt in the country, but I have a few others in the works that might better match up with what you’re doing if you’re interested – in particular one still-cooking MG book about a girl being sent from her magical world into ours with their heir apparent to help guard the royal line. Contact me at annamulligan@hotmail.com if you’re interested :)

    • Rachel

      Hi! Your WIP sounds very cool! I can always go for a good Arthurian retelling. I know there is a very outside chance you would be interested in critiquing with me since I am an absolute beginner without a finished draft, but if you would like to exchange first chapters I would be very interested. (my blurb thing is up near the top)

    • Megan

      Hello! I love that tale, and will always remember reading The Mists of Avalon as a teenager. Would be interested in talking with you further. My story is also a part of the Celtic world, so we may have some interests in common! Feel free to message me on twitter: @Megan_McLysaght if you’d like!

    • emily

      Hi Laura! Your book sounds awesome – I’ve always loved the Lady of Shalott poem and would love to know more about her story! I write fantasy/sci-fi that’s geared towards new adult/YA so we might not be a perfect fit but I would absolutely love a CP to tel me if I need a dragon or yes, I need five! =) And I would def love to give that kind of advice hehe

      I have 2 books published by different small presses. Also, congrats on getting an agent! I’d love to hear more about that process for you and who you’re repped by!

      eafield009@gmail.com or emilyafeld.com

  • Stephanie G

    Hey everyone! My name is Stephanie. I write mostly paranormal YA. I am not published and I don’t have an agent. My current WIP starts as a murder/mystery and ends somewhere in the epic fantasy realm. There’s magic, psychics, demons, shape-shifters, and a group of teenagers trying to figure out themselves, their abilities, and their love lives. It’s a pretty good time. I had envisioned it originally as a stand alone, but at this point I know for sure there will be a sequel. I recently read Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey and loved it. Picking just one book that defines me most would be impossible, but many (thousands) have influenced me including anything by Maggie, Alyxandra Harvey’s books, Harry Potter, LOTR, and just about any story with magic or fairy tales involved.

    I’m new to this whole crit partner thing, so I’m looking for someone supportive and easy going. I don’t do structure or deadlines well, so hopefully there’s someone out there who’s pretty flexible. I would love to work on my crit skills, but definitely think I need someone who is similar to me in the ways defined above and also writes within this genre/area. Thanks everyone! Good luck finding your crit soulmates! :)

    • http://haydenmariecreations.tumblr.com/ Hayden Marie

      Hi Stephanie! I’ve been CPing for years, and would love to check our your work! I write a broad range of novels, one of which includes fantasy! If you’re interested, check out my post below and email me at: RJDREAMWALKER (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM. Have a great day!

    • Rebecca Cousins

      Hi Stephanie! I love Harry Potter and LOTR too! The magiv, demons, shape-shifters and a group of teenagers soundings exactly like my thing! Down below I posted about my current novel and it sounds like the same themes so if you’re interested let me know! :)

    • Mirka Veronica Hodásová

      Hi Stephanie, your work sounds great, like a spetacular adventurous one and eventually it could be my cup of tea. I’d be glad to help you with the critical opinion, reviews and suggestions. I am a fantasy author myself, and have written 3 books so far. If you’re interested, please feel free to contact me at mirkahodaso@gmail.com. And by the way: Happy New Year! :-) P.S.: The last book that caught my eye is called the Fevre Dream by G.R.R.Martin. I think you might like it as well.

      • Stephanie G

        Thanks so much for the suggestion! I’ve been meaning to check out G.R.R. Martin for a while now! :) Are you interested in a critique partner yourself as well?

    • Rachel

      Hey Stephanie! Your wring sounds interesting and fairly similar to what I like to read and write. I would be interested in exchanging a few chapters with you if you would like (though I am a bit new at this so you might not like) My blurb is up near the top of the page (for now) if you would like to read it.

      • Stephanie G

        Hi Rachel! I’d love to! Send me an email at stephanieeegrace@gmail.com and we can chat a bit to see if this will work! PS I love, love, love your potential mermaid story! :)

  • Sara

    Happy New Year!
    My name is Sara and I am looking for honest, productive criticism to help my novels become the best they can be! I am self-published (my company is called Mad Hatter Press). I currently have one book out but am working on my second. My first book was paranormal romance, but my next book is realistic fiction. I have ideas and starts to paranormal, dystopian, and realistic fiction. A SADNESS WITHIN is my first book and THE IMPOSSIBLE ART OF FALLING is my current WIP. It is about a girl whose father dies in a freak equestrian accident. She moves in with her aunt and uncle on their farm in the Great Smoky Mountains where she needs to learn to move on and get back in the saddle herself. I like to write on the border of YA/NA. Older (college age) but not a lot of sex.

    My favorite books are THE GREAT GATSBY, THE SCORPIO RACES, and THE DELIRIUM SERIES. I love how Fitzgerald, Stievfater, and Oliver string words together and I strive to write like them.

    If you are interested, I would love to connect! Send me an email at
    sarafiorenzobooks(at) gmail(dot) com.

    ~Happy Reading/Writing (and thanks for this Maggie!!!)

    • Aimee

      Hi Sara! My current WIP is YA PN. Stievfater and Oliver are two of my favorites, I love PN and dystopian, and I used to be a rider (for five years). Perhaps we could be a good fit? If you are interested, I posted about my project earlier today. And my email is amschae(at)gmail(dot)com. Happy New Year!

    • emily

      Hi Sara! You sound very motivated, successful and I’ve always been interested in people who self publish! I’m not sure we have the exact same interest in genres but I write more new adult, dystopian, paranormal as well and love horses! I’ve been toying with ideas to write about something equestrian related.

      It might be a long shot but if you’d like to connect more feel free to email me eafield009@gmail.com. I have two books out published by small presses =)

  • Kerry Michele Cullen

    Hi! Sincere apologies if I come up twice; I just tried to post this but it did not work; I think.

    My novel-in-progress is called UNDROWNING, and it’s a YA/New Adult/literary fiction/speculative fiction mashup. It’s the story of Loretta, a 19-year old queer girl who’s obsessed with monsters and death gods and whose sister has recently died. This sister, Olive, continues to haunt Loretta as a silent ghost while Loretta navigates her freshman year of college in NYC.

    I’m not agented; I have a few short stories and flash fictions published or upcoming in various literary magazines, and I’ve worked for a couple of others. I earned my MFA quasi-recently and this project is my first completed novel draft.

    The last book I loved is the one I’m reading right now–ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr. The books that inspire me the most as a writer are WHITE OLEANDER by Janet Fitch, Philip Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, and WRITTEN ON THE BODY by Jeanette Winterson.

    my email address is kermichele@gmail.com.
    happy writing, y’all!

    • E McC

      Hi Kerry, sounds like we are working on some similar stuff! My manuscript that I’m revising right now is a new adult southern gothic/literary horror with death/demon possession/ghost themes and some major queer characters. If you’re interested in swapping samples, let me know and I’ll e-mail you!

  • Giovanna Adams

    Hi Everyone! I’m Giovanna. I write Urban Fantasy. My current WIP is YA (just about finished). I’ve also begun plotting an Urban Fantasy/MG recently. My goal this year is to complete both of them and begin
    querying. I do not have an agent. I am a children’s book illustrator and have been published, but not as an author.

    The last 2 books that I’ve read and loved are The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Scorpio Races.

    I am looking for a critique partner that is serious about being published and if we mutually click would be a longterm partner for critiques and plotting new novels.

    You can contact me via email giovanna@artofgiovanna.com

    • http://katy-l-wood.tumblr.com Katy L. Wood

      Hello, Giovanna!

      Your stuff sounds really interesting. You can read my post a little ways up the page, and if you think we might be a good match please shoot me an e-mail any time at KataraAlchemist@hotmail.com

      -Katy L. Wood

      • Giovanna Adams

        Hi Katy! I just sent you an email.

    • Andrew Battersby

      I would be interested in giving your Urban Fantasy/MG a read if you didn’t mind giving my Modern Fantasy/MG a go.

    • http://www.laurencekingbooks.com Laurence King

      Hi Giovanna,
      The book I am currently querying is an Urban Fantasy set in Paris. I adore The Ocean at the End of the Lane and the Scorpio Races. I’ll send you an email. Mine is laurence2 at comcast dot net

  • Addie Nicole

    Hi, I’m Addie. I write YA historical fantasy. My current WIP is an alternate historical fantasy about a secret society of poisoners/alchemists in Paris. I am finishing up some edits and should be ready to exchange in the next month or so. (I could have first/sample chapters ready to go sooner to see if we’re a good fit.) I am agented and have a YA fantasy that just went out on sub (Ahhhh!) I am looking for someone who has a few manuscripts under their belt and is in this for the long haul. I have a couple great betas but they aren’t writers themselves and I really want a CP who understands what it’s like on this side and who isn’t afraid to rip my work apart :) The last book I loved was The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski and the book(s) that epitomize me as a reader are His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers.

    If you think we might be a good fit, email me at addienicole11@gmail.com

    • Megan

      Addie, I’m in your same position with solid betas but no writer friends to critique. And I also write YA fantasy and am looking for a long-term crit partner. Maybe a good fit?

    • Christina Miles

      Hey Addie,
      I know what you mean about non-writer betas. Lots of lovely friends who want to help me, but no long term writers who are in my genre. I have lots of experience with tearing apart MS. I posted my current project above, a YA epic fantasy. Take a look and let me know if you’re interested in swapping!

      • Addie Nicole

        Hey Christina!
        Thanks so much for reaching out! So, here’s where I’m at: I’ve exchanged quite a few first chapters already, and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. I’m not sure yet if I am going to click with anyone, but I’m afraid to take on any more chapters in case. I’m so sorry about that. I will absolutely get in touch if things don’t work out, and I wish you all the best in your search for a CP! :)

  • Lane

    Hello, my name is Lane. I write YA and MG fantasy. I’ve
    never had a critique partner before but am looking for a few to work with long term! :) I don’t have an agent or any books published, but am in the process of sending out query letters for one of my novels and in the very final editing stages of a second and have a few more lined up to be edited. I’m terrible at quickly summing up my novels, but here it goes:

    The first novel is SKYLESS is YA fantasy/sci-fi (really
    light sci-fi) novel about 15 year old Memphis Grace. He has a link implanted in his brain connecting him to the remedy, a weapon created to protect humanity. Now his little sister is dying and Memphis is no longer certain the doctors are working to find a cure. The only hope of saving his sister lies with the remedy. But Memphis has a secret. The link is dead; there was never a connection.

    The second is an MG novel entitled THE ETHEREAL BOY FROM
    UNDER THE HOUSE. For weeks 12 year old Georgia has known only boredom of the gray, lifeless Porter Estate; her new home. When she sneaks into a forbidden room she finds a mysterious book page crawling across the floor, the letters printed on its surface shimmering with stars. That night she sees a shadow slipping beneath the house and Georgia sets out to follow it, the adventure she longs for finally unfolding in her life.

    I’m currently reading “Ruin and Rising” by Leigh Bardugo. It
    probably goes without saying that I also love Maggie’s books. Other books I have read and loved include “The Dark is Rising” series by Susan Cooper, “His Dark Materials” series by Philip Pullman and “The Glass Sentence” by S.E. Grove. I could go on and on… I love too many books. :)

    If you’d be interested in exchanging chapters send me an
    email at lane.brianne@live.com. I’d love to hear from you!!

    • CL Mannarino

      Sounds really cool! I’ll send you an email. :)

  • Michæl Awadalla

    Hail friends, my name is Felix and my book is the first in the planned Fishslapped series, Reign of the Walrus Witch. It’s about a young woman who catches a magic talking fish, and in the wake of the king’s murder and the rise of the fanatical walrus cult, is forced to journey across the kingdom uncovering the fish’s past and the Walrus Witch’s plot. To face the men and monsters that lurk within Drownvale, she uses the only weapon she has, the fish itself.

    My biggest influences are Terry Pratchett and Mike Mignola, I dig anything speculative fiction especially if it’s lighthearted and fun. Let’s talk fishslapping and jetpacks.

    jaywalkinfelix@gmail.com

  • A.M. Ruggirello

    Hello fellow writers! I’m Ashley, an aspiring author and the Creative Director for REUTS Publications. I have two work-in-progress manuscripts in need of a critique partner. Both of these fall within the New Adult audience.

    The first is an Urban Fantasy with hints of romance, focused around a new take on vampires (I’m a full-blooded Romanian, so I kind of had to :) . My teaser blurb is:

    /When he whispered my name, that’s when I knew–this was how death felt./

    The second is a Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi with a video game-esque feel, a step outside of my typical writing comfort zone. My teaser blurb is:

    /Dive headfirst into a post-apocalyptic world where a deadly virus has segregated the population, and one remains unaffected./

    A good that defines me as a writer, and one I also consider my favorite book on the market, is YOU SUCK, by Christopher Moore. The last two books I read were THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT, by Drew Hayes, and THE KEEPERS, by Anoosha Lalani. I’m a sucker for the YA/NA paranormal genres.

    I am looking for one or two long-term critique partners who are able to work on an every other week basis.

    If you think we’re a good match please email me at ashley@reuts.com with “Critique Partner Love Connection” in the subject line :)

    • Giovanna Adams

      Hi Ashley. Your WIP sound interesting! I think we may be a good match. I mainly write Urban Fantasy (among other things). Currently, I am finishing up a YA about shape shifters and I am plotting a MG Urban Fantasy.
      I would love to find a long-term critique partner with a consistent schedule like you mention.
      Please feel free to contact me if interested at giovanna@artofgiovanna.com

    • AuthZH

      I’m definitely interested! And I love REUTS. My email is zarahoffman@zarahoffman.com

    • Ashley Wyatt

      Just sent you an email!

  • Guest

    Hi Stephanie, your work sounds great, like a spetacular adventurous one and eventually it could be my cup of tea. I’d be glad to help you with the critical opinion, reviews and suggestions. I am a fantasy author myself, and have written 3 books so far. If you’re interested, please feel free to contact me at mirkahodaso@gmail.com. And by the way: Happy New Year! :-) P.S.: The last book that caught my eye is called the Fevre Dream by G.R.R.Martin. I think you might like it.

  • Kathleen S. Allen

    Unagented but hopeful. Self-pubbed and small press published. Eclectic YA/A writer. SF/F,YA, paranormal. Currently working on writing a YA contemporary with a writer friend. Not my usual wheelhouse though. No MG. No angel/demon stories. Love witches, fairies, vampires, werewolves, aliens. Last book I read was: Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick. A YA novel-in-verse which I rarely read but loved. gaelicfairieATgmail.

    Current WIP besides the YA contemporary is a solft YA/SF.

    • Rebecca Cousins

      I’d be interested! I have a novel called the Visigoths, a paranormal novel with no demons or angels haha. So if you’re interested let me know! :)

      • Kathleen S. Allen

        Sure. Send me your first chapter and I’ll do edits then send them back (I use Track Changes) and if you think it’s a good fit, we’re good to go!

      • Rebecca Cousins

        Ok, will do! Thanks! :)

      • Kathleen S. Allen

        Got it. Thanks

      • Rebecca Cousins

        I just sent you an email. Just let me know when you get it :)

  • Carrie Ann

    Hi! I’m Carrie Ann. I write YA primarily, with splashes of NA. I’ve been sticking in the contemporary realm, but I also like fantasy novels a lot.
    My current WIP is about the daughter of an infamous punk rocker, and her struggle to maintain a normal life, while searching for the groupie mother who abandoned her. it’s a YA contemp
    I have queried, but am doing revisions to the manuscript. Either big picture or line edit type CPing is great for me.
    Last book I read was Crown of Midnight, and the book that is similar to my writing style would be Anna and the French Kiss, by Steph Perkins
    email writercarrieann @ gmail. com

    • Keiko

      Hi Carrie Ann – Anna is my favorite contmep romance. I think your WIP sounds awesome and I would love to swap chapters. My email is love for writing(at)gmail.

    • Anna-Jessie T.

      Hi Carrie Ann! I also am currently writing contemporary instead of usual fantasy, and your WIP sounds really interesting to me. I’d be interested in exchanging chapters ^.^ My email is annashmessie@gmail.com

  • Kristen Behrens

    Hi all, my name is Kristen and I write YA science fiction and fantasy. This is my first time seeking out a critique partner (or two). I do not have an agent, and this is a new process for me. I currently have two in progress projects. One is in the third draft, and the other is still in the beginnings of the first draft. I’m hoping to work with someone on the novel that’s in it’s third draft because I’ve spent way too much time looking at it myself to see it’s faults. The last book I read was Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, but I feel like I’ve been strongly influenced by books like the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and others that I grew up reading. I write mostly science fiction because I like to work in some sciencey facts to make things a little more realistic. I love when people tear my work apart because I think it helps me grow in my writing.

    Feel free to shoot me an email at krisbehrens@hotmail.com if you think we’d be a good match!

  • Anna-Jessie T.

    Hello! I’m Anna-Jessie, and my genre varies from project to project but I’m currently working on revising a YA novel about hackers and identity thieves and protected witnesses and relationships. I don’t have an agent. At this point rather than getting published, my goal is to complete revisions on a work for kind of the first time. The last book I read that I loved is Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, and as a reader I have no idea what epitomizes me, but A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle and Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld have both stuck strongly with me, as well as the Scorpio Races. My email is annashmessie@gmail.com.

  • Melanie Jacobson

    I’m agented. I write YA contemporary. My book on sub is about a girl whose family inherits a New Orleans high society life and she must channel her inner Scarlet O’Hara to navigate it. Deeper themes of grieving loss and mother-daughter relationships, but also the power of strong friendships and also: there’s hot guys. The last book I read that I loved was I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson. A book the epitomizes me as a reader: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS

    • Laura Sebastian

      Hi Melanie! Your book sounds really interesting and I’d love to take a look. I’m agented, with two YA books on sub–one about witch covens in NYC, one about Victorian era superheroes. I talked about my WIP below, but the short of it is that it’s a retelling of the legend of King Arthur from the point of view of The Lady of Shallot. If any of those sound interesting, send me an email at LKSebastian(at)yahoo(dot)com.

      • Melanie Jacobson

        Cool. Just emailed you!

    • Anna

      Hi Melanie! Anna and the French Kiss is one of my favourite books ever, and your manuscript sounds like just my kind of thing. I’m working on a contemporary YA about a city boy spending the summer in the country, trying to process a bereavement and avoid a breakup. If you’d like to exchange excerpts and see what happens, email me at annamulligan@hotmail.com :)

    • Nikki

      Hey, Melanie! Your book sounds really interesting. I’m also agented. My debut just released 2 months ago. I commented up above, but I primarily write YA contemporary dealing with darker themes. My most recent book that just went to my agent deals with addiction. Let me know if you’d be interested in swapping some pages. You can email me at nikki(dot)urang(at)gmail(dot)com.

      • Amber

        I messaged you too, Nikki! I’m agented. 5 contracted books. Love that you write darker themes! I do too. And all my books feature diversity. Let me know if you want to chat :) http://www.amberhartbooks.com

        -Amber

    • Amber

      Hi, Melanie!

      I’m also agented. And I have five contracted books with 2 different publishers (KTeen and Random House). I write YA contemp romance and NA romantic thriller. Currently branching out into different genre :) Let me know if you are interested in talking! My website is http://www.amberhartbooks.com

      • Melanie Jacobson

        Sure, I’d love to talk a page swap, see if we might be a fit. Want to email me at writestuff.jacobson(at)gmail(dot)com?

    • Kritika D

      I like the scarlett O’Hara bit!
      Feel free to contact me dwivedikritika1984@gmail.com

    • Anita Saxena

      Hi Melanie,
      I’m agented and my book on sub is pitched as Anna and the French Kiss meets The Cutting Edge. I write YA conntemp and fantasy and a little MG as well. I loved The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and have read and listened to the audiobooks of ANNA and LOLA over a dozen times each. If you’re interested in swapping pages contact me at productofanillusion at gmail dot com or find me on Twitter@Anita_Writes
      Best,
      Anita Saxena

  • AuthZH

    Hi! My name is Zara Hoffman. I self-published my debut novel in 2013 and have written the first drafts of the 2nd and 3rd books in that fantasy romance (Angel/demon and witches) trilogy.

    Description for Book 1 (critique will be for Book 2&3, you will receive Book 1 free): The Septemgeminus Prophecy states: “A powerful sorceress with blood laced in gold sevenfold shall determine the fate of the world.” Fawn Belgrave’s magical powers are the coveted prize in a bet between God and the Devil. When she meets Caleb, the dark angel assigned to seduce her, Fawn’s life is turned upside down.

    I am also writing a Cinderella retelling if that interests anyone. Glowing Embers: Ever since her father died, Elena Parker has lived at the hands of her abusive stepfamily. It’s her darkest secret, and one she intends to keep, but when a childhood friend returns, it might not be so easy.

    Comment or email me at zarahoffman@zarahoffman.com
    Website is zarahoffman.com

  • coldpapernotes

    Hello, I’m Kay and I’m just starting out at (seriously) writing. I write YA fantasy, but hope to do YA/New Adult contemporary eventually as well. I’m currently going through my latest nano project which is (loosely) a story about an angel who was cast out of light, sent to spend the rest of her life in the mortal realm in solitude, except there’s a God who holds a grudge against her, forcing her to spur into action, looking for help (and acceptance). I’m hoping to find a critique partner who is a beginner as well, so that we could work on our manuscripts together from the ground up, so to speak. I’m (clearly) unpublished, no agent. The last book I read and loved was Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. A book I feel epitomizes me would be Looking For Alaska, by John Green. “I go to seek a Great Perhaps”. Ever since I read that line, I’ve felt the need to do something with my life that I enjoy, and not just glide by, settling, like always.

    You can also find me on twitter: @coldpapernotes

    • Stephanie G

      Hi Kay! I’m Stephanie! Your work sounds lovely! I’m also a beginner and would love to give this a shot with you! I’ve emailed a couple other people to see how this goes. Read my post below and let me know if you’re interested in partnering up! Good luck!

      You can email me at stephanieeegrace(at)gmail(dot)com

    • AmandaH

      Hi Kay, I’ve been writing for a while but started taking it much more seriously the last year or two. I like your concept and I think our tastes our similar – especially the idea of doing what you love in life! Check out my post and if you’d like to give this a shot email me: amandah322[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Kritika D

      Though your and mine writing interests don’t match much, the fact that you’re the first one I found over here who loves looking for Alaska makes me soo hopeful!! :)
      I’m a very diverse reader so feel free to send me your chapters :)
      dwivedikritika1984@gmail.com : my email id

  • Katy Pool

    I’m writing an adult fantasy that takes place in an ahistorical fantasy Mediterranean world where certain people are born with magical abilities. The novel follows four characters: an exiled prince trying to win back his country, a girl known as the Phantom who kills wicked and corrupt men, a swordsman of a holy order whose duty is to find and protect the Last Prophet, and a boy, harboring a secret, who gets caught up in all of it. Working title is There Will Come a Darkness.

    The last book I read that I loved was Ella Enchanted, which I loved as a kid. Was surprised and delighted at how well it held up. Also Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner, which I finally got around to reading, and basically devoured.

    The book that epitomizes me as a reader? I don’t know if I have a great answer for that. The honest answer is I don’t think I’ve read it yet. I love love love The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, but I don’t think it sums me up as a reader.

    I don’t have an agent, but I’m planning to submit in the spring after this round of revisions. What I really want out of a CP relationship are deadlines (so important!), fresh eyes, and the chance to look at someone else’s work, because I think critiquing is a really excellent way to grow as a writer. I’m in a writing/critique group with some friends and my sister, but I would really like to find people to work with who don’t know me that well, and who are as serious about getting published as I am.

    Give me a holler at katy.pool@gmail.com if you think we might be a good fit!

    • AmandaH

      Hi Katy, I normally read YA fantasy but your story sounds awesome and I’d love to take a look! Check out my post and if you think it’s worth a shot, shoot me an email: amandah322[at]gmail[dot]com :)

  • Ekbay

    Hi!!! I’m Erin! I write mostly YA fantasy, although I do have some other ideas floating around in my head! I am currently in the process of querying my first project, a YA retelling of Peter Pan, and working on outlining a new YA fantasy project! I would like to find a CP who I could talk to about ideas, get feedback and advice, someone I could be friends with and will motivate me to write. The last book I read that I loved was The Young Elites, but some of my all-time favorite books are Cinder, Throne of Glass, Goose Girl, and Harry Potter!

    Here is my email if anyone is interested! Thanks!

    Email: ekbay72@gmail.com

    • Stephanie G

      Hi Erin! I think our tastes are pretty similar and I would like to give this a shot, if you’re interested. Check out my post below and let me know if you’re interested! Good luck! :)

      My email is stephanieeegrace(at)gmail(dot)com

      • Ekbay

        Hey Stephanie!! Sounds awesome!! I’ll shoot you an email! :D

    • AmandaH

      Hi Erin! I love the sound of your project and it looks like we read the same things. Please check out my post and let me know if you’re interested! I’m not sure if you’d like more than one partner, but if so email me: amandah322[at]gmail[dot]com :)

    • http://melwozniak.wordpress.com/ Melanie Wozniak

      Hi Erin! Your current querying project sounds awesome and I love Throne of Glass/Harry Potter. I tend to lean toward YA fantasy/paranormal, although my last project was YA contemporary. Check out my post above and let me know if you’re interested in being CPs! I’m not sure how many critique partners you’re looking for, but if you’re interested, you can email me here: gemstar636(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

    • Anna-Jessie T.

      Hello Erin! I LOVE the idea of a YA Peter Pan retelling. That’s not a fairytale that often gets retold, and Cinder is one of my favorite books too. I’m working on a contemporary YA novel right now and hope to start the first draft of revisions soon. If you’re still in need of critique partners my email is annashmessie@gmail.com !

    • Heather Strafi

      Hi Erin! I LOVE all the books on your list! I’m looking for new writer friends/critique partners too, you can find my post and what my WIP is further down in the comments and email me at strafiwrites (at) gmail (dot) com or @Strafiii on Twitter if you’re interested!

    • http://www.laurencekingbooks.com Laurence King

      Hi Erin,
      I love retellings, and I, too, write mostly YA fantasy. I am at the query stage with one project and have started outlining a new fantasy project as well. I love the same books!!!
      I am looking for a long-term CP. My email is laurence2@comcast.net if you want to talk further.

  • Lyla

    Hello, Lyla here. My current WIP is a YA Contemporary about four teens who come together to form an unlikely group of friends when they form a garage rock band. It’s told in four alternating POVs and has LGBTQ elements. I am unagented but am a strong supporter of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and blog for the YA Misfits. This is my fifth manuscript and the others have been various genres including Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Alternative History.

    I recently very much enjoyed 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith. Also currently working through Maggie’s Raven Cycle books. I’m not really sure if I’ve read anything recently that epitomizes me as a reader but Maggie’s books (more in terms of character dynamics, emotion, writing style, etc. rather than the spec elements) come close.

    I have a few on-and-off CPs (most who are agented/have book deals) but I’d love a CP (or just a friend) who isn’t agented and can share the journey toward being agented with me. (Although if you are already agented but still want to swap, that’s fine with me.) Also having someone to bounce off ideas, swap/exchange pages, etc. (basically what Maggie does with her CPs) would be great, too. My only requirement would be that the person is up for regular communication (through Twitter, Gchat, or whichever you prefer.)

    If you think we’d be a good match, please contact me at naseoullee(at)gmail.com. I’m also available on Twitter as @LylaWrites . Thank you!

  • K. A. Reynolds

    Hi all! I’m Kristin, a literary magical realism/fantasy writer, slash poet. No agent, but am published in many literary journals and university presses for poetry. The novel i’m currently querying is a YA Literary Magical Realism, my comps are INKHEART and THE NIGHT CIRCUS. My WIP is a MG literary Fantasy and i’m halfway done the first draft (comps: The Fairyland series by Catherynne Valente meets The Little Prince). I’m really looking for a fellow literary writer to CP with! I have awesome CP’s currently, but would love another who lives for reading books with language that melts in your mouth. That’s what it’s all about for me. :)

    Last books I read and loved: Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series

    Books that define me as a reader: Kafka on the Shore by Murakami, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, Anything by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and Rimbaud, Rumi and Rilke. Sorry, couldn’t stop at just one!

    You can contact me via twitter @KrisRey19 Thanks for reading!

    • http://about.me/leximaven Alicia B.

      Kristin, it sounds like we might have a lot in common … and are searching for the same thing in books: the melt-in-your-mouth magic. I LIVE to read a sentence I wish I had thought to written, and I cherish well-written novels and poems. Rumi and Rilke are two of my favorites.

      Here is what I wrote on Maggie’s FB post: I’m a professional writer/marketer with a BA in Creative Writing. My emphasis was poetry. I’m unagented, but really want to work on changing that this year. I’m writing my FIRST Novel – it’s YA/dystopian – that is working to better understand what happens when who you thought you were isn’t who you really are. It’s about identity, the lack thereof, in a dystopian society that is heavily guarded from outside threats. The main character, Bree, is dealing with memory loss and in search of a cure. However, when she comes upon the cure, she realizes she’s part of a larger story than she could have ever imagined and must come to terms with her real identity … and the people around her who have lied to her. There’s more to explain, but that’s a great start. I’m really looking for CPs who want to be published traditionally and who can put in the time/effort. I did a lot of critiquing in college and have taken some fiction writing classes, so my style is pretty informal and direct, though kind. I like to poke at the top layers to see if there’s not more hiding underneath. I read ALOT of YA because I enjoy it. The Shiver trilogy is one of my favorites, as I thoroughly enjoyed the world building and attention to detail. Same goes for Scorpio Races. I also really enjoyed books like The Book Thief, The Story of a Marriage, and The Road. Thanks!

      If this sounds like a good match to you, let me know. I’m also on Twitter: @leximaven. Or you can email me: alicia.benjamin at gmail.

      • K. A. Reynolds

        Hi! What would I do without Rumi and Rilke!? Msg me on twitter and we can go from there? Thanks!

    • CristinaDosSantos

      HI Kristen, I write YA fantasy and horror, and though I wouldn’t call my own writing literary, I LOVE nothing more than a beautiful sentence. I love stories that pay attention to language, cadence, rhythm, stories that read like poetry, so I think I would really enjoy your writing. Some of my favorites are Stiefvater (obviously) Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman, Laini Taylor, Shirley Jackson, Brenna Yovanoff and so many others….. if you are interested in talking more, my email is cris.dossantos@yahoo.com or twitter @dossantos_cris

      • K. A. Reynolds

        Hi Cristina! I just msg’d you on twitter. Nothing makes me happier than the poetry and language I love wrapped up in a novel. :)

    • E McC

      Hi Kristin, I think we might be a good fit–I have a NA southern gothic/literary horror manuscript I’m revising right now (4th draft) with a healthy dash of magical realism. I’m also a published poet! Only once though, haha.

      • K. A. Reynolds

        Hi!Thanks for the reply. How horror is your horror? Care to msg me on twitter and go from there?

      • E McC

        sounds good!

    • http://www.woordsea.com/ kristin

      This is weird, but my name is also Kristin and I almost felt as if I could have written your post. I love all of these things—I just finished an honor’s seminar in poetry on Rukeyser, and it blew my mind. I’m also kicking off my year with a re-read of Laini’s series. I think I err more on the side of fantasy, but I love lyrical language and literary YA. I’d love to swap pages with you. :-) I’m on Twitter at @papereader or the same at gmail for e-mail.

      • K. A. Reynolds

        Hi Kristin! I love finding fellow Kristin-folk with an I, who share my weirdnessess and are also cat minions. :) I just followed you on Twitter. Msg me your email and I’ll get back to you after I feed my hungry brood. :) Thanks for contacting me! –K

    • Ariana F

      Hi Kristin!

      Your tastes and WIP sounds right up my alley! I am also a lover of lush language, and I would appreciate your input.

      Here is a synopsis of my YA fantasy, ORCHARD AND AMBERGRIS.

      Meet Orchard and Ambergris. Orchard is a scientist who loves chemicals, high society, and being around his best friend, Ambergris, who makes him feel richer than money ever could. Ambergris is a mechanic who loves animals, engines, and hanging out with Orchard, who is the perfect mix of stray cat and machine.

      They are two young men dealing with the usual pressures of big city living – paying rent on time, dating, getting
      caught up in violent murders, and solving crimes on behalf of a
      corrupt police force. But hey, it’s nothing they can’t handle.

      Email me at wolfinthefable at gmail dot com if you’re interested in exchanging some work and seeing if we fit!

      • K. A. Reynolds

        Hey Ariana! Msg me on Twitter and we can set something up! :) Thanks for thinking of me!

  • Erin

    Hello all, I’m Erin and I’ve got a complete YA historical fantasy I intend to make a trilogy that needs a few more rounds of revision and polish. I started querying before I should have (doesn’t everyone?) so I’m not agented, but I have a couple partial requests and a full one floating out there. Hoping to be ready for a good round of queries by March.
    My story has no magic, which makes it unusual for fantasy, but as I wrote it, it just didn’t have a place. I’m fine with magic, but I tend to write characters who have to dig deep inside themselves and find their strength in their ordinary-ness. I have a slew of ideas for MG and YA, but am focusing on this until I get it right.
    I’m up for reading fantasy and sci-fi, but urban fantasy and vampires/werewolves are not really my thing, nor is LGBT- I can’t do that stuff justice. The last book I read and loved was “Crown of Midnight” and the book I want to live in now is “The Blue Sword” by Robin McKinley or “Starship Troopers” by Robert Heinlein. I lived in Tamora Pierce’s Tortall as a kid, so it was no surprise to anyone when I went to the Naval Academy and became a weapons officer on a destroyer. It was as close as I could come to being Alanna, I guess.
    What I want is a CP is honesty and timeliness from someone who loves the same stories as me. Talking me off (figurative) ledges may be required. I’ve found critiquing the work of others very therapeutic and look forward to reading your work – can be as harsh or gentle as you need.
    email me at beaty dot erin (at) gmail dot com

    • Christina Miles

      Hey Erin, I love Robin McKinley and also write YA fantasy. I have a comment floating around somewhere on this thread. Let me know if you’re interested in swapping! (email me at cmiles42 (at) gmail dot com

  • Nikki

    Hi! I’m Nikki. I’m agented. I write primarily YA contemporary with darker themes (addiction, mental illness, death, etc). All of my books have some sort of romantic element to them. My debut was published in Nov 2014 by a small press and I have two more that I’m hoping to go on sub with soon. The last book I read that I loved was Pointe by Brandy Colbert and the book that epitomizes me as a reader is Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. You can reach me via email at nikki(dot)urang(at)gmail(dot)com..

    • Kathleen S. Allen

      Nikki-I write YA dark too. In fact I use POINTE as one of my comp titles. I write in different genres. Email me at gaelicfairieATgmail.I’m self-pubbed and small press pubbed. Looking for an agent. Check out my website at: http://www.kathleensallen.weebly.com

    • Keiko

      Hi Nikki -
      Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my absolute favorites. I think darker themes are so important in YA. I imagined my current WIP that way but its turning much lighter than I intended, but I would love to swap chapters to see if we would be a match.

  • http://www.nicoleatone.com Nicole Tone

    Hi everyone! I’m Nicole, and I have two work-in-progress manuscripts that I would love having critique partners for. One is New Adult and the other is Women’s Fiction. I don’t have an agent and I am unpublished, but I am a first year MFA student and an editorial intern for REUTS Publications.

    The last two books I’ve read and loved are: LEXICON by Max Barry and THE ENGAGEMENTS by J Courtney Sullivan. My taste is very eclectic and I’m happy to read anything.

    The Women’s Fiction is based in Seattle around classical musicians and a wedding.

    The New Adult is an Urban Fantasy with elemental magic, government conspiracies, and hints of romance.

    If you’re interested in either of these, please feel free to comment or e-mail me at ntommasulo[@]gmail.com

    • Ashley Daniels

      Hi Nicole! Your post caught my eye because you read and loved Lexicon (which one of my favorite books!). I’m not sure if I would be what you’re looking for -my project is a YA dystopian- but I am rather interested in your NA project.
      If you’re interested, maybe check out my original post and we can go from there? I should note that I’m sort of a two-in-one package as far as partners go; this is more explained on my original post.

  • Tiana Smith

    Hi everyone, I’m Tiana. I write YA and some MG. I’m super close to getting an agent (or so I console myself by thinking) and am looking for someone who is in a similar place. My current book, a YA contemporary retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is with several agents right now, and my query has had about a 95% request rate. So if you need help with query letters, I’m your gal! My book has a fun voice and is very lighthearted, with a lot of flirting, misunderstandings and stolen kisses in the high school hallways.

    I’d like another reader who can help me with the overall picture, rather than the small nitty gritty stuff. Someone who’s great at seeing the plot holes and predictable points, and can help me brainstorm ways to fix them. My next book will likely be a MG loose adaptation of The Princess and the Pea, so if you like fantasy, that’s an added bonus because I’d like to find someone who I can work with for the long term.

    The last book I read was Daughter of War, Son of Chaos by Janette Rallison, and pretty much anything by her is amazing. I love anything with a romantic element (clean only), and like fun books that don’t delve too far into the dark/moody/serious/angsty side of things. You can reach me at tianalei (@) gmail (.) com.

    • Jennie Brown

      Just emailed you! Seems like we’d be a good match!

  • Megan

    Hi all! I write YA with a mythological, light-on-the-fantasy bent. I’ve also written a romantic women’s fiction piece and would like to try contemporary YA, too. My current work, Harbingers, is my third full-length manuscript. I am not agented.

    Harbingers is about Emerson and Morgan, the unwitting descendants of two mythological and warring Celtic clans – the Tuatha de Danann and the Fomorians.

    I spent six years as an agency copywriter, and then took several off to have some kiddos! Now I am back in the copy world in a freelance capacity. But throughout that time, fiction writing has been a constant. I’m not sure what I’d do without it!

    My favorite reads of late are: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper. But The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is beautifully epic.

    I enjoy critique work and am open to polite and constructive feedback, as well. I like most genres. My hope is to find one or two like-minded writers who want to develop a long-term relationship and work toward publication together. Fingers crossed!

    Happy 2015!

    • Mikki Kells

      Megan,

      I think we might open a dialogue and see about critiquing together. I am currently working on a YA celtic/norse mythology inspired science fiction set on mars with some light magical realism. Let me know if you are interested. I am most reachable at mikkikells@gmail.com.

      -Mikki Kells

      • Megan

        Yes! I’ll try and send you an email this afternoon/evening!

      • Mikki Kells

        Great! I will be home then. Hopefully we can chat.

    • Sarah Willis

      Hi Megan! Your WIP sounds really interesting and I’d love to read it. I began writing fiction last January with an Intro to Fiction course at a local university and have thus far produced two short stories, 40% of a YA Contemp Fantasy (currently sidelined until the plot makes sense) and a rough draft of a Historical YA set in ancient Rome (currently 80% complete). I won’t be ready for my own critiques for a couple of months, but if you are looking for someone with similar interests, I’d love to give it a whirl.

      I’m a Latin teacher and young mom. Books that interest me include anything historical, especially ancient, Celtic, or British history. I’m a huge fan of epic writers like Diana Galbaldon, Sharon Penman, Brandon Sanderson/Robert Jordan, and Dorothy Dunnett; but also Comtempary YAs like John Green, E. Lockhart, and Maggie Stiefvater.

      • Megan

        Sarah, I will email you tonight!

      • Erin

        Sarah your story sounds interesting to me, but I didn’t see you post below so I’m replying here. Big fan of the same things you are, though below I listed mostly scifi/fantasy. Email me if you are interested.

      • Sarah Willis

        Hi, Erin! I’m interested for sure — I like a lot of sci fi and fantasy, too :) If you’re still interested in working together, let me know at shcwillis AT gmail DOT com or follow me on Twitter @scriptordiscens.

      • Megan

        I don’t think I have your email or twitter address! You can reach me on twitter at: @Megan_McLysaght

      • Sarah Willis

        Sorry about that! Twitter is @scriptordiscens. I just followed you, so just follow back or send a DM and I’ll respond with my email.

    • CristinaDosSantos

      Hi Megan, I write YA fantasy and my current project is based on Norse Mythology. I too enjoy critiquing for others and it helps me grow as a writer as well I plan to query this book by end of 2015 and am looking for one or two more critique partners. My email is cris.dossantos@yahoo.com and you can also find me on twitter @dossantos_cris.

      • Megan

        Yes, let’s connect! I love Norse mythology…if my current MS weren’t all about Celtic stuff, I’d be tempted to dive into your world! I’ll email you. :)

      • Megan

        Maybe we can chat on twitter about exchanging chapters? Twitter: @Megan_McLysaght

    • Minerva Vasquez

      Hi, Megan! Your work seems very appealing. I enjoy critiquing as well and have a lot of experience with this. I am in the beginning stages of writing a fantasy, but I like anything with mythology, history, and also pretty much anything YA. My post is somewhere on this blog. My email is mvasquez1028@gmail.com if you are interested.

  • Liam Wood

    Hi, I’m Liam. I write everything. I’ve stuck mostly to YA fantasy, although I’ve dipped into MG and adult along the way. I’ve written paranormal, high fantasy, and post-apocalyptic, but I use the fantasy umbrella to cover it all. I have no agent as yet.

    Current editing project: a magician without magic is stuck fighting a fifteen-year sea war— for both sides, victory is the only way out, and magic is the only way to victory.
    Current first draft: a young crime fighter lives a double life in high and low society, until a flaming sword opens an ancient cold case that could bring her recognition and independence.

    I’m currently reading and adoring Patrick Rothfuss’s The Wise Man’s Fear, but the book I read recently that defines me is probably The Curiosities, by Stiefvater, Gratton, and Yovanoff. In the former, the deep thought required to write the book astounds and inspires me. In the latter, the conglomeration of many different magics all from the same three people, as well as a crazy amount of characters developed quickly and deftly, embodies the kind of eclectic inspirations I get. (Plus, the side notes are hilarious and informative about the writing process.) I’m a big fan of thinking about what you write.

    Email: liam.wood@optimum.net. You can a sample of what I write, and how I think about writing, at my blog, liamwood.org. Thanks.

    • crguardian

      See my post above and tell me if you’re interested. I’m definitely interested in yours :)

  • Denise Jones

    Hello all! I write within a variety of genres. The two projects I’m hoping to find a CP for are:

    The Three Year War (YA, Sci-Fi) – New age witch hunt for the mentally unstable within what used to be North America.

    Montgomery’s Diary (New Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy) – Schizophrenic actress attends a couple’s retreat only to become trapped on an island that won’t let her go.

    I don’t have an agent. And I had a pretty rough reading year last year (only got in about 12 books) but a few books I liked from last year were The Golem & The Jinni, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

    I can be reached via gmail at denise.mx.jones :)

    • CL Mannarino

      Sending you an email now. :)

  • Erica

    I am an agented contemporary YA writer, specifically in search of those
    clever critics with a penchant for witty banter that would make the
    creators of Modern Family and Cards Against Humanity proud. My current manuscript is irreverent and quirky, and a little bit sad (but not the writing part!). Imagine the movie Saved marrying Papertowns and having a baby, the baby nicknamed Zombie Camp for the Nonbeliever. (It’s not about Zombies, which is why this is just a nickname that will likely not appear on the birth certificate/pitch letter.) My first project is on submission; it’s nothing like the aforementioned project. It’s a bit literary and a bit ghosty, with a dash of historical icing; you can take a look at my website http://www.ericasagebooks.com or watch the trailer for it on You Tube (From the Land of Ghosts) if you want a sense of it. The last YA books I read that I loved were We Were Liars, The Scorpio Races, and Jellicoe Road. The last adult books I read and loved were Thomas Maltman’s Night Birds and Malcolm Gladwell’s David & Goliath. If you are interested, please message me on FB. Happy New Year! May all your projects be published!

    • Keiko

      Hi Erica – I LOLed at your description and feel like I would adore your MS. I’d love to see if we might be a good fit. My email is love for writing(at)gmail.

    • Kritika D

      Your mention of paper towns and we were liars was enough for me :P
      You can view my comment and if you’re interested, email me at dwivedikritika1984@gmail.com

  • Anna

    Hello, I’m Anna. I’m an unagented YA writer, mostly contemporary but with some fantasy elements from time to time. My current WIP is about a grieving boy escaping the city for the summer to live with his aunt. The last book I read and loved was Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, and the one that I think describes me as a reader is probably the Raven Boys (by Ms Stiefvater, obvs). I’d love a critique partner who’s looking to write something streamlined and sharp with a lot of heart – if you’re interested, contact me at annamulligan@hotmail.com

    • Kheryn Callender

      Hi Anna,

      I la-huuuuve FANGIRL! (Did you know Rainbow Rowell is potentially writing CARRY ON as a novel?) I also love writing that’s streamlined and sharp with a lot of heart, and yours sounds wonderful. Would it be okay to send an email?

      • Anna

        Totally! I’m just tightening up my first 50pgs for sending, but we could trade sometime next week if you like and see how things go :)

      • Kheryn Callender

        Great, I’ll send!

  • http://www.writespell.com/ nicole

    I am currently outlining a YA supernatural fantasy type of story. Protagonist is Latina. Will possibly deal with an alternate dimension/plane and some sort of magical element. The goal is a darker story with more grit/edge to it. I am bilingual English/Spanish. I write in English but will probably use some phrases/idioms in Spanish, but sparingly so if you don’t speak Spanish that shouldn’t’ be an issue. I’m not agented. I live in Italy. I’ve got two boys and volunteer a ton so I’m busy, having someone to help keep me accountable would be such a help, as I’m very good at making excuses. I have copy writing and editing experience, so I’m good with that sort of thing. The last book I read I loved was The Fault in Our Stars. The book I think epitomizes me as a reader: Bridget Jones’ Diary or The Count of Monte Cristo. You can DM me here or email me at nickyolea at gmaildotcom

    • Minerva Vasquez

      Nicole, I think we might be great partners! I’m in the beginning stages of writing a fantasy, and I love that your protagonist is Latina. Plus, my entire classroom is decorated with a Tfios theme. My email is mvasquez1028@gmail.com. Let me know if you are interested.

  • Mikki Kells

    Happy New Year! My name is Mikki Kells, born and bred YA Author. I am working on projects that combine magical realism with science fiction with a hefty dose of celtic/norse mythology. I have indie-published several projects and am looking to hybridize my career. I’m currently reading Brandon Sanderson’s Firelight, and R.L. LaFevers’ Grave Mercy. The last book I read and adored was The Martian by Andy Weir and about the same time Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I ride horses (english), practice archery (like a boss) and knife throwing (not good), frequently backpack and snowboard to supplement my passion for adventure. In a critique partner I am in search of witticism, criticism, and constancy. My latest project is currently on submission. Find me on Facebook at Mikki Kells or message me through tumblr: mikkikells.tumblr.com.

    • Sara

      Hi Mikki!

      I would love to hear more about your WIP. And I ride horses, too. My current WIP is about horses and my self-published novel is paranormal romance. I’ll try to find you on facebook!

    • CristinaDosSantos

      hi Mikki, I’m currently working on a YA fantasy based on Norse Mythology and your book sounds awesome. Let me know if you want to talk more. cris.dossantos@yahoo.com or I’m on twitter @dossantos_cris

    • Christina Miles

      Hey Mikki,
      Your story sounds fun. Let me know if you’d be interested in exchanging. I have a comment floating around somewhere on here.

  • Sydney

    Hello, I’m Sydney, an un-agented and very far-from-finished young writer. I presently have two “main” works in progress; both YA, both very different from each other. The first follows two old friends that are at the edge: they’re about to dive headfirst into the “real world”. I plan on exploring some deep/real life concepts in this, while the two simultaneously figure each other out, and what they want–and if that is the same thing. The second is rather contemporary, and what I want the most help with. I’ve got my characters down, I understand what I want to ultimately happen, how they will grow–but for the life of me I am so stuck on plot.

    I’ve always loved reading, and so many books have become a part of me–Splintered by AG Howard and The Scorpio Races by Maggie, however, are two books that I will always hold near and dear.
    Basically, I’d love to have some conversations, and just simply talk about writing–at least for my work; it’s driving me mad being so stuck! I’d be more than willing to read something lengthy and give critique, though. (obviously)

    I understand what I’m posting is rather unorthodox, but I have a faint hope that there are others in a similar boat as mine, or tolerant of where I’m at. If you’re interesting in chatting, email me at sydneyy197@gmail.com. Thank you!

    • Anna Eichner

      Hi Sydney! I really like your emphasis on interpersonal relationships, and I’m intrigued by your idea of having conversations about writing and maybe giving each other some motivation. I have am also a very far-from-finished YA writer—I have a WIP of interlocking short stories about epic friendships between ladies with a bit of urban fantasy thrown in. Would you be interested in emailing? If so, you can email me at eichneram1@gmail.com.

  • Justine Winans

    Hello, everyone! I’m Justine, and I am a YA writer. Currently unagented, but that’s a work in process. Most of my writing has an odd mix of darkness and humor. At least, I think it’s humorous. Slightly sarcastic and witty, at least.

    My current project is a LGBT YA Contemporary, in which a girl has to drive across the country with the brother she hasn’t seen in two years to fulfill her mother’s dying wish of having her ashes scattered in the desert. I also have a completed YA Contemporary about a girl with PTSD struggling to move on and find her identity.

    As far as works I really loved, The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey is an all-time favorite, as well as Going Bovine by Libba Bray. I enjoy a wide variety of genres, as long as it is YA, but I do have a soft spot for dark books and dry humor.

    I’d love to find a long-term critique partner, and I am pretty reachable. If anyone would be interested, feel free to contact me by email at justinewinans@gmail.com. If you’re into following people or Twitter stalking, you can find me at @JustineWinans

    Have a great new year, guys!

    • Anna

      Hi Justine! I’m also working on a YA contemporary (and also unagented), and read mostly (soft spot for Maureen Johnson and Stephanie Perkins at present). My WIP is about a bereaved boy who leaves for a summer art retreat to escape the city (and a botched break up) and has to live with his estranged aunt in the process. If you’d like to exchange excerpts, my email is annamulligan@hotmail.com :)

    • Keiko

      Hey Justine- Both of your MS sound awesome! I’d love to chat to see if we might be a good fit since I am also looking for a longterm CP! My email is love for writing(at)gmail.

  • Susan Jett

    Rather amazing (or not, given that it’s a resolution-y sort of day) that I was just thinking I really need to find some CPs–who are neither related to me nor near & dear friends. I think a little distance can be a good thing when it comes to critiquing!

    I thought I’d posted this earlier, but obviously not, so I’ll try again.

    I write fantasy. I’ve had a couple of short stories published in anthologies, but no novels. My protags tend to be ‘New Adult’ish in age, but adultish in problems. I like strong, complex heroines with big, big problems. I’ve currently got a fantasy – 1st in a trilogy – out with 3 agents, but right now I’m working on an ecological, stand-alone fantasy. A damaged mage is trying to try to prevent the completion of a dam that threatens to destroy her people’s nomadic way of life.

    I’m currently reading Robert Bennett’s City of Stairs & I’m enthralled by it. It’s not very similar to what I write, but it’s fascinating and incredibly well done! My favorite living authors are Robin McKinley & Guy Gavriel Kay. My favorite book is The Once and Future King by T.H. White.

    I’d love to find two or three new crit partners who are at about the same place in their writing for encouragement & honest critiques. I attended Clarion West & used to be very active at OWW, so I’ve had tons of critting experience, and it’s something I enjoy – I swear I get as much writing-help out of critting others’ work as I do hearing crits of my own stories.

    • Michelle12801

      But what’s your contact information? I’m interested, ashlyndain@gmail.com.

    • Aimee

      Hello Susan :) I’m Aimee. My current project is a YA paranormal fantasy, but I really enjoy Fantasy of all kinds (my back burner project is more along the lines of high fantasy). I also love strong, complex heroines. A lot.

      At the moment I’m looking for feedback on the YA PN, which I posted some info on earlier. If you are interested, email me at amschae(at)gmail(dot)com.

    • Yilin

      Hi Susan! I’m Yilin, an aspiring fantasy writer whose work also often features protagonists who are “New Adults”. Like you, I have published some short writing pieces, and I have critique experience as a BFA student at the University of British Columbia in Canada. (I’d love to make it to Clarion West someday).

      I’m currently working on getting short stories written and revised for submission, so I’d love to work with you as a critique partner!

      • Susan Jett

        Hi, Yilin! I’d be delighted to swap short stories. I’ve actually been thinking that I’d like to do more short story writing, since that seems to be all I’m having publication success with these days.

        And I’m jealous you took a BFA! Clarion West was great, and I can’t recommend it highly enough – I still meet up with my Clarion buddies FROM 17 YEARS AGO at conventions just to catch up and trade war stories – but it simply didn’t last long enough. I’d love to hear your impressions on the BFA. I have a masters in library science but have always dreamed of going back for an MFA someday.

        Please feel free to email me at susanjett@gmail.com and we can figure out best formats for attachments (anything works for me, .doc, pages, scrivener, etc.) & commenting. Looking forward to it!

  • http://katy-l-wood.tumblr.com Katy L. Wood

    Hi guys! I’m Katy L. Wood, an illustration student at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and I’ve got one manuscript right now that I’d love to get a good critique partner for. The manuscript is finished, but is in the middle of some major editing (one plot line specifically is being totally flipped around).

    YA/NA (It’s doing a wonderful job of straddling the line between these two primarily because NA is so “new” and not all that well defined yet. I’ll settle it down into one or the other during edits.)

    Title: Kith and Kin

    Blurb: Dustin’s family thinks he fights bears when he’s living rough but really he just robs houses and looks for his kidnapped sister, a sister he refuses to realize has grown up into a bit of a psychopath.

    Agent: Nope

    Last Book I read: Well. The last one I FINISHED reading was “Blue Lily, Lily Blue.” There’s about five others I’m in the process of reading right now, however. I enjoyed it but I felt it was the weaker of book of the series so far. Still good though.

    Book that epitomizes me as a reader: Hmmm…probably “City of Heavenly Fire” by Cassandra Clare. It did a great job of exploring a ton of characters in a huge world without feeling overwhelming or confusing and it wrapped everything up in a delightful manner while still leaving plenty for the fans to play with.

    Special Note: The main characters in my novel grew up in Mexico and didn’t learn more than really basic English until they were in their early to mid teens. This would obviously affect the way they talk a bit (with slang and such) but I don’t know any Spanish what-so-ever so I would really, really love to maybe get a critique partner who is familiar with Mexican Spanish and could possibly help me out with that stuff with my characters!

    • http://about.me/leximaven Alicia B.

      Hi, from Boulder, CO! It sounds like we would have a lot in common. I, too, am doing the NA/YA thing, dystopian. I don’t know much Spanish, but I studied Creative Writing in college and am quite comfortable with offering direct yet kind critiques.

      Here is what I wrote on Maggie’s FB post:

      I’m a professional writer/marketer with a BA in Creative Writing. My emphasis was poetry. I’m unagented, but really want to work on changing that this year. I’m writing my FIRST Novel – it’s YA/dystopian – that is working to better understand what happens when who you thought you were isn’t who you really are. It’s about identity, the lack thereof, in a dystopian society that is heavily guarded from outside threats. The main character, Bree, is dealing with memory loss and in search of a cure. However, when she comes upon the cure, she realizes she’s part of a larger story than she could have ever imagined and must come to terms with her real identity … and the people around her who have lied to her. There’s more to explain, but that’s a great start. I’m really looking for CPs who want to be published traditionally and who can put in the time/effort. I did a lot of critiquing in college and have taken some fiction writing classes, so my style is pretty informal and direct, though kind. I like to poke at the top layers to see if there’s not more hiding underneath. I read ALOT of YA because I enjoy it. The Shiver trilogy is one of my favorites, as I thoroughly enjoyed the world building and attention to detail. Same goes for Scorpio Races. I also really enjoyed books like The Book Thief, The Story of a Marriage, and The Road.

      If you want to connect, let me know. My novel will also need some design work done, and I’d love to learn more about your work.

      Regards,
      Alicia
      alicia.benjamin (at) gmail.

      • http://katy-l-wood.tumblr.com Katy L. Wood

        Oooo! Fellow Colorado girl! And your novel sounds awesome! I’ll shoot you an e-mail right now.

      • Minerva Vasquez

        I sent you a message on FB!

  • Michelle12801

    My novel is a YA speculative fiction… I tried to make it feel kind of realistic and gritty, with just one element (an ability to heal anything) making it different from a real world. I don’t know if it’s fantasy or sci fi with that, but either way it doesn’t feel too much like either. There’s a little bit of romance of the NOT insta-love variety, and plenty of rebels fighting a crappy military that took over half the country.

    Books I’ve loved include The Scorpio Races (enough to find this website), but also a variety of other kinds of books, like Shantaram and Shogun, and Lord of the Rings. Eon and Eona were great, and absolutely loved Shannon by Frank Delaney… I don’t think what I read and what I write are the same, strangely enough.

    Reach me at; ashlyndain@gmail.com

  • AmandaH

    I’m Amanda, and I write YA fantasy, although I do have a one-off new adult contemporary WIP. I’m not agented or published, but I hope to be in the next few years! I’d like a critique for my YA fantasy novel, which is finished but lacking some spice to make it pop. It’s the first of a trilogy I have roughly mapped out. My protagonist is a 16 year-old girl cursed with bad luck from a rogue fairy godmother, who ends up on a crazy journey with a cursed sorcerer. She’s trying to avoid her premature death from her curse, and he’d like to get out of the panther-shape he’s been trapped in, so they try to break these curses together. Of course, mayhem ensues and there’s a spark of romance towards the end. :)

    I try to read across genres but my true love is YA fantasy and that’s what I’d love to swap and critique!

    The last book I read that I loved is Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, and a book that epitomizes my taste would be Sabriel by Garth Nix.

    I’m best reached by email: amandah322@gmail.com

    • Christina Miles

      Hey Amanda,
      Your book sounds like a lot of fun. I have a comment somewhere around here. Take a look and let me know if you’d be interested in swapping. My email is cmiles42 @ gmail . com

  • magan bagan

    Hi everyone!

    My name is Megan and I’m 29 years old. I already
    have one person that I’m working with on my book, but I’m hoping for
    maybe one or two more Crit Partners as well.

    The book I’m working
    on is hopefully the first in a YA High Fantasy series. It will follow a
    seventeen year old elf prince on his journey to become the High King of
    his realm. He will have to wade his way through trials/tests, secrets,
    betrayals, and girls. To me (and how I originally came up with the
    concept to begin with) it’s my version of “The Selection” in a high
    fantasy world.

    Author’s that I think fit my style or that have
    inspired me along the way include Sarah J. Mass, Laini Taylor, and of
    course Maggie.

    I’m still working on the first draft, but I want to
    be prepared for readers and critique partners now. It will be more
    encouragement for me to keep going. My goal is still to be able to send
    this out to agents early this new year, but I don’t want to rush either. I want this to be my best work.

    • Ekbay

      Hey Megan!! I’m Erin and I love the sound of your project!! Also, I LOVE Sarah J. Maas!! My post is down below and my email is ekbay72@gmail.com if you’re interested!! :D

    • AshlynDain

      What’s your contact info? I have a special place in my heart for the selection…. I’ll read yours, email at ashlyndain@gmail.com if you want.

  • Ashley

    Hey guys! My name is Ashley and I write YA Fantasy and Contemporary. I’m an aspiring author and unagented. I’m only 18 and in high school still, so life gets busy and sometimes finding time to write is difficult, especially with all my college applications. I want to find a CP because it will make me find time to write more, but I might need some time to provide a worthy critique.

    I’ve written short stories for my Creative Writing class, and I have a few stories in progress for contests or for fun. Right now I am working on a YA Fantasy short story that intertwines Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera with a little of my own twists:) Also, I’m in the early stages of a story about my MC whose phobias link to her deaths in past lives, but that might be put off until I finish my other story.

    I adore the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I love her elegant yet precise writing style, her characters (most of them at least), and her world building skills. Some of my other favorites are Throne of Glass, Cruel Beauty, Anna and the French Kiss, Poison Study, The Raven Boys, and many more. I try to read everything!

    I want to escape from my friends, classmates, and family because I want someone new to read my work.

    If you’re interested, please email me at ashleyx112@live.com

    • AmandaH

      Hi Ashley! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite stories. I’d love to swap! Read my post and email me if you’re interested: amandah322[at]gmail[dot]com I’ve messaged a couple of people to see how this turns out. I write YA fantasy and I love Throne of Glass, Raven Boys, Sabriel, Neil Gaiman…anything magical. :)

    • Sydney

      email sent-

  • FrostHuhn

    Hi everyone!

    I’m Fabi, 22, and currently in the finishing stages of my BFA.

    I’m neither agented nor published.

    Important: My novel is not finished to be looked at by anyone yet, but I’d love to find someone to talk to, brainstorm, and then later work with. I don’t mind critiquing any work now, but you must be able to do the same for me later.

    Now onto my story.

    It’s a YA High Fantasy series. It’s about a girl who needs to break a curse before she turns into a beast and loses her humanity. It’s about a lot more, and there will be hot (young) men, but I don’t want to announce anything since it’s not finished.

    Authors I love and admire are: Sarah J. Maas, Melina Marchetta, Neil Gaiman, Sara Raasch.

    I’m looking for a more long-term CP relationship. I need to be able to trust someone, and I’d like to have someone who is available most of the time (not to critique, but to at least write an email and talk).

    If you think we’re a good match or want to find out more about me/my story, you can add me on Twitter here https://twitter.com/FJSeegler
    or email me at fabienne (dot) j (dot) seegler (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Camille G

      Hi Fabi! Your novel sounds right up my alley. And it looks like you and I are sort of in a similar situation re:our WIPs and what we want in a CP relationship. If you want, you can check out my post and if you think we’re a good match, definitely tweet or email me!

      • FrostHuhn

        Camille, did you get my email?

    • Nida B.

      Hi Fabi,

      My name is Nida and I’m a fantasy writer too, that is slugging through the process of obtaining an agent. (The key is to not give up hope.)

      Beauty and the Beast is my all time favourite fairytale and I love reading spin-offs and retellings etc…

      My current project (for which I’m writing the second draft) is a pseudo-fairytale. It’s set in England, in the 1700′s, and is about what happens to girls who disappear. When our quite heroine is inadvertently thrust into the world of faeries, kidnappings, murder, rape, betrayal and quirky nature magic ensue, which is all rounded off with a pinch of romance.

      I’ve read a lot of Neil Gaiman’s books, and the last book I read and really enjoyed was Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. The book I feel defines me (those this was hard to pick) is Lireal by Garth Nix. (HUGE fan of High Fantasy as you can tell.)

      I can be quite frank/realistic when critiquing and/or giving advice, and I’m quite good with character arcs and line editing.

      If my manuscript and I seem interesting, please contact me on:
      bookaholic_01@yahoo.co.uk
      and my twitter is @Bookaholic786

      Hope to hear from you soon.

      • Melinda Jane Harrison

        I’ll send you an email.

      • Rebecca Goekler

        if your still looking for help send me an email authorrlg@gmail.com

    • Melinda Jane Harrison

      I sent you and email!

    • Christina Miles

      Hey Fabi,
      I would be interested in your story. It sounds like fun. If you find my post and are similarly interested let me know. my email is cmiles42 (at) gmail dot com

  • Arlette Geuf

    Hello everyone, Arlette here. I write fantasy YA, and am currently editing a novel in this specific genre. I’m not agented yet, and am also not yet at a stage where I feel comfortable sending out my work to agents yet. I hope to find someone who wants to work together in that process, to help each other in bettering your writing.

    My current WIP is called The Golden Heart. It’s fantasy YA with elements of magic.
    It has been a thousand years since the Great War seperated the countries of Irrae and Sonae, and those who want to make it one again will do everything it takes. Aveline, princess of Irrae, gets caught up in the war in which she plays a role she would have never imagined.

    Books that have recently captured me are The Black Magician books by Trudi Canavan because of her amazing ability to create fantasy worlds, and mix this with the needed action and romance elements.
    Further, apart from reading fantasy I also much enjoy reading contemporary, but have not (yet) attempted to write it.

    If you think we could possibly be good critique partners, shoot me a message at arlettteg@gmail.com (yes, there are three t’s in the mail adress) or leave a comment here :)

  • Camille G

    Hello all! I’m Camille and I’m in my final year of university (gasp!). I’ve been thinking about finding a CP for the last few months. I do have a close friend who is also a writer, but I feel like I need more than just that relationship to help make my writing the best it can be. I am unagented and unpublished (with hope of getting an agent eventually), but am open to becoming CPs with people at any stage!

    The projects I’m looking to exchange are not finished. I’m hoping to find long-term CPs who are open to bouncing ideas off each other, helping each other work through messy plot situations, and smacking each other over the head if need be!

    My current WIP is a little less than halfway finished and is an NA Contemporary.
    –Short version of the plot: the MC returns home after finishing college abroad to help plan her sister’s wedding and finds that she doesn’t know what her place is in the family anymore.

    While it’s written in a sort of light and funny style, it does deal with a few serious issues. It also features a very diverse cast of characters! (I’m really big on the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, especially since I am a diverse person!)

    I mostly write YA and NA, and these days I’ve been steering more towards NA. I enjoy writing across most genres and besides the WIP I’ve mentioned, I also have one more NA contemporary, a few YA and NA high fantasies, a YA paranormal, and a NA sci-fi in my Scrivener files. Some of these I’d also like to share with a critique partner, especially the paranormal and the sci-fi!

    The last book I read and loved is UPSIDE DOWN by Lia Riley. It’s too hard to choose just one book that defines me as a reader, because I love reading any genre! But some novels & series that are near and dear to my heart are THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas, THE RAVEN CYCLE by Maggie (of course), AFTER DARK by Haruki Murakami, and TIGER LILY by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

    It’d be nice to have a CP who is easily reachable. For instance, I basically live on Twitter so that’s always a good way to get my attention! If you think we’d be a good match, you can email me at camille.ccg(at)gmail.com or I can also be reached on Twitter as kyaasnow.

    Happy New Year, everyone!

  • Rebecca Grace Allen

    Hi all! I’m Rebecca Grace Allen, a newly published unagented author with Samhain. I write Adult/New Adult Erotic Romance. I like to say my books are about self discovery, seduction and sin. The last book that truly blew me away as a reader was Katja Millay’s Sea of Tranquility, and before that, Maggie’s Shiver. In erotic romance, I’m a big fan of the Katie Porter books. As a reader, I love finding those moments of deep emotional impact that are written with such beautiful imagery that I end up wanting to chew on the words for a while and savor them. I used to have a team of crit partners who have all become involved in other things, and while some have remained beta readers for me, I can’t always rely on them to have free time when I finish an MS, and I hate feeling like an imposition. I would love to find a good match! I can be reached through my site, http://www.rebeccagraceallen.com Thanks!

  • Yilin

    Hello writers! I’m Yilin, an emerging writer who is finishing my BFA in Creative Writing this year (wow, it’s 2015 already!). I have been looking for critique partners–I already have some writer friends who beta-read for me, but I like to work with more people for consistent feedback.

    I’ve published some short fiction, poetry, and journalism, and right now I’m working on writing and polishing short stories. My primary genres are fantasy, magical realism, and historical/multicultural.

    A book that I’m currently reading and love is the anthology UNFETTERED. My favourite writers include Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Ursula le Guin, and Wayson Choy. My reading tastes are very diverse and I enjoy reading outside genres I write in.

  • Joanna Truman

    Hiya!

    I’m Joanna. I’m 26, a writer/filmmaker living in Los Angeles, currently a creative director for a film production company.

    I am working on a YA fantasy about a girl, a buffalo, and magic in the mountains. It was partially inspired by a trip to Yellowstone I took this past year. It has magic (duh), talking animals, lots of nature, teen girls who are land-roughened ranchers, teen girls who are sword-wielding knights, and romance between the two :)

    Some writers that influence me include Neil Gaiman, Francesca Lia Block, Laini Taylor, Charles de Lint, Jonathan Carroll, Gregory Maguire, and Maggie of course. This past year, some books I read and loved include Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire, Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, and Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma. I’m working my way through the Grisha trilogy and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and loving those as well.

    I am not agented and my manuscript is a WIP. My goal is to finish my manuscript, revise the hell out of it, and submit it to agents this year.

    I have published a couple short stories before and also want to keep submitting/hopefully publishing short fiction this year, too.

    I’m looking for a long-term critique partner whose goal is to become agented and publish in the near-ish future, as well. I hope to eventually publish both YA and adult fiction, so I’m open to writers of both. I prefer stuff with a fantasy element (dark fantasy is great) or some kind of magical realism/otherworldly/not-quite-reality aspect, if you know what I mean. Not so much into contemporary or straight romance, but romance as part of the bigger story is totally fine. My work also has LGBTQ content, so must be comfortable with that.

    If interested, drop me a line at joannatruman@gmail.com. Can’t wait to meet you!

    • Katy Pool

      Hi Joanna! This project sounds awesome! I’ve always loved the idea of fantasy settings in pastoral America (I was a US History major in college.) Literally everything about your project sounds amazing. Take a look at my comment (it’s somewhere buried down there) or just hit me up at katy.pool@gmail.com if you’re interested in exchanging!

  • Tracie Chloel Lane

    Hello, I’m Tracie Lane. I’m without an agent. Currently, I’m a school librarian. The YA novel I am interested in having critiqued is the story of a couple teens and their younger siblings escaping to safety after an apocalyptic event. This is a novel I have been writing with the
    student writing group at my school. I have several other projects brewing.

    I am big fan of apocalyptic story lines. For myself, I love S.M. Stirling’s Emberverse series and Stephen King’s The Stand. I read a lot of what may be of interest to my students to help them find great stories to discover. I just finished Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, and loved it so much I bought it for the teens in my life. I also have enjoyed John Green, J.K. Rawlings, S.E. Hinton, Maggie Stiefvater, and Rachel Hartman. I was published as a newspaper journalist.

    If you are interested in being a critique partner, my email address is tcLane dot edu at gmail dot com

    • Holly Collingwood

      Hi Tracie – I’m Holly am writing a post-apocalyptic YA novel. I’m not finished with it yet, probably half way through. But would love to trade with you. Apocalyptic stuff I’ve been reading lately is ASHFALL, LIFE AS WE KNEW IT and NOT A DROP TO DRINK. Not sure I loved any of them, but there were certain aspects of each that I really liked. I’ll email you and maybe this will work for both of us! I’m on Twitter as @WriteColl

  • Shannon

    Happy new year! My name is Shanon and I am 27. I have one book written
    that is magical realism/romance and in need of a very serious polishing
    and another that is halfway written about mermaids that I hope to give some TLC over the next few months.

    My
    first book (tentatively titled Descenders) I wrote because it was what I
    wanted to read myself: a YA book for people 20+ years old who enjoy YA
    but still have the story and characters resonate with teens. It can be a
    bit angsty at times, maybe a bit too whiny for some, but I enjoy
    stories that are character driven and more about self discovery rather
    than full on action.

    The first book is written as the first in a trilogy and my goal for 2015 is to find an agent and work toward publication.

    I’m
    looking for 2-3 CPs who are looking for honesty with a dash of humour
    and a side of long distance comradery as fellow lovers of the written
    word.

    I read a lot but my favourite author (before discovering
    Maggie) was Anne Rice. The Vampire Chronicles taught me to love words.
    The Scorpio Races taught me to trust myself as a writer and believe in
    my imagination.

    I am currently reading the Hush, Hush books by Becca Fitzpatrick and am gobbling them up.

    Email me to say yes or just to say hi…or both: shannon (dot) lintott (at) gmail (dot) com

    • crguardian

      See my post above and tell me if you’re interested. It’s a few above yours :)

    • Krystal

      Hey Shannon,

      My name is Krystal, I would love to try being your CP, but I just want to see if you’re up for working with someone with an incomplete MS? I’m probably about half to three quarters done (writing wise), and maybe a quarter done with editing (I keep going back to the beginning, and end up editing it a bit). I plan for this MS to open up to numerous other manuscripts simply because I’ve created a world that I want to explore. So, if you’re not afraid of working with an unfinished manuscript, I think we could be good partners. If not, I totally understand. :)

      I write mostly fantasy, with some romance thrown in. I read mostly fantasy as well, though I do branch out, and read sci fi, romance, and YA. I enjoyed reading Anne Rice, though I haven’t read her in a while.

      (gogo10123 at yahoo.com)

  • http://www.woordsea.com/ kristin

    Hi guys! My name is Kristin and I’m crossing my fingers that this works out for me! I write YA and am focused on my in-progress MS that I hope to have a first draft of finished this year. (It is…very strange to say that! How is this 2015?) I’m also currently applying for my MFA, to hopefully begin this summer. I have a crit group that I love and see regularly, but I don’t have CPs that I would exchange everything with, who would push/help me and my story grow and theirs in return. That’s kind of what I’m hoping to find here. :-)

    Genre-wise, I call my novel futuristic fantasy. Alex, incapacitated by the destruction of her home, arrives in the city (from her small village) listless and incapable. It is through family, unexpected friendship, and self-discovery that she finds her feet. With renewed vigor, Alex is dedicated to getting back to the place she was so eager to leave, until she discovers a startling revelation about the disaster that may bring everything around her to a halt.

    A book that I think screams ME! is probably Maggie’s THE SCORPIO RACES. I don’t have adequate enough words to express how much I love this book. The language, the characters, the structure—everything. It’s perfect. Books that I’ve read in 2014 that I loved are: DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS, HEIR OF FIRE, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST, ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, and THE YOUNG ELITES. (If we’re including graphic novels, I’d include PRETTY DEADLY, WICKED + THE DIVINE, and SAGA.)

    I look forward to talking to you! You can comment here, twitter/tumblr (papereader), or via my website (woordseadotcom). Gelukkig nieuwjaar!

    • A.M. Ruggirello

      Hello Kristin! I’d be interested in swapping first chapters! Check out my two WIPs below and email me if you’re interested. ashley [at] reuts [dot] com.

    • Keiko

      Hi Kristin-
      I write more contemporary YA, so if you’d be comfortable reading/critiquing that, I would love to trade chapters.

  • suz

    Hello.
    I’m an eighteen-year-old-in-my-head UK author.
    I have a ‘nearly’ agent who I worked with for over a year on a manuscript before she passed but who still reads my latest writing.
    After the near agent experience I decided to self-pub two of my novels which are YA action-adventure and sci-fi.
    I am currently working on sequels to these books and would love to work with a CP, someone who would be able to discuss plot problems etc.

    I also have a short Middle Grade story which I would love your thoughts on. Here’s the blurb:

    What I did this summer.
    “Write an essay entitled, ‘What I did this summer’. Next week you will bring in photographs and holiday mementos and read your essay to the class.”
    Danny hates the first homework ofthe new school year. All his classmates have stories of the exotic places they’ve visited but since Danny’s dad had ‘the accident’ at work two years ago, Danny’s best holidays have been picnics in the park and the free swim sessions in
    his local pool.
    Then Danny inherits a strange pen from eccentric Uncle Ralph and suddenly he’s travelling to places most people only dream about.

    I have a rather hectic schedule with work and family commitments so I’m a rather slow, plan-it-all before I start kind of writer but would really like someone who would hold me accountable when progress isn’t happening.
    My favourite reads are sci-fi/paranormal. I love Maggies Shiver series, The Lunar Chronicles, Into the Still Blue and The Fifth Wave series.
    Hoping to speak to you soon.
    Suz
    http://www.suzannawilliams.com

  • Christina

    Hi everyone, my name is Christina. I’m a Youthouse Services librarian in Texas. I only just got into writing a few years ago and the manuscript I’m most eager to perfect is a historical mystery. More specifically, a genderbent Sherlock Holmes pastiche set in Houston in the 60s.

    The last book I read and loved is actually the one I’m almost finished with WAISTCOATS & WEAPONRY by Gail Carriger. I have no idea what book really defines as a reader since I’m a fan of many genres (one of the perks/necessities of my job), but I really adore anything with a sly or oddball sense of humor, Douglas Adams, Georgette Heyer, Gail Carriger, Maggie Stiefvater, Lisa Lutz or just beautiful descriptions like Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, Barbara Kingsolver. I’d love for my own writing to have that kind of humor or perceptiveness, but mostly I’m focused on it not sucking completely. :) Oh and I suppose I’m really a sucker for historical fiction.

    I’m definitely un-agented and the very idea is a little terrifying, honestly.

    I’ve never had a critical partner, but I’m excited/nervous to try it out?

    • AshlynDain

      contact info?

      • Christina

        Whoops! Librariansti at gmail dot com

    • Anna-Jessie T.

      Hi Christina! I love the idea of your Sherlock Holmes story. I’m working on a YA contemporary novel right now and would love to talk to you about being critique partners :) annashmessie@gmail.com

  • http://melwozniak.wordpress.com/ Melanie Wozniak

    Hi everyone! My name is Melanie. I’m not agented or published yet. In my writing, I tend to lean more toward YA paranormal or fantasy; my current editing project is a YA paranormal involving vampire hunters, and I have two first drafts in severe need of polishing/editing; one is a diverse YA fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and the other is a YA contemporary. I tend to write mostly YA, although I’m hoping to tackle some NA and MG projects in the future. I’m open to critique partners in all stages of writing, whether you’re still in the midst of a WIP or you’re querying or agented.

    I read a ton, and some of my favorite books are Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, The Raven Boys by Maggie S, the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr, and of course, the Harry Potter novels (which my nostalgic heart loves). I’m looking for critique partners to swap pages with and bounce ideas off. If you’re interested, shoot me an email at gemstar636(at)sbcglobal(dot)net, or just comment on my comment. :)

    • A.M. Ruggirello

      Hi Melanie! I’d be interested in swapping first chapters! Check out my two WIPs below and email me at ashley [at] reuts [dot] com if you’re interested :)

  • Nancy beaudet

    Hello, I’m Nancy. I love to write and am trying
    to get published. I have multiple works in progress but the story I am focusing
    on now is A young adult/ New adult supernatural sci-fi story about what happens
    when bigfoot turns out to be a family of monstrous yet still very human
    animals. Over seven feet tall and covered in fur from head to toe. They are
    called The Craven. The story I’m working on right now is called The Craven,
    book one. Tremble. The story is focused on Feral Cull. A craven who has been living
    in forest of St. Cloud with his family for almost a century now. As cannibals
    the craven have a hard time being invisible. They can never get to close; Feral’s
    entire world is turned upside down when he locks eyes with a blue eyed, brown
    haired hunk named Miles. A human being whose moral compass is questionable. A
    book that accurately describes me as a writer and a reader would have to be
    Divergent by Veronica Roth as well as the fault in our stars by John Green. These
    are the kind of books that I aspire to write myself. If you are interest please
    email me at lier_gurl452@hotmail.com.

  • Sarah Adair

    Hi, I’m Sarah! I’m 20 years old and from Northern Ireland. I write YA- currently I’m working on two projects, a YA paranormal mystery (with monsters and secret agents) and a YA fantasy about a secret world hidden beneath a lake in Ireland. I would love help with either! I’ve had multiple critique partners before and promise to be consistant/stick at it.

    I don’t have an agent but I am serious about finding one.

    The last book I read and loved… does the teaser for Sarah J. Maas’s ‘Court of Thorn and Roses’ count? If not, Stephen King’s From a Buick 8. I can’t pick one book that defines my reading but I do love Tana French, Leigh Bardugo, Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle, Flann O’Brien. Find me on GR here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/17804100-sarah-adair

    If you’re maybe interested in working with me, just email sarahjadair@gmail.com and I’ll tell you more about my projects!

    • C.R. Billingsley

      Hi Sarah,

      I think we would be a great fit. My book is YA fantasy set in Ireland and London and centered around the tower of London ravens.Let me know if you would like to swap a few chapters.

      I’ve just emailed you!

  • Joannie Villegas

    Hi, my name is Joannie and I’m a writer. *excitedly waves hand* I’ve been an unagented writer for some time, now. *looks around Internet at others nodding in accordance**. I am looking for a long-term critique partner who likes long strolls through my thoughts that have been bled out onto the white void of a word processed document. In turn, I will reward them with friendship, attention to detail over their words, and support. *prepares arms for virtual hugs*** I can also promise lots of laughs, both intentional and not. Oh, and I like virgin piña coladas, getting caught in the rain, allusions and to read a great romance novel. *giggles at own joke*
    I write YA romance with a nod to my Latina roots. My current novel is YA realistic fiction but am working on a YA urban fantasy. I love reading just about anything with a romantic element not limited to YA. I love NA just as much. The authors I would love to grow up to write similar to are Sophie Jordan and Simone Elkeles. You can contact me via email at joannievillegas@gmail.com or on Twitter.

    • Minerva Vasquez

      Hi, Joannie! I love your sense of humor and I too love YA romance! I think we could be a good fit! I will DM you on twitter in a bit and see if we can work together. My email is mvasquez1028@gmail.com. You can find me on Twitter or FB also. I give nods to my Latina roots too…

      • Joannie Villegas

        Hi back, Minerva. I am so excited. I think this is a match made in writer heaven. **smiles with all my teeth** Will DM you so we can get this show on the road.

      • Minerva Vasquez

        I sent you an email…

  • Megan Campagna

    Hi :) My name is Megan, and my WIP (14k-ish words so far) is a YA novel with elements of survival, friendship, and self-discovery. My goal is to finish writing it this year.

    Some of my favorite books include The Delirium Trilogy, The Book Thief, Oryx and Crake, and How I Live Now.

    If you think we may be a good match, please feel free to e-mail me: meganmcampagna@gmail.com

    • Hannah Lambert

      Hi Megan! I think we might be a good match. Just sent you an email :)

  • Kaelyn

    Happy New Year, fellow writers! My name is Kaelyn. I’m 27 years old, I live in Michigan and I currently work as a teen services librarian at a public library in an urban area.

    I’m currently unpublished, but I’m in the middle of the query process with one of my projects right now. I write YA and NA, mostly contemporary romance with some dabbling in fantasy. I’d love to critique either or both!

    The project I’m in the very early stages of planning is about a girl who goes in search of her Native American grandparents, who were forced to give her mother up when she was very young. The project that I’m currently querying is about a college freshman, Reese, who is devastated when her longtime boyfriend Jack breaks up with her. Days later, she finds him making out with another man. He begs her to pretend that they’re still happy as ever because he’s not ready to come out to his ultra conservative parents. Reese agrees, until she falls for her TA Dominic, and she has to choose between her loyalty to Jack, who she still considers one of her best friends, and her passion for Dominic.

    The last book I read was The Thorn Birds, a book from the 60s/70s about several generations of one family living in Australia. I don’t know that I have one book that describes me as a reader, but some of my top favorites are: Harry Potter, Jane Austen, Miranda Keanneally, Libba Bray, Maggie Stiefvater (obviously, lol), Deborah Harkness, Jennifer E. Smith, Huntley Fitzpatrick, and Pat Conroy.

    If you’re interested in seeing if we’re a good fit, shoot me an email at kaelync90 (at) gmail (dot) com or leave a comment!

    • Keiko

      Hey Kaelyn-
      It sounds to me like we might be a great fit, I’d love to exchange emails to check things out!

    • http://tejisunflower.tumblr.com Teji

      Hi Kaelyn! Happy New Year! I’m Teji. I’m going to shoot you an email so we can see if we fit well :)

  • Rachel

    Hi! I’m Rachel, and I am kind of a complete beginner to novel writing, (though I have been writing short stories for a long time). I am a high school student who writes dark urban-to-slightly-less-urban-fantasy YA.

    My current project is my first novel and it is a WIP, so if you are looking for experienced writer with complete works to critique, you should probably just move on to the next person.

    I am looking for someone(s) who is, like me, more focused on developing her writing skills than publishing at this moment. That is not to say that I never want to be published, I just feel like my writing something want to share with the whole world.

    I am a fairly fast writer and within the next year I hope to finish my current WIP (a dark urban fantasy about high schoolers who spend surprisingly little time in high school and probably need therapy, Coranieid/Fae, racial divide, and identity) and another novel that is vaguely defined in my head as a take on mermaid myth (and possibly The Little Mermaid) where the mermaids are people who died at sea.

    My favorite books are all mythology or fairy tale based and include The Raven Cycle (of course, that is why I am here, right?) and John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things (I know it is written be John Connolly, but it’s not a thriller)

    The most recent book that I read and loved was probably… Hmm… I have not read anything great in the last few weeks… Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch? I liked it quite a bit, bit I do not know if I loved it. I have a couple of exciting things waiting tot be read in my Kindle library, so hopefully I will find something good there.

    So anyways, leave a comment if you think that you would be a good match for me!

    Also, I swear that I do not use as many parenthesis in my creative writing as I did here.

    • Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

      Hey Rachel! It seems like we would be a good match- you can check out my post that’s a few above yours. I’m also looking for someone who’s willing to work on their writing right now. You can email me at mynotsorealife AT gmail DOT com if you like. =)

  • Michelle Morrow

    Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m currently writing YA about two siblings and their friends forming a garage rock band in So. Cal., and using their talent to escape suburban life unconventionally.

    I’m not agented. I want to be someday.

    The last book I read and loved was Blue Lilly, Lilly Blue. Recently I reread Peace Like a River because I just love how the words are strung together so nicely.

    I can be reached at michelle.e.hods@gmail.com

    • Lisa Loves Lit

      I have a contemporary YA retelling of Cinderella. I also loved Blue Lily, Lily Blue. I really would love to get my characters written more witty like Stiefvater’s are. I will email you and see if you’re interested in trading with me.

    • carrie paul

      Hey Michelle, i’d like to talk and see if we can partner up if you are interested

      • Michelle Morrow

        Sure, just send me an email

  • Ella Dyson

    Hi guys! I’m Ella, a 22 year old Australian, un-agented, urban fantasy writer. I have quite a bit of experience critiquing, and I’m also studying professional writing and editing.
    My current WIP, ‘Return Fire’ is an adult urban fantasy with heavy mythological elements. I started submitting it to agents a while ago, but then realised that it still needed work. I’ve since had it edited, and decided that I need to rewrite it completely. Yay.
    I already have one CP who I love, but it would be fantastic to find another one! While I’m rewriting, I love to have someone waiting on chapters – it makes me write faster/procrastinate less.

    Favourite authors include Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, and Richelle Mead. Strange/favourite book = Three Men in a Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome. Currently reading Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series – I’m very happy to have found another fantastic urban fantasy series!

    • Steph Herman

      Hi Ella, it sounds like we might work in a similar way (I also do better when there’s someone waiting for my work), and I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth for urban fantasy – I love Seanan McGuire and Patricia Briggs! I don’t know if you ever stray into full fantasy-in-another-world type stuff, but if you’re interested (more info in my post here on the blog) maybe drop me a line at thewildliterati AT gmail.com?

      • Ella Dyson

        Hey! Your WIP definitely sounds interesting :) It would be great if we could swap pages and see if we’d work well together. My e-mail address is dysonem AT gmail.com. If you have 50 pages ready, feel free to send them on! I’ll get mine ready and do the same :)

    • Jordan Fernandez

      Hi! I’m Jordan; I’m an 18 year old YA Paranormal/Urban
      Fantasy writer working on getting my BFA. I’m getting ready to start the last round of edits so I can look for an agent in the first book of my trilogy, the last of which is my current project now. It’s a paranormal romance series with urban fantasy elements about man-eating werewolves working with the government, and I plan to finish it by this upcoming summer. After that, I’m working on a Greek mythology project dealing with reincarnation and Calypso.
      I already have one critique partner as well, and if you’re looking for someone to remind and beg for chapter updates I’m great at that ;) I know you already have a potential lined up but I figured I’d ask in case you’re looking for another. I was debating whether I was going to look for another partner but I saw you were a fan of Patricia Briggs and couldn’t resist- I love Mercy Thompson :) Anyways, let me know if you’re interested and good luck if not!

      • Ella Dyson

        Hey! My e-mail address is dysonem AT gmail.com. Why don’t you send me some pages and we can give it a shot? I’m a sucker for anything mythology related, and I always need chapter-update-beggars haha.

    • C.R. Billingsley

      Hi Ella,

      I am wondering if we may be a good fit. If you are interested in swapping chapters, let me know!

      I have a complete YA Fantasy novel that is about to go out on submissions and would love a last look before it does.

      Im also working on a YA contemp, but its only in the planning stages!

      find me at cbills29[at]hotmail.com

      Chris

    • Chelle Pike

      Ella,
      I already have a crit group but I am always on the lookout for a good CP in my genre. I too write adult urban fantasy. My completed ms is about a psychic with magical abilities. When she reads the dead, she relives their last moments. If you are interested in exchanging chapters you can email me at mpike at leglue dot com.

  • Guest

    Hi all! I’m Steph. I write adult science fiction, fantasy, and speculative horror. I’m currently unagented, though I’m querying and intent on changing that (got to think positively, right? Any minute, right? Right?).

    My current WIP is a second-world fantasy trilogy. The pitch is:

    When the law catches up to her, inventor and reluctant criminal Niabi must employ all her determination and cunning to discover the mastermind behind her terrorist boyfriend’s operation or face exile among the carnivorous plants besieging the city.

    The last book I finished was FINCH by Jeff Vandermeer, and I’m finally getting to Lauren Beukes’ ZOO CITY, which I’m loving. I would love for my work to be embodied by Scott Lynch’s LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA – u

  • Steph Herman

    Hi all! I’m Steph. I write adult science fiction, fantasy, and speculative horror. I’m currently unagented, though I’m querying and intent on changing that (got to think positively, right? Any minute, right? Right?).

    My current WIP is a second-world fantasy trilogy. The pitch is:

    When the law catches up to her, inventor and reluctant criminal Niabi must employ all her determination and cunning to discover the mastermind behind her terrorist boyfriend’s operation or face exile among the carnivorous plants besieging the city.

    The last book I finished was FINCH by Jeff Vandermeer, and I’m finally getting to Lauren Beukes’ ZOO CITY, which I’m loving. I would love for my work to be embodied by Scott Lynch’s LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA – unique setting, intricate plot, grey but lovable characters, and a bit of grit and blood… But that’s probably more of a goal than reality :)

    I’m looking for one or two folks who love the genre and are willing to be absolutely honest. I have a writing group I belong to and love, but none of them read in my genre, so sometimes it’s easy to blind them with weird worlds and pretty words… I need someone who can point out genre issues and tell me their reactions to the story itself.

    I’m an experienced critiquer, and can provide anything from “Yay, awesome!” to detailed line notes – though don’t count on me to catch subtle punctuation or grammar issues. I’m more of a problem solver than a commiserater, but I’ll believe in you and your work like nobody else.

    You can contact me by emailing thewildliterati AT gmail.com or I’ll try to keep an eye on the comments here. Thanks for considering me!

    • Krystal

      Hey Steph, your MS sounds super interesting.

      My name is Krystal, I would love to try being your CP, but I just want to see if you’re up for working with someone with an incomplete MS? I’m probably about half to three quarters done (writing wise), and maybe a quarter done with editing (I keep going back to the beginning, and end up editing it a bit). So, if you’re not afraid of working with an unfinished manuscript, I think we could be good partners. If not, I totally understand. :)

      I write mostly fantasy, with some romance thrown in. I read mostly fantasy as well, though I do branch out, and read sci fi, romance, and YA.

      (gogo10123 at yahoo,com)

  • Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

    Hey, everyone. I’m Aneeqah, and I write YA. I’m currently in high school, managing school, extracurriculars, and a book blog. I have one finished manuscript I’m thinking about revising, but I’m also in the very beginning stages of writing a new novel.. So while I don’t have something ready to be looked at, I’m very open to critiquing. I LOVE editing and I’m extremely thorough.

    I’m looking more for someone that’s in this for the long haul. I want someone who I can bounce ideas off of, who I can email in the night as I freak out about something, etc.

    I’m unagented and unpublished but of course, it’s always been a dream of mine to get published. I know a lot about the industry, though (the whole book blogger thing).

    The book I just finished was IN THE AFTERLIGHT by Alexandra Bracken. The book(s) I feel define me as a reader: THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken and THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski (basically: books with a gritty setting, books that make you think, books that consume you. The feeling of being in love with these books is the feeling I dream of creating for others).

    If you’d like to contact me, you can email me at mynotsorealife AT gmail DOT com or hit me up on Twitter @MyNSRL.

  • crguardian

    Hey everyone, I’m Aaron, a chaos driven, crazy 30 year old. I’ve been writing since I was little, but only recently began banging my head against the wall to produce a fully developed manuscript.

    I am currently writing a thriller about an ancient guild of assassins that had a part in giving the modern day card suits their faces (Spades, Hearts, Clubs, and Diamonds). The Query as it currently stands is at the end of this post for your perusing if you so wish to learn more about my current work before messaging me.

    Before I started on the Real World Thriller, I’d worked almost exclusively with fantasy. So, I love reading and working with people to help create a believable world outside of our own. These past few years, I have decided to test my hand at a more real life environment and it has opened up so many possibilities for me. My manuscript is in its final stages. My main concern currently is cutting down the word count from 144,000 to 110,000. If you’re prone to sniping words that are needlessly present, then I need you on my team. If you have a background in the medical field, I need you on my team. If you have a passion for the grammatical realm, I need you on my team. My talents consist of plot hole bloodhound, world building, and character development.

    I love to read fantasy, and am especially fond of David Farland, J. R. R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson (Check him out), Stephen King, Sir Doyle, George R.R. Martin (If you haven’t read Fevre Dreams, do!), and a few of Terry Goodkind’s earlier Sword of Truth books.

    My Query in Progress:

    One month ago, Chase Hunter’s uncle was murdered in an explosion. Today an assassin broke into his home and she’s offering vengeance.

    Chase is recruited to join the Guild of Four, an organization of assassins whose history inspired the modern day deck of cards. The position is his to claim, if—of course there’s an “if”—he lives through the trial period. He must face seven seasoned assassins, each utilizing his or her own fatal methods to assess his ability to survive. Their attacks and weapons vary, their arrivals are unexpected. There is only one constant: Each assassin has two full hours to employ any means desired to take out Chase.

    Then two assassins are sent to attack at once, and all three are nearly buried in an explosion similar to the one that killed Chase’s uncle. Vixen, the assassin sent to recruit Chase, realizes someone in the Guild has taken a keen interest in his failing. She must make a decision: Allow Chase to be swallowed up by the hidden adversary or risk her position, reputation, and life to help him survive the unsurvivable.

    13 HOURS is told in alternating points of view of Chase, Vixen, the assassins, and the assassinated.

    • Alyssa

      Hey Aaron, I’m Alyssa. Can’t say I have a medical background, but I am an extremely passionate science student and can help with any research. I’m also fairly confident with grammar and paring. I love thrillers/assassins/alternating POVs, so your ms sounds right up my alley!

      My current WIP is a speculative thriller with dystopian elements. It’s undergoing early revisions, so more on the character, pacing, structural level, etc. If you’re interested, pls email me at alyssa.carlier[at]gmail.com!

      • crguardian

        I responded via email, tell me if you did not receive it :)

  • Sally P.

    I’m newly agented and in final revisions with a
    literary, contemp, upper-MG novel titled “Chicken Nuggets Across
    America”– OCD-Aspie-bird lover Charlie’s reluctant cross-country
    journey to meet up with his brain-injured vet father. Also have just started an upper-MG
    WIP, “Worn” – magic-realism, coming of age, emotional-abuse issues, emperor’s-new-clothes
    fashion theme. Tough issues, emotional writing, but not wrenching or too dark. Compassion, connection, warmth matter. Anyone want to trade a few pages just to see? Love
    Rainbow Rowell, Maggie of course, A.S.King; in upper-MG, Gary Schmidt, Rebecca
    Stead, RIchard Peck’s A Year Down Yonder…

    • Merriam

      Hi Sally,
      I’d love to swap pages. I am agented, on sub now and write magical realism MG with emotional issues, as I am a psychotherapist. Rainbow Rowell and Rebecca Stead all the way. My email is merriam11@yahoo.com.
      I’m having major technical difficulties, since this is the 4th time trying to leave a reply! Ugh. Just my luck, they will all post at once making me look like a dorky stalker.
      Happy New Year!

    • Alaa

      Hi Sally,
      “Chicken Nuggets Across America” sounds amazing. I write realistic contemporary fiction, both MG and YA (a bit more YA though). My WIP upper-MG called “Upsetting The Frame” is about a ten year old boy dealing with the aftermath of his brother’s school shooting. I have two YA WIPs. 1) Color Me Wonderful is about a teenage father dealing trying to trade his beer bottles for baby formula, in short. 2) Aberle Road is about a football team dealing with sexual violence. This may or not be too dark for you, not sure. But I do love Rainbow Rowell, A.S. King and my favorite MG writer is Gary D. Schmidt.
      If you’re interested you can shoot me an email at alaaalbara@gmail.com
      -Alaa Al-Barkawi

    • Hayley Chewins

      Hi Sally! Your ideas are so intriguing! I also write MG with magical elements—you can scroll up to see my information. I’d love to trade pages. My email is hayley.lisa.chewins@gmail.com

    • Andrew Battersby

      Your Upper MG sounds right up my alley. I’m working on an Upper MG Modern Fantasy if you would like to swap pages.

  • Andrea Contos

    Hello!
    I’m Andrea and I write ADULT FANTASY. I fall much closer to the contemporary end of the spectrum than the epic/high fantasy side. I have a Contemporary Fantasy that I’m putting final revisions on (and drafting the dreaded query letter). It’s very much ‘real world’ with a slight bit of magic with regard to dreams (people can be put into Dreaming, where they chose the subject and/or participants in their Dreams.) My MC is a woman with OCPD (Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder) with a slight twist to her Dreamweaver abilities.

    I’d love another CP who writes in a similar genre. I’m probably not a good match for YA.

    I’m looking for someone who is serious about getting published and has a bit of writing/CP experience.

    The last book I read and loved was THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman. And book that epitomizes me as a reader? Eek! I don’t know. I can be pretty varied. Atwood meets Gaiman meets GRRM meets Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series. Is that possible?

    I’m at andreaacontos (at) gmail (dot) com if you’d like to exchange a chapter or two to see if we’re a match!

  • Laura

    Hi there! I’m Laura, a current college student studying creative writing. My current novel is a completed but unedited YA fantasy (I write and read primarily YA fantasy and science fiction).

    When sixteen year old Amma–a snarky, small-town girl with the uncanny ability to see ghosts–learns there’s magic in her blood, she’s forced to accept a terrible truth: Her magic doesn’t come free, and the price might be steeper than anything she’s willing to pay.

    When I set out to write this novel, I wanted to explore friendship, morality, and the idea that in real life, nothing is as simple as good-versus-evil.

    I recently read (and adored) the Throne of Glass series and the Raven Cycle.

    If you’re interested, please contact me at laurarobson7@gmail.com!

    • AmandaH

      Hi Laura! I love the sound of this! My post is probably quite buried by now, but I write YA fantasy and have one novel completed but in need of fresh eyes. It sounds like we have similar tastes and if you’d be interested let me know! Amandah322(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Amber

    Hi, all!

    I write both YA and NA (mostly concentrated on YA at the moment) contemporary romance, though I am currently branching out into other genres. The last YA book I read and ADORED was Talon by Julie Kagawa. I’m a book lover. Chocolate addict. Don’t-interrupt-me-when-I’m-reading kind of girl. Oh, and I am agented with 5 contracted books. I’m often on social media. And my website. Feel free to contact me there :)

    -xoxo

    http://www.amberhartbooks.com

    • ky

      Hi, Amber. I write PNR and NA, currently focusing on contemporary NA with diverse characters about overcoming the scars of the past and the expectations of the present. The last few books I read that I loved: K.A. Tucker Ten Tiny Breaths series and Finding It by Cora Carmack. To be fair – I am unagented and unpublished. I have a PNR novella that I have finished round 1 on, but opted to let it sit and focus on NA. You can learn more about me on twitter kyla_holt. I’ll be emailing you soon.

  • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

    Hello! I am Kristy, an un-agented, pretty green writer with two finished novels, one unfinished, and a novella. Thus far my work falls in the YA/NA range, portal fantasy and YA paranormal romance with strong mythological/fairy tale influences. My most recent novel is about a valkyrie and the soft, squishy, artistic mortal boy who falls in love with her. I had a request from a publisher for this when it was a WIP, but they were hoping for a romance and It deals more with what it means to be a coward or a hero. I write a lot about relationships of all kinds (familial, friendship, romantic, etc.) and capable women and find what I write generally hard to categorize.

    I am a pantser and tend to feel things out, I relate writing to music a lot in critique. If you are a strict grammarian, my dialogue tags and occasionally creative syntax may pain you. I would describe my critique style as blunt but constructive, and encouraging. The last book I read that I loved was The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder and some books that epitomize me as a reader are Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson, The Scorpio Races, and the J.M. Barrie Peter Pan. If this at all strikes your fancy, you can e-mail me at KLeeEden@gmail.com You can also read my book/art blog here: https://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/page/2/

  • Keiko

    Yay! I’m super excited for this because I missed it last year and I finally rememberd at the right time!
    I’m Keiko. I am unagented (for now – 2015 goal!) I write YA, mostly contemporary, although there’s a contemp with fantasy elements on the back burner. My current WIP was inspired by a Post Secret picture and has to do with 9/11.
    The last book I read and adored was Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. I would kill for her prose.
    I’m almost done with the first draft of my WIP and need some good editing/idea bouncing as I head into the 2nd. would love to find a couple of critique partners that in the same get down to business frame of mind! :)

    • Emily Siess

      I also write YA contemporary and enjoy fantasy elements so long as they are grounded in a character driven kind of story. Your WIP sounds right up my alley. My finished WIP is about a teenage drug dealer and I have 25K written for a story based on the Nazi persecution of the gypsies during WWII.

      If you wanna swap chapters my e-mail is siessea@gmail.com

  • Krystal

    Hello there! I’m Krystal (23) and I write mostly Fantasy with Romance aspects.

    I have numerous projects in mind. However, I am still currently working on my MS. It’s Fantasy/Romance. My MC is a very powerful mage who has fallen in love with the wrong type of man, (according to the other mages in her tribe), one with no magic. In her tribe, they believe that magic is power, and that people without magic are extremely inferior and some believe them useless. She battles enemies both inside and outside her tribe with her magic, as well as fighting to keep the man she loves. There’s a lot of focus on her growth as a mage as well as physical fighter, and her relationship with her mate and the people in her tribe.

    So I’m looking for someone who is willing to work with me and my incomplete MS. I have plans to continue to work on WIPs that are based on this world, though they may not be in stand series format. So I’m hoping that I can find some long-term CPs. I’m more than willing to help with overall flow, query letters, character development and such. I’m okay with LBLs, though grammar is not my strongest point.

    If anyone is interested, I can be reached at gogo10123@yahoo.com

  • Amy L

    Hi all! I’m Amy. I’m 21 and I just started seriously writing my first novel during NaNoWriMo 2014. I do not have an agent (yet–fingers crossed for that to change in the future).

    My novel “logline” is: When the Commander of a covert international security organization is determined to be a fraud, more dangerous secrets begin to unearth themselves about the creation of the organization and the people who work there. It’s like a superhero action story without the super powers, plus more emotional depth. It’s definitely not YA, but it’s more youthful than some adult lit. It’s still rough with 50,000 words currently. I’m in the middle of doing a lot of cultural/historical research, but adding to the word count as well.

    I love reading Fantasy. I just finished Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone and loved it. As for what epitomizes me as a reader, I’d probably say either Harry Potter or A Song of Ice and Fire. World-building is HUGE for me so anything big and detailed is my cup of tea.

    I just graduated with a degree in Film and TV, so if you’re writing a novel/short story that you want to feel very cinematic/easily adaptable, I can definitely be of assistance. My goal in my career is to help promote diversity in the media (in gender, race, sexuality, etc.), so if you feel like that is something you want to promote too, we may be a match!

    My email is weird.alt.grrl@gmail.com!

  • Alicia

    Hi, I’m Alicia, a college student studying creative writing. I’m not agented. The manuscript I’m in a need of a critique partner for is Young Adult or possibly New Adult? It’s about a girl named Bethany who belongs to a conservative Christian church and begins to question her beliefs when she goes to college and meets a liberal Christian boy who has a crush on her, a pantheist lesbian who becomes her best friend, and she discovers her best friend is bisexual.

    A book I read and loved recently is Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater because of the way it handles depression and addiction. A book that describes me as a reader is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz because of the strong dialogue, characters, and character growth throughout the novel.

    You can contact me at alicialaliewhitson [at] gmail [dot] com!

  • Tori

    Hi, all. My name is Tori, I’m 32, and I’m hoping 2015 is the year I find a CP. I write YA. I have an Urban Fantasy series contracted with a
    small press and I’m also writing a contemporary YA in hopes of getting
    an agent.

    The contemporary is about a girl who gets stuck with
    her dad’s UFO group for two weeks one summer. It’s like Stephanie
    Perkins meets Maureen Johnson. (Though I’m probably not as awesome as
    either. :)

    My favorite reads of 2014 include: THESE BROKEN STARS, THE RAVEN BOYS, and SOMETHING REAL.

    I’m
    looking for a partner who will be a real partner down the road, like a
    life-long writing buddy. I don’t need someone who has an agent or a
    publishing deal yet, but I do need someone who’s written several
    manuscripts and is on the same level. (I hope that doesn’t sound
    egotistical, it’s just people are at all different points in their
    writing journey and I need someone close to me on the path.)

    My best skills include dialogue and voice. My biggest weakness is plot.

    If I haven’t scared you off, email me at toricentanni@gmail.com and we can swap a few chapters ;)

  • Emily Siess

    Hello! I’m Emily. I’m 25 and a Law School grad. I’m currently unagented but would like to become agented in 2015.

    I write mostly YA contemporary but enjoy stories in any YA/NA genre. I tend to really love character driven stories. My finished WIP is about a teenage drug dealer. I also have a story I started during NaNoWriMo based on the Nazi persecution of the gypsies during WWII. Both projects could use constructive critiques.

    In 2015 I’ll also be participating in the Ray Bradbury 52 Week short story challenge. Basically you post a short story once a week for a year. I’d love to do something similar to the Merry Sisters of Fate and have a website were we’d post these stories, critique and share.

    As far as books go in 2014 I really loved Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer, Scarlet & Lady Thief by AC Gaughen, The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno and The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

    If you’re interested in traditionally critiquing or short storing with me shoot me an e-mail at siessea@gmail.com!

    • Denise Jones

      Hey Emily, I’ll send you an email but I’d be interested in both :)

  • http://blog.littlebitshonkie.com Bob

    Hello, hello.

    I’m Sionainn/Shonk and I am actually a professional editor, having obtained a Master of Publishing and Editing, and I’m currently working for an independent children’s and YA publisher here in Australia. Even with that and my freelance work, I apparently still don’t have enough books to read and am interested in obtaining more.

    I am not particularly interested in getting myself published and am, thusly, unagented. But if your happy to engage with an entirely self indulgent author who is currently pretending that improving her own writing is a means to also improve her editing skills and that this isn’t at all like giving my services away because this is totally mutually beneficial, despite a lack of publishing desire, then by all means, hi *eyebrow waggle*.

    I currently have 22 novels in various states of undress. They range from adult spec fic to YA satire. I primarily dabble in one world, Discworld style, with half my manuscripts belonging to it. For further information on some of these, see here: http://thetroglodyte.tumblr.com/shonksbrainfarts

    The last book I read that I actually adored . . . well, I am incredibly choosey and it was two years ago and it was the Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee. A book that would define me as a writer would perhaps be Nation by Terry Pratchett.

    Please note that I am 100% sick of first person narrative, so if you want to forward something written in first person, I am definitely not your gal.

    You can email me at shonk@littlebitshonkie.com

    Cherrio,
    Shonk

  • Leigh-Ann Sjögren

    Hi everybody! My name is Leigh-Ann, and I’m an unagented, unpublished writer seeking a critique partner! I have two manuscripts I’m currently working on. The first, titled HELL HATH NO FURY, is roughly in the Young Adult/New Adult age range and the urban fantasy/dark fantasy/horror genre. It’s about an angel who falls from heaven and is bitten by a vampire, her struggle to get home, and the disturbing truths she learns along the way. The second is tentatively titled SAMHAIN and is about a girl who unknowingly encounters a god and how it pulls her life apart, and the other supernatural beings she meets to piece things back together. Or, as my best friend summarizes it: “a girl gets caught up in eons-old god family drama.”

    The last book I read that I loved was “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater, and the book that I would say epitomizes me as a reader (and inspire me as a writer) would be the “Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman. If you’re interested, please don’t hesitate to email me at ripfangdragon@gmail.com ! I look forward to hearing from you and good luck everyone.

  • Amanda Joy

    Hello all! Like all of you I am a hopeful (unagented, as of now) writer, looking to make some connections to help me through the process of finishing (and hopefully publishing) and shiny, pretty piece of fiction.

    My name is Amanda, and I have written everything from Paranormal, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance YA to contemporary romance NA. My interest seems to have swung more into the NA cont rom in the past few years, though.

    I’m currently working on a NA contemporary romance about a college senior named Ash, who struggles with the physical affects of having a photographic memory, a rocky relationship with his demanding father, and the realization that he has no interest in his major in business or running the family’s vacation ranch with his brothers when his father retires, and his best friend Peyton, who is very driven by her dream to become a vet, to live up to the bruising expectations she puts on herself, and by her vow to deserve all the pride her single mom has in her. (Sorry, that was a mouthful!). Things start to spin out of control for them when Ash realizes his form of escape (music) can become more, a mistake from Peyton’s past emerges, and a kiss between the two BFFs after a dare causes the one pillar of support and stability they both have to start to crumble.

    I’m looking for a partner or two to (obviously) look over my work and help things stay on task, but to also be a source of support when I start to freak under the pressure. As you can probably see, my stories tend to have many layers and issues and at times I overwhelm myself with the characters’ complexities, lol. But these types of heavy, angsty, swoony stories are what I love. To compare, Brighton Walsh’s “Caged In Winter” is the last NA story that I truly connected with and lived. I feel like that type of story defines me as a writer. Also “Pushing the Limits” and “Easy.” I love very complex characters with rich personalities and complicated inner conflicts. These are the type I tend to write. I am 100% a character writer vs plot. My characters are the story.

    If you think you might be interested or think we would be a good fit, please contact me at boymama@gmail.com. I’m very available for chatting and plotting through Twitter or Google hangouts (even email) and prefer a very active, friendly critiquing process, rather that just notes on WORD.

    Thanks, all! (Please excuse any mistakes. I’m typing this on my phone and it keeps going wacky on me!)

    • Kritika D

      I absolutely loved easy! And I like your story idea too! Your line of thought really matches with mine. You can view my comment, and if you like it, Please feel free to contact me at dwivedikritika1984@gmail.com :)

    • ky

      Hi, Amanda. I write PNR and NA, currently focusing on contemporary NA with diverse characters about overcoming the scars of the past and the expectations of the present. The last few books I read that I loved: K.A. Tucker Ten Tiny Breaths series and Finding It by Cora Carmack. I will be emailing you shortly!

  • prerna pickett

    Hi all! My name is Prerna and I write YA, but read both YA and NA. I have three completed novels (one urban fantasy, and two contemporaries) and am working on my fourth (also a contemporary). I have one CP already but would love one or more set of eyes to look over my work (never hurts). As far as what I bring to the table, I’m honest but kind, and am looking for someone who will be truthful but respectful. Although it does take A LOT to offend me or hurt my feelings. I’m good with big picture stuff, but if there are more specific things you want me to check out (a scene that isn’t working, characterization etc.) I can do that as well. The last book I read was Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St. John Brown, and the book that describes me as a reader would be This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. I love reading all genres and am well versed in all of them to give constructive criticism on manuscripts that are not contemporary, although I’m not as familiar with scifi. You can email me at prernapickett at yahoo dot com and my twitter handle is @prernapickett

    • Elizabeth Foster

      Hi, I will shoot you an email.

  • Bryanne

    Hi, I’m Bryanne!. I’m a 22-year-old English Major Grad, seeking representation in 2015. My current work is contemporary, but I lean more towards fantasy, urban and contemporary. I mostly write YA, although I’ve dabbled in Adult and think New Adult projects are in my future.

    My contemporary is about teens spending a summer on their parent’s isolated island for a summer (and the MC who gets invited along). I also have last year’s contemporary fantasy nanowrimo novel (which I haven’t even peaked at yet) about a small town and telekinesis and the FBI and magic (like I said, I haven’t looked at it yet. I’m not even sure what it’s about). I also have a few shelved novels with vampires and werewolves etc. because I will forever and always love creatures.

    The last book I read and loved was We Were Liars, and my favourite book of all time is (don’t judge me if you had to read this in high school) A Separate Peace by John Knowles. As a side note, I also LOVE editing query letters :)

    Shoot me an email at bryannegreen @ hotmail . com

  • C.R. Billingsley

    Hi there,

    My name is Chris and I am un-agented author who writes YA. In my real life I am an intermediate teacher (So I know my target audience pretty well!) with ten years of experience.

    I have one finished manuscript called the EMPIRE CITY that has a full request on it and is also being shopped to agents. It is based on the old tower of London legend, which states that if there are fewer than six ravens in the tower, the kingdom will fall. If someone had some time, I’d love to have you take a quick look before I send the full out on the 5th. You can find more about it here, crbillingsley.com

    I have also just begun a YA Contemporary about three misfit teens who sneak into an abandoned football stadium to play a game of manhunt to gain popularity, but when one of them goes missing, what they find will change their lives forever.

    The book that I most aspire to write like is Rick Yancey’s THE FIFTH WAVE. The last two books I read (outside of MOCKINGJAY and THE MAZE RUNNER) were BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young and GONE by Michael Grant. (Both read aloud to my students.)

    I am looking for two critique partners who would be one part devil’s advocate, one part cheerleader. If that sounds like you, let’s write together!

    Message me at cbills29[at]hotmail[dot]com or on this board.

    Thanks,

    Chris

  • http://www.alessahinlo.com Alessa Hinlo

    Hi, everyone! I’m Alessa. I’m currently unagented but working on changing that. I have an adult thriller out with a few agents right now and plan to send out another batch of queries later this month.

    My current WIP is in its very early stages (as in, I’m starting the first draft tomorrow!). It’s an adult psychological thriller about best friends whose friendship goes terribly awry. While I call these novels of mine adult, they really hover on the NA/adult border. I’m also interested in writing YA, so I’d be happy to CP anyone who writes in that age category as long as they don’t mind CPing someone who doesn’t.

    I read and write all sorts of genres, but my favorites are thriller/suspense, fantasy, and horror. A novel I recently read and loved was Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, and the novel that embodies me as a reader (and inspires me as a writer) is Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I’m also a huge proponent of diversity (the novel I’m currently querying is populated by POC and LGBT characters & the WIP has POC and disabled main characters).

    I’m looking for 2-3 long-term crit partners who’ll want to share the journey together. In addition to critting each other’s chapters and manuscripts, I’d love to be able to bounce ideas off each other and work out plot snarls and commiserate about the querying/submission process.

    If you’re interested, my email is alessa.hinlo@gmail.com. I’m also on Twitter at @alessahinlo & it’d be fabulous if my CPs were frequent users of Twitter, too!

  • Lina Olsen

    I tried posting this before, but it might have gotten lost in cyber space, so I’m just copy/pasting this:

    Hi, I’m Lina, an aspiring author, avid book reader and full time coffee drinker.

    My WIP is a magic realism/romance novel that takes place on a tiny Irish island steeped in superstition. Everyone on the island believes that the Callahan women are witches and try to keep a healthy distance from them at all times. It is said that they kill their husbands, and that they can curse you with just a hushed whisper. However, they are tolerated (if not accepted) because they are the only protection from the vicious selkies that live in the water surrounding the island. When city boy, Archer arrives on the island he is both intrigued and incredulous that people can still believe in such nonsense in this modern age. That is, until he sees something in the water.

    So yeah, it’s still a work in progress, but I hope to have finished it by summer and start querying as soon as possible after that.

    A book that defines me as a writer… Oh man, that’s a tough one. Well, Scorpio Races is one of my all time favourites. I really can’t tell you how much I love this book! This is like the kind of book I wish I had written. This is me!

    However, I read just about anything. Other favourites of mine is the Ink Heart series, Wool/Shift/Dust by Hugh Howey, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Hunger Games series – and so many, many more.

    Basically, I’m looking for someone who I can bounce ideas off of, email when I lose faith and want to delete the entire thing, and of course someone who can read my manuscripts and help me revise and edit the crap out of it!

    No matter what genre you’re writing I’m probably up for it as long as our styles match. I like stories that are character driven and have a tight plotline.

    Also, a slight warning; although my WIP is romance/magic realism I write in all genres, basically. My next project is more of a thriller with cliffhangers in every chapter and guns and killing and sassyness (… sassiness?). No magic whatsoever. I hope to find a life long crit partner here, so if you’re okay with reading all kinds of genres depending on what mood I’m in we might be perfect for each other!

    Oh, almost forgot. Contact me on line _ t _ o (AT) hotmail (dot) com if you’re interested.

    • Minerva Vasquez

      Hi, Lina! An ultimate favorite of mine is Scorpio Races, and I also write in all genres. Here is a little bit of what I posted on Maggie’s FB earlier :Hi! My name is Minnie and I write YA… Any genre really, but the novel I want to finish this year is a fantasy. I have an MFA in creative writing and have published a few short pieces (poetry, flash), but I don’t have an agent. The one complete novella I have is written in verse.
      The last book I read was We Were Liars (I loved all the lyrical language) , and a couple of my favorite YA’s are Scorpio Races and Delirium.
      I need a critique partner who wants to be published, who absolutely loves YA, and who wants to be a better and more disciplined writer… Because that’s me. Actually, it would be awesome if this person was at the early stages of plotting or writing for a new novel ☺

    • Minerva Vasquez

      Oh, my email is mvasquez1028@gmail.com. I will email you tomorrow for sure, but feel free to contact me too!

    • E McC

      Hi Lina, we sound like a good fit! I studied folklore in college and it permeates my work…currently working on revising a southern gothic/literary horror novel. I’m definitely open to reading all genres since my writing is pretty eclectic too, even though I would say it mostly falls under the “speculative” umbrella.

    • Colleen O’Felein

      Sending you an email now … :-)

    • Colleen O’Felein

      Hi Lina! I tried an email, but it bounced back. Your WIP sounds very interesting, and I’d love to help

    • http://www.alessahinlo.com Alessa Hinlo

      Hi Lina, it sounds like we might be a good fit. I read and write in all genres, too, and the novel I’m currently querying is a thriller with something of a jaded, sassy voice.

      My CP Love Ad is right below yours, if you want to get a feel for what I write and what I’m about. Let me know!

  • Kritika D

    Hey everyone! I’m Kritika, a 20 year old girl who loves reading and writing equally.
    I write mostly YA, as adult stories hardly interest me ( at all).
    My novel’s written from the perspective of an 18 year old boy, who goes through the stages of great dislike- tolerance- like- confusion – realisation with a girl of the same age as his. In turn, he questions his conceptions of love and with every step, becomes more mature. Also, my book significantly deals with the issue of Kashmiri pundits and misplaced guilt.

    As a reader, there are 2 books that definitely define me both as a reader and a writer : THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS and LOOKING FOR ALASKA. Kite runner talks ( amongst many other topics) about the longing and love for one’s country, and looking for Alaska talks about glorifying our love interests; both being very close to my heart.

    If you’re interested in being my critique partner, send me an email at dwivedikritika1984@gmail.com
    Eagerly awaiting replies! :)

    • Minerva Vasquez

      I got your email! I will reply soon☺

      • Kritika D

        Great :) please do!

  • dave

    Hey there, I’m Dave/CR and I’m looking for You. Maybe you? I’m just a lonely, mostly YA/Horror writer looking for a love connection. I have a few short stories on my tumblr along with some stuff copy/pasted from my main project if you want to sniff for compatibility without communication. (Spikekat.tumblr.com) Are you ready to writer speed date me?
    Main Project: After a hellhound girl is mistakenly summoned to the mortal plane, a group of young witches must decide who to trust: their new friend, or the goddess who lend them power.
    The last book I read I loved with all my shrunken bones? “The Demon’s Lexicon” by Sarah Rees Brennan.
    The book(s) I feel epitomize me as a reader? Tie between The Inkworld Trilogy by Cornelia Funke, Turn of the Story by Sarah Rees Brennan, and The Dream Thieves by– well, I’m sure everyone here knows that one.
    I don’t have an agent, yet, because I don’t have a finished, polished manuscript to offer. I don’t mind if you don’t, or aren’t interested in publication, I just hope you laugh at my dumb jokes.
    Message me at my tumblr (url Spikekat) or email me at ravenfeather2202@yahoo.com. It sounds unprofessional, I know, but it is the least likely of all my emails to swallow your message.
    Thanks, and good luck!

    • dave

      Also, I tried to space out the lines so this could be more readable, but the website seems to have rejected that idea without any input from me.

  • Jordan Fernandez

    Hi, I’m Jordan! I’m an 18.8 year old paranormal romance / urban fantasy writer from the DC suburbs working on getting her BFA. I always thought I was YA but I just found out today that NA is a thing and I think I might be somewhere in-between. I’ve been writing for 7 years now and I’m about to start the final round of edits on the first book in my trilogy so I can start looking for an agent within the next few months.

    My current WIP is the final book in a trilogy about man-eating werewolves working with the government and the humans stupid enough to care about them. I hope to finish the third and final book this summer, and after that I’m starting on a Greek mythology project focusing on Calypso and reincarnation.

    My favorite series are *insert anything Maggie has touched here*, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I also really enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and the first two books of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (In my head, Bloodrose never happened. The same goes for Toy Story 3). Recently I read Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios and I really enjoyed that too.

    I mostly read paranormal, urban fantasy and dystopia but I can do my best to make sense of sci-fi and high fantasy if necessary. I already have one amazing critique partner but I’d love at least one more. I’m a sucker for werewolves and pretty boys with smart mouths. If you love either of these things and/or are looking for a long-term fangirl and critique partner hit me up at jordan.marie.fernandez [at] gmail [dot] com :)

  • PoirierPages

    30 Year Old, Un-agented. I write YA. Nearly all of my projects are dark supernatural thrillers, or horror.

    One project is being queried with 16 full requests, other I just began querying.

    Looking for a CP that is comfortable with dark material and paranormal/supernatural elements. I have two completed MS that are being shopped, three others that are shelved.

    Project 1) Young Adult historical thriller based in 1968.

    Project 2) Young Adult thriller about a famous teenage psychic being hunted by a cult.

    Project 3) Young Adult horror – Based in late 1800s in New Orleans, Voodoo, Murder, etc.

    I’m best suited to help critique YA, I prefer horror, thrillers, dystopian, fantasy, etc. Not great with sci-fi, or romance, I wouldn’t be much help.

    The last book I read and loved, was The Darkest Minds.

    If interested, please email me poirierpages [at] gmail.com

  • Nessa

    Hi, my name is Nessa and I’m a 21 years old book eater. I read and write mostly YA Urban Fantasy books (I devour them as well). I started writing my first novel a few months ago and I’m looking for one or two long-term critique partners to join me along the way to the final draft! :)

    My current WIP involves a murder, an evil Queen and a hidden city full of liars. The story is written in 4 POVs and happens in early 2014.

    I love fast-paced stories, my favorite book discovery of the year (though I might be a little bit late) is “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher. The suspense was driving me crazy and I LOVED it. I also enjoyed Harry Potter, The Maze Runner, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and both Percy Jackson series.

    Send me an email: dreamzcometrue23[at]gmail[dot]com :)

    • Kida A.

      Hey Nessa
      I love your story, especially the “hidden city full of liars” part. Apparently, we have similar book taste and I, too, prefer to read fast-paced stories. I have just posted my info, so if you’re interested send me an email at cocobayablue@gmail.com

  • Chels N

    Hi Everyone:

    My name’s Chels. I am unagented, unpublished, and working on my first manuscript, a contemporary/realistic YA piece about 50 pages long (so far). The story is about two sisters who didn’t grow up together, but are now reunited under the same roof for the first time since their country music superstar father came out of the closet and very publicly divorced their mother when they were young. The book is from the older daugher’s POV and chronicles the year she and her sister reconnect and finally deal with the secrets and lies that used to define their family before their dad came out, and what it means for them to be a family now, years later.

    I will put this out there right away: I am TERRIBLE at plotting Big Events, so the story will be smaller in scale – no apocalypses. If you read authors such as Sarah Dessen, Amy Spalding, Sara Zarr, CK Kelly Martin, and Melina Marchetta’s contemporary books (Saving Francesca, Jellicoe Road, Looking for Alibrandi…) you know what I mean. The story I have in mind is the story about a girl dealing with a personal crisis, the fallout of her family and the ramifications it is still having on her ten years later. It’s a big story to my MC (and her sister) in the way that the things in an average
    person’s life are big stories, even if it’s not an -airquote – Big Story. Think THE SWEETEST THING YOU CAN SING (by CK Kelly Martin) or THE LUCY VARIATIONS (by Sara Zarr) where the plot is slim but the personal development and arcs gone through by the cast of characters, not just the main one, defines the story.

    If you are familiar with these writers, know the kinds of stories they tell, and sound interested in this project, by all means, let me know! I’d LOVE a helping hand, and be happy to extend one myself to fellow writers. Realistic YA would probably be best suited for editing/critiquing, since it’s what I’m most familiar with.

    Email me: yellowcottondresses@gmail.com and I will be happy to exchange more details! =)

  • http://twocentsparrow.blogspot.ca/ Kristen Ciccarelli

    Hi there! I’m a 28 year old YA writer. Former bookseller. Agented, but unpublished. I have two heavily revised manuscripts:

    YA #1 has a contemporary/fantasy/magical realism feel. It’s about a girl under a forgetting spell, a forbidden forest, and a boy who’s running out of time… as well as mother-daughter relationships, female friendships, and belonging. (This has gone through 9 drafts – crazy, I know.)

    YA #2 is a high fantasy about a dragon hunter who’s father makes her a deal: he’ll cancel the odious marriage he arranged for her if she’ll hunt down a dragon so dangerous no other hunter will take it on. There is romance. And baddassery. (I’ve rewritten this one twice from scratch and am currently in the midst of revising the third rewrite under the mentorship of Franny Billingsley, who is a literary genius imo and is teaching me so much.)

    Last book I loved: WE WERE LIARS.

    Book that epitomizes me as a reader: KETURAH & LORD DEATH. (I’ve read it seven times.)

    Contact: kristen.ciccarelli@gmail.com

    I’m looking for someone with significant writing experience but you DON’T have to be agented or published!

    • E McC

      GIRL. I DIDN’T THINK I’D EVER FIND ANOTHER PERSON WHO LOVES KETURAH AND LORD DEATH. This is a sign.

      Your manuscripts sound awesome. I’m currently revised a NA southern gothic/literary horror novel (have also gone through many drafts, but still not done, ha) and I have a few WIP manuscripts that all loosely fall into a speculative fiction umbrella.

      • http://twocentsparrow.blogspot.ca/ Kristen Ciccarelli

        I am down. Wanna swap first chapters?

      • E McC

        sure! I will e-mail you posthaste.

    • Emily Henry

      Hiii! I already tried to submit a comment once, but I’m not sure it worked? Hm. I’ll send a shorter version again.

      I’m 24, agented, and working and ideally looking for a longterm critique partner. I also looove reading and writing mother/daughter relationships and female friendships. My most recent WIP, the first draft of which I’ve cowritten with a friend, seems like it would be friends with the first project you mentioned. Here is mini blurb:

      MOTHER OF SPIDERS, DAUGHTER OF WOLVES is a 82,000-word dark, YA fairytale. Told in dual perspectives, this stand-alone novel follows the story of an ancient Witch of the Woods known only as the Yaga and the teenage girl ordained to replace her.

      This book pays homage to classic fairytales and to the “Wild Woman” or “Hag” trope. In addition to an audience of those who enjoy fairytales and fairytale retellings, the story will appeal to fans of Libba Bray’s A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY for its femininity and luscious, earthy magic.

      It also has a focus on the mother/daughter dynamic and related themes. There’s a fairly strong romance subplot, too.

      I saw you mentioned WE WERE LIARS, which I read recently and loved. In the past I’ve typically been more into fantasy and paranormal but lately I’ve been really into reading contemporary and my writing’s moving more toward speculative/magical realism. I still will always love writing magic (forever and ever, amen), but I love when people can blend a strong contemporary voice with fantastical elements.

      ANYWAY, I’m a freelance proofreader and copywriter so I’m coming up on a couple big deadlines mid-week, but then should have some downtime. If you’re interested in swapping a couple chapters, let me know!

      Emily

      e(dot)anne(dot)henry@gmail(dot)com

      • SB Kassam

        Hi! I know this is very late (I just found out about this from a Tumblr post today) but I absolutely love fairytale retellings and this sounds like a fascinating one — if you’re still looking for a critique partner, my info is above (it’s the only post not from 8 months ago. :) )

    • gildedspine

      Hi Kristen! *waves* I think I might drop you a line in a few, if you don’t mind.

      • http://twocentsparrow.blogspot.ca/ Kristen Ciccarelli

        Hey lovely! Definitely do!! :)

    • Ashley Wyatt

      We write very different types of books (I write YA Dystopian and other YA Urban Fantasy) and being agented, you are ahead of me in the writing game. So, I doubt I would be a match for you Crit. Partner-wise. However, you seem like the type of writer friend I’d love to have. If you are on facebook and have a minute, look me up!

      • http://twocentsparrow.blogspot.ca/ Kristen Ciccarelli

        Hi Ashley! I looked you up on FB but there are LOTS of Ashley Wyatts and I didn’t want to go friending them all because that would be awkward. So feel free to look me up instead. (I think there are like four Kristen Ciccarellis total.) I am the one with the dog licking my head. :)

    • Rebecca Goekler

      Both of your stories sound very interesting and I would be interested in helping critique them if you’re still looking for someone
      if your intrestedauthorrlg@gmail.com if your intrested

  • Kristy Boyce

    Hi all! I’m currently working on a YA manuscript about a girl who discovers she’s being hunted because she’s the last living descendant of a Fate from Greek mythology.

    I’m not currently agented or published.

    One of the last books I read and loved was The Raven Boys (of course), although I also loved Anna and the French Kiss and The Winner’s Curse. A book that truly describes me as a reader is Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Man, do I love that book!

    If anyone’s interested then email me at kristyboyce1@gmail.com

  • Élan Grenier

    Hello, my name’s E’lan, and I might not really have any business being here, but here goes, I suppose.
    My WIP is more or less New Adult, and Science Fiction. And very in-progress. (Full disclosure… it doesn’t have an ending yet, only a beginning and an idea of where it’s heading.) I guess that I just want someone besides myself to look at it because I’m in the dark as to whether it’s worth anything or not, and I’ve never participated in anything like this at all.

    My writing tends to skew towards complicated sentences and needless purple prose. My strengths are dialogue and descriptions, my weakness is plot, and my story involves four main characters, three of them female, all of them POC. Each of them explore issues of identity, reality, the nature of humanity, and morality. (Lots of lofty -ities.) Not to mention the question of whether a man-made apocalypse is the best course of action in the long-term.

    I’m a voracious reader, and I (kinda unfortunately) like reading far more than writing. Even if my own stuff is hardly worth the time, I’d love to look over your stuff. I’ll read about any genre, but I’m not especially versed in or fond of romance, so I might not be as helpful as I’d wish there.

    The last book that I read and really enjoyed was “Blue Lily, Lily Blue.” The book that I think epitomizes me as a writer would be “The Web of Spider” by W. Michael Gear, or about anything else by him, too.

    If this wasn’t enough to warn you away, you can get to me at eag@8322lynx.net

  • Liz

    Hi everyone, I’m Liz and I’m between agents. Just started querying again, and I’ve written a YA fantasy about a girl who discovers she can heal in a world where magic is punishable by death.

    I’m also interested in writing MG fantasy (which is my current WIP).

    I write relatively quickly, and I’m looking for someone who’s serious about being published, reliable, constructive rather than harsh, and is great at finding inconsistencies :)

    My email’s elizabeth.c.lim@gmail.com

    Cheers, and Happy New Year!

    • Allyssa Painter

      Hey Liz. My name’s Allyssa and I also write YA fantasies. My current one is the first in a duo about a girl who learns she is the daughter of an angel and a demon, as well as the new Timekeeper, which is not exactly beneficial to living, and must stand up to stop evil Shunned fallen angels who intend to kill her and everyone who stands in their way. There’s more to it, but that’s a simple version. I am serious about being published and intend to query agents/publishers in the next month or two, as soon as I get a few people to go over the book. I think we’d work well together, so if you’re interested, feel free to shoot me an email at soccergirlada@yahoo.com. Happy New Year to you as well.

    • Andrew Battersby

      I Liz. I write MG Modern Fantasy. I’d like to read your MG fantasy if you were interested in giving some of my pages a read as well.

      • Liz

        Hi Andrew,

        Sure, my MG Fantasy’s still a wip though. What stage is yours at?

  • Carrie Thomas

    Hello! My name is Carrie and I currently have two self-published novels on Amazon. One is YA and the other is NA. Both are contemporary romance. I tend to lean towards NA because I am 35 years old. My taste is simple. I love…LOVE. The last couple of books that I’ve read are: Rowdy by Jay Crownover and Rogue by Katy Evans. I enjoy having humor in my books as well. My NA novel is a good, strong romance but it is a light read. Nothing heavy. I’m not trying to change the world, just give someone a couple hours of feel-good. I tend to get frustrated when I have to think more than smile when I’m reading. I do it to escape. I do it to NOT think. :) Therefore, I write quick funny romance books with great friendships. I write for the 18-30 age group because that is when everything that happens in your life is bigger than you. Those are the times when you laugh till your guts hurt, cry because you don’t know what else to do, and get so angry you could literally hurt someone. As we get older, it takes a lot to make us feel something so deeply, and even at my age I find myself saying “remember when?”. My goal for my books is that anyone who likes contemporary romance will be able to relate to the whole book, not just parts of it. I do not have an agent, but hope to change that soon! I have never had a critique partner and would love to try something new. If you’re interested, you can find me at carriethomas138@yahoo.com or on twitter @carriethomas138

  • Mairi Kilaine

    Hi, I’m Mairi. I don’t have an agent but plan to query this spring. I write YA, SFF and chick lit/light romance with a nerdy flavor. My current manuscript is a nerdy chick lit/light romance about love at a comic con. I also have a few SFF short stories that need fresh eyes before I submit them.
    I love Sophie Kinsella’s voice and humor and Rainbow Rowell’s everything. The last book I loved was Fangirl. If you think we might be a match, tell me about yourself: mairikilaine [at] gmail
    You can also lurk me on twitter [at] mairvin

  • Christina Miles

    Hey Fellow Hopefuls,
    My name is Christina. I work full time and fit in writing anyway I can. Some months that’s a lot more than others.

    I write YA Fantasy. I don’t know if everything I write will be YA, but it will almost always be fantasy. I don’t have an agent, but I am currently on the hunt for one.

    The book I’m querying is about an orphaned and destitute princess who gets mutated in a dragon ritual that melds her mind with the dragons’. Their rage feeds her need for revenge against the man who killed her family, but if she doesn’t figure out how to extricate her mind from theirs, she risks loosing her sanity and her kingdom.

    I also have a WIP that isn’t ready for outside eyes yet, but would be the next thing I need intense feedback on.

    The last book I loved is probably either DISSONANCE or CRUEL BEAUTY. A book that epitomizes me as a reader is harder to pin down. A lot of my favorites are YA books, but I also love humorous books like GOOD OMENS and epic fantasy like THE WHEEL OF TIME series. Ultimately, fantasy and sci-fi are my niche genres, but they definitely aren’t all I read.

    As far as critiquing goes, I’ve been through a lot of different workshops and critiquing scenarios, but I haven’t found a dedicated critique partner or partners yet. I like to do in-line commenting, but I always give a bigger picture review of my thoughts also.

    • Sage Moore

      Hi there Christina, my name is Sage, and I’m also working on a YA fantasy that features dragons. I love your premise and based on the rest of your comment, I think we would see eye to eye. I have a comment floating around here somewhere that says more, but my email is:
      sagemm1999@gmail.com
      Shoot me a note if you’re interested.

  • Mairi Kilaine

    Hi, I’m Mairi. I don’t have an agent but plan to query this spring. I write YA, SFF and chick lit/light romance with a nerdy flavor. My current manuscript is a nerdy chick lit/light romance about love at a comic con. I also have a few SFF short stories that need fresh eyes before I submit them.
    I love Sophie Kinsella’s voice and humor and Rainbow Rowell’s everything. The last book I loved was Fangirl. If you think we might be a match, tell me about yourself: mairikilaine [at] gmail
    You can also lurk me on twitter [at] mairvin

    • http://www.teachmentortexts.com Jen V

      Hi Mairi! I just finished Shopaholic to the Stars earlier this week…not my favorite, but I still adore Sophie Kinsella. Fangirl is a fave of mine as well. I’m going to e-mail you more about myself now. :)

  • Hannah

    Hi everyone! I’m Hannah, a 26-year-old writer, published but unagented (I worked directly with Harlequin for my last three books). I’m close to querying agents for my YA debut, but I’d love to have a couple critique partners look at it first. I’d like a serious CP with a background in writing/critiquing, though I’m happy to hear from anyone with a completed YA fantasy manuscript!

    The pitch: A retelling of Queen Esther set against an ancient Persia-like world. When Dassi’s family is murdered, she enrolls in an elite military
    academy in order to gain revenge – but her plans go awry when she’s conscripted into the king’s competition to find a new wife, and is forced to move into the royal palace.

    The story has romance, female friendships, political intrigue and revenge. I got my BA in writing and love critiquing. I prefer working on full manuscripts rather than a chapter-by-chapter basis.

    Read and loved: STOLEN SONGBIRD by Danielle L. Jenson, CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge.

    The book that epitomizes me: GRACELING by Kristin Cashore, anything by Sharon Shinn

    If you think we sound like a fit, I’m hreynold1@gmail.com. Can’t wait to hear
    from you!

    • E McC

      Hey Hannah, your manuscript sounds AWESOME and it sounds like we have similar critique styles/taste in books. That said, the only thing I’ve got that’s ready for someone to look at right now is a new adult southern gothic/literary horror novel, which based on your post may not really be what you are looking for. Let me know!

      • Hannah

        Hey Ellen! I’m happy to swap our first 50 – we do seem to have similar book tastes (loved Winner’s Curse) and I am all about mysterious women, demon possession, and gory murder :) . If you wanna send your sample over, I can send mine!

      • E McC

        sounds good! I will send it on over.

    • Nida B.

      Hi Hannah,

      My name is Nida and I’m a MG-YA fantasy writer, that is slugging through the process of obtaining an agent. (The key is to not give up hope.)

      Your story seem like just the sort of think I love to read. Interesting fact about me, my mother’s family were originally Persian, before they moved to South Asia. So a fantasy set in a Persia-like world would truly make my day.

      My current project (for which I’m writing the second draft) is a pseudo-fairytale. It’s set in England, in the 1700′s, and is about what happens to girls who disappear. When our quite heroine is inadvertently thrust into the world of faeries, kidnappings, politics, murder, rape, betrayal and quirky nature magic ensue, which is all rounded off with a pinch of romance.

      The last book I read and really enjoyed was Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. And I’ve read both Fire and Graceling by Kristen Cashore about 6 – 7 times each. But the book I feel defines me (those this was hard to pick) is actually Lireal by Garth Nix.

      I can be quite frank/realistic when critiquing, and I’m quite good with character arcs, line editing and metaphorically ripping stories apart.

      If my manuscript and I seem interesting, please contact me on:
      bookaholic_01[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

      Hope to hear from you soon.

    • Allyssa Painter

      Hey Hannah. Your story seems quite interesting! I write primarily YA fantasy. The book that I am most focused on right now is the first in a two book duo about a girl who learns she’s the daughter of an angel and a demon, as well as a Timekeeper, and must stand up to defend and save her world and family from the Shunned who would love to destroy it all, especially her. It is completely written and has been revised/edited a few times. It is almost ready for querying. I’d just like another set of eyes on it before I do.

      Like you, I prefer to work on full manuscripts rather than chapter-by-chapter, though I can do chapter-by-chapter if necessary. I know you mentioned you’d like someone with a background in writing. I have not been published or agented, but plan to change that this year. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and have been seriously working on books for at least the last 5 years. I have two manuscripts written (one of which is the first in this duo, that I’ve been referencing), with the second in the duo half finished, and two other books started. I have been helping a published friend review/critique her manuscripts for the last year or so, and have been offered publication once before. (I turned it down due to ethical reasons). If that is not enough background for you, I wish you the best. If, however, you are interested, please feel free to email me at soccergirlada@yahoo.com

  • Ashley Daniels

    Hi everybody! I’m Ashley and I’m currently co-writing a YA novel with my best friend -who you will also be communicating with. I am 23 and in college, Kim’s 26 and not in college. We do not have an agent, but it’s nice to have something to work towards/dream about. Our novel’s first draft is currently NOT finished, but is very close to it.

    Our novel is, as said above, a YA novel in a dystopian/post apocalyptic setting with multiple POV chapters. The general plot of the novel revolves around people born with special powers called Users, and a government that’s trying its best to rid the world of these people while simultaneously trying to acquire a very powerful User called the Trinity, and the people who want to protect this User and also use him.
    There are three main arcs to the book, all of which eventually converge into one in the climax of the plot.

    The last book I read was Lexicon by Max Barry, though I’m not really sure I can pinpoint a book that epitomizes me as a reader. Maybe the fact that I am super into any kind of YA dystopian/post apocalyptic setting? Who knows.

    The book Kim is currently reading is The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks, and the books that epitomizes her as a reader would be the Idlewild series by Nick Sagan. Kim and I, thankfully, are essentially the same person so there’s that.

    You can contact me through email at ashleyndaniels10@gmail.com or skype at ashcan.hoe (I’ve had the screen name for years, please do not judge. It’s probably time for a new one, though). Or, you know, you can comment here.
    Kim can be contacted through me, as she’s not comfortable with her information being posted publicly. However, if/when we find someone interested in becoming our critique partner and that is a fit for all of us, you will be able to contact her directly!

    • A.M. Ruggirello

      I’m also working on a post-apocalyptic/dystopian! We might be a good fit :) Check out my WIPs below and if you’re interested email me at ashley [at] reuts [dot] com!

  • Kathryn Benson

    Hi, I’m Kathryn. I don’t have an agent but will be querying this spring/summer. I write YA, both contemporary/realistic, and contemporary with elements of fantasy. My current manuscript involves a broken friendship, a vanished girl, a small town in Iowa, cornfields, and secret passageways. This is my 4th finished novel, and the second that has undergone considerable revisions & workshopping.

    My reading tastes are all over the map, from psychological mystery/thrillers (such as In The Woods by Tana French) to voicey comedic regency romance (I looove Courtney Milan). Common factors in the books I love tend to be strong voice and world-building and fully-realized female protagonists (and a touch of humor)! The last book I read that I loved was Landline by Rainbow Rowell (perhaps tied with Blue Lily, Lily Blue). The book that epitomizes me as a reader is probably A Wrinkle In Time.

    I would love to find a critique partner (or partners) who is serious about being published, and who can offer constructive, thoughtful feedback. If you think we might be a good match, please e-mail me at kathryn.j.benson@gmail.com.

    • http://www.alessahinlo.com Alessa Hinlo

      Hi Kathryn, your manuscript sounds awesome. Are you only interested in CPs that write YA or are you also open to people who write other age categories too?

  • E McC

    Hi all, I’m Ellen. I
    studied folklore and mythology in college and that definitely influences my
    work. I wrote a novel manuscript for my thesis that is currently in its 4th
    draft (unagented; we just aren’t quite there yet…). It’s a southern
    gothic/literary horror novel that engages heavily with feminist and LGBT
    themes. INCLUDES: two cousins as close as sisters, mysterious women, demon
    possession, and GORY MURDER.

    I’ve completed manuscripts before this one but I fully consider them to be practice manuscripts and I do not picture myself unearthing them anytime soon. I have a couple other WIPs right now but revising/beefing up my southern gothic is my main focus right now.

    I generally write spec fic
    (of all varieties—sci-fi, folkloristic, fantasy, what have you) with
    protagonists 17-25. I would say I lean towards more mature themes (so more NA/adult
    than YA). I am happy to read either
    adult or YA fiction, and I would prefer either a spec fic or folkloristic element.

    Recent books I have read
    and loved include The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, The Thinking Woman’s Guide
    to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker, and The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by
    Genevieve Valentine. For YA, some recent
    faves are Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, the Poison Princess series by Kresley
    Cole, and the Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

    I have a decent amount of
    crit experience, though mostly with shorter stuff. Looking for someone who’s at least got a
    complete draft of something, preferably.

    If interested please message
    me on twitter @eastofsun or comment here with good way to get in touch with you
    (I don’t want to leave my e-mail in an open forum b/c it has my whole name in
    it and I’m hella paranoid.)

    • E McC

      For some reason the spacing on my post is messed up. PLEASE DON’T JUDGE ME, I do NOT believe in creative line spacing!!

    • Gwen Hull

      Hey, my name is Gwen and I think we might be a good match. I’m in the process of rewriting my WIP, a fantasy/steampunk horror mystery. I’m not looking to have it critiqued in it’s entirety yet, but expect to in a month or so, and until that point am available to critique your writing. I’d like to exchange samples with you, if you’re interested please send me a sample and an email at

      g.h.ostagar@gmail.com

    • Rachel Buckland

      All right, you’ve got me: queer people, feminism, and murder. YUP. We also write in really similar areas/topics! I’d love to hear about your project and also read some of it. I’ve got two projects right now that I could show you. If you want to, email me at bucklandrachel@yahoo.com. :D Look forward to hearing from you!!

  • Falynn Dunkelberger

    Hi, I’m Falynn. I like Piña Coladas and long walks on the beach.

    I currently don’t have an agent but I do plan to start working on that seriously within the coming months. My novel would be classified as Adult Romance even though the character’s shouldn’t be trusted with a mortgage and no one is gently caressed anywhere. The plot focus’s on the emotional development of a young man who started treating life as a task list, but changes his tune throughout the story.

    A novel that epitomizes me as a reader would have to be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’m not one for typical war stories but it is the best character driven novel I’ve read.

    If you’re interested in contacting me, I can be reached at fdunkelberger(at)gmail(dot)com.

  • Sage Moore

    Hi everyone, my name is Sage and I’m an aspiring fantasy author, hoping to query this spring/summer.
    My current project is a YA urban fantasy with some steampunk and gothic elements, though I don’t think I would really call it steampunk or gothic. On one side, it is about a scientist trying to eradicate a species of monsters he believes are harmful to humans. The other side focuses on the monsters, specifically the younger generation, as they fight to save themselves. It is two thirds of the way through and I hope to complete it by the end of the month.
    I am not agented or published, and I’m not particular about this in a partner. All are welcome!
    The last book I read and loved was Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and other books that might define me as a reader are The Raven Boys, The Night Circus, and most things by Neil Garman. All of these books are beautiful and detailed in world and/or character, and have a little bit of weirdness to them that I absolutely love.
    I’m looking for someone frank and brutal in a partner, but someone I can be friends with as well. My critique strength is in bigger picture plot and character arc, but I’m a good line editor as well.
    My email is:
    sagemm1999@gmail.com
    Hope to hear from someone soon!

    • Nida B.

      Hi Sage,

      My name is Nida and I’m a fantasy writer too, that is slugging through the process of obtaining an agent. (The key is to not give up hope.)

      I’ve been reading a lot of steampunk lately and your duel point of view sound fascinating and unique in it’s monsterness. Plus, I’ve always loved to hear both sides of the story.

      My current project (for which I’m writing the second draft) is a pseudo-fairytale. It’s set in England, in the 1700′s, and is about what happens to girls who disappear. When our quite heroine is inadvertently thrust into the world of faeries, kidnappings, murder, rape, betrayal and quirky nature magic ensue, which is all rounded off with a pinch of romance.

      I’ve read a lot of Neil Gaiman’s books, plus the The Raven Boys (which I loved). I’m still eagerly looking forward to read Miss Peregrine’s and The Night Circus. But the last book I read and really enjoyed was Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, and the book I feel defines me (those this was hard to pick) is Lireal by Garth Nix.

      I can be quite frank/realistic when critiquing and/or giving advice, and I’m quite good with character arcs and line editing.

      If my manuscript and I seem interesting, please contact me on:
      bookaholic_01@yahoo.co.uk

      Hope to hear from you soon.

    • Kida A.

      Hey Sage
      I found your project very interesting. I, too, read and write fantasy. I have sent you an email with more information about me. Hope to hear from you soon.

  • Ellen Rozek

    Hi, all! I’m Ellen, and I write contemporary YA and NA, though I’ve also ventured into mystery/thriller territory. My current MS is about a boy who flees his abusive parents and falls in love with a girl who’s currently keeping her own abusive (romantic) relationship a secret. I’m almost finished rewriting/revising it for the third time, and crossing my fingers that it’s in pretty decent shape.

    The last book I read and loved was Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, and
    the book that epitomizes me as a reader is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

    I don’t have an agent, but I have queried before. I’m searching for a CP (or CPs) who will help me through these last few rounds of revisions, so that I’m hopefully able to query again sometime this year. My ideal match would be someone who can nicely rip my stories to shreds and help me rebuild them. Someone who’s willing to brainstorm as needed, takes their own writing seriously, and is still able to laugh at their own mistakes.

    If you think we’d be a good fit, you can email me at ellenmrozek(at)gmail(dot)com.

    • Minerva Vasquez

      Hey, I just posted on the comments … I think we might have a lot of similarities. Let me know if you are interested!

    • Nida B.

      Hi Ellen,

      My name is Nida and I’m a MG-YA fantasy writer, that is slugging through the process of obtaining an agent. (The key is to not give up hope.)

      I usually don’t read a lot of contemporary YA, but I find the the emotional hook of your story quite intriguing.

      My current project (for which I’m writing the second draft) is a pseudo-fairytale. It’s set in England, in the 1700′s, and is about what happens to girls who disappear. When our quite heroine is inadvertently thrust into the world of faeries, kidnappings, murder, rape, betrayal and quirky nature magic ensue, which is all rounded off with a pinch of romance.

      The last book I read and really enjoyed was Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, like you. The book I feel defines me (those this was hard to pick) is Lireal by Garth Nix.

      I can be quite frank/realistic when critiquing, and I’m quite good with character arcs, line editing and metaphorically ripping stories apart.

      If my manuscript and I seem interesting, please contact me on:
      bookaholic_01[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

      Hope to hear from you soon.

    • http://www.alessahinlo.com Alessa Hinlo

      Hi Ellen, your MS sounds interesting. Are you open to people who write adult, in addition to NA & YA? My current manuscripts (the one I’m starting & the one I’m querying) fall into that age category.

      • Ellen Rozek

        Yes, definitely! I don’t have as much experience with writing adult fiction, but I read very widely across all age ranges. I saw from your profile that you also write NA, which is what my next manuscript will be.

        If you aren’t bothered by my lack of adult fiction writing experience, would you like to swap a chapter or two?

    • ky

      Hi, Ellen. I write PNR and NA, currently focusing on contemporary NA with diverse characters about overcoming the scars of the past and the expectations of the present. The last few books I read that I loved: K.A. Tucker Ten Tiny Breaths series and Finding It by Cora Carmack. I think your WIP sounds like a good fit, past and present issues. I’ll email you shortly.

  • Minerva Vasquez

    Hi! My name is Minnie and I write YA… Any genre really, but the novel I want to finish this year is a fantasy. I have an MFA in creative writing and have published a few short pieces (poetry, flash), but I don’t have an agent. The one complete novella I have is written in verse and was my thesis project. I definitely have experience critiquing because of all the workshop classes in grad school.
    The last book I read was We Were Liars (I loved all the lyrical language) , and a couple of my favorite YA’s are Scorpio Races and Delirium.
    I need a critique partner who wants to be published, who absolutely loves YA, and who wants to be a better and more disciplined writer… Because that’s what I need. Actually, it would be awesome if this person was at the early stages of plotting or writing for a new novel ☺ But if you want to swap completed manuscripts then I’m ok with revamping my novella in verse.
    Oh, a lot of my short writing and poetry features Latina/o themes and code-switching. I am bilingual… To a certain point

  • Suzi Ryan

    So…my name is Suzi and I’ve been writing YA since the age of 12 (yup, before I even WAS a YA). I am currently agented and about to head back into the submission process after a fresh revision stemming from editor feedback. My novel on submission is a contemporary YA romance, a modern take of The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.
    As far as reading goes, I prefer fantasy but like to mix in a dose of reality with contemporary from time to time. For example, I just finished and loved BOTH Isla and the Happily Ever After and Daughter of Smoke and Bone, though my style is closer to Stephanie Perkins. My only absolutes are I need YA and a romantic element (bonus points for at least one exquisitely written kiss, preferably more). I am a sucker for swoon.
    I don’t give a hoot whether you’re agented or not, although I prefer crit partners who are striving for publication. I have two WIPs: a contemporary and a magical realism with anime elements. Any Naruto fans out there?
    I can be reached at suziryan90@yahoo.com

    • Rachel Buckland

      Hi Suzi! I’m about to send you an email! :)

  • Genevieve Angelique

    Hello! I’m Genevieve Angelique, a YA/NA Writer. I have two manuscripts ready—both with strong romantic subplots.

    1) FORGOTTEN is a YA Native American Fantasy about a Thunder Being who must regain her memory and spirit powers before facing the dark Windigo that once enslaved her.

    2) THE ENGLISH ROSE is a YA/NA novel about a shy beer cart girl working at a private golf course (the summer before college) and decides to secretly get tested for the same fatal disease her sister is battling.

    Other Match Considerations
    · My next book will likely be a soft sci-fi
    · I don’t do super edgy or dark stuff.
    · I am not currently agented.
    · My Dream Critique Partner would be open to phone conversations and Skype meet-ups, can help trouble-shoot plot problems (not just say it doesn’t work), and has a nature similar to Mary Poppins (rosy cheeks, cheery disposition).

    Books!
    · My Favorite of All Time: Beauty by Robin McKinley
    · Most Recent Favorite: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    · Favorite Book Adaption to Screen: Anne of Green Gables (although I did love Twilight)

    I do have an “About Me” post on my blog if you want to find out more particulars: https://genevieveangelique.wordpress.com/about/

    You can contact me at genevieve580 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Wishing everyone much success on their writing journey. Cheers to 2015!

    • http://www.cmmccoy.com/eerie_teaser.html Colleen McCoy

      Hi! I’m Colleen, and I just posted my info. If you’re still looking for a partner in ink, shoot me a line: helicoll (at) yahoo com

      I’ll also send you an email.

    • http://www.laurencekingbooks.com Laurence King

      Hi Genevieve,
      I’d like to work with you if you are still looking for a partner. BEAUTY and THE BOOK THIEF are some of my favorite books too! I’ll send you an email.

    • emily

      hi Genevieve,
      don’t know if we’d be a good match but I wanted to say love your website and love Anne of Green Gables too! =) if you want to talk i love new writing friends! eafield009@gmail.com or emilyafield.com

  • MaryLeauna Christensen

    (Posted this once but it appears to have been destroyed by cyberspace.) I’m a recent college graduate who hopes to become a MFA in Poetry candidate in the near future. I am not currently working on a novel, but on short fiction as prose is not something I’m super comfortable with. The stories I write range from young adult to (new) adult. I’m working with a story that focuses on a child character, but in a way older readers would enjoy. Think of The Ocean at the end of The Lane or even the Yearling. I tend to write realistic fiction, though I have been experimenting with subtle magic realism. Blame reading Karen Russell lately. I’m willing to read novel length projects or other short pieces. I also have a background in basic editing as I have worked as a certified post-secondary writing tutor and I have experience workshopping since I do have a BA in English with a minor in Creative Writing, as well. I also write with poorer urban environments in mind as well as New England coastal towns as typical settings. Weird, I know. And I like writing in periods from the 50s to the 90s (and more modern), though I don’t like in your face time settings as I’m by no means a period or historical fiction writer. Though, that doesn’t mean I wrote read them! Oh, guess I should include a blurb for the short story I’m really trying to get finished. I’m hoping to submit it to a journal or magazine soon. (I’ve had poetry and a short story printed in small publications.) The story in question is about a preteen boy in the late 50s/early 60s who has been forced to grow up due to having a single mother and a special needs sister. When his sister’s behavior turns odd and his mother seems to be holding secrets, Daniel no longer finds solace in simple logical facts, but begins finding his own truths…in the stories of local fishermen. I’ve already posted this to Maggie’s Facebook post, but I thought I’d try here as well. I can be reached by email at mleauna@hotmail.com

    • MaryLeauna Christensen

      Thought I’d mentioned that I enjoy contemporary YA, NA, and Adult. I like things that deal with dark edgy concepts, but with some humor involved. I also like light paranormal and magic realism. Usually, the more realistic the more I enjoy it. Again, my pieces are short fiction (maybe to be a part of a collection one day), but I’m totally up to reading novel length projects.

  • Emily Ann Ward

    Hey, all! I love this. I really need to take a shower, but tomorrow I’ll read through the comments. I wanted to get this up for now.

    I write upper YA/NA. I’m on the brink of finishing an urban fantasy trilogy. In the first book, Madison finds out the magic of her dad, who has been missing for two and a half years, has been bought and sold, and she searches to find out what happened to him.

    I’ve self-published a series and a handful of other books, so I have a small (very small ;) following. I’d really like to try the traditional route with this trilogy. I don’t have an agent.

    Last book I loved was Cress by Marissa Meyer. The book that I feel epitomizes me as a reader… maybe Half-blood and the Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout.

    My email is emilyannward@yahoo.com :D

    • Giovanna Adams

      Hi Emily! I just sent you an email :)

  • Emily

    Hi all! I’m currently querying a YA contemporary novel. Though I tend to write about darker issues, I aim to write with humour and honesty. A book I recently fell hard for was Code Name Verity. I also love anything by Courtney Summers, Melina Marchetta and Sara Zarr. I have a Master of Publishing and work as a freelance writer and editor. If you’re interested in swapping chapters, you can contact me at emily.marquart@live.com.au :-)

  • Megan Van Aken

    Hello all! I write contemporary YA. My current WIP is about
    a 17-year-old girl who stars on her own dating reality show. The story begins
    just as the finale airs and focuses on her struggles getting to know her new
    boyfriend and getting used to all the attention from the press. There is a love
    triangle in which she must choose between the winner of the show and her best
    friend’s brother.

    I completed the first 50k words of my WIP during NaNoWriMo
    and am currently revising. Because of that, I probably won’t have “good” work
    to share for a little while but I would love to start a relationship for
    further down the road. I wrote one previous novel, which I would be happy to
    share as an example of my work. I queried it last year but ultimately set it
    aside. I am unagented and unpublished. Whether or not a critique partner is
    does not matter to me, but I would like to work with someone who takes their
    writing very seriously and seeks to be published some day.

    In terms of reading….The last book I read and really loved was
    Stephanie Perkins’s ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. The book that epitomizes
    me as a reader is Sarah Dessen’s THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER.

    Please reach out if interested in speaking further! My email is vanaken.megan(at)gmail.com.

    • Rebecca Goekler

      the kind of stuff I like to read if your still looking for help send me an email the kind of stuff I like to read if your still looking for help send me an email authorrlg@gmail.com =)

    • carrie paul

      Hi…I have a completes 53,000 word YA-contemporary…want to trade work….carriedenisepaul@gmai.com

  • Alaa

    Hello Everyone!

    I write contemporary YA fiction. Most of my books are about angsty teenage boys going through some dark things: death of a friend, teenage fatherhood, sexual violence, suicide, etc. I’d really love to find two CPs who share the same interest in genre. While I do love other genres I tend to work people who write more realistic fiction. But if you write some magical realism or sci-fi realism in the same style as A.S. King, Andrew Smith, or John Corey Whaley we’ll probably be great friends.
    I am not represented by an agent, but probably like you, I definitely would love one. Some books I adore or I have recently read have been Fault Line by Christa Desir, Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian and The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp. So if you love dark YA novels like that and also similarly love writing them, we might be a definite match. I also like writing middle grade in the same vein as I like my YA.
    If I’ve interested you, just comment or email me at alaaalbara@gmail.com.

    -Alaa Al-Barkawi

  • Maja Hampson

    10-14. I write light-hearted novels about young girls in magical situations, usually with themes of building confidence and strong friendship. I do not have an agent. Last book I (re)read: the Giver. Book that epitomizes me: Howl’s Moving Castle :)

    • Karah Sutton

      Hi Maja!

      It’s sounds like we would get along famously! :)
      I write MG fantasy/adventure, influenced by the love of Diana Wynne Jones and Patricia Wrede but usually set in an every day world with magical elements. I second The Giver and Howl’s Moving Castle, and other favorites include Ella Enchanted, Harry Potter, and The Invention of Hugo Cabaret.

      Send me an email if you’d like to swap manuscripts! KarahSutton@gmail.com

  • Alex Mullarky

    Hi! My name is Alex and I write YA fantasy/magic realism, but I also enjoy writing historical fiction and a little contemporary. I’m currently rewriting my 2012 NaNo novel and posting it to Wattpad to encourage me to keep writing (it’s an experiment, I haven’t used it much before). The story itself is inspired by folk & fairy tales and the natural world and I’d be happy to send you the link if you’re interested – everything I’ve written so far has been posted. Readers’ comments have helped me a little but you can’t please everyone!

    There are some other projects in a similar vein I hope to get working on and I would like to write for children too. I have a degree in English Lit and am about to begin my Masters in Screenwriting. The most recent book I read that I loved was Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – exactly the kind of book I’d like to write some day. The book that epitomises me as a reader is The Scorpio Races – one-off, magic realism, powerful family themes and a love story that’s not a romance. Some of my favourite authors are Juliet Marillier, Maggie Stiefvater (obviously…) and Laini Taylor.

    You can email me at alex.mullarky@gmail.com. I’m looking for a crit partner that’s flexible and easygoing, but reliable – I’d like to think that’s what I can offer! As I’ve said my current novel is just a WIP and I’d be happier editing as you go along than working on a whole ms at once – but I am flexible!

    • Rachel Fike

      Hey, Alex. I also enjoy and write YA fantasy and love folk tales. I have finished a novel that takes place in a medieval world where a young woman is struggling with the murder of her sister and planning a rebellion against the King of their country. I have written a sequel, but it needs a lot of help.

      I do love novels that feature strong family relationships and hope I accomplished that in my book. It does have some romance in it, but that is not the major plot.

      I also love The Scorpio Races, although I haven’t read anything by the other authors. I love elegant, yet witty/sarcastic novels that have good world-building and rounded characters, such as in Harry Potter and The Book Thief (which I read recently).

      If you’re interested, email me at rfike.forchrist@gmail.com. I’d love to read a snippet of your NaNo novel or anything else that needs to be critiqued.

  • Steph

    Hi, I’m Stephanie. I’m 28, and I have been working on a YA fantasy novel for the past several years. I finally have it completed and plan on submitting to agents this year.

    My novel is about a young girl that grew up in a wolf pack. When she is a teenager she has to leave the wolves and help save her island home from an insane king. Along the way she struggles to figure out her true identity – wolf, human, or somewhere in between.

    The last books I read and loved (because who can pick just one?) are I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

    Most of my writing has a fantasy/magical bent to it, but I enjoy reading and occasionally writing, many genres. YA books are definitely my favorite though.
    You can contact me at wolf-heart (AT)comcast(Dot)net

  • http://www.cmmccoy.com/eerie_teaser.html Colleen McCoy

    Hello, hello, everyone. I was hoping to find someone who likes Irish folklore, romance, science and the supernatural to be my partner in ink.

    My MS is a mature YA/NA Romantic Paranormal Thriller about an Irish dancer whose dreams have always been, well…vivid. That’s one way to put it. The monsters from her nightmares sometimes follow her into her waking life–that’s probably more to the point.

    Shortly before Hailey’s high school
    graduation, a centuries-old Irish family curse comes to fruition, and her
    blissful life takes a tragic turn. As she unravels the mystery surrounding her
    sister’s disappearance, she’s stalked by an impossible evil. Safeguarding her
    (but only for as long as it suits him) is an immortal creature, who calls
    himself Asher. From the moment Hailey catches his eye, she corrupts Asher with
    forbidden love. He hates her and loves her; longs to kill her and yearns to
    kiss her; risks his life to protect her and plans to tear her apart. As he
    competes to win her affection, he lures her to the one place that offers safety—his
    home—a peculiar university in Alaska fraught with hazards that Hailey never
    imagined. There, she studies the science of the paranormal and must learn to
    live with a roommate from Hell, survive a tunneling earworm, extract a
    carnivorous splinter, evade the campus poltergeists and hope that the only
    creature who can save her from an evil immortal doesn’t decide to kill her himself.

    There is no book that defines me as a writer, though I have found myself reading James Thurber’s My Life and Hard Times over and over and over and… Well, there you have it.

    I love romance, cliffhangers, thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, memoir, adventure and all kinds of things as long as it’s well-written. My favorite is paranormal…anything. :-)

    If you think you might well tolerate my inappropriate sense of humor, sarcasm and extreme blunt-ness, please shoot me a line: helicoll (at) yahoo com.

    Thanks!

    • Giovanna Adams

      Hi Colleen! Your novel sound very interesting. I just sent you an email.

  • Kheryn Callender

    Hi everyone! I’m Kheryn, agented and unpublished, working on several ms’s:

    YA Horror (THE CRAFT meets ANNA DRESSED IN BLACK) about friendships put to the test when three girls discover the power to move things with their minds.

    MG Sci-Fi (DR. WHO meets THE GOLDEN COMPASS) about a girl who must save the universe from her evil father.

    YA Fantasy (GRACELING meets REVENGE) about a girl that must avenge the deaths of her family and reclaim her kingdom.

    The last book I read and loved was ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE, and the book that epitomizes me as a writer is THE DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.

    I’m more than ready and happy to critique stories for anyone – I love all genres, MG and YA. Send me an email at kheryn.casey@gmail.com.

    (Posted before, but think it got lost – sorry if this is a double post!)

    • http://www.alessahinlo.com Alessa Hinlo

      Anna Dressed in Blood, Revenge, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone are some of my favorite things! Your manuscripts sound great, but are you only interested in YA & MG? Even though I read across age categories (although not much MG), I write mostly adult and NA.

      • Kheryn Callender

        I only write MG and YA, but I love reading adult and NA also – last few older books I read were THE ROSIE PROJECT, OUTLANDER, GONE GIRL, and UNBROKEN to give you a sense of what I like… If you’re interested I could exchange the YA fantasy with you, that’s more upper-YA and on the cusp of NA, and I’d be happy to read whichever ms you’d like to send. :)

    • Robin Red

      Fellow Daughter of Smoke & Bone fan, here. I haven’t read a lot of YA Horror, and I don’t think YA Dark fantasy counts, but the story sounds intriguing. Girl power + potentially corruptive magic is right up my alley. I’d love to read the first fifty pages in exchange for my own YA Urban fantasy. Should I email you?

      • Kheryn Callender

        Hi Robin – yes, please do!

      • Robin Red

        Sent!

    • Andrew Battersby

      Your MG Sci-Fi sounds right up my alley. If you are willing to swap pages I would like to give it a read. I write Modern Fantasy MG and you can take a look at my post about it above.

    • gildedspine

      Hey Kheryn! I know it’s been a few days, but I was wondering if I could e-mail you.

      • Kheryn Callender

        Yes please do!

    • Sheila McIntosh

      Hey Kheryn, I know this is an old thread and you may not be looking anymore but your YA horror sounds utterly amazing (I love teenage witches and the Craft in particular), and I am also a huge fan of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (I am really into queer fiction). I’m unagented and have a couple queer YA manuscripts I’m working on if you’re interested in one of them, one being a less horror-y story about teenage witches in New England, and the other being urban fantasy about a teenage tarot reader in a magic city. My favorite books right now are Aristotle and Dante, and Crush by Richard Siken. Would you be interested in swapping?

      • prince_star

        Hey–I’m not sure if you’ll manage to see this, but I’m a trans nonbinary writer who absolutely loves Crush by Richard Siken (he is an incredible inspiration) and really enjoyed Aristotle and Dante. If you ever look back on this, please contact me in my tumblr inbox at starlingprince. I’d definitely, definitely be interested in swapping. I would love a critique partner who does not write straight fiction.

      • SB Kassam

        Hey! I may be too late here, but I would love a critique partner who writes queer characters, and Richard Siken is my favorite poet. I write queer contemporary fantasy and mystery (I also have one epic fantasy in the works.) If you’re interested in swapping, please email me at swinginginathuderstorm@gmail.com!

  • Crystal Christie

    Hello:

    I have a completed manuscript for a NA Magical Realism novel. I am currently seeking an agent and also a critique partner. It is written in the first person point-of-view and has some love story, psychological, fantasy and suspense elements to it.

    I am just starting on my next novel and have a third that I originally started as my first but needed some more experience before I could tackle that one.

    Books I’ve read recently include: The Twilight Saga, Divergent, Shiver and anything written by Nicholas Sparks.

    I recently queried a few agents that I am still waiting to hear back from. I work fulltime during the day and work on my writing projects in the evenings and on the weekends. I am in the EST time Zone and would be willing to communicate by phone and video chats.

    If you would be interested in working together, please contact me cslc317 (at) gmail (dot) com.

    Thanks,
    Crystal Christie

    • Allyssa Painter

      Hey Crystal. I may be interested in working with you. I too have a completed manuscript (two in fact, but I’ve been ignoring one). I recently finished writing and revising the first book in a two book duo about a girl who learns she both the daughter of an angel and a demon, and a timekeeper, fated to defeat the Shunned, even if she dies trying. I have not queried it yet, because I’d like to have someone read over it before I do. I am a full-time college student and I work part-time with a local family’s autistic children. I live in the EST time zone as well. I love most of the books/authors you listed, so it seems we have a lot in common. If you are interested in working with me, please feel free to contact me at soccergirlada@yahoo.com

  • Janella

    Hello all, I’m Janella! I’m a 21-year-old aspiring author who loves
    writing and reading all things YA :) I’m a recent graduate with a degree
    in Literature, Publishing and
    Creative Writing who loves editing, critiquing, and helping people out
    with their writing. Currently, I’m working on a new project–a dark YA
    fantasy I’m pitching as Pirates of the Caribbean meets the Grisha
    trilogy by Leigh Bardugo–which I’ve recently just finished the first
    draft for. After some revising and polishing on it, I would love to have
    fresh eyes on it, or even just some buddies I can chat/gush with about
    all things writing, bounce some ideas off of, and help out in return!

    An awesome book I’m currently reading is Golden Son by Pierce Brown, and some other favorites are definitely Harry Potter, the Grisha Trilogy, Throne of Glass, Persepolis, Vampire Academy, Cinder, Fangirl, and so much more!

    If you’re interested, you can email me at: janellawrites@gmail.com

    • Emily Ann Ward

      Hi, Janella, I emailed you! :)

  • Gwen Hull

    Hi! My name is Gwen, and my WIP is more or less NA, a steampunk fantasy. I’m in the first stage of rewriting, so it is loosely readable, but I haven’t fully fleshed out the end yet. It is a horror mystery- an amphibious blue dog has been prowling the back alleys of Pomonov’s industrial district, and unlike most animals, it has the ability to cast magic. Factory worker Reves thinks the creature has been sneaking into the Shaftworks at night and breaking the machines- but she can’t figure out why. It isn’t until a powerful sorceress is murdered by the creature that the city begins to panic, and Reves realizes she is the next target…

    I give a harsh critique, and expect a harsh critique in return. I am a strong architect, a tight plotter, in my possibly skewed opinion. I want to write a page turner that’s accessible and intelligent, the sort of writing that entertains the reader while making them feel smarter.

    The last novel I read was “The Crying of Lot 49″. I don’t read much contemporary fiction anymore. I love Narnia more than I love Middle-Earth.

    I love the stories of Final Fantasy, especially FFVI. I don’t like genres in particular- I love writers. I like Michael Crichton, Laurell K. Hamilton (her earlier stuff), Carl Hiaasen, Elizabeth George. I like ASOIAF, I also like Harry Potter.

    My email is g.h.ostagar@gmail.com.

    • http://incandescent.livejournal.com Ann Marie Kanaweyo

      Hi Gwen, your novel sounds very intriguing. I’m going to go ahead and send you an email – mine is lemarie1878@gmail.com.

  • Heather Strafi

    Hi everyone!

    I’m Heather, a librarian in the Midwest that loves all things YA/MG. I am not agented yet. I’m looking for a critique partner interested in either age range, and I’m a fan of all genres. I’m also always up for new writer friends if you need someone to cheer you on!

    My current WIP is a YA Fantasy about a witch who overthrew a king and took over his kingdom. He will stop at nothing to get his throne back, including hunting down the only witch who has ever been powerful enough to stop her…her sister. It’s kind of Frozen meets Throne of Glass.

    I have an MG Fantasy I’m about to start revising soon. Here’s a short blurb; “Tired of being the laughingstock of Four Kingdoms, a vengeful bard places a sleeping spell on the kings who mocked him. Now three princesses must compete in a tournament designed to create the story of the century or risk their fathers slumber becoming permanent.”

    The last book I read and has stuck with me was Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. The book that epitomizes me as a reader is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and The Princess Bride. You can contact me at strafiwrites (at) gmail (dot) com, or on Twitter under @Strafiii
    Hope to hear from some of you!

    • Allyssa Painter

      Hey Heather. Both of your stories sound fascinating. I’m a YA writer. I mainly write fantasy and dystopian, sometimes a mix of the two. My current project is a dystopian fantasy duo about angels, demons, and Shunned, and a girl who is a little of all of those and also a Timekeeper who must stop the Shunned and save the world, even when it means losing her life. I have the first book completed and just need someone to read it over and critique it for me before I query it. I am working on book 2 now. I am a fan of all age ranges of books really, and pretty much every genre except horror and erotica. If you think we might be a good fit, please feel free to email me at soccergirlada@yahoo.com

    • Farida Mestek

      Hi Heather. My name is Farida. Your stories sound very intriguing and definitely something I’d enjoy reading and helping critiquing. I write YA/MG fantasy stuff myself and I’m looking for a kindred spirit in the matter. I’ve recently completed a YA fantasy novel about Almendra – a 17y/o ruler of a magic kingdom. Her mother was dethroned, her kingdom deserted and its magic gone. Her only companions are her granny and a wolf with whom she shares a secret mental bond. Almendra must find a way to return magic, people and her mother back before her kingdom vanishes into nothingness and she is killed by a band of shawlweavers who want to see her kind erased from the face of the realm for good. I’m not agented and I was previously published on a very small scale in a totally different genre. However, I feel that the time has come to move onto the next level. At the moment I’m working on plotting out the next parts of my fantasy as well as expanding its world. I’m also a Harry Potter girl)) So if you’re interested, you can contact me at faridamestek (at) gmail (dot) com, or on Twitter under @faridamestek.

    • Ashley Wyatt

      Hi Heather! On Facebook? I too am always interested in more writer friends. Your books look like the type I look for and it sounds like we enjoy the same types of books.

  • http://nothinfancyreally.blogspot.com/ Živa

    Hi everyone! This is such an awesome idea, I hope I find some amazing buddies :) My favourite genres are YA/NA/Adult/Erotica/Fantasy/Mystery/Anything apparently. :P

    I’m writing a few projects, but mainly focusing on a New Adult novel called Sugar. It’s a contemporary romance/mystery story about an heiress called Sugar who, after years of ridicule at the hands of the mean girl at school, becomes fast friends with the girl who tortured her. Gwen, the mean girl, is envious of Sugar’s lavish lifestyle and becomes jealous of her new friend. When the two girls meet a guy at an art show, they both show an interest in him and become rivals for his affection. Gwen becomes so obsessed with Sugar’s lifestyle she wants to take her place, but Sugar has a plan of her own.

    I really want a slightly funny, but creepy feel as the story escalates. I’m a fast writer so I’m working on multiple projects, but for me, New Adult/Romance/Mystery is where it’s at. :P I also have a darker erotica project but I don’t think many people would be interested in that! :3

    I don’t have an agent & I’m planning on self publishing. I write in English, but it’s not my first language.

    The book that epitomizes me as a writer? Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher.
    Last book I read that I loved: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, loved it!

    In case you’d like to contact me, I’d love to exchange critiques & chat!
    E-mail: nothinfancyreally@gmail.com

    Cannot wait to talk to you all! *hopes she made a good impression*

    • Shannon

      I’d be up for a chapter swap to see how things go? I have two WIP’s that I’d be willing to work on with a CP.
      I responded mainly because of your mention of darker erotica project…the last dozen books I read were romance/erotica. I love Maya Banks Sweet series. I’ve also ready Christina Lauren’s beautiful series and enjoyed them. And my favorite is the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. :)
      As for YA or NA – I like contemporary romance or thriller/suspense
      I’ve got an adult contemporary fiction – character driven plot, a lot of drugs and swearing. This one I’m going to start querying. Mainly because I don’t know what else to do with it and I’ve been sitting on it for almost a year. I love it and can’t imagine how else to change it…
      Or a YA contemporary romance. This one hasn’t even undergone a first edit. It’s the brand-spanking new first draft only.

      You can email me shannonzastoupil(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Kida A.

    Hi, I’m Kida

    I mostly write fantasy and YA. I am unpublished and I don’t have an agent. Apart from english, I speak and write in GREEK, which is my native language.

    I am extremely interested in mythology and music, both of which play an important role in all of my works. My current WIP is about musical instruments made out of glass, damaged dictators and outlaws living in deserted areas.

    The last book I read was “The Replacement” by Brenna Yovanoff and I really liked it. If I had to pick just one book, it would have to be “The Name Of The Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss because it contains everything I love to read about.

    I preferably look for fantasy authors to team up with, but YA is just as great. If you think we’d be a good fit, contact me at cocobayablue@gmail.com.

    • Kelia

      I sent you an email!

  • Erin Liles

    Hello, my name is Erin Liles and I write YA–generally contemporary, realistic YA. I am represented by Mansion Street Literary. I’m looking for one (maybe two) crit partners, but not more than that because of time constraints.

    The last book I read that I feel best represents me as a reader was Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun. Beautiful book. But I love YA as a reader as well as a writer, and there are so many fantastic authors out there these days.

    If you think we might be a good match, you can email me at erinsediting@live.com

    Thanks!

  • Lauren

    I’m Lauren, I’m in my late 20s, and I’m about to start the search for an agent. I write YA/NA speculative fiction, and I have a wide range of stories I want to tell, from futuristic sci-fi and space opera to historically-based fantasy. (I’m not interested in high fantasy or contemporary novels, so if you write in those genres, I’m probably not the partner for you.)

    I’ve completed the fourth draft of my latest manuscript, and I hope to start shopping it out soon. It’s a YA post-apocalyptic stand-alone novel about seven teenagers who survived a pandemic and are now trying to build lives in a world without infrastructure. There are limited sources of clean water in this world, and when a dangerous gang finds out that the group of friends has access one, they kidnap one of the teenagers. The book focuses on her friends’ search for her as well as her own efforts to survive and the emotional fall-out of her disappearance. I’m trying to juggle seven different character arcs, which is something of a challenge, but I feel confident that I have the foundations of a good story.

    I’m looking for a critique partner who has a strong grasp on characterization and worldbuilding. I’m also a white woman writing about primarily characters of color, so I’d love someone who can give me feedback about problems I might be blind to.

    I just finished reading through the Lord Peter Wimsey novels and adored them. I couldn’t possibly pick a single favorite book, but my favorite fiction writers include Robin McKinley, Megan Whalen Turner, William Faulkner, Dorothy L. Sayers, Octavia Butler, L.M. Montgomery and Tana French.

    You can contact me at lirazel123@gmail.com.

    • Rachel Buckland

      Hi Lauren! It sounds like we write very similar things. I’m also currently working on a sort of post apocalyptic novel that needs some feedback. I’m white too, but I end up having a lot of POC characters as well, so we could always gauge our treatment of them with each other. I’ll be sending you an email shortly! :D

  • Matt

    Hi, I’m 20 years old, and a somewhat decent writer and editor. I can go in-depth with my critique, suggestions, and opinions to the point of actually writing more than the manuscript. I am also an okay enough writer to have fellow anonymous writers ask me to post more my work (when I ask for critique, I get very little; which is honestly frustrating).

    I’m currently working on a low fantasy novel (No elves, no prophecy, no major cliches) about an immortal man traveling the world as his life falls apart.

    It’s written in first person, because I really enjoy given the narrator personality. I have about 60k words, but most of it I keep bashing my head against the wall trying to edit. I could use someone who would like to be more involved with my work, helping me get to the point of being satisfied with it.

    Here is a snippet of my work:
    http://pastebin.com/um4YCd62

    I post this because the following paragraph is going to turn you away from me. It’s a little rough, I need to polish it a bit, but it should give you an idea of my style/abilities.

    For the last book I enjoyed, and one that defines me as a writer? I’ll have to be honest here. I’m about as well read as a toaster. I don’t enjoy reading that much, I enjoy telling stories and I enjoy the mechanical process of writing, but I find it a chore to slog through a book. The last one I enjoyed is probably Of Mice and Men, and for one that defines me as a writer? I don’t believe any do, my style is home grown.

    If you’re still interested after reading that:
    communistpuppy@gmail.com

  • Steph

    Trying this again, because I don’t think it showed up the first time….Hi, I’m Stephanie. I’m 28, and I have been working on a YA fantasy novel for the past several years. I finally have it completed and plan on submitting to agents this year.

    My novel is about a young girl that grew up in a wolf pack. When she is a teenager she has to leave the wolves and help save her island home from an insane king. Along the way she struggles to figure out her true identity – wolf, human, or somewhere in between.

    The last books I read and loved (because who can pick just one?) are I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

    Most of my writing has a fantasy/magical bent to it, but I enjoy reading and occasionally writing, many genres. YA books are definitely my favorite though.
    You can contact me at wolf-heart (AT)comcast(Dot)net

  • Kelly Allan

    Hello. My name is Kelly and I mostly write contemporary NA. My latest project has been offered on by an e-publisher, but nothing is official yet. It’s still out with two other agents. It’s an amnesia/bad-girl-put-in-her-place novel called DISCOVERING OLIVIA. You can read an excerpt here: http://kellyallanwrites.wordpress.com/extras/

    I’m actually not looking for a CP for that one. I’m working on one called BONNIE AND CLAIRE, which is a tragic psychological romance. Think WUTHERING HEIGHTS and ROMEO AND JULIET, but modernized with mental illness and self-mutilation. Fun stuff! I’m looking to get some opinions on it, in a general “big-picture” way, instead of nitpicks. I’m also drafting a story called OPEN, about a girl who, after a horrific breakup, decides to try an open relationship.

    I read just about everything, but mostly contemporary YA and NA. Think Sarah Dessen or, my new favorite, Colleen Hoover. That woman can write. I just finished her MAYBE SOMEDAY and it blew my mind!

    If you think we fit, email me at kellyallanwriter@gmail.com

    • ky

      Hi, Kelly. I write PNR and NA, currently focusing on contemporary NA with diverse characters about overcoming the scars of the past and the expectations of the present. The last few books I read that I loved: K.A. Tucker Ten Tiny Breaths series and Finding It by Cora Carmack. I’ll be emailing you shortly!

  • Lisa H.

    Hello, my name is Lisa and I am an avid reader. I’ve been in love with books and the written words for as long as I can remember. I am currently working on a collection of poetry. I hope to someday write a novel, but my current focus is poetry. I plan to have my collection between 60 to 70 pages. Themes included are nature and family. It is still in the beginning stages.
    I don’t know if anyone here is working on poetry, but I thought I would still submit a comment.
    Take care

  • Lisa H.

    Hello, my name is Lisa and I am an avid reader. I’ve been in love with books and the written words for as long as I can remember. I am currently working on a collection of poetry. I hope to someday write a novel, but my current focus is poetry. I plan to have my collection between 60 to 70 pages. Themes included are nature and family. It is still in the beginning stages.
    I don’t know if anyone here is working on poetry, but I thought I would still submit a comment.
    Take care

  • Shellie F

    Hi! My name is Shellie. I write emotional, contemporary realistic YA. I have an MFA in Creative Writing and also dabble in literary short fiction. I’m looking for a long-term critique partner. Someone to swap pages with, but who’s also down for trading emails full of craft talk and cheering each other on when the shiny new WIP loses its sparkle.

    I’m unagented, but currently querying a quiet literary novel about satanism. In it, a fourteen-year-old girl may be the only person who can save an innocent boy from prison when satanic panic sweeps through the small town where she’s spending the summer. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, I’d be happy to have more readers for it.

    Books that inspire me include: What Was Lost by Sara Zarr, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Irises by Francisco X. Stork and The Nature of Jade by Deb Calletti.

    If any of this sounds good to you, please email me at atxnovelwriter@gmail.com.

    • MaryLeauna Christensen

      Your story sounds interesting! If you scroll down you should see my information. If I seem like a fit, please email me at mleauna@hotmail.com

    • http://www.cmmccoy.com/eerie_teaser.html Colleen McCoy

      Hi Shellie!

      I’m still looking for a critique partner, and your project sounds super-interesting. I’ve just sent you an email and hope to hear from you soon :-)
      -Colleen

    • Hayley Chewins

      Hi Shellie! Your novel sounds amazing! Would you be interested in critiquing upper MG at all? I love magical realism and literary YA, but mostly write magical-literary MG. (I love reading YA, but the characters who pop into my head are always in the MG age range.) Let me know! :)

    • http://incandescent.livejournal.com Ann Marie Kanaweyo

      Shellie, your novel sounds wonderful. I’m writing more towards Adult novels right now, but with similar themes. Will email later to see if you’re interested in talking. My email is lemarie1878@gmail.com.

  • Lisa Asanuma

    Hello, Writerly Friendlies.

    My name is Lisa, and I like writing and magical realism and yarn and long walks on the beach. (no, really). Mostly I write YA speculative but I have MG planned for the future, too.

    Current WIP is a YA fairy-tale fantasy. Something like Anastasia set in the world of Willow with a dash of nefarious fae and plant magic.

    This is first draft complete, currently going through a second draft,
    planning on submitting to agents at the end of the year. So, serious
    applicants only. Not saying I wouldn’t partner with someone who is not
    published, but I want someone who’s around for the long-term, and
    preferably, someone I can support/count on for personal and writing
    support (AKA, let’s be friends, too!).

    The last book I read that I loved every minute of was the IF I STAY/WHERE SHE WENT duo by Gayle Forman. And the book that epitomizes me as a reader? I think the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONES series by Laini Taylor. But I like quieter magic, too, Think Shannon Hales GOOSE GIRL series… or her BOOK OF A
    THOUSAND DAYS. I love books with well-built characters and love them
    that much more if there are well-built worlds behind them.

    I think mainly I would be connecting on Gchat, but I’m open to connections on tumblr or other things too?

    My tumblr really does provide a decent look at my headspace, so here’s that: http://lisa-asanuma.tumblr.com/

    • Rachel Buckland

      I just sent you an ask! :)

  • Guest

    Hi, I’m Tabby and I’m in the process of writing a YA novel about a young girl that has been sheltered from the real world her whole life and she’s finally trying to find herself in this crazy world. She has trouble fitting in though because she’s not exactly what you would call normal. My story takes place in a small town in Louisiana.

    • AshlynDain

      contact info

  • Amanda Georgianna Kelley

    Hi, my name is Amanda Kelley. I mostly write in the YA range, but have had some ideas that fit in the Adult genre, so I may venture into that at some point. But I think I’ll always write YA.

    My current book that has all of my attention is a YA/NA Urban Fantasy Romance. The rough draft is completed at near 83, 000 words. I’m in the process of editing it into a second draft.

    I am un-agented at the moment, but hope to remedy that as soon as I can.

    I haven’t been reading much, sadly, due to focusing all of my energy on my novel and also things going on in my life. But I started Safe Haven, by Nicholas Sparks on January 1st and I’m almost done with it; I can’t put it down!

    I have a wide reading range, all through different genres within YA and Adult.

    If you’re interested in speaking with me, you can reach me at amandagkelley(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • Rachel Buckland

      Hi Amanda! I’d be interested to know what your WIP is about! I’ll be shooting you an email. :)

    • Nicole V.

      Hi Amanda, I just sent you an email.

  • Tabby Bradley

    Hi, I’m Tabby and I’m currently working on a YA novel. I love reading everything my interests range from people going out to fight dragons to ordinary people drinking tea in a small town.

    The book that I’m currently working on is a magic romance novel that takes place in a small town overflowing with power hungry people. Arizona Chase is your typical high school girl. She goes out with her friends, parties, is head cheerleader, and has a jaw dropping boyfriend. Arizona is out partying on night when she meets a boy that claims he knows her, but Arizona is certain that she’s never met this boy before. He claims that he was friends with her past self, and that he needed her help. He needs Arizona to remember, remember all her past lives. What if what Arizona finds out about her past self transforms her into the monster she once was?

    So anyways, I still have a lot of work to put into this, but I’m hoping to finish it up by the end of this summer.

  • https://allisonsbookbag.wordpress.com/ Allison

    My novel is for young adults, despite minimal romance, because my heroine allows a death to happen. The story was inspired by an event in my neighborhood, as well as the video of PINK’s song: Perfect.

    Three years ago, I wrote the first draft of my novel as part of National Writing Project. I’m now on my third revision, which I’m writing first as summaries. I’ll expand into full-fledged scenes, only after I know plot and character are right. After the third version, I might be ready to start sending out queries.

    As for novels which served as models, they include books by Judy Blume, Siobhan Dowd, Madeleine L’Engle, Matthew Quick, and Sarah Zarr. I like to experiment with different genres in my short stuff, but for longer works I prefer realism about troubled youth or misfits.

    My husband is my first critique partner. I’d love to find a second, but have also discovered that I’m looking for a certain type of person. A long-term critique partner who can work on an every other week basis would be a start. Ideally, the person would also be open to discussing brainstorm lists, chapter summaries, and full-fledged scenes.

    If my project interests you, or if my style of a critique partner appeals, drop me a line. You can reach me at: ahunter_nf AT yahoo DOT com. Thanks!

  • Rachel Buckland

    Hi there! I’m Rachel, I’m 20, and I’m looking for CPs for two different projects I’m working on:

    1. A YA post-apocalyptic novel about 17 yr old Echo, living in an underground shelter after an asteroid strike. All she wants is a way out, both from the Bunker and from an abusive drifter named Syke who stalks her, and help comes from an unexpected place: a boy that everyone hates. (MAJOR warning for sexual assault in this one. If that kind of thing triggers you, beware!)

    2. A fantasy graphic novel script set in Neverland 1000 years after the death of Peter Pan. When 12 yr old Winona is kidnapped by a man claiming to be the descendant of Captain Hook, she must save not only herself, but the other children that Hook plans to sell. (Note: I’m not an artist! I only want to focus on the writing aspect, to make sure I’m getting the form of graphic novel scriptwriting right, and also the usual worldbuilding and character stuff.)

    Now, a warning: I tend to genre-jump a lot. I usually stay in the YA/NA range, but the genre can be post-apocalyptic or dystopian or magical realism or literally anything. I’m also working on a speculative fiction project with a middle-aged protagonist, so even I never know what I’ll start working on next! I do tend to focus on dark or intense themes (rape, mental illness, kidnapping, etc.), so if that makes uncomfortable, we may not be very suited for each other.

    The last book I read and loved was LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley. Well-written, great premise, and I am aaaaalll for queer characters in my media. I’ll read most genres as long as they grab my interest. Something about them has to be super intriguing. My favorite thing is taking ordinary characters and putting them in extraordinary situations, then watching what they do. If you write/like that kind of thing, let’s talk!

    You can contact me at bucklandrachel@yahoo.com

  • arya_ASeaofPages

    Hi, I’m Arya! My WIP is the first book in a YA high fantasy trilogy that follows a line of women destined to rule the realm in which the story is set. It is set up in the beginning a bit like a paranormal romance as the protagonist is living in a modern world and learning who she is and where she came from. Word count is at about 40K right now.

    I don’t have an agent.

    The book that epitomizes me as a reader is Jane Eyre. I love the darkness and the complexities of the relationship. The last book I read and loved was The Falconer.

    I’m looking for someone who will believe in my story and hold me accountable with my writing, someone I can be in contact with and get feedback from frequently. I hope to be there for someone else as well!

    You can contact me at hollywood_here_i_come@live.com

  • http://www.harrisonaye.com/ Harrison

    Yo, I’m David (Harrison is my pen name). I’m writing a fantasy that is
    sort of like Game of Thrones meets The Dark Tower but for the YA crowd.
    My book, The Unraveler, is about a young Prince that meets a skeletal
    rat on a quest to cure a plague. No agent, yet.

    I’m looking for a
    critique partner over the age of 21 (I’m 28) and only for other writers
    who want criticism in return (not just readers). I write novel-length
    work, and I love blunt/honest criticism rather than being buttered up.
    Finally, I would love to find someone in the St. Louis-area, because it
    would be awesome to be able to meet up at a café and talk.

    Contact me by email: oxyborb@gmail.com
    see more about me at: http://www.harrisonaye.com

  • Peg BookObsessed

    Hello, all. I’m working on my first novel, an adult romance with elements of humor and erotica, sans agent. My book is tentatively called ‘Broken Ground’ and is dual POV. The hero, Clay, is an accomplished architect and designer who is reluctantly working on a project in a rural town near the Blue Ridge Parkway. The town, backdrop of his greatest pain, is one that Clay had hoped never to visit again. There, he meets Alison, the story’s heroine, whose past has taught her that men are the enemy and the only one who is going to look out for her, is her. Theirs is an attraction that neither wants but both are unable to ignore.

    The last book that I read and absolutely loved was Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan. Beautiful. I also adore the Stephanie Plum series and anything written by Patricia Cornwell.

    I’m looking for someone with a good sense of humor who won’t be put off by my constant use of sarcasm, as it is my native tongue. I’d love to find someone in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia or Northeast NC, so that face to face sessions would be an option but that is not a deal breaker. Interested parties can message me here or at peggyb13 (at) hotmail (dot) com with Critique Partner in the subject line.

  • Ann Marjory K

    Hello Everyone!
    I’m a YA/NA writer with two works I’m devoted to making perfect right now.
    One is a YA contemporary fantasy about a teenage superhero trying to make a name for herself. Think Gilmore Girls meets Spiderman.
    My NA is a contemporary romance of a college student who needs to come to grip with who she is before moving on with her life. Kind of a coming-of-age-type like Felicity.
    The last few books I read in 2014 were Between, by Megan Whitmer and Finding Dandelion by Lex Martin. They were a lot of fun and my type of text lately.
    I’m not agented, but I plan on querying this year. I have a couple incredible CPs and would love to meet more to beta read in about a month or so. I’d also love to read yours back.
    If you’re interested I’m at annmarjory.k at yahoo dot com.

    • http://melwozniak.wordpress.com/ Melanie Wozniak

      Hi Ann, I’m really interested in both of your stories, especially the first (I love Spiderman/Gilmore Girls). I mostly write YA, and lean toward paranormal/fantasy, but I’ve done some contemporary as well. I’m in the same boat as you with beta-reading; currently editing a draft that I’m hoping to have done about a month from now. I tried shooting an email your way, but for some reason it didnt’ go through, so if you haven’t found a CP yet and think we might be a match, you can shoot me an email at gemstar6369(at)sbcglobal(dot)net.

      • Ann Marjory K

        Wonderful! I’m sending you a note now.

  • Emily Chinn

    I’m Emily, and I’m writing a YA dystopic wherein people are sorted in society based on their DNA profile (sort of akin to Gattaca, only with more military influence and some mild blood and kissing and behavioral experimenation and without the weird yellow/blue lighting).

    I’m also editing a 90,000 word piece about a girl who repeats the same day over and over again, the day she gets into a car crash that kills her twin sister (nothing like Groundhog Day, which I admittedly hadn’t heard of until after I’d written the story).

    I’m currently not agented, if that matters to you. I’m a sophomore in college, so I do have an odd schedule that ebbs and flows in terms of free time (but please don’t age deter you ’cause Alexandra Bracken – who is an excellent writer – did the same thing that I’m doing). If it interests you, I’m a “trendsetter” for Paper Lantern Literary, a literary development company run by Lauren Oliver (also an excellent writer) where I get ARCs of books that they develop and do promotional blog posts for them.

    Last book that I read that I loved (loved, loved, loved) was In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. If you haven’t read The Darkest Minds (the first book in that series), you should. I can’t think of one book that epitomizes me as a reader ’cause I love different books for different reasons, but I do love everything by Cassandra Clare (City of Bones sound familiar?) and obviously everything by Maggie. But I’d love to be able to string words together like Tahereh Mafi.

    You can email me at emvtc@comcast.net.

    • Larissa Martinez-Szewczyk

      Hey, Emily! Your story sounds awesome. I sent you an email.

      • Guest

        Hi Emily! It seems like we have quite a bit in common. I sent you an email. :)

    • Jessica Hill

      Hi Emily! It sounds like we have quite a bit in common. I sent you an email. :)

  • Laura Irrgang

    Hello-I’m Laura Irrgang. I have several beta readers and I found my current (and awesome) crit partner here last year. I’m looking for an additional cp- serious and/or agented writers only, please. I’m 39, write YA fantasy, have 2 completed manuscripts I’m querying, and 2 WIPS. I try to write every single day, handle crit work on a timely basis, attend workshops/conferences, want to move us both toward publication, and above all-craft beautiful books! I’m not currently represented, but my favorite agent recently requested a full, then sent me several pages of notes and asked me to work with her on an R&R, so fingers crossed! (Imagine DANGEROUS LIAISONS meets INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.)

    In addition to writing, I have degrees in art and theater. I lean toward lush, lyrical writing, but also love books with a historical bent, dark humor, and romance.

    My idea of a perfect book= John Green and Rainbow Rowell’s characters have babies, then populate a YA fantasy world reminiscent of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE and the GRISHA trilogy, with liberal sprinklings of Gaiman & Alice Hoffman, plus a dash of George R.R. Martin, and a pinch of Sedaris. Is that even possible? I will make it so.

    All-time favorites: OUTLANDER series/Gabaldon, GEEK LOVE/Dunn, Harry Potter-always, THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE/Niffenegger, loved the use of photography in MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN/Riggs, great imagery in THE NIGHT CIRCUS/Morgenstern, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES/Harkness, SCORPIO RACES/Herself, DIVERGENT series/Roth, the trashy fun of the SOOKIE STACKHOUSE books/Harris, the shocking but can’t-look-away books of Chuck Palahniuk, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL/Clarke, and the poetry of Billy Collins, Rumi, May Swenson, and Mary Oliver.

    If you think we might be a good fit, contact me at LauraIrrgang@gmail.com.

    • http://www.laurencekingbooks.com Laurence King

      Hi Laura,
      You perfect book looks a lot like mine :-) Sending you an email now.

    • carrie paul

      i am interested if you still need some input carriedenisepaul@gmail.com

  • Cait

    Hi. I am an non-agented writer. I write both contemporaries and fairy tale retellings. I really love Chris Crutcher’s novels, particularly Whale Talk. A Wrinkle in Time is also still a favorite. I appreciate it when authors talk realistically about the world, even if it is in a fantastical setting. I would like to say my writing is sharp and sweet, but my stories usually end up pretty gritty. For the book I’m currently working on, my main character is stuck in foster care and, through her struggles, finds an outlet in comic books.
    Send me a message or contact me at carrollcaitlin9@gmail.com if you’re interested in being partners.

  • Amy Oliver

    Hi there! I’m Amy and my current WIP is YA about a boy who spends eight weeks at a summer camp in the mountains in North Carolina. While there, he meets and interacts with a female camper who recently lost her sister. They both end up having a life changing summer though not in the way either of them imagined.
    I do not presently have an agent but would like to. The last book I read that I loved was The Winners Curse and the book I feel epitomizes me as a reader would be Fangirl. I can be reached at Amy.Oliver522@gmail.com

    • MaryLeauna Christensen

      Hi, Amy! I would like to know more about your story. It sounds interesting. I’m also currently living in North Carolina…mountain side, so maybe I can be of some use. If you scroll down a bit, you sould see my post. You can email me at mleauna@hotmail.com, if you’re interested. I will try to email you later tonight in case you don’t see this.

  • Jenny Chou

    Hi Everyone!

    I’m Jenny, a former bookseller (17 years!), with a BA in English. I am now as close to being a full-time writer as a mom with two busy kids can be. Find me on Twitter at JennyC2323. I’m just starting to edit the 5th draft of my contemporary YA manuscript. My plan is to to query agents beginning in March. I am looking for a critique partner (or 2) who has completed his/her MS and is also close to starting to look for an agent. I read and enjoy all types of YA fiction. My favorite YA books of 2014 were Cruel Beauty, Mortal Heart, 1000 Pieces of You, Althea & Oliver, I’ll Give You the Sun, Tabula Rasa, We Were Liars and Red Rising.

    A Wrinkle in Time is the book that inspired me to be a writer.

    I honestly can’t picture a good working relationship with anyone who hasn’t read all the Harry Potter books even though they aren’t really YA or even my genre. No other reading criteria except that books are your life. (Joke) Sense of humor is a must.

    When I critique another writer I always make sure to lead with the positive, and to point out what worked for me. That said, I am brutally honest. I will dissect your writing and at the same time offer suggestions. Don’t like my ideas? I won’t have hurt feelings. Ultimately it’s your story.

    My book is about a pair of jewel thieves- 17-year-old Sasha and her adopted brother Raj. They have just lost their beloved father, who taught them about art and history and languages as they followed him around the globe in search of the next big heist. Sasha is ready to retire and go to college. Make friends. Fall in love. But first, Raj convinces her to pull off one last job . . . THE JEWEL THIEVES is a story about siblings lost and found, about lies told and secrets unraveled. Includes romance and swoony kisses.

    If you think I sound compatible, I can be reached at jchou2323@yahoo.com. If not, best of luck with your writing!

    • Rachel Buckland

      Hi Jenny! I just sent you an email. :) Your book sounds awesome!

    • Elizabeth Foster

      Hi Jenny, will send you an email. Sounds like we might be a good fit.

    • http://www.laurencekingbooks.com Laurence King

      Hi Jenny,
      I’m going to send you an email.

  • Larissa Martinez-Szewczyk

    Hi everyone! I’m Larissa, a 20 year old writing student. I typically write YA fantasy, and my WIP is paranormal/urban fantasy. It’s about Zahira, a vampire assassin, and her human partner Derek as they discover her boss is secretly working for the enemy. It’s 37 pages at the moment. So I’m looking for someone to bounce ideas off of and brainstorm and such. I don’t have an agent. The last book I read and loved was Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (rereading the series). I’m currently reading Quiet by Susan Cain, and it’s amazing and about introverts. So double bonus! Anyway if I sound fun to work with (I promise I am), you can reach me at writerswim94@gmail.com.

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  • Mary Forness Miller

    Hi, I’m Mary! I write memoir, adult fiction, new adult, YA . Ok, I write anything and everything, but I’m most passionate about memoir.

    I’m not with an agent but would love to connect with that special guy or girl. I need commitment, someone to tell me I’m the one they’ve been dreaming of. Hope to make this happen!

    My WIP is a memoir about my teenage years. However, I’m also hoping to write a memoir about my closed adoption and subsequent reunion with my birth family three decades later. My writing style is quirky, dark-humored, and a tad bit sarcastic.

    I would not be a good fit for an author seeking a critique partner for a fantasy, sci-fi, heavy romance or erotica manuscript.

    The last book I read and loved was the MG book, WONDER by R.J. Palacio.

    My favorite memoir is The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. Love Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air and Into the Wild. The Hunger Games rocked my world. I wasn’t a fan of Twilight. I like my vampires to bite, not sparkle.

    I would love a critique partner or two and would be honored to read and critique their work. I want brutally honest critique partners.

    miller_mary@yahoo.com

    • Maureen Stinger

      Hi, Mary! I, too, am fond of memoir. My current WIP is fiction, but has elements of memoir in it (I go back and forth between writing it as a memoir and turning it into fiction). My favorite memoir of 2014 was Alan Cumming’s Not My Father’s Son. I read just about everything (except romance), and I am also a part-time bookseller. I am looking for brutal honesty as well. Would love to work with you.

      • Mary Forness Miller

        Hi Maureen! So glad to hear from you. Sorry it’s taken a bit to get in touch. I would love to read and critique your work. Please let me know when you’d like to get started. I’m excited. thanks so much and look forward to hearing from you soon.

  • Hayley Chewins

    Hi
    guys! My name is Hayley and I’m 26. I write contemporary MG with magical
    elements.

    Last
    year, I queried a MG magical realist novel in verse about an eleven-year-old
    girl whose voice is stolen. I ended up getting a lot of requests and an
    R&R, but no offers. I haven’t touched it since October 2014 because I have
    no idea how to fix it.

    My
    WIP is about a thirteen-year-old girl who is trained to be a muse and sold to
    an orangutan who wants to be a concert pianist. It’s set in early 20th century
    Cape Town.

    I’ve
    also outlined a project about a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in the hotel
    her grandmother owns – an establishment that offers free accommodation to
    lonely strangers. When she is visited by a bateleur who is made of secrets, everything
    she knows about her life starts to unravel.

    The
    last book I read and loved was A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness. This is the
    kind of book I want to write!

    The
    book that most epitomises me as a reader is LIESL & PO by Lauren Oliver. I
    also adore Kate DiCamillo, Neil Gaiman, and Jandy Nelson.

    I’m
    looking for a CP who is serious about writing and getting published, and who’s
    in it for the long run. If you’re interested, please send me an email at hayley.lisa.chewins@gmail.com.
    I’m also on Twitter: @hayley_chewins and I love talking about books!

    • Hayley Chewins

      Sorry about the spacing. Not sure how that happened. :(

    • MaryLeauna Christensen

      Hi Hayley,
      All of your premises sound awesome. I’m going to shoot you an email. Hope to hear back from you soon!

    • Andrew Battersby

      Your stories sound interesting. If you are willing to swap pages, I would love to give them a read. I write Modern Fantasy MG, you can look at my post above.

  • Mea S.

    Hey, Y’all! I’m Meagan, a 31-year-old Southerner, and I’m near through a rough first draft of my WIP. The final bit is extensively plotted and is ready for writing. I’m not agented, but hope to begin an agent search and query this book asap.

    This novel is about a world-worn, female MC who fights for
    freedom from kidnappers and guilt with only her cluttered mind, suppressed magic, mangy dog, and outcast friends as weapons, but she is the warden of her true prison, and her new-found friendships may tempt her to alter her priorities.

    There’s magic, hope, romance, betrayal, identity issues, vengeance, selfishness, and selflessness—all kinds of goodies.

    I’m excited about my next project, too, which will have the feel of Roman Holiday and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day but with
    water, a curse, and a psychic. This book may be my Scorpio Races, which is the book that I feel epitomizes me as a reader. I’ve also reread The Raven Boys a bajillion times.

    Recent books that I loved are Blue Lily, Lily Blue; Sinner;
    Shatter Me Series; Girl of Fire and Thorns Series; Code Name Verity; and Keturah and Lord Death.

    If I sound like a match, please contact me at

    moshimoshimea@gmail.com

    I’m happy for this opportunity to find other like-minded writers
    and friends!

  • Elizabeth Foster

    Hi. I’m in the final stages of completing a YA fantasy novel. It has been through plenty of revisions and professional ms assessments. Right now, I am working on interiority and emotional immediacy (it is written in third person). I have had great feedback on the quality of the writing.

    The story is set in a rather whimsical alternate world where water is the source of magic, and the plot centres around a girl’s search for her missing mother. The story is light fantasy rather than epic, although there is some classic world building in there. I am planning two further books in this world after this one.

    i enjoyed the atmospheric Scorpio Races and I also love the smart, witty dialogue of Australian author, Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi/Saving Francesca). My favourite, though, is the Harry Potter series. I would love to partner with someone at a similar stage in the writing process to myself.

    I write almost every day and have been for the past number of years.

    I can be reached at e.foster3@bigpond.com

    • Rachel Fike

      Hey, Elizabeth. Your novel sounds fascinating, and I also write YA fantasy. I’m not agented or published, but would like to be so soon.

      I have written a young adult novel that takes place in a medieval world where a young woman is recovering from her sister’s death and is planning a rebellion against the King, whose son unexpectedly asks for her hand in marriage. Of course there is more to it, such as legends of dragons. I also have written a sequel that takes place in the same world and needs a lot of revision.

      I love The Scorpio Races and the world of Harry Potter! If you would like to see some of my manuscript, email me at rfike.forchrist@gmail.com.

  • http://diaryproject.me/ Damiella

    Hi there. My name is Margarita Montimore and I write adult upmarket contemporary-ish fiction (my last novel was set in 1999 and I plan on writing something set in the 80s at some point, but my current novel is present day). I like stories with dark psychological elements, so my writing usually has that to a degree, but my characters also tend to adopt quippy/sarcastic voices, so hopefully that balances out the darkness. My stuff could be classified as women’s fiction, but I try to imbue a Chuck Palahniuk sensibility to it whenever I can.

    I’m 31K into my dual POV WIP, which is about two women who end up at a mysterious island resort off the coast of Peru, one to work there/one to find her missing brother, and try to figure out the hotel’s secrets while dealing with their own personal issues. It may contain some light paranormal elements (still haven’t decided if the resort is haunted) but is really about the characters and what haunts them personally. There’s a big theme of suicide throughout (hello darkness my old friend), so fair warning if you’re squeamish about that, but I’m doing my best to inject some black comedy into the story, too.

    I’d love to connect with writers of adult fiction. I don’t mind genres like mystery, thriller, dystopian, romance or light magical realism, but fantasy and hard sci-fi aren’t really my thing (though, to be fair, I’m currently reading THE MARTIAN and am super-hooked so I could probably handle some light sci-fi). The last novel I read and loved was Daphne du Maurier’s REBECCA, but my favorites include HOUSE OF LEAVES, THE RAW SHARK TEXTS, POSSESSION and THE HANDMAID’S TALE.

    If you think we’d be a good match, please email me at damiella (at) gmail (dot) com. If you’re still not sure, you can read more about me and the completed novel I’m currently querying (unagented at the moment, hoping to change that soon) as well as get links to my social channels on my author site: http://margaritamontimore.wordpress.com/

    • Allison Kubo

      I sent you an email!

  • Anna Eichner

    Hello all! This is a rather strange idea perhaps, but I thought I’d throw it out there in case anyone would be interested. I am taking part in the Ray Bradbury short story challenge. The idea is to write a short story (it can be REALLY short) every week for a year. It’s unofficial, just something personal you decide to do. (Though it does have its own facebook page, which makes it official in my heart: https://www.facebook.com/RayBradburys52WeekShortStoryChallenge .) Would anyone else be interested in engaging in this slightly terrifying and yet hopefully interesting endeavor?

    The idea would be to give each other feedback on the short stories we write, and hopefully by the end of the year, we are better writers than when we started! At the very least, we’ll be more practiced….

    I write YA with lots of friendship and siblings, some sarcasm, and a healthy helping of magic. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, comment or send me an email! eichneram1@gmail.com .

    • Kelia

      I adore Megan Whalen Turner and Diana Wynn Jones! The short story challenge sounds really interesting. If you’d like, you could email me at krazykelia@gmail.com to swap a few stories. I write YA fantasy also.

      • Anna Eichner

        Cool! I sent you an email.

  • Allison Kubo

    Allison, here!

    I write mostly urban fantasy, new adult, and or magical realism. I am unagented and unpublished.
    One of my current WIPs, As it Seems, is set in modern day Vegas and focuses on magicians and has some Peter Pan influences. It’s a about a reporter and a young, unreliable magician as they navigate the underground ring of magicians drug smugglers. It’s a bit dark and written in an almost omniscient POV, a bit like Neil Gaiman or Philip Pulman.

    I started it last year but I intend to go back to it. It’s only about 7K right now and I often have a hard time finishing novels but hopefully I can find a partner to help encourage me to write more.
    Some books I loved include, Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys and Ann Patchet’s Bel Canto. I also love John Green and some high fantasy such as Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan.

    I am looking for a more experienced writer (ideally agented) to take me under their proverbial wings and act as a mentor. I am also a pretty harsh editor and I am willing to read and review all genres.

    Best of skill to all of you lovely writers!

  • http://www.theglisterjournals.com/ B B Shepherd

    Hi I’m Beni. My current project is the second novel in a realistic literature series. The main character is a young girl who thinks and experiences the world differently from most kids and has difficulty interpreting social cues. The story is character driven and explores relationships from her point of view. Horses and equestrian sports play an important part of the story, as does figuring out the other main characters. The first two books are probably MG appropriate but the later books are definitely YA. I am currently seeking representation.

    Although my series is contemporary, I’m an eclectic reader and usually prefer fantasy, science fiction, and adult literary fiction. Recent books I’ve really enjoyed are The Grisha Trilogy, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, and The Archived, but Austen and the Brontes probably epitomize me as reader. I currently have one outstanding CP and am seeking one more long term partnership. As I have stories planned in other genres, I would prefer an experienced writer with a broad reading interest.

    I can be contacted at bbshepherd@theglisterjournals.com.
    My series website is http://theglisterjournals.com

    • Andrew Battersby

      I would be interested in swapping pages with your MG work. I write Modern Fantasy MG (see my post above). If your interested, I can send my first 50 pages.

      • http://www.theglisterjournals.com/ B B Shepherd

        Hi Andrew. I’ll e-mail you!

      • Andrew Battersby

        You can reach me at andrew.a.battersby at gmail ` com. Sorry about the email spelling, I worry about bots.

  • Manuel Soto

    Hello, I’m Manuel. My current project is a YA contemporary romance about two sixteen year olds, one with acute social anxiety and the other struggling with hardships at school. It contains long conversations over coffee, lots of reality tv mentions, and an adorable white cat. There are mentions of topics such as depression and anxiety. I have finished two drafts of this book and am currently editing it at the moment. I am looking for someone who can help me polish it off in time to send it off to some agents soon, hopefully.

    I’m currently not agented, but I am currently looking for representation.

    I read across many genres, but my favorite books include titles such as “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer (which has had a huge impact on me as a writer and reader), anything by Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, or John Green, and the Caster Chronicles by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia.

    You can contact me at jmsoto555@gmail.com

  • Heather Harwood

    I’m Heather! (age range: Adult, no agent).

    I’ve written a Space Opera about a young intergalactic translator with a rare empathic ability who learns she might be the key to translating the galaxy’s most sacred and untranslatable text.

    I just finished my second draft and I’m ready for some good critique. I recently read and loved Landline by Rainbow Rowell (wow, that girl can write!), contact me at heatherharwood@hotmail.com

    • Shirley Gibson Coleman

      Hello Heather- I write adult sci-fi. Have had one book published traditionally in 2013. I’d love no more than two readers of sci-fi with romance to help me test the latest book. I sent yo an email If you interested.

  • Julia E.

    Hello Everyone! I’m Julia and I’m currently editing a YA Fantasy Romance (LGBT) to *hopefully* send on submission soon! Looking for a few great CPs to help me make it fabulous.

    Mini blurb: As a safari guide in Nazwimbe, sixteen-year-old Mnemba tracks grootslangs through the jungle and makes sure her tour groups don’t feed the chimeras. When she’s assigned to a Unicorn Naturalist from far away Echalend as a guide, Mnemba fears she’s unprepared to lead him. Worse, when Mr. Harving arrives, escorted by his striking and fiercely independent daughter, Mnemba learns she’s even less prepared to cope with her forbidden attraction to Kara.

    Together, they uncover a mysterious pile of discarded unicorn horns and a plot by a powerful gang of poachers to enslave the beautiful creatures, harnessing their supernatural strength to build a railway. With their new iron highway, the poachers plan to bring foreign weapons and overthrow Nazwimbe’s peacekeeping General. To stop the gang, Mnemba and Kara must free the unicorns and steal the moonstone that binds them in servitude, while avoiding capture themselves and struggling not to fall in love.

    The last book I read and loved was The Winner’s Curse.

    Sadly, I don’t have an agent yet. But I hold onto hope!
    If you’re interested you can reply to my thread here or email me at julian.essenburg@gmail.com

    • Rachel Buckland

      This sounds so interesting!! Shooting you an email!

  • Fozia Akter

    I am in the midst of writing a Teen/YA Urban Fantasy novel that involves genies, teens with something to prove, warrior princes, mysterious deaths, warring nations, and slow burn romance (yeah, baby). It has dystopian elements, and I need A LOT OF HELP dialogue-wise, and someone who can steer me to keeping the pace alive and red hot. I studied literature in school and have a BA in English Adolescent Education and currently working on a MS in counseling. Unagented, but highly interested in traditional publishing. I also attend writing workshops with Gotham Writers in NYC. My goal is to finish the second draft of this baby sprouted during NaNo before summer. I write on fictionpress & watt pad. Hopefully I can be agented by the end of this year or early next year. The last book I read was The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I love the dark humor intermingled with the journey to find Glendower. Other writers that inspire me are Marie Lu, Veronica Rossi, Penelope Douglas, Richelle Mead, Leigh Bardugo, Jenn Young, Alexandra Bracken, and the lovely Sarah J. Maas. I also have a YOUTUBE channel: Fuzz Island Books. Email: fakter20@gmail.com

  • cindy vw

    Thank you Mrs Stiefvater for this opportunity !

    I’m Cindy, 31 – nearly 32 in a few days! – and I mainly write YA (although my latest short story was MG). I love fantasy stories as well as contemporary ones. I’m not really working on a manuscript right now, at least not an English-speaking project. I come from Belgium, my mother tongue is French and if I’m posting here, it’s mainly to find someone who will be willing to help me improve my writing in English. In return, I’m willing to read and say my honest opinion.
    I mainly read YA, but I won’t say no to MG or good thrillers in the vein of “Gone Girl”.
    One my most recent discoveries is “The truth about Alice” by Jennifer Mathieu, a brilliant novel, and the Kat series by Stephanie Burgis, cute and clever at the same time ! I love stories which venture off the beaten track, which emphasize the diversity of our world in any way and which can surprise me!
    You can email me at: cindy.van.wilder[@]gmail.com

  • Hezekiah Bennetts

    Ahoy-hoy! Name’s Hez; I’ve got an adult Sci-Fi with thriller elements. I’ve been shopping it around to agents, but thus for not a nibble, so it seems prudent to run it through another edit…

    The plot: A group of supersoldiers have decided they’re no longer happy working for the government, and their rather… forceful method of expressing this sentiment sends the U.S. spiraling into a bloody civil war.

    The last really great book I’ve read (well, audio-booked) is Ethan of Athos, and the book that defines me as a reader would be OSC’s Lost Boys: clear narrative, not too overly detailed, but with a great world and characters.

    If any of that piques your interest, please drop me a line at hezbennetts@yahoo.com (or if you’re a member of the QueryTracker community, I can be reached as “Hrothmeir”.)

    Good luck to everyone!

  • Kelia

    Hey, I’m Kelia. I read and write mostly YA fantasy/Sci-fi, though I’m open to all genres. I’m currently in college and unagented. I attempted to query my sci-fi novel last year with no results, so I’d love for someone to either tell me what’s wrong with that one or to kick my butt into writing something new.

    Here’s the (awful) pitch from my query letter: Life is looking up for Tess. She has a position in one of the clans – mini empires in space that provide steady jobs and protection, although they do it by preying on weaker clans. Tess even has a chance to be promoted out of the fuel crew when she catches a spy trying to steal her clan’s supplies. Only one problem: the spy is her sister.
    Tess was only eleven when Nadia left to join a clan. She promised to be back in a year or two for her younger sister and mother, but she never returned. Now, faced with Nadia’s imminent execution, Tess helps her escape. But doing so ignites a conflict between Tess’s clan and one of the largest, most powerful clans in the universe, and Tess must find find a way to save both her clan and her family.

    The last book I read was Vicious by Victoria Schwab, and one of my favorites from last year was Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst. I’ll read and critique anything, so email me at krazykelia@gmail.com if you think we’d be a good fit!

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  • 1000th.monkey

    Hi, I’m Kristen. I write darker YA and upper MG: contemporary, magical realism, and light fantasy.

    I’m working on two new YA MS’s right now, and doing final edits on a project to query next month (hopefully).

    WIP #1 is a magical realism with an unlikable male MC, and I think a lot of the French movie “Amelie” when I’m working on it. WIP #2 is a original fairytale where you could combine Erin Bow’s “Plain Kate” with Jessica Day George’s “Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow”, then throw in some cannibalistic gods.

    I like anything with ‘real’ characters, and any twist of oddness to it. I don’t hate romance, but I am more interested in other relationships like friendship/siblings/etc. I’m really not a fan of the ‘plain girl who is chased around by every hot guy’ trope…

    Last book I read/loved was “Ancillary Justice” for how much it screwed with my perceptions of gender, but my possibly favourite book (is a little obscure) is the MG book “The Thief of Always” by Clive Barker for it’s underlayer of dark/creepy, yet it is still absolutely bright/magical.

    I’m not agented, but I am on that shaky border where nearly every full that is requested comes back with: “Send me your next book”.

    I am looking for serious critique partners who are pursuing publication. I specialize in big-picture critiques, looking at character arcs/etc, and I have a fabulous memory for small details/consistency. Just don’t ask me to check your grammar ;)

    You can check out more info about the kind of stories I write at: kristenadams.ca and email me at 1000th.monkey(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Andrew Battersby

      Your Upper MG sounds like something I would be interested in. I write MG Modern Fantasy (see my post above) if you would like to swap pages.

      • 1000th.monkey

        Both my WIP MS’s are YA, not MG, sorry if that wasn’t clear. I have other, older MS’s that are MG, one that I would like to re-write, if you’d rather swap just MG work. If you wander over to my website, and click under MG WIPs, it’s called ‘Simon’s Oath’.

        Is yours complete, or is it a WIP?

        You can send me your first chapter if you’d like and we can talk more via email.

      • Andrew Battersby

        I would be interested in swapping MG’s and yes, mine is complete. What is your email address and I can send it over?

      • 1000th.monkey

        listed in my original post

  • Rachel Fike

    Hey, everyone. I write YA fantasy and have finished a novel that takes place in a medieval world. It follows a young woman who is struggling with the death of her sister and is planning a rebellion against the King. The son of the King unexpectedly asks for her hand in marriage and speaks of legends in a strange way, and the MC must flee to keep her rebellion aflame.

    I have also written a sequel to the above novel, but it is not ready to be read. I do not have an agent, nor have I been published, although I would like to be soon.

    I love The Scorpio Races, the world of Harry Potter, and the depth of The Book Thief. I think Shannon Hale’s writing (particularly The Goose Girl series) best sums me up as a writer, although I can be more sarcastic than her sometimes. If you would like to share manuscripts, contact me at: rfike.forchrist@gmail.com

  • Ariana F

    My initial post got buried so I am trying again! This time with MORE OOMPH.

    My name’s Ariana. I’m 25 and I work as a librarian. I’m unagented, and my current work (a YA fantasy standalone) is incomplete. Looking for someone who likes lush, character driven stories. I’m still working on a first draft, but I am very happy to critique and edit manuscripts that are nearing completion as well as newer works.

    Here is a synopsis of my YA fantasy, ORCHARD AND AMBERGRIS.

    Meet Orchard and Ambergris. Orchard is a scientist who loves chemicals, high society, and being around his best friend, Ambergris, who makes him feel richer than money ever could. Ambergris is a mechanic who loves animals, engines, and hanging out with Orchard, who is the perfect mix of stray cat and machine.

    They are two young men dealing with the usual pressures of big city living – paying rent on time, dating, getting caught up in violent murders, and solving crimes on behalf of a corrupt police force. But hey, it’s nothing they can’t handle.

    The last book I truly loved reading was Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll. The book that truly epitomizes me as a reader is Deathless by Cat Valente, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, or Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

    • Ariana F

      You can contact me on twitter (@ArianaWrites) or by email (wolfinthefable at gmail dot com).

    • Ariana F

      Even more info:

      I’ve been writing almost nonstop for 10 years. I was an English lit major and creative writing minor, and I specialized in children and teen services during my master’s. I was a part of many competitive and exclusionary writing courses in university, and wrote a creative writing thesis.

      I am serious about querying, finding an agent, and eventually being published. I truly enjoy editing, and tend to be blunt and to the point. I am good at picking out fine details, correcting spelling and grammar, and refining phrases. I often need help with creative cohesive scenes, dialogue, and consistency in world-building.

  • Jessica Hill

    Hi all! I’m Jessica. My current novel is a YA fantasy about a 17-year-old girl who can shift into a sandstorm and a military commander who wants to use her as a spy and assassin.

    I’d like a critique partner that can help mainly with overall plot and character issues, and I’d like to find someone who’d be interested in the possibility of working together long-term. While I write mostly fantasy, I do write in other spec fic genres and contemporary as well.

    A few of my favorite recent reads are The Young Elites, The Raven Cycle, You Against Me, and In the Afterlight.

    If you think you might be interested in working together, shoot me an email me at jessicahillwriting(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks!

  • Robin Red

    Hello,

    I’m Robin, and I’ve written a YA Urban fantasy about a precognitive, 17-year-old girl who befriends an aging witch in Manhattan; when the witch goes missing, she goes on a quest to find her, using her visions and an otherworldly ally to aid her investigation.

    I’m not agented, and my few literary accomplishments were local awards.

    I suppose the book that defines me as a reader would probably be Daughter of Smoke & Bone; lush prose, complex lore, intriguing character relationships, all that just clicks with me. The most recent book I’ve read—that led me here, really—was The Raven Boys. Not trying to be a suck-up, but there’s just something enchanting in the way Mrs. Stiefvater writes, how she can give you magic in old cars and elk trees, in clear skies and new beginnings. No incantation is spoken, yet a spell has been cast. I just love that.

    My email is: robin.red.rider@gmail.com

    Cheers, everyone :)

    • Robin Red

      I have one CP already, now awaiting a response from 2 others (I’m hoping for 4 in total). Please reply here if you’ve sent me an email so I’ll be more prompt in my responses. I look forward to hearing from you guys!

  • Jessica Launius

    Hi All! I spent a really long time hesitating before posting this so here goes nothing! I’m Jessica, a 22 year old, un-agented/unpublished writer who is finishing her senior year of college. I’m interested in writing YA, particularly fantasy/science fiction, but the real reason why I’ve hesitated before posting is that I’m looking for a CP who’s currently right where I am, which is 10,000 words in.

    I’ve written one novel already (trunk novel, never to see the light of day), but am interested in working with someone on what I’m writing now, tiny blurb below because every time I add more the main idea shifts. Seriously, I still don’t have names for some characters. It’s THAT early. Really, I’m looking for a sounding board, personal coach, someone who will be disappointed dearly if I stop writing, because I need someone to brainstorm with, to convince me that there is something (perhaps miniscule) worthy about the work I’m doing, and keep me writing. I’ve made a deal with myself that I’ll write at least a page a day until Draft The First is complete and would like someone to hold me to that.

    Beyond that, I’m typically a high strung person and am definitely willing to work with you on your writing, but am really looking for someone who’s in a similar state as myself rather than someone who’s going to send me their entire WIP. I want someone who will challenge me, who will write, “This sentence is no good, and this is how it could be better,” someone who will tell me the world won’t wait for my novel so I better get my butt back in that chair and keep writing. I’m also willing to do the same in return.

    So if you’re out there with something unfinished and want to start talking (and hopefully be CPs when first, second, third, eightieth drafts are all said and done), why don’t you shoot me an email at the address below and we can chat. I promise to be honest about whether or not I think things will work out, so long as you promise to do the same.

    Bonus points if you’re a music junkie like me.

    I guess I should also mention my current WIP is a YA fantasy with a (several?) female protagonists and world building but no unicorns or elves or little tiny flying people. Just magic. Or a lack thereof. I’m miserable at describing my work.

    Oh, and the last novel I read that I enjoyed was Marie Lu’s The Young Elites, and I can’t think of a book that captures my writing style. This post is an accurate-ish representation. Sort of. You get the point. On to the blurb.

    Title: Hinterland Chronicles (because it will probably become a series?)

    Blurb: 35 years ago, a young magician’s power flare blanketed the world in ice, limited access to magic, and crippled the Empire. 11 years ago, the Empress and her family were slaughtered. Today, a thief known as Wallwalker stalks the streets and is seemingly seen by no one.

    A silent revolution. A life-changing bribe. A deadly game.

    And liars with hearts of gold and young children with heart problems and seemingly immortal princes who may or may not even have a heart.

    Anywhoo, if you’re still reading this and are interested in starting this journey with me, shoot me an email at jessicalaunius (at) gmail (dot) com and we can go from there!

    • Amanda Wilk

      Hi Jessica,

      It sounds like me might be in similar places, and I seriously love your: “A silent revolution. A life-changing bribe. A deadly game.” tag line.

      You can check out my post, and if you’re interested, let me know.

    • Ashley Daniels

      Hi Jessica! Though my project is not exactly as new as yours is, it’s still largely unfinished. I think that we might be a good fit even though what I’m working on is pretty far in to the writing process. I actually enjoy motivating my writing partners to, you know, write and to keep going.

      You can also check out my post if you’re interested in what I’m working on, and would like to give this a go.

    • Ariana F

      Hi Jessica! I think we are at similar stages in our work, and your story sounds right up my alley.

      Here is a synopsis of my YA fantasy, ORCHARD AND AMBERGRIS.

      Meet Orchard and Ambergris. Orchard is a scientist who loves chemicals, high society, and being around his best friend, Ambergris, who makes him feel richer than money ever could. Ambergris is a mechanic who loves animals, engines, and hanging out with Orchard, who is the perfect mix of stray cat and machine.

      They are two young men dealing with the
      usual pressures of big city living – paying rent on time, dating,
      getting caught up in violent murders, and solving crimes on behalf of a corrupt police force. But hey, it’s nothing they can’t handle.

      Email me at wolfinthefable at gmail dot com if you’re interested in exchanging some work and seeing if we fit!

    • http://www.stephwonderland.blogspot.com/ Stephanie Kaye

      Hi Jessica. I think we are at the same points in our WIPs and I think we’d be a great fit. I’ll send you and email :)

    • Anna G

      Hi Jessica! I haven’t posted on here yet but I was reading through the comments and it sounds like we’re looking for similar things in CPs. I’ll send you an email shortly!

  • Amanda Wilk

    Hi, I’m Amanda. I am a 26 year old librarian, and a huge theatre nerd.

    I’m currently writing a young adult fantasy novel about Kate, a boarding school student who wakes in another world after burying her best friend. Claimed as the lost heir to a broken land, she struggles to find her footing and return home. Kate thinks she may only be dreaming, but when
    introduced to her dead best friend, remade as the exiled son to an unreputable Duke, she must decide what’s real, and where she belongs.

    I do not have an agent, and am not yet at that stage. My first draft is less than a quarter written, and is still very much a draft. I am looking for someone to bounce ideas back and forth with, share scenarios and play what if.

    The last book I read and loved is I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

    Two of the books that define me most as a reader are Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie (heartbreaking, but not heartless, yes please!), and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

    You can reach me at amandawilk47 at gmail dot com

  • Denise Jones

    Re-Posting…
    Hello all! I write within a variety of genres. The two projects I’m hoping to find a CP for are:

    The Three Year War (YA, Sci-Fi) – New age witch hunt for the mentally unstable in the Norm Republic. Story follows the tale of four teens trying to escape Folly.

    Montgomery’s Diary (New Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy) – Schizophrenic actress attends a couple’s retreat with a group of friends and in her attempt to escape the love fest goes to a neighboring island only to become trapped on it. The island won’t let her go.

    I don’t have an agent. And I had a pretty rough reading year last year (only got in about 12 books) but a few books I liked from last year were The Golem & The Jinni, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

    I can be reached via gmail at denise.mx.jones :)

  • Kim Chance

    Hi everyone! My name is Kim and I am 29 years old. Here is me in a nutshell: English Teacher, twin mommy, military wife, Outlander obsessed, Harry Potter/Hunger Games Nerd, coffee addict, converse wearer.

    I am currently in the process of revising my first YA supernatural/fantasy, titled KEEPER.

    Here is a short pitch (though it’s still a work in progress):When a 200 year old ghost attacks her in the woods, 17yo Lainey Styles is shocked to discover that she is the last remaining descendant of an ancient line of Keepers—witches who guard and protect the Grimoire, a powerful
    spellbook. Struggling to deal with the news—and her feelings for a mysterious boy with secrets of his own–Lainey suddenly finds herself in the middle of a civil war between the Supernatural race and the men who would use the power of the Grimoire to destroy them all. Racing against the clock, Lainey must embrace her destiny and find the Grimoire before someone else finds it first.

    I actually already have two critique partners, but I’m looking for fresh eyes. Now that the first draft is done, I need some help beating the MS into “query-worthy” shape. I’m not currently agented, but would love to start querying this spring. I feel like I’ve made a lot of rookie writing errors, such as superfluous descriptions and more “telling” than “showing” and I’m looking for someone who knows a lot about the craft of writing that can help me fix those mistakes. I would love someone in the same stage as me, and also around the same age. I also need someone who understands that my busy life (work full-time and twin toddlers) doesn’t always allow me to write/critique every day. I need someone who can be a cheerleader, but brutally honest at the same time.

    Currently Reading: Hooked by Les Edgerton
    Last Series Read: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
    Favorite Series: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

    If you’re interested, you can reach me via email at kimchance1@gmail.com. You can also stalk me via twitter at @_kimchance

    Thanks everyone! Happy Reading and Writing! :)

  • Ann Marie Kanaweyo

    Morning! I’m Ann and I’m currently working on an adult novel about a woman who has lost her memory and is trying to rediscover her identity despite the facts that she lives in a dying city and has a supernatural power over fire. It’s general fiction with science fiction/fantasy elements. I am not currently agented/published.

    The last novel I loved was Watchmen. The book that most epitomizes me as a reader is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I love stories that utilize sci fi/fantasy to explore reality and what it means to be human, and that’s the major idea that I want to explore within my own writing.

    I can be reached at lemarie1878@gmail.com.

  • Allison Ritchie

    Hi! My name is Allison and I’m working on a YA fantasy novel set in an alternate history of California. The Golden Land switches between the POV’s of Pearl, who will die within the year because of her family’s curse, and Gabriel, whose dead father speaks to him. It asks the characters – as well as the reader – what they will do to gain the world if it means losing their soul along the way.

    I’m an unagented librarian at a private school. Currently, I’m reading California by Edan Lepucki and The Alphabet of Grace by Frederick Buechner and both are turning out to be a great way to start the new year.
    Some of my favorite authors are: Alexander McCall Smith, Gary D. Schmidt, John Corey Whaley, and, of course, Maggie.

    You can reach me at allisonj87@gmail.com

  • Stephanie Sauvinet

    Hi, I’m Stephanie and an adult SF writer. I also meddles in YA/NA SF at times. My current WIP is in the cyberpunk vein following a pleasure pusher and a biotech regulation officer as they team up to solve the death of a prominent CEO.

    I’m in the close but no cigar category (had offer of pubs from small presses and an agent offer) and I’ve also worked as the reading editor for a small press so I would prefer to work with someone who is familiar with critiquing.

    The last novel I finished was “Heaven’s Queen” by Rachel Bach. I absolutely loved this series. My favorite novels include Dune by Frank Hebert and anything by Philip K Dick.

    You can reach me at stephaniesauvinet@gmail.com or take a look at what I write on http://stephaniesauvinet.weebly.com/

  • Marissa Marangoni

    Hi All, I’m Marissa and I write YA/Adult fiction. I have had an agent since July, and she is repping my YA novel.

    Right now, I am struggling to choose between two other projects. One is YA fiction with a male narrator who is on a journey to get to know his deadbeat dad whose story the mc’s grandmother and mother have hidden from him. The other draft I have going is an adult fiction book with two alternating narrators. The two main characters, a young man and a young woman, were raised in the same small town and have an intense bond with one another that is never quite explored because of socioeconomic differences until the woman mysteriously resurfaces with a big secret in the man’s life many years after they last separated as teenagers. Wow, all that seems like a mouthful.

    The last book(s) I read and loved were Roxane Gay’s “An Untamed State,” and the last one I listened to that I loved (I have a long commute to work) was Jojo Moyes’ “One Plus One.” As for a book epitomizing me as a reader, that’s a realllly difficult call to make, but it might be a literary YA fiction crossed with contemporary adult fiction. Whatever that is, I can’t come up with it right now, but I suppose that’d be it.

    I’d love a crit partner who wouldn’t mind reading work that is intended for different age groups, as I can’t decide which to write within. I’d prefer not to work with someone who writes sci-fi/fantasy because I rarely read within those genres and do not feel that I could give sufficient and effective feedback.

    Email: mmarangoni29@gmail.com

    Thanks!

  • Andrew Battersby

    Hi, my name is Andrew Battersby. I write MG Fiction and do not have an agent or published work.

    I am looking for Beta Readers for a MG Modern Fantasy that can be described as Percy Jackson in China. It draws heavily from Chinese Mythology as the main character, Sam Chang, goes on vacation to his homeland of China. There he is saved from Daemon Police by a Taoist Immortal who tells him he has a destiny to vanquish the immortal First Emperor of China, who, if freed, will release hell on earth. Chased through the backstreets of Hong Kong and the jungles of Guangzhou by not only a possessed faction of the Chinese government, but the gods themselves, Sam finds unlikely allies in a teenage kung fu master name Liu and the legendary Monkey King from Chinese myth.

    The last thing I read were two books simultaneously, and I feel they together epitomize me as a reader. The first was 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones because I love Rick Riordan and the second was The Monastery of Jade Mountain, a biography of an exiled Russian who becomes a Taoist in the early 1900′s in China.

  • Farah Naz Rishi

    Hi! My name is Farah. I’m a 24 year old, very creatively-suppressed law student. I’ve had a book idea trapped inside my mind for years now and have been desperately seeking ways to get it out. Due to a naturally busy schedule–why am I in law school again?–I find that time for writing is always slipping through my fingers. I also seem to lack discipline.

    What I seek is a friend who can inspire me with their work while also supporting mine (through force, virtual slaps–anything that will *make* me write, even if it means I’m not catching up on reading for school). I’m neither agented nor published (sighs all around).

    This book is my dream. It’s a ghost story set in a fantasy, Victorian-themed era. It’s an exploration between three characters: two twins–a boy and a girl–who are ghost hunters, and a girl who is dragged into their “business” because she can actually see ghosts clearly, and thus communicate with them. It’s romance, between all genders (and between those who are dead/alive, mayhaps?). It’s comedy, as the Grim Reaper is a bit of a snarky jerkface.

    If you’re interested in working with me, please email me: farahnrishi@gmail.com

    • http://www.stephwonderland.blogspot.com/ Stephanie Kaye

      hi farah, I think we would go well together. I’m going to send you an email in a little bit :)

  • Holly

    Hi everyone! My name is Holly, and I am a YA writer. I don’t have too much of a manuscript yet, as I am a full time student who also has a part time job, but I am working on it, and would still love a partner or two!

    The story I am writing involves Faeries, and an awful curse placed on three families, that manifests every couple decades or so. An twisted sort of competition ensues, and the main heroine is tried to battle the pull.

    The last book I read that I loved was the Scorpio Races (only read it last month) and the book I would say that more so defines me as a writer, or what I would like to write, would probably be any book by Maggie Stiefvater. I also love the Paladin Prophecy series by Mark Frost, and the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

    I can be reached at kathrynhtucker@gmail.com

    Please contact me if interested!

    • Auburn Morrow

      Hi :) My name is Auburn Morrow
      The combination of Faeries and curses sounds a lot of fun to me. I mostly write books with magical themes and I think we could be a fit. I’m writing a high fantasy YA that feels urban about a world where your name, your soul, and your magic are connected and a girl discovers she doesn’t know a thing. The more and more she learns, the darker her origin seems to be.

      I’d love to help with anything you’d need and as a student too, I understand finding a balance to write is difficult. I’ll send you an email! (I’ll be auburn.morrow@yahoo.com)

  • Jennifer Osborn

    The age range for my stories varies from YA to NA, however, I do not buy into the credo that states if you write new adult, it must contain sex. My stuff doesn’t, and I stick by that. I’ve been referred as a “fade to black” writer when I write those types of scenes. I have three stories out currently, all self-published. The Sentinel’s Insurgency (NA) was initially pegged for publication by XoXo Publishing before they went under and was released by them. I put it out on my own. The Veiled (on the border between YA and NA) is also one I just –re-released. I do not have an agent or publisher, but my goal this year is to obtain both.

    The last book I read was actually a series, I read “The Infernal Devices” and loved them. I love Cassandra Clare and yes, Maggie. To define me by a book is very hard. I like stories that are complicated, that aren’t easily defined and sometimes don’t end with a tidy, neat wrap. I loved the Divergent Series, the Shiver Series and The Mortal Instruments. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are also favorites of mine.

    I’ve just obtained one critique partner and am looking for a second and some new beta readers. I am editing my sequel to The Veiled and would love a fresh set of eyes.

    My website: http://www.jenniferosborn.org

    And a new review of The Veiled, if you wanted to read
    http://www.whatsbeyondforks.com/2014/12/book-review-veiled-expanded-edition-by.html?m=1

  • Cherith McGough

    I’m
    looking for someone to critique a book written by me and a friend of
    mine. It’s YA fantasy/paranormal romance – a modern day star-crossed
    lovers about a vampire and a werewolf who fall in love. But they both
    think the other is a human. (I know it sounds
    cliche but hey it’s the first book I’ve ever written!) Last book I read
    was The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, which I loved. Other favorite authors
    are Maggie, of course, Cassie Clare, Rick Riordan, Richelle Mead, etc. I
    exclusively read YA so that is why I wanted to write YA. I am not
    agented or published. I am really looking for someone to read my book and let me know
    if its junk or it has any promise. I’m also writing another book that
    will need critiquing eventually once I get it finished. If anyone is
    interested, my email is
    cherithmcgough@gmail.com. Thanks!

    • Bethany

      Sounds interesting! I’ll send you an email.

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  • http://www.readingwritingandrandommusings.com/ Lisa

    My name is Lisa, and I’m currently writing a YA contemporary novel about 3 teens facing an environmental crisis and how they try to survive. I finished my first draft back in August and I am really struggling with the editing process. I would love to find someone to share manuscripts with, offer feedback and advice, and someone to just connect with on this journey.

    I am not currently agented.

    I really read a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, both Adult and YA. The last book that I read that I LOVED was Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience. A book that represents my reading style is Dollface by Renee Rosen. I love books that have a little romance, a touch of suspense, maybe a little bit of history thrown in (but definitely not necessary).

    I can be reached at rwrmusings@gmail.com.

  • http://www.laurencekingbooks.com Laurence King

    Hi, I’m Laurence. I am looking for a long-term CP with whom to discuss ideas, plots, get/give critiques, and spur each other on.

    I am at the query stage with a YA Urban Fantasy set in Paris. MIST tells the story of sixteen-year-old Deirdre Walsh who owes her preternatural health and endurance to a magical stone that once belonged to the Faeries of Ireland. When her grandfather, currently the stone keeper, goes missing, Deirdre’s search for him takes her into a world where myth meets reality. If the stone falls back into the hands of Faeries, it means the end of freedom for Mankind. Deirdre must learn to wield her connection to the stone not only to save the people she loves, but the entire Human race.

    Some of my favorite books: Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and anything by Laini Taylor, Grisha Trilogy, Harry Potter, anything by Maggie Stiefvater, Fangirl, Anna and the French Kiss (and companion books), Princess of Thorns, the Ocean at the end of The Lane, Goose Girl, Cinder, Legend, the Young Elites.

    I have started outlining another fantasy project.

    I can be reached at laurence2@comcast.net

  • Tara S

    Hi, I’m Tara, and I’m putting the finishing touches on a MG fairy tale. So far, it’s about 222 pages, and I’m in the process of rewriting a section or two and revisions. I am not published, and it is my intention at this point to self-publish it. I also intend to illustrate it. Here’s the main plot in a nutshell… A girl has been cooking and cleaning for a witch as long as she can remember, but things change when a very special cat witnesses the witch stealing the girl’s dreams. There are at least two other side plots that converge at the end.

    I have to warn you that I’m very analytical and like to talk about the writing process and stuff like foreshadowing and repeating themes. :-)

    I read a lot of YA and some MG. Obviously, Harry Potter is a major influence, but I loved the Iron Fey YA series. I also love Patricia McKillip and her wonderful fairy tales and Jim Butcher’s Dresden files (his plots are AMAZING). Then there’s this other author, you may not have heard of her… Maggie Stiefvater? She has some great prose. Most of what I read is modern fantasy/vampire/werewolf/fairy stories.

    If you are interested in swapping work, you can contact me at (no spaces) Tara Lynn sharp at gmail dot com.

  • gildedspine

    Hey! I actually found one of my lovely critique partners from a previous love connection, but I’m always on the look-out for new connections and beta eyes, so here we go.

    I’m Kaye. You can find me around Twitter as @gildedspine. I’m unagented and unpublished, but have hopes to query this year. I write a lot of dark, foreboding YA (according to a CP) and particularly focus on girl-centric stories, family relationships and female friendships.

    Most of what I write comes out as either fantasy of some variety or else magical realism.

    One WiP is currently under its second rounds of revision, but it is a Muslim fantasy featuring a girl under a curse and the means she takes to break it while trying to mend her relationship with her distant mother.

    Another WiP is going into its hopefully last draft and is a Japanese fantasy that I like to call a YA Spirited Away, set in the Edo period. So I definitely am going to need eyes for that soon, particularly as my critique partners have all seen it at some point or another and it might be nice to get a fresh opinion.

    The last book I read and loved was My Heart and Other Black Holes by my friend Jasmine Warga. A book that defines me as a writer…Lips Touch by Laini Taylor is definitely one. I always dream of writing such lovely, fantasical, near-maddening prose.

    Other favorite titles of mine include The Scorpio Races, Chime, The Night Circus, Bel Canto and Norwegian Wood.

    You can touch base with me on Twitter or busylearninghomeATgmailDOTcom.

    • Kelia

      I sent you an email!

      • gildedspine

        I got it! I’ll reply in a few!

    • Ariana F

      Spirited Away is a movie that changed my life. I’ll definitely be in touch!

  • Auburn Morrow

    Hello! I’m Auburn Morrow and I’m writing a YA book.

    It’s high fantasy, but it feels very urban. It’s set in a world where your name, your soul and your magic is all connected and a girl discovers everything she thought she knew about herself was a terrible lie. The more she learns about her origin, the darker it gets to the point where she might have started a war against High and Low magic.

    It’s inspired by the dark romantic feel of fairy tales and just a load of fun.

    I’m unpublished and I don’t have an agent.

    My email is auburn.morrow@yahoo.com

    The last book that left me breathless was Aristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, but Diana Wynn Jones’ chrestomanci series has resonated with me since I was a kid.

    • http://www.stephwonderland.blogspot.com/ Stephanie Kaye

      Hi Auburn, I’m going to send you an email in a little bit :)

  • http://www.stephwonderland.blogspot.com/ Stephanie Kaye

    Hi, I’m Stephanie. I’m currently in the middle of a few WIPs. None that are completed, but they want to be. I just know that they’re missing something. The one I’m most passionate about is YA/NA paranormal about seven sisters who each possess one of the seven deadly sins. I can’t provide a finished novel as of right now, but I am looking for someone or some people to help me get in the right direction and for me to help them out. I enjoy anything that is YA or NA.

    The last book I read and absolutely loved was Mara Dyer books 1&2. I just bought the third and have yet to finish it! But I can’t stop raving about the first 2 books and cannot wait to find out how it turns out! :)

    I am not agented or published but want to be one day. If you feel as though we’d be a good fit, send me an email at stephinwonderland49@gmail.com

    • ky

      Hi, Stepanie. I write PNR and NA, currently focusing on contemporary NA with diverse characters about overcoming the scars of the past and the expectations of the present. The last few books I read that I loved: K.A. Tucker Ten Tiny Breaths series and Finding It by Cora Carmack. I’ll send you an email shortly.

  • Cecily

    Hi, I’m Cecily! WIP is #3 of a YA trilogy. It’s a modern gothic full of magic, murder, love and revenge, told in two timelines. I’m unagented, but book 1 is currently on full request with both an agent and a publisher.

    Blurb:

    Cold Water is pretty much the perfect, sleepy small town… But sixteen year old Holly has known her whole life that something here just isn’t right. And when new girl Ana arrives—and quickly wins the heart of a strange local boy—a terrifying secret begins to unfold. One that ties Cold Water to a mad doctor, four doomed young poets, and a creature whose appetite for love—and vengeance—is legendary.

    —–

    I have a BFA from a top-tier writing school, where I got loads of crit experience with some truly ace writers. I am very serious about my craft. I’m tough, honest, well-read in many genres and looking for CPs at my level or just above.

    Last books that blew my mind – Winger by Andrew Smith, and Will Starling by Ian Weir. Also loved Cassie Clare’s Infernal Devices. Book that defines me right now – Jane Eyre. Eclectic, I know… Sound like a match? Email: cecilyflynnwrites[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Rachel Buckland

      Hi Cecily! I’m about to send you an email. :)

    • Ariana F

      Cecily, your work sounds awesome! I’m going to get in touch with you. :)

    • Melissa Bybee

      Hi Cecily,

      I confess–I’m intrigued. I will e-mail you!

  • Kyia

    Hi,
    I’m Kyia.

    I’m 27 years old. I’m currently working on the second draft of a YA supernatural novel. I am searching for a couple of critique partners to exchange stories. I am not agented or published. The story is still rough. I’m looking for someone to exchange feedback and help develop ideas.

    Blurb:
    In an act of desperation my MC along with the rest of her family made a deal with the underworld; to help hell take control of earth in exchange for immortality. At first they thought they were the ones in control, all the while the darkness started to possess them one by one.

    You can contact me at thelimitlesstwentysix@gmail.com

  • Leslie

    Blargh, I lost my original message. so here we go again.

    My name is Leslie I’m currently revising draft one of my YA contemporary fantasy novel. It’s about the daughter of the Bogeyman who lives in the human world with her human mother and stepfather. She uses her dark powers to get what she wants, and being prom queen is on the top of her list. But when bogeymen and sandmen start disappearing, including her father, she must decide if she has what it takes to be a hero.
    I’m currently querying another novel, and I don’t need eyes on that MS at the moment. But if my next several attempts deem unsuccessful, I’ll be open to having my CPs go over it if they want to.
    I’m currently reading and loving Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. However, I don’t normally gravitate towards high fantasy. I like YA magical realism, paranormal/fantasy set in the real world. I love a fun and quirky voice. If you can make me laugh while reading, hit me up at leslieannwrites [AT]live[DOT]com

    • Allison Kubo

      Your draft sounds cool!!
      I sent you an email

  • Bethany

    Hello, my name is Bethany, and have completed and done a first edit on my YA project.

    In my high fantasy YA, an enemy prince infiltrates the neighboring kingdom of despots in order to seduce their daughter into staging an uprising which he plans on leading. If only the despot’s daughter wasn’t in love with her maid.

    The last book I read and loved has to be Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds series. The book that represents me as a reader is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor–her writing was beautiful.

    Reach me at fallenleaf99 (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

    I look forward to working with a crit partner!

  • Maddie Hand

    Hi everyone! I’m a young writer. seriously, I’m 16. I love reading so last year I wrote a novel and I am currently writing a second, following on from the first.

    It’s YA, sci-fi with a little romance. It’s about a young alien girl trying to live a normal human life. It’s about her relationships with other characters and how they change throughout the story. It involves bullying and my hope was that the people who read it would be able to be more aware of others and their actions.

    I am looking for a critique partner because I want to be able to improve my writing and my critiquing.
    Contact me at: maddieh872@gmail.com

    My favourite books are: Shiver by Maggie steifvater, The Host by stephanie Myer, Wonder by R.J palicio, Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

    I also like movies (love the breakfast Club), fairytales (beauty and the beast) and greek mythology.

    • Rebecca Goekler

      if you’re still looking for someone we can try exchanging manuscripts =) you can reach me at authorrlg@gmail.com

  • Zoey

    Hello, I’m Zoey. I’m 29 years old and I write YA and NA urban fantasy. I’m not published and I don’t have an agent. I have a lot of WIP, but I’m currently focused on my New Adult book: the first in a series that deals with angels and demons, the strict, military society of the Nephilim, and three siblings that discover they’re the key that could end the war.

    I am looking for critique partners that will offer me honest opinions on the development of my story and characters, and in return I’ll offer the same. I’ll take you on a long journey, but I hope I can make it worth your time!

    As a writer and a reader, you should know I’m a big fan of the third person narrative and multiple points of view. Also, the use of the simple present tense is my wolfsbane.

    Books that made a difference: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, The Mists of Avalon by Marion ZImmer Bradley, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. Also, Greek mythology, Norse mythology, and fairytales from all over the world.

    If I got you interested and you think we could be a match, leave a reply or send me an email at zoenever49@gmail.com

    • CL Mannarino

      Sent you an email. :)

  • Tiffany Floyd

    Happy 2015, everyone! I have a
    current WIP that I would classify as New Adult with a hint of magical realism.
    The best way to sum it up is this: For Anna, the end game is
    simple. Finish college, land her dream internship and avenge a murder. No big
    deal, right? The last book I read that I absolutely loved was Be With Me by
    J.Lynn. As for a book to sum up who I am as a reader I would have to cheat and
    go with the Hollows Series by Kim Harrison. Her world building is fantastic and
    she has never written anything that I haven’t loved. The best way to get a hold
    of me is via email: Floyd.tiffany@yahoo.com.

    • ky

      Hi, Tiffany. I write PNR and NA, currently focusing on contemporary NA with diverse characters about overcoming the scars of the past and the expectations of the present. The last few books I read that I loved: K.A. Tucker Ten Tiny Breaths series and Finding It by Cora Carmack. Your WIP sounds interesting. I’ll email you shortly.

  • Anita Saxena

    I’m working on a YA Fantasy currently, but I also write MG. I have an agent. My novel on sub right now is a YA contemp that is pitched as Anna and the French Kiss meets The Cutting Edge.
    I love stories that are unique and strange like Maggie’s. My favorite reads in 2014 were These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner and the Raven Cycle books by the one and only Maggie.
    You can find me on Twitter @Anita_Writes or email me at productofanillusion at gmail dot com

  • Joanna Joseph

    Hi, everyone! I am a 20 year old aspiring writer, and I have just
    started my first book (note: I do not yet have written 50 pages of it).
    It’s
    a fantasy book, about an old guy on a mission and a young guy
    determined not to let him see it through. There is also an otherworldly
    King, a little girl, and a tarot reader.Set in early 19th century
    England.

    Last book I read and loved is Jonathan Strange and Mr
    Norrell by Susanna Clarke, which is also a huge inspiration in the book
    I’m currently writing (I realize now that the small description of my
    book sounds quite a lot like JSMN, but I swear the similarities are a
    lot less obvious once you know the whole story.)

    Book I feel epitomizes me as a reader would be either Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, or The Raven Boys. Or maybe Pride and Prejudice? A mixture of the three, really.

    If you’re interested contact me on villette11 @ hotmail (.) com

  • Deidre

    Hello! I’m Dee, and I write mainly romance, paranormal and contemporary, for a mature audience (17+). My series is, Vampires of the Chesapeake and they are found on Amazon with samples for anyone who wants to checkout my writing style. I’m published but do not have an agent and am not sure I want one.

    A few of the last books I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed are, Into the Wilderness, by Sara Donati, the Boonsboro trilogy, by Nora Roberts, the Highland series, by Amanda Scott, Outlander/Dragonfly in Amber, by Diana Gabaldon, and Love at Stakes series, by Sparks.

    The books that epitomize me as a reader are those by Sparks, Lynsay Sands, Nora Roberts, and Amanda Scott. I can’t narrow it down to one book, but those are the authors I return to when I can’t find anything that interests me.

    The best way to reach me is by email: darhineauthor@gmail.com Thanks so much for putting this together!

    • Deidre

      Forgot to put a blurb about my WIP!
      A Merovingian prince loses everything when rivals destroy all that he holds dear. After the murderers take the lives of his family, they try to take his, but a savior was lurking in the shadows, and rescues him from death by turning Nikolaus into an immortal. After many centuries, Nikolaus arrives in the United States, settles down in Maryland as a concert violinist. One evening, as he walks his estate, he hears and scents an unfamiliar human. Donnella Fitzpatrick didn’t know where she was running. She only knew she needed to get away from her abusive boyfriend who she’d left lying on the floor. When she winds up in a meadow, she has no idea the property belongs to anyone. As she hides among the tall grasses, catching her breath, she hears someone approach her, certain Tucker has found her, and has come to finish what he started. If she is to find love, she must learn that not all love is cruel and Nikolaus’ challenge is to let his wall down long enough to let her in. But after weathering the worst betrayals a person can endure, he’s not sure he wants all the pain that love can bring.

  • Bree

    Hi, I’m Bree and I’m currently writing NA urban fantasy. I also really enjoy (and write) YA (edgy, dark, realistic, urban fantasy, romance, etc.), and MG (fantasy, realistic, etc.).

    I’m not agented, but I am a regular contributor at HelloGiggles and am interning with a literary agency.

    Some books I love: Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling), Cracked Up to Be (Courtney Summers), Crank (Ellen Hopkins), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky), The Fault in Our Stars (John Green), Madison Finn (Laura Dower), Inkheart (Cornelia Funke).

    I can be reached at the contact box here: http://breecrowder.com/contact/

  • http://www.jessicapeterson.com/ Jessica Sielen

    Hi there! My name is Jessica and I am an agented, traditionally published author. I write Regency romance – I pitch my debut trilogy as THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR meets a (sassy) Jane Austen. Some of my favorite authors are Tessa Dare, Shana Galen, and Sarah MacLean. I have a super secret YA contemporary project that I am working on, so I would love a critique partner who can potentially critique both genres – although they are both heavy on the romance, so that’s the most important part; think Stephanie Perkins or Sarah Dessen-ish. Ideally, I’d prefer a partner who is also agented and/or published in romance. Email me at jessica.peterson2@gmail.com if you are interested!

  • CL Mannarino

    Wow, I’m late. I also think my last post got eaten…

    Hi, I’m CL and I’m working on a YA book about a vampire and a vampire hunter teaming up to try to stop a rogue who wants to kill an entire town, turning them all into blood-suckers. So that’s not good. It’s the first in a trilogy. I’m unagented and as yet unpublished, but I’m self-publishing the first book at the end of the year.

    The last book I read and loved was CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers and the book I adore is Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I love the language in each, and how true both stories are to themselves.

    If you’d like to swap, or just need to find a CP, I can be reached at clmannarino@hotmail.com

  • April Burch

    I’m April. I am working on a YA horror novel. I haven’t queried yet. I love all things Stephen King. Love WRINKLE IN TIME and THE GIVER. Reach me at aprilwings@hotmail.com

  • Lisa H.

    Hello, my name is Lisa and I am an avid reader. I’ve been in love with books and the written words for as long as I can remember. I am currently working on a collection of poetry. I hope to someday write a novel, but my current focus is poetry. I plan to have my collection between 60 to 70 pages. Themes included are nature and family. It is still in the beginning stages.
    I don’t know if anyone here is working on poetry, but I thought I would still submit a comment.
    Take care

  • VHR suryasol

    Heeerooooohhhh, call me V, vee, vey, veh, vi. Currently editing an MG novel. I was dabbling in YA/NA which definitely need major editing and chopping and slicing and discarding and….disposing. On a lighter note, my MG was conceived during NanoWrimo 2014. It is about
    A lost girl, reluctantly drafted by three half-breeds creatures to fulfill an ancient prophecy in return for a sure way home.

    I have links on early chapter, full story or if anyone preferred email manuscript.

    Not agented but definitely in the future!

    My fave above all fave is Screwtape letter by C.S. Lewis

    I love any book that he write especially his fiction.

    Also really like Tuesday with Morrie, The alchemist, Kite runner, Horses of God, Harry Potter, Romance of three kingdom (still trying to finish it), How to train your dragon (the written story) and I know this is an anime but I love princess Mononoke. Yes all the mixture of literature.

    You can check my story in
    https://www.jukepop.com/home/read/6008
    or
    https://www.authonomy.com/book/292731/
    or

    email me in babydocseabag@gmail.com
    or tumblr : suryasol.tumblr.com

    v/f
    V

  • https://allisonsbookbag.wordpress.com/ Allison

    In chatting with others here, I’ve realized that I need to better explain my needs for a writing partner. I’m looking for someone with whom I can bounce off ideas, commiserate during slumps, AND exchange scene or chapter critiques. In other words, put emphasis on the word partner instead of critique. If that sounds like you, go on to read about my project.

    My novel is for young adults, because my heroine accidentally allows a death to happen. The story was inspired by a childhood event in my neighborhood, as well as the video of PINK’s song: Perfect. I like to experiment with different genres in my short stuff, but for longer works I prefer realism about troubled youth or misfits.

    As for novels that served as models, they include books by Judy Blume, Siobhan Dowd, Madeleine L’Engle, Matthew Quick, and Sarah Zarr. As you can see, a mix of old and new but all tackling issues.

    If my project and style of a critique partner appeals, drop me a line. You can reach me at: ahunter_nf AT yahoo DOT com. Thanks!

  • Hannah Jones

    Hey All! I’m Hannah :] 25-years-old with a day job in the
    publishing industry. Active member of SCBWI.

    I’m interested in reading, critiquing, and writing both MG
    and YA—well read and interested specifically in fantasy/magical realism, fairy
    tale retellings, historical fiction, and contemporary.

    My current WIP is MG. Eleven-year-old boy goes out on Halloween night and
    discovers that he can see real
    ghosts, in the spirit…and that maybe he’s not the only one. But when a crowd of
    the ghosts he recently helped release start terrorizing the town, and family
    pets go suspiciously missing, Shade starts asking question about the town, and
    his family’s own dark history, that nobody wants answered. There are lots of
    ghosts and it’s primarily light-hearted/funny/silly not scary/horror ghosts.

    I
    have completed the first draft and am currently 1/3 the way through revising,
    intending to be done revision by April. So that first third (about 20K) is currently
    ready for a critique!

    Most
    recent book I read and loved was Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke (also think
    it’s a great comp title for my book). I think The Scorpio Races is a good
    example of my perfect book as a reader. It has all my favorite sorts of things
    in it at once. Big fan of anything Neil Gaiman, Cornelia Funke, Roald Dahl,
    Lauren Oliver, Iva Ibbotson, and Markus Zusak. Email me at HannahKJones10@yahoo.com if you’re
    interested in swapping pages!

    • Julia Brown Flaherty

      Hi Hannah,

      I am late jumping on this thread, but I am searching for a good critique partner to work with on my middle grade novel, and you and I have some things in common.

      My WIP is best categorized as magical realism, with very tiny people (a la The Borrowers or The Littles, if you are familiar with those) who live secretly in your house. They do not possess magic except that they can talk with animals, which is important to the story. I am looking for strong, honest critiquing from someone writing either YA or MG and can provide the same in return.

      Contact me at julia_camille@yahoo.com

      Thanks, and happy writing!

  • K T Johns

    G’day guys! I’m Kieron, 31, and writing a YA fantasy novel. As the introduction may suggest I am from Australia (Adelaide specifically). I am in the middle of my first draft.
    I’m unpublished and unagented just looking for a parter to bounce ideas off. I’m looking for a long term CP who might be able to help with general ideas and slap me when I start writing terribly.

    My current WIP is a fantasy novel involving the supernatural. MC is an orphaned sixteen year old girl who starts to experience the supernatural. She finds that her friend is a novice witch who draws on the power of demons to perform magic. She finds out that her friend is not the only magical being in town and the story is the journey of this realisation and all it means.

    As for books I enjoy reading, I like all sorts of authors. For example, J.K Rowling (probably my favourite in terms of ability), Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, J.R.R Tolkien and many many more.

    I’m happy to help, to the best of my ability, with ideas, critiques and/or general chit chat about writing.

    You can reach me via my e-mail: thetwentyseventhletter@gmail.com

    Thanks guys,

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  • Erin

    Hello, all! My name is Erin. I am shamefully late to this merry gathering, but still definitely excited about it.

    I’m 20 and a senior in college (English major, creative writing track). I’m unpublished and unagented. I typically aim for YA fantasy/urban fantasy, but I do have plans for science fiction in the very far future. I’d love to have a long-term critship, not to mention fellow writing friends.

    I have two books that I’ve read recently and loved: the lovely Maggie Stiefvater’s Blue Lilly, Lilly Blue and Amy Leach’s Things that Are. As for a book that epitomizes me as a reader…that’s a tough one. Perhaps Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, simply because I find his poetic-y prose and wry, detached humor (courtesy of Death) delightful beyond reason…and also because it is so achingly sad that I have to read it countless times. It’s heavy and truthful in the simplest of ways, and I adore that. So yeah, let’s go with The Book Thief.

    Currently, I have two projects in the works: a completed short story collection falling under MG fantasy and a YA fantasy that is still definitely a work in progress. I can, however, swear on my cats’ pride that it’ll be done by May 1.

    The completed one is pretty much exactly 50 pages, and is set up like a book of fairy tales about humans, told to shadow children. What if every shadow in the world could speak? What would they tell their children about us? A Shadeling’s Book of Human Tales holds truthful stories of humans and their shadows, full of moral and good teachings for youthful shadowfolk.

    The larger project is a high fantasy about a human girl named Iola who was born and raised in the only region not enslaved by horrible monsters. Iola is forced to enter the outside world after she accidentally touches a sword that shelters the soul of Mirmana, the only sorceress capable of turning the tide of a war long since lost. As the first woman to touch the sword, Iola is the only one who can carry it. Joined by a group of rebels, she must bring hope to a defeated world by breaking the spell that holds Mirmana…but can she break through her own self-doubts in the process?

    You can contact me at cushing_erin@yahoo.com. Thanks!

  • Melissa Bybee

    Hi Everyone, I apologize, I too, am late. I heard Maggie speak at the Richmond Public Library last night and she mentioned her CP connection on her blog. So fun to hear her in person!

    I’m in my 40s and have finished a YA fantasy novel, pitched it to agents, received a request to rewrite my first two chapters, resubmitted and have yet to hear back. So–unagented, but still pitching. Meanwhile, I’ve started my second novel which turns out to be a big undertaking.

    I got the idea for my current WIP from the story of Moses. Two teenage sisters play the roles of Moses and Pharoah. I’m halfway through the first draft.

    I love fairy tales and mythology (especially Greek). Favorite authors include: Maggie Stiefvater, Marissa Meyer, Cinda Williams Chima, Sarah J Maas, Robin McKinley, Tolkein, Brandon Sanderson, JK Rowling, Michael J Sullivan, Lisa Shearin, Laini Taylor, Patricia Briggs and many many more.

    I just finished Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance and loved it.

    I belong to a writing critique group who I submit to monthly. What I’m looking for is a critique partner who will read my manuscript front to back and give feedback and I will be happy to do the same for them.

    My finished novel has a Grimm fairy tale feel to it. Here’s a blurb:

    When Lisette, a shepherd’s daughter, is cursed to live as wolf by day, human by night for attempting to steal a magical urn, she must break the curse or turn wolf—permanently.

    Thank you, and good luck everyone in finding a CP.

    I can be reached at www(dot)melissajanebybee(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Vanessa Barger

    Hello! I’m Vanessa and I write YA and MG, mostly paranormal/fantasy/scifi/horror.

    I’m currently working on a YA scifi and a YA Dark fantasy/horror. I’d love to find a long term crit partner! (I found one here last time!) I have A WHISPERED DARKNESS published this past August, and a MG book called SUPERFREAK due out later this year.

    Last book I read that I loved would be Maggot Moon. That epitomizes me as a reader? Oh, crap, I’m not sure. There’s so many to choose from! Beautiful Creatures? Fiendish? I love books! How about that?

    If you’re interested in seeing if we’d be a good crit match, you can email me at vebarger@ gmail. Good luck, whether you choose me or not!

    • Vanessa Barger

      I forgot! My scifi is set on a mining colony, and the MC is dealing with lost love, politics, going against her family, and dealing with a war she can’t avoid and will play a major part in. (hick and dirty version, anyway.) The Dark fantasy is about a girl who is destined to die to fulfill a curse, and take the boy next door with her. Unless they can overcome a gypsy curse, the Devil, and Jack-o-the-Lanterns. No small task in your senior year of high school.

  • Cassie Frye

    I am a YA writer, currently revising a comtemporary story with Paranormal twists. Think Freaky Friday and/or the TV show Drop Dead Diva. I’m not ready to let anyone read my entire manuscript yet, but I have done some big-picture editing for about 1/3 of the novel. I would be happy to exchange those pages for critique.

    I also am plotting/drafting a YA fantasy. I absolutely love the genre and I’m inspired by so many other YA fantasies (i.e. Throne of Glass and Shadow and Bone)

    The last book that I read and loved is The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski. It’s not out yet, but I also loved the first book in the series: The Winner’s Curse. The writing, the characters, and the world are all so amazing. I also really liked Where She Went by Gayle Forman. I like to think that my stories touch more than the surface. That they provide unique insight into human nature. If interested, you can contact me via email ( cannefrye@gmail.com ) or twitter @cannefrye .

  • Cassie Frye

    Hello! I am Cassie. I am a YA writer, currently revising a comtemporary story with Paranormal twists. Think Freaky Friday and/or the TV show Drop Dead Diva. I’m not ready to let anyone read my entire manuscript yet, but I have done some big-picture editing for about 1/3 of the novel. I would be happy to exchange those pages for critique.

    I also am plotting/drafting a YA fantasy. I absolutely love the genre and I’m inspired by so many other YA fantasies (i.e. Throne of Glass and Shadow and Bone)

    The last book that I read and loved is The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski. It’s not out yet, but I also loved the first book in the series: The Winner’s Curse. The writing, the characters, and the world are all so amazing. I also really liked Where She Went by Gayle Forman. I like to think that my stories touch more than the surface. That they provide unique insight into human nature. If interested, you can contact me via email ( cannefrye@gmail.com ) or twitter @cannefrye .

  • http://fiaccotattoo.com/ Myra Fiacco

    Hey ya’ll!

    I’m actively working through a 3rd draft of a YA Magic Realism/Coming of Age Fantasy about an outcast who finds acceptance with friends who live in the ocean. That’s right, folks, bonafide mermaids. She doesn’t expect to get swept up into an an inter-species feud. But, along with drowning in land-based responsibilities and waves of bullying, she must decide the fate of her underwater friends before the beached whale byproduct overwhelms the New England town and disrupts the delicate, subaqueous balance.

    I am preparing to seek representation (give it a few months) and am a published illustrator (neither here nor there in this format, but perhaps worth mentioning). I finished Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell last night (still suffering from a book hangover), and identify well with Fluke by Christopher Moore and City of Dark Magic/City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte.

    I have a wide range of literary interests and am open to any emails of interest at myra.fiacco@gmail.com

    Thanks and good luck to all who are seeking a CP (and representation, future publication, etc.)!

  • Amanda Brainerd

    I am writing a YA novel about a wild boy living in the forest and the girl who finds him. I love Maggie’s books and also Laurie Halse Andersen. My email is amanda.brainerd@gmail.com.

  • ky

    Little late to the show, but figured I would post anyways. I write PNR and NA, though I have been focusing on NA recently. My WIP is a contemporary NA with diverse characters about overcoming the scars of the past and the expectations of the present.

    The last few books I read that I loved: K.A. Tucker Ten Tiny Breaths series and Finding It by Cora Carmack. I have a PNR novella that I have finished round 1 on, but opted to let it sit and focus on NA. You can learn more about me on twitter kyla_holt or feel free to email me kylaholt AT gmail DOT com if you are interested in exchanging a few pages to gauge compatibility.

  • Whitney Grandison

    Hi, I’m Whitney, I write mostly YA with a few NA romances as well. My novel, A Lot Like Screwed-Up is a YA contemporary, multicultural romance about a troubled boy with a hot temper starting off at a new school where he has one last chance to redeem himself or he’s off to boot camp. At this school he meets and immediately finds himself crushing on a pretty girl with a gorgeous dimpled smile. Beyond that there’s just something about her that he can’t shake. She’s smart, she’s sweet, and she’s not afraid to call him out on his crap. She’s the perfect girl, but of course, that’s probably why she already has a boyfriend.

    This novel has seen two full requests by agents and has been passed on two different reasons. I’d like to have someone else’s take on it, my fans over on Wattpad enjoy the story but a part of me feels like it needs major retouching.

    Some recent YA books that I’ve read and loved have been the Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler, the Duff by Kody Keplinger and Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols. As a writer I feel closely tied to anything by Simone Elkeles and I adore the depth with which Katie McGarry writes with.

    The last book that I truly fell in love with was Towelhead by Alicia Erian (currently rereading it) My tastes ranges from dark YA to light YA contemporaries and my all-time favorite book is the Catcher in the Rye

    If interested in further information on my novel, I can be reached at: wdgrandison@gmail.com

  • Missy

    Hi!
    The age range of my group is between 8-12 years
    Bullied Makayla comes up with a unique idea to help the girls who are
    bullying her and learns the secret to Prince Charming.
    I don’t have an agent. Not yet! LOL

    The last book I read and loved was “No Where but Here” by Renee
    Carlino

    The book that epitomize me as a writer “The English Roses by Madonna”

  • Mea

    Hey, there!

    I’m Mea Smith, a YA Writer. I’m working on the first revision of a YA story with a smidge of magic, a spoon full of romance, and a huge helping of character. I’m not agented, but hope to begin an agent search and query for this book after revisions.

    Synopsis: A world-worn girl ran from her small town life only to become a reluctant key player in a magical feud. It’s a fight for freedom from her captors and from the consequences of her choices.

    I’m excited about my next project, too, which will have the feel of ROMAN HOLIDAY (Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck) and MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY (Amy Adams, Frances McDormand) but with water, an island, a curse, a loner, and a psychic. I feel about this project the way Maggie Stiefvater
    describes her connection with the SCORPIO RACES. It’s all very Me.

    I like books with loads of character development, lyrical writing, a sense of place, and careful plots. Some of my favorites other than Stievfater books(You and I already have a shared appreciation for those, I’m sure.): CODE NAME VERITY; ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS; KETURAH AND LORD DEATH; SHATTER ME Series; GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS Series.

    I’m looking for a long-term CP/friend who would like to have some fun while we do critique partner things (video chat, phone, instant message, Morse code, and whatnot). I consider myself a optimistic realist and would like someone who is both honest and kind. If we sound like a match, please contact me at:

    Email: moshimoshimea@gmail.com
    Twitter: mea_smith
    Blog with personal info: measmith.wordpress.com
    Tumblr: moshimoshimea.tumblr.com

    I’m so excited to meet you!

  • MARIASMPRK

    I JUST LOVE YOUR BOOKS !!!!!!I AM 14 YEARS OLD AND ICOME FROM GREECE!!!!AND I WANNA TELL YOU THAT YOU LEARN TO ME HOW LOVE IS!!!!THENKS MRS MAGGIE!!!

  • MirisB

    Hi!
    I’m Miriam and I write YA. I’m currently revising the first draft of a novel about twins who share a telepathic connection.

    I don’t have an agent, but I’m a member of SCBWI and my goal is to become a published author one day. I’m into writing for the long run so ideally I’m looking for a critique partner/writing friend who’s looking for feedback and encouragement and someone to discuss ideas and stuff… Basically, someone with whom to share/grow as a writer and make this whole journey more fun!

    I live in the Miami area and would love to meet more local YA authors, but I’m open to an online match as well.

    I’m 32, LOVE books, absolutely loved the Raven Boys series (all three books out so far) and I also just finished reading Jenny Han’s “To all the Boys I’ve loved before.” It was a great read. An adult book I loved was Erin Morgenstern’s “Night Circus.”

    I can be reached at miriam_barquera@hotmail.com

  • Julia Brown Flaherty

    Hi, I have a middle grade novel in progress. It is best categorized as magical realism, with very tiny people (a la The Borrowers or The Littles, if you are familiar with those) who live secretly in your house. They do not possess magic except that they can talk with animals, which is important to the story. I am looking for strong, honest critiquing from someone writing either YA or MG and can provide the same in return.

    Contact me at julia_camille@yahoo.com

    Thanks, and happy writing!

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  • Ember

    Hi, I’m Ember. I’m going on 20 years old and am interested in writing YA novels. I’ve been writing off and on for the past 3-ish years, but only for myself, for fun. I don’t have any complete work to show though.

    I do want to start writing seriously and am looking for someone to talk to — throw some ideas around with, help me through when I’m feeling unmotivated and frustrated. I currently have a few ideas, but they’re not very structured yet. I also want someone who is willing to criticize (honestly! No sugar coating, please!) my work, as well as help with editing it.

    I’m currently reading Patrick Ness’s More Than This, but the last book I read that I’ve absolutely /loved/ was The Dream Thieves by the dear, Maggie Stiefvater. Her writing is the kind I aspire mine to be like some day.

    I’ll never mind doing just the same for anybody else (so long as we’ve got the same interest in genres). With that being said, for anyone who thinks you’ll be a good match, you can contact me at spet9507@gmail.com with the subject titled: “CP relationship post reply” Thank you so much!

  • Tiara

    Hi I’m Tiara and I just wrapped a YA Speculative Romance manuscript. I’d like to get some outside eyes on it to see what people think. In post-Administration America, the Decency Laws make it illegal for Orphans and Achievers to engage in non-assistance relationships. My two MCs have to work around said laws once they start falling for one another.

    I don’t have an agent, but I’d love one some day.

    The last three books I read were all by Gillian Flynn, the latest one being Sharp Objects. Her descriptions of women and their penchant for evil are phenomenal.

    My twitter handle is: @Shareesay. Hope to hear from someone soon!

  • Linda Jayne

    Hi, I’m L.J. My WIP is a paranormal YA about werewolves. I wrote it back in 09 and ended up putting my pursuit of writing off for my family. My work is in it’s roughest form and I’m looking for a critique partner or partners to help smooth it out.

    My most recent fav book is by Kresley Cole, Dead of Winter. I actually love YA, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, and Dystopian books.

    My contact information, should anyone be interested, is lj.duett@gmail.com. Thanks!

  • Andrea Mendoza

    Hey! I’m Andrea and I’m a third year college student. I just (about 2 weeks ago) finished a realistic YA project that bounces around between three close third person POVs. I don’t have an agent.
    The last book I read that I loved was One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I just finished a couple of hours ago and it was amazing. It’s really hard to pick a book that epitomizes me as a reader but I like to reread The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson a lot. I also really like pretty much anything Sarah Rees Brennan and Maggie Stiefvater have ever written.
    My email is andreapioja@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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  • Bianca

    Hi, I’m Bianca and I just finished my first novel of 70k words, currently unpublished. I would love to have a critique partner to help me make this perfect! It’s an adult urban fantasy with a vampire and a huntress that have to work together, despite their dislike of each other. It also features a sassy and punk magician, a shapeshifter and other creatures.

    I’m currently not agented, but would like to be one day. I loved the Immortal Instruments, but also the Outlander series :-) oh and my vampire doesn’t sparkle ;-)

    I love anything from Sci-Fi to Fantasy to thriller.

    If this sounds interesting to you, my email is biancawrites77@gmail.com.

    Bianca

  • Melanie

    Hi everyone, I’m Melanie and I’m about halfway through my WiP (unagented). Set in 1995, it’s a racially diverse, standalone YA mystery with elements of Greek tragedy. Think Veronica Mars meets Twin Peaks. It’s a little bit on the introspective side, so if you’re more into fast-paced, action-y, in-your-face YA, this might not be for you.

    I’m looking for someone to read over the first dozen or so chapters (and beyond, if you wish!). I’m particularly looking for someone to critique on pacing, characterization and possible plot holes. This is my first novel-writing experience, but I majored in English Literature and I’m pretty comfortable in editing and giving long-form critiques.

    The last book I read and loved was Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. My favourite books include almost anything by Kurt Vonnegut and David Sedaris; and The Scorpio Races was the best thing I read last year.

    My email is mkpearson1995[at]gmail.com. Get at me if you’re interested! :-)

  • Monica Shortell

    Hello! My name is Monica and I love writing YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
    My WIP is about a the relationship between an alien species and the humans who landed on their planet a hundred years ago, but it involves more arrows and swords than spaceships.

    Do not currently have an agent, but would like one.
    Last book I read and loved was Daughter of Smoke and Bone – I loved the beauty and poetry of the words and the romance of them.

    You can contact me at mequid6@hotmail.com if you’re interested!
    Cheers! :)

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  • Katherine

    Hi, I’m Katherine, in my 40′s and just getting into seeking a CP now and found a link to this page. So just in case anyone is still around : ) here goes: I’m writing a mythical YA about a girl who is seeking her birth parents. She grows up in this small village with great adoptive parents (set in middle ages) but doesn’t fit in. She has an affinity to trees and leaves her family and friends to go on an adventure and find out who she is. Am not agented. My WIP is at about 30,000 words. Am looking for a C.P. who would like to exchange monthly and help encourage each other. Twitter handle is kifness. I’m a nature lover who likes being active outdoors (jogging, hiking, swimming, gardening) and also love great tv and food. Live with husband and cat in the city. Email is kifness101 (at) yahoo (dot) ca

  • A.M. Cozmo

    Hi, I’m Anisaa! I write mostly YA, across all genres, but I’m currently revising my YA sci-fi/fantasy manuscript. It’s set in an alternate history with futuristic elements. I’m also writing a YA horror/thriller and a YA Contemporary set in New York City.

    I’m a senior in college and graduating in a few weeks with a degree in Journalism and minors in English and Psychology. I’m a book reviewer for my college newspaper and was editor-in-chief of my college’s magazine, HerCampus, for two years. I’ve been writing seriously for eight years and I’m hoping to start querying agents in the next few months.

    I’m looking for a long-term CP to swap chapters or manuscripts with, along with bouncing ideas off each other. I love books! I just finished the Darkest Mind series. One of my favorite books is the Probability
    of Miracles by Wendy Wunders.

    If you think we’d be a good match, please contact me at: amcozmo(at)gmail.com or find me on Twitter: @AMCozmo :)

  • Dani Nicole

    Hello all, I am 25 and the author a YA fantasy novel:
    In a village near the sea, an ancient Prophecy predicts the end of time. The only hope of salvation is the Ultimate Sacrifice. Seventeen-year-old Moriah has never believed in torturing animals, has never dreamed her High Priest would demand a human sacrifice. But when someone she loves is chosen to die, she must form a plan of her own.

    When the gods speak directly to Moriah, she begins her quest to become the next Priestess, hoping that her transformation will give her the power to save the village. She uncovers the secret history of her corrupted High Priest, and faces challenges of her own which test her faith. Whether she completes her journey or not, the problem still remains. She must decipher the meaning of Ultimate Sacrifice before she runs out of time.

    As a reader, I enjoy rich fantasy worlds like Ravka in The Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo).

    I read Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue last year and was instantly in love. If you’re interested in swapping manuscripts, send an email to danielle . baxter 61 @ gmail . com or tweet to Dani_NicoleYA. I am currently unrepresented but I am attending DFWCon in July.

    • Dani Nicole

      I am published, but not my novels. You can check out my portfolio at daninicoleauthor.com

  • http://meaganevanswrites.com Meagan Evans

    Hi, I’m Meagan. I’m a YA writer and just completed a light sci-fi novel. A quick little blurb about it: Zara Cavanaugh is quick to let her suspicious nature get the best of her, even when doing so could get her in trouble at the prestigious boarding school she attends. But when her latest suspicions lead to unexpected discoveries, she realizes her school holds darker and more threatening secrets than she thought possible.

    I don’t have an agent, but am in the process of querying.

    The last book I read that I loved was Lauren Oliver’s VANISHING GIRLS. It’s hard to pick just one book that epitomizes me as a reader, but that’s definitely one of them.

    You can contact me at meaganevanswrites@gmail.com.

  • Robert Mousavi

    Hi I’m Robert and I’m currently working on a YA/Adult (not exactly sure which category it falls in yet) manuscript about a not-so-small-town suddenly in the throes of attacks by herbivorous animals turned carnivorous.

    I’m not agented, nor do I have any members of a professional sort on board (yet).

    The last book I read and loved was Annihilation by Jeff VanDermeer. A piece of literature that is defining in my life is Grasshopper Jungle, because it appeared that the author had dissected my brain and stuck his findings within a 350-paged, genre bending, scary, heartbreaking, funny, amazing novel.

    I can be contacted at robmousavi@gmail.com

  • Jennifer Rummel

    Hi, I’m Jennifer, I’m currently working on a YA project that’s inspired by Jane Austen and Stephanie Perkins. Last book I loved was Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally. I don’t have an agent. I used to be a YA Librarian for almost 11 years, but took some time off to chase my writing dream.

    I write the blog YA Book Nerd (also my twitter handle) – my email is mrdarcy3@yahoo.com

  • Stefanie Reed

    Hi, I’m Stefanie. I’m writing a YA paranormal novel. A lonely, frustrated girl driven to the brink by visits from the dead moves to a new town to start over with her mom and meets a guy–whose hometown can only be reached from a door in her attic, and who might be dead himself. I do not yet have an agent.
    The last book I read that I love is actually a series, the Summoning series by Kelley Armstrong, but I also really loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (and anything she’s written really).

    My email is manguefille@gmail.com.

  • ABowman

    Hello! I might be a little late to this, but I saw a link for it on twitter and thought I’d at least try. I don’t have a single critique partner, so it would be awesome if I could find one!

    My name is Akemi, I write YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and I am currently (very recently) agented but unpublished. I am looking for someone to help critique both current and future projects. I would love it if I could find someone willing to give very honest feedback, especially if you can be as specific as possible. I wouldn’t be the best match for someone who takes constructive criticism personally, as I really hate hurting anyone’s feelings. I hope that as critique partners, we’d be able to tell each what works, what doesn’t, what they love, and what they hate without anyone getting disappointed. I’d also really appreciate someone willing to give lengthy responses, and I of course would do the same!

    The last book I read was THE FIFTH WAVE. I’m currently reading ELEANOR AND PARK, and I’ve got RED QUEEN on my to-be-read list. Books that epitomize me as a reader are ones like THE HUNGER GAMES, THE NIGHT CIRCUS, and DIVERGENT. I like just about anything with a little bit of magic or science-fiction in it! You can get in touch with me on Twitter @akemidawn. Really hope to hear from some of you and get the chance to read your work!

    • emily

      Hi Akemi,

      You sound like me! haha I write mainly in YA, new adult sci-fi urban fantasy and I’m currently reading Red Queen! it’s fantastic =) We have a lot of books in common. The Fifth Wave is on my list too!

      I also would be interested to hear your agent story and how that’s going for you! I’m looking for a serious CP partner so I would assume you being agented means you are serious =) I also would like someone who (as you said) can take constructive criticism without being offended by everything little thing haha I am a honest, optimistic editor!

      i have 2 books out from separate small presses. Blue Moon is a paranormal romance about mermaids and The Catalyst is a sci-fi thriller coming of age novel about an autistic girl with abilities that could alter the weapons of mass destruction as we know them.

      Feel free to email me eafield009@gmail.com or my website is emilyafield.com

    • Kristyn Merbeth

      Hi Akemi,

      I’m Kristyn! I’m a fellow agented-but-not-yet-published SF/F
      writer. I write both YA and adult, but my current WIP is a YA sci-fi.

      I think we have similar views on what good feedback should
      look like – honest and thorough! The feedback I give will probably contain
      solid amounts of both constructive criticism and fangirling over the parts I
      love.

      I recently read THE FIFTH WAVE as well, and have both RED
      QUEEN and THE NIGHT CIRCUS sitting on my to-be-read pile.

      I would love to chat, hear more about what you’re working
      on, and exchange our first few chapters if you’re interested! Feel free to
      contact me at kristynskyla(at)yahoo(dot)com or @littlemisskha0s. :)

      • Liz

        Hi Akemi and Kristyn,

        I’m also an agented-but-not-yet-published YA fantasy
        writer. I’d be interested in working with both or either of you if you’re up for it. Feel free to contact me at elizabethclim(at)gmail.com

  • Dean Gloster

    Hi, I’m Dean, and I’m currently writing a YA about a 17-year-old girl in Inverness, California with cystic fibrosis whose world is shaken up by a new girl who arrives in town. The main character’s summer is filled with new experiences, a new best friend, a complicated love triangle, and a search for treasure from the time of Sir Francis Drake against the ticking clock of the need for a lung transplant.
    I am agented, and my (different) debut YA novel is currently on submission.

    I used to be a standup comic, and I write really funny books (contemporary YA and magical realism YA) about really serious topics (death, forgiveness, anger, depression.) I’m best with scene construction, tension, and line-edit issues of craft. I take writing appallingly seriously, and now do it full time.
    My favorite recent book read was Rainbow Rowell’s _Fangirl_ because–OMG–can that woman write dialogue. A.S. King’s _Please Ignore Vera Dietz_ and _Ask the Passengers_ and John Green’s _Looking for Alaska_ also stunned me and rocked my world.

    You can reach me on Twitter at @deangloster and on email at dmgsf1@gmail.com
    Happy writing.

    • emily

      Hi Dean,
      While we might not match up in genres, I think your book sounds very interesting! I write mainly (non funny even though I try to be) Ya, New adult urban fantasy/sci-fi. I have 2 published books out from separate small presses, not agented.
      I love talking with diverse writers even if we don’t end up at CP’s! I am also looking for someone who takes writing seriously =)

      eafield009@gmail.com or emilyafield.com

  • emily

    Hi! I’m Emily Field, also write under Anne Bourne. I love YA, New Adult, Adult and mostly science fiction fantasy with romantic undertones. But, what story doesn’t have those? =) I love all genres really and am open to all ideas!

    I’m looking for a partner who has ideally been published or agented or has a really good grasp of editing skills and can use track changes in word. I need someone who will be honest but nice (no sugar coating but respect goes a long way!) =) I, in turn, can offer the same. I feel I have a lot of experience, through being published and editing manuscripts over the years.

    Short bio: My first novel is a paranormal romance, Blue Moon, about mermaids. It is available on amazon, iTunes, barnes and noble, etc as both e-book or print. My second novel is out June 11th in the same venues, title The Catalyst.

    eafield009@gmail.com if you’re interested! Thanks!

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  • Squirrelbait

    I am just started writing but have chosen a specific genre along the lines of Corbin’s Bend by Blushing Books publication. It is a Dominant Submissive relationship theme. I am looking for a crit partner who is not offended by this genre. So far the stories have little erotica but likely I will be including some as I get closer to publication. Therefore I need a crit partner who is at least over 18, preferably over 21. The book is geared for adults not young adults. The first book in the series has main characters who are in their 30′s but there are a variety of ages in later books in the series. I have written the books by hand in notebooks with ink pens. I’m in the process of doing the second draft in Scrivener and I use auto crit on line.

    I have no agent and honestly am not sure how to get one.

  • Kristyn Merbeth

    Hi! Looks like I’m a little late to the party, but hopefully there are some stragglers still around! I’m Kristyn and I write both YA and adult sci-fi/fantasy. I am agented but not yet published. My current (almost finished) WIP is a YA sci-fi about teenagers with psionic abilities, and it’s intended as the first part of a series.

    I’ve been a part of multiple workshop-style classes in the past, and have developed a fairly thick skin when it comes to critique. I like to dole out honest feedback, and hope to find critique partners who will do the same for me!

    The last book I finished was THE WAY OF KINGS, and I am currently reading A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC. Some of my favorite books are THE RAVEN BOYS and ENDER’S GAME. I am a fan of dark humor, witty dialogue, and action!

    If you think we would make a good match, please contact me at kristynskyla(at)yahoo(dot)com, or on Twitter @littlemisskha0s. :D

  • Elizabeth Foster

    Hi, I have found one great critIque partner through Maggie’s helpful CP Love Connection and am hoping to find another one or two.

    I have been writing for several years and am very close to finishing my first ms, a quirky light fantasy with a mystery element to it, the first of three in a series. If you like islands and magic systems related to water, you may enjoy my ms. I write in close third person and my style, while commercial, also leans to the literary, so the story is rich in description, which may not appeal to some readers. I am inspired by the Harry Potter series, and loved the originality of The Scorpio Races. I also adore Rainbow Rowell and John Green and am a big Buffy/Veronica Mars fan.

    I use track changes in word to critique and would prefer to critique work that is close to final draft (as my ms is) rather than first draft. If you would like to swap first chapters, please contact me on e.foster3@bigpond.com

  • Stefanie Marks

    Hello!
    My name is Stefanie, and I am currently writing a YA futuristic thriller about a girl who transports her personality into the “blank” brain of a stolen designer body, to combat the spinal tumor that is slowly killing her own body. But the body she steals was meant to be a prototype for the army, and she and her best friend end up in a lot more trouble than they could have ever bargained for.
    I am also rewriting my first novel for what feels like the millionth time. It’s a YA fantasy about a town that is trapped in the middle of the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. If they leave, they die. If they stay, they are being picked off one by one by a fog that seems to have a mind of its own.
    I love reading weird books, and the books I write are typically pretty unconventional. I am currently reading Bones And All by Camille DeAngelis, which is delightfully creepy and weird. My favorite book is The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, and I think it really describes my reading and writing preferences (except I like to add in some kissing). I also love anything New Adult (and am considering making my current WIP an NA because of the language and occasional sexiness).
    I am unagented, though I am well-versed in the querying process. I’ve queried my first novel to over 100 agents (which is why I’m rewriting it. I love it too much to let it go, and it gets better with every rewrite).
    If you think we sound like possible future best friends, send me an email at stefaniewrites@gmail.com

  • S. Eli

    Hello, all, I’m Sami, I’m 22, and am currently applying to graduate schools after a year off from college.

    I’ve been writing for most of my life (my first gift was a handwritten book of poems for my mom when I was 6–complete with original illustrations) and fall in and out of CPs for communication issues (not on my part, but you know how it can be). My current goal is to finish all of my WIPs I started from young age and those I’ve trunked recently based on the writing advice: “Your most inferior work is the one you’ve never finished.”

    I mostly write contemporary adult (as in, there is no real age attached) fantasy. My current WIP is kind of south-east Asian fantasy with princes, nobles, spirits (but not in the ghost way), meditation and a borderline-sociopathic heroine. I love writing/reading about familial relationships, platonic friendships, and other general magic-y stuff.

    My writing heroes plot/character-wise are Diane Wynn Jones, Megan Whalen Turner, and Melina Marchetta, while Richelle Mead is my goal in terms of being prolific. The last book I read and loved was, to my surprise, Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins–yes, I read YA, so if that’s what you write that doesn’t pose much of a problem for me. If you are interested, please email me at s.elithewriter(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Graham Fielding

    Hi all, I’m Graham, 34, and working the day job whilst redrafting a novel whenever I spot a pocket of free time.

    I’ve got a gangly first draft of an adult crime/social drama based in Manchester, England. There’s a guy trying to get away from his old life, and a whole mess of circumstances and old friends slowly dragging him down into hell. It’s violent, in parts, despite the main character’s best efforts at a clean life.

    I’m a lover of Douglas Coupland’s books. I read Hey Nostradamus! just last week, and that ticked all my boxes. Doug is a wise writer and he writes with great compassion.

    I’d like to link up with someone who wants to critique my novel, and help me see the forest of words from a fresh perspective. Is that you? I’d love to give feedback on your work too.

    You can email me here gffielding (at) gmail dot com and we can chat.

    Best,
    Graham

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  • Rosalind Purcell

    Very late, but I’ll try it. I’m Ros. I’m writing an adult historical fantasy about the break up of the Macedonian Empire after Alexander the Great’s death. It follows a number of characters (real and not) around the Mediterranean as events catch on to them. My most immediate need in a critique partner is to have someone read over it to see if it works, but further critiquing is welcomed and required. I’m also very happy to read other people’s work because I think it’s beneficial to analyse why something works or not. I just finished reading Suffragette Girl, which had some good things going for it. I love to read Georgette Heyer because her characterisation is impeccable. If anyone is vaguely interested I can be contacted at rosalindpurcell[at]gmail[dot]com.

  • Melissa

    Hi, I’m super late but I will throw myself out there out there in case there are any other stragglers. I write YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy and my reading interests tend towards YA and adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

    The last book that I read that I really enjoyed was Going Bovine by Libba Bray. I think that the books that epitomize what I want to be as a writer would be the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

    Anyways, I’m pretty thick skinned and give pretty direct feedback. I have a second draft of my current WIP about psychic teenagers in NYC, and I am looking for someone who can give honest feedback. I’m happy to reciprocate in any genre. If anyone is interested in becoming critique partners, you can reach me at mellycaus[at]gmail.com.

    Thanks, and hope everyone is having a nice summer!

    Melissa

    • Melissa

      Thanks to this website, I’ve gotten a great response and found some great critique partners. I don’t think that I can add anyone else to the roster right now and be able to give their work the attention it needs. Thanks Maggie for putting this together!

  • Kathy

    Hi! My name is Katya and I’m planning a dystopian novel. I’ve written romance, dystopia and fantasy before with a hint of historical fiction. The last book I’ve read was The Red queen by Victoria Aveyard and The Secret history by Donna Tartt! Maggie’s books was what got me reading in the first place, that day I picked up Lament and fell in love with Luke Dillon.
    I need someone to talk to about my dystopian novel and help me plan it because I’ve written it before but I didn’t like it so I’m at th stage of making it precise and planning it. I would apricoate honest opinion and support. If you need supprt definitely contact me I would be able to
    Critique any genre!
    Email me at rabitini {at} googlemail.com

  • Shyla Stokes

    Hi there, my name is Shyla. I write YA/MG, and my current finished manuscript is a contemporary YA about a girl whose blog teasing the super hunky Duke of Cornwall goes viral. Think Gossip Girl meets The Selection.

    I also LOVE fantasy, dystopian, dark YA, heartfelt MG, and romantic subplots. Er, and I’ve recently gotten into some SF. Really, I read such a wide variety. The most recent books I’ve read are An Ember in the Ashes and The Duff. Loved them both! I’m also a diehard Narnia and Harry Potter fan. Whatever, man, I just love good stories.

    I’m not agented, but have had a few agents interested, so hopefully soon!

    If you’d like to swap chapters to see if we’re a good fit, email me at shylastokes@gmail.com.

    • Sasha S.

      Hey Shayla! Your current book sounds like so much fun (related, have you read Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick? It is hilarious and also revolves a bit around British Royalty).

      My current project is a historical YA fantasy novel about a school for witches in New York in 1911. Think A Great and Terrible Beauty, meets Boardwalk Empire? There’s feminism and the mob and plenty of romantic subplot (which I, too, am the ultimate sucker for.)

      I read Ember in the Ashes this summer and it just about killed me.

      I’m also unagented, but I have an agent who has expressed enthusiastic interest in seeing my manuscript, but my novel is only about half finished, so I’m writing quickly and will officially query when it is done.

      I know this reply is pretty late, but would you be interested in exchanging some pages and talking further?

  • Enna Stuart

    Hey, I’m Enna and I’m working on a YA fiction that is part fairy tale retelling and part mystery/thriller. The thing, when grossly simplified, is about an amnesiac runaway searching for her past.

    I have no agent, but I hope I can someday find one.

    The last book I loved dearly was The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe (technically a short story, but eh). The book I think epitomizes my reading habits would have to be Sinner by Stiefvater herself. It’s beautiful and horrible and hilarious and describes me perfectly as a human sometimes. I love those things.

    I can be reached best at jennastuart3@gmail.com :) Thanks for your time!

  • Tehkestrel

    Hi, my name is Kes. I am unpublished and unagented. I have written rough drafts for three different books in a series. One is about dragons, one is about a small town and lesbians (well, one is asexual, but still…), and the third is about a non-gender conforming superhero called the Unicorn Avenger who fights zombies and travels around in a time traveling toaster.
    They are loosely in the YA category.

    My favorite author is Diana Wynne Jones and I adore the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix to absolute pieces. I also love Ursula Vernon and Terry Pratchett.

    The last book I read was Blue Lily, Lily Blue because rereading the Raven Cycle seemed like a great idea and also they are great books.

    I love reading, and I love talking about books, about characters and what makes them tick, about plot points and how they all weave together, about world building everything in between. So if you would like to talk stories with me feel free to drop me a line at kestrel212 (at) gmail.com.

    • Mackensie Baker

      Hi, Kes.

      I also love Diana Wynne Jones, Garth Nix, and Terry Pratchett. Your work also sounds very cool and I’d love to read some :) My email is mackensie.baker@yahoo.ca and on Facebook I’m Mackensie Rose Baker

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  • Amanda

    So, I am also extremely late to this, but such is life. My name is Amanda, I am unagented and unpublished. I wrote my MS during Nanowrimo 2014 and have been doing major overhaul. My book is a Fantasy YA concerning a Princess trying to win back her throne from her tyrant brother after escaping years of captivity. My MC is very, very loosely based on Daenarys Targaryen. Comp titles would be The Red Queen and The Throne of Glass.

    Last book I read and loved was Persuasion by Martina Boone. She writes such wonderfully rich descriptions!

    If you are interested in exchanging a few chapters drop me a line at akzelaya@gmail.com

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  • GreerEls

    Hello! I’m currently a uni student and I write YA Urban Fantasy. I’d love to find a long-term crit partner (and friend? man, that sounds desperate).

    My novel: we’re talking kickass faeries, a big city, brainwashing, a sassy protagonist, invisible boys, the consumption of KitKats, a prison, and intense friendships. I am unagented but eager to start the querying process.

    The last book I read and loved was Blue Lily, Lily Blue (I know, it’s a cop-out given we’re all here thanks to Ms Stiefvater, but it’s the honest truth, so there). Otherwise, the Percy Jackson series’ sense of fun, fantasy books set in a different historic period (the Infernal Devices, for example), books that are dark but funny (like Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood and Co), ghosts, spies, and super-powers are all things that appeal to me. That is obviously not an exhaustive list though. If you think we could be a match please introduce yourself! :) I can be contacted at greerels@gmail[dot]com

    • Logophile Chronicles

      Hello! I’d be interested if you are! I’m also in college right now! Anyways if you are interested let me know I posted my blurb above my email is AshGonzales123 @ gmail.com

  • Stephen Black

    Stephen here. I’m working on a MG story at the moment. A legendary mystical warrior has been drawn to a small farm to prevent a mysterious dark figure from unlocking the magical powers of everyday items in an effort to rule the world.

    The story is a bit more light-hearted than this blurb seems but that’s the story in one sentence.

    The last book I read was Under the Dome by Stephen King. I’m not sure a particular book can summarize me as a reader. I read King, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, comics, tons of kid’s book (no young kids in my house), and just I like finding the books animated movies are based on.

    My contact is sst3434@gmail.com

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  • Bellamy Tate

    Hi my name is Bellamy and I’m currently working on a YA Urban fantasy with a contemporary twist somewhere in the vein of Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.
    I’m not agented or published (I do however work for a literary agency so if anyone has any publishing questions I’d be happy to help).
    The last book I fell in love with was Red Rising – it was absolutely amazing and perfect in just about every way! The book I feel that epitomizes me as a reader has definitely got to be City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I honestly spend most of my time looking for YA books as great as that was for me. I also feel like it’s worth mentioning Bruiser by Neil Shusterman – a contemporary YA novel that has honestly changed the way I write and think for the better.
    That’s all I guess! You can reach me at Bellwrites@gmail.com if you have any questions! I look forward to connecting with you!

  • Chloe

    Hey, I’m Chloe. I’m working an urban fantasy YA coming of age story but with 19 year old protagonists. There’s a lot of diversity and I hope a new take on some tried tropes.
    I don’t have an agent.
    The last book I read and really loved was Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, which I just finished this morning. I think Catherine Jink’s Reformed Vampire Support Group really sums what I like as a reader and writer. I’m an avid fan of anything witty.
    You can reach me at chloemg.snow@gmail.com

  • Kathleen

    Hi there! I’m Kathleen.

    My current WIP is YA or Adult modern Faerie fantasy romance. It’s about a girl (Stella) who befriends the Boogeyman (Nox) when they are children and as they grow up things get well… complicated. ( I can send you a longer blurb if you’re curious) It’s the first in a planned four part series.

    I don’t have an agent yet.

    I’ve had a pen pal type critique partner before and liked the experience.

    Right now I get my feedback from family members (Sister, Husband, Children: ages 20 & 18) It’s a little frustrating because all they will say is “you spelled this wrong” or “that was really good babe!” They don’t want to hurt my feelings. Bless them but, Gah!

    As I don’t read in the genre i’m writing in (I lose focus – though for a critique partner I would suspend this practice) Currently I’ve been reading a lot of spy thrillers and tough lady detective novels. I’m a giant fan of Holly Black (Coldest Girl in Coldtown rocked my socks off!) and Cassandra Clare. Woe is that I’m saving the Shadow Hunter Academy novellas for when I’m done with my current WIP draft!

    You can contact me at wishingforhorses@gmail.com

    I’d like to thank Maggie for putting this out there!

  • Mackensie Baker

    Hello, everyone! My name’s Mackensie.

    I’m not sure if I would want to classify my WIP novel as YA or adult, but it is somewhere in between. It’s some sort of fantasy (slipstream perhaps?) about a travel agency which specializes in trips to other worlds. It involves magic, platonic relationships, personal loss, and is very character-based. I am curently unagented and unpublished, mostly due to the fact that I’m still going to university.

    The last book that I read and loved was probably Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones (one of my favourite writers). I have three books that I believe epitomize my writing, and those are The Magicians by Lev Grossman, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

    I have a few other possible novels which are mostly unstarted, and numerous short stories, some of which are actually nearing completion.

    Please shoot me an email at mackensie.baker@yahoo.ca. Also, feel free to add me on Facebook but please message me beforehand or I may not add you back.

  • SB Kassam

    I know this is eight months late, but my friend just linked me, so I feel like I should give it a try! (And maybe the fact that Maggie just posted a link means it will get more activity?)

    I’m currently looking for critique partners to edit a contemporary fantasy/mystery (currently NA, but I’m considering converting it to YA) about a narrator who leaves home, tries to steal a magical object from an abandoned mansion, and finds a girl in the cellar — literally everything else is a spoiler! It’s very snarky, moderately dark, and full of tea and lesbianism.

    I love helping with all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming to editing. Representation in fiction is really important to me, so it would be great if my critique partners wrote diverse books (especially anything with LGBT or Asian main characters!) All my books are fantasy, but I am happy to help brainstorm and edit non-fantasy!

    The last book series I read and loved was the Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan.

    The book that epitomizes me as a reader is a toss up between The Dream Thieves and The Raging Quiet by Sheryl Jordan.

    I can be reached on Twitter at @swingingstorm or by email at swinginginathunderstorm@gmail.com

  • Guest

    Hi everyone! This is rather late, but I’m currently in the early stages of plotting for a YA Fantasy novel. So far, it’s set to be a trilogy. I’m turning 22 this year, and I plan on being published one day.

    Some of my favorite books include The Raven Boys, Ender’s Game, and the Hunger Games. The story I’m currently working on would appeal to readers who loved the Maze Runner. I’m big on character development and a LOT of feelings, so if you like that sort of thing, feel free to contact me!

    I need a critique partner who is determined to get published, and is at the early stages of plotting or writing their first draft. On a sentimental note, I want to make long-term writer friends who will make the slush pile slightly less daunting. On my part, I promise to cheer you on (and stay strong with you during episodes of crippling self-doubt).

    Contact: infjwriterperson@gmail(dot)com

  • carrie paul

    I just finished my first YA. Had some query rejections and could use some help. I’d love to find someone to trade work with…figure out what I am doing wrong and hopefully help someone in the same position

    • Kathy

      Hello! I’d be glad to help, email me at rabitini at googlemail.com

  • Rebecca Goekler

    Hi :) my name is Becca and I write young adult novels. My books tend to be around 95,000 words. I have five completed works. the main novel I need help with is about a boy who is half angel and half demon who is trying to take control of his own life and escape the influence of his supernatural parent.
    I’m not agented but I’m doing all that I can to change that
    the last book I read what Wicked (the life and times of the wicked witch of the west). but my favorite book of all time is The Giver, I could read that book all day every day
    I can be reached at authorrlg@gmail.com email me any time, I check my email everyday.
    I hope to hear from anyone soon <3

  • Rebecca Goekler

    Hi :) my name is Becca and I write young adult novels. My books tend to be around 95,000 words. I have five completed works. the main novel I need help with is about a boy who is half angel and half demon who is trying to take control of his own life and escape the influence of his supernatural parent.

    I’m not agented but I’m doing all that I can to change that

    the last book I read what Wicked (the life and times of the wicked witch of the west). but my favorite book of all time is The Giver, I could read that book all day every day

    I can be reached at authorrlg@gmail.com email me any time, I check my email everyday.

    I hope to hear from anyone soon <3 =)

  • carrie paul

    My first novel is 76,000 with a paranormal element-written in 3rd person but struggling if I am being true to it…would love a partner for it and can trade in reading, editing….

  • Logophile Chronicles

    I’m writing a YA to New adult Paranormal Fantasy.

    The blurb is: When Harper turns sixteen she’s thrust into a world rife with old superstitions and deep southern legends. When problems arise she needs the help of friends old and new if she is to defeat what lurks inside the darkness before it destroys everything she holds dear.

    I do not have an agent at this time.
    My email is AshGonzales123 @ gmail .com :)

  • Denise

    Hello,

    I am Denise and I have been working on my current novel since I was 14, currently 20.

    It is about a neighborhood of gamblers who are like family. I tend to creaste characters that are quiet or don’t have friends. I write urban fantasy between YA and NA.

    I am looking for someone that will talk ideas, plot, characters and anything book related with me and vice versa as well.

    The last books I have enjoyed are Written in Red by Ann Bishop, The winner’s crime by Marie Rutkoski, Darkfever by Karen Marie Monning, and Flat-out Celeste by Jessica Park.

    You can reach me at lazodenise@sbcglobal.net.

    Thank you.

  • Amy Hunter

    Hi, I’m Amy.
    My book is a YA, urban fantasy involving: dragons, elements, characters with personality defects and an underlying desire to watch the world burn.
    I’m not agented. One day I shall be.
    The last book I read was The Accident Season and the book that epitomizes me as a writer is… Well, maybe The Scorpio Races. I try not to compare myself with others too much.

    I can be reached through my Twitter: @AmericanAmy16
    If we click from there I have an email as well.

    • Chloe

      Hey, your fantasy novel sounds really interesting (right up my alley) I don’t have Twitter, but you can read my blurb here and if you want to give being critique partners a shot let me know.

      • Amy Hunter

        Chloe, your stories sound cool. Want to swap a few chapters and just give some rough thoughts?

      • Chloe

        Sure my e-mail is chloemg.snow@gmail.com can we work out the details a little more over e-mail?

      • Amy Hunter

        Email works for me. Mine is amyhunter16@icloud.com. How many chapters do you want to exchange?

  • McKenzie Bottoms

    Hey guys, I’m Kenzie. Looking for a buddy for NaNo specifically. I did 25k last NaNo (which I am proud of, but do know that I got mono in the middle of it; otherwise I think I would have finished) and plan to continue the same story or a variant thereof.

    This story, which is very rough and mostly just the creative diarrhea part of the process, revolves around relationships of all kinds (platonic, queerplatonic, romantic, sexual, polyamorous, mentor/apprentice, etc.) and what is right now a very vague notion of magic. Almost all the main characters are queer, and the whole mindset of the book is staring social convention in the eye while shitting on its porch. It might at some point be YA, but there’s too much language (and sexual content, when I get stuck) for that right now. I don’t know what I want yet.

    Not agented or published, or all that concerned about becoming so, I just like to write and would like to get good at it. I want somebody to destroy my self-esteem but not my love of writing.

    Hit me up, kenziebottoms@gmail.com

  • Betsy Myers

    Hi, I’m Betsy. I’m looking for a crit partner for my YA contemporary novel about death and love and Minnesotan winters. It’s ~67k, finished, and looking to be polished. I am not agented, but that’s the goal. I would be open to partnering with a fantasy/magic-y writer, as long as they’re cool with my lack of fantasy/magic-y stuff. The last book that I read and loved was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, and the book that epitomizes me as a reader is maybe The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. Or The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I’m going to write a ghost story for this year’s Nanowrimo, and I’ve written werewolf-y stuff in the past, so I’m not all contemp, for the purpose of a lasting partner.

    Shoot me an email at betsygcollins@gmail.com if this sounds like it would work for you!

    • Carey Torgesen

      Hey Betsy,

      Maybe we can swap a chapter or two? I mostly write YA contemporary (I currently have a YA psychological thriller), but also have a NA with a touch of magical realism (think 13 Going on 30) I also write Womens Fiction, mainly rom com. And I read pretty much everything. Let me know if you’re up for a trade!

      • Betsy Myers

        Oh, I would love to! Everything mentioned sounds like things I love to read! I love magical realism, love rom com. Shoot me an email and we can work out some details! betsygcollins@gmail.com

  • Carey Torgesen

    Hi there! Thanks for this Maggie!

    I am currently writing a YA psychological thriller in the vein of We Were Liars or Dangerous Girls. It’s non linear with three timelines. It’s very gritty and dark.

    I am currently not agented. I hope this is the one that gets me one. :)

    I read all three Raven Boys this summer and they were SO great. I also read Girl on the Train, Ten, and I do a lot of reading as an agent intern.

    I am really hoping to build a relationship with a CP and look forward to trading manuscripts. :)

    • SB Kassam

      I’m currently editing a YA fantasy/mystery, dark but humorous, and I absolutely love psychological thrillers. If you have any interest in swapping first chapters, email me at swinginginathunderstorm@gmail.com!

  • Alyssa Mayley

    Hi, I’m Alyssa and I love a good fantasy, paranormal, or romance. I am seeking a critique partner for a project that I have been holding onto for entirely too long.

    MG paranormal story is about a girl that has always kept to herself, and is suddenly forced to accept that she is a werewolf and might not be able to hide it.

    I am currently reading The Elite by Kiera Cass book two of The Selection Series. (I just finished book one last night—loved it!) As a reader, I sit somewhere between J.K.Rowling ‘Harry Potter’ series and Robin D. Owens ‘Heartmate’ series.

    I do not currently have an agent. I write stories in most genres of YA/MG/NA/Adult (except westerns and horror). I have won an award for my short-story fiction, and I write weekly article for the local paper.

    If you would like to talk about possibly critiquing each others work, or just want to connect from one writer to another, feel free to say hi. I love connecting with people that are just as passionate about words as I am. You can contact me at: alyssamayley@gmail.com or on Twitter @alyssamayley

  • C. Carpenter

    Hello. Agented, serious YA contemp writer here, looking for a CP for big picture swapping (so like 10k at a time, every two weeks or so)
    My favorite books are the Wolves of Mercy Falls, anything by Stephanie Perkins, and Fangirl.
    I’ll read any YA but horror or hard scifi

    • http://staybookish.net/ Hazel Ureta

      Hi, I’m a YA contemporary writer too! I currently have a completed manuscript for revision, hoping to submit to agents when polished, and would very much like to work with you. Email me if you’re interested: hazelstaybookish@gmail.com

    • Shyla Stokes

      Hey! I write YA contemp also and looking for one more CP. I’m using a Stephanie Perkins novel as a comp title, so maybe you’d be interested in swapping. My MS is about a girl whose blog teasing the super hunky Duke of Cornwall goes viral. Think Gossip Girl meets Anna and the French Kiss. You can email me at shylastokes@gmail.com if interested.

  • ichthusfish

    Hey, everyone! I’m writing a YA adventure about a fierce crown princess who escapes kidnappers to try to find out who’s trying to kill her father; she runs into the youngest prince of the neighboring country, and the two become reluctant allies.

    Recent book love: All the Light We Cannot See
    Eternal book love: A Wrinkle in Time

    Not agented or published, still working on this manuscript! You can shoot me an email at kristentoneal@yahoo.com. Yay!

  • F W

    I’m writer trying to finish my work in progress and need critique partners. The book is like crime thriller. I’m also blogging the book. The website is http://wwsone.weebly.com/

  • Carey

    Hey guys! I thought I’d post on here, because I am looking for a better community in my life with people who write and share a love of the craft. I am currently writing YA novels, and I have several projects on board. One is a multi-perspective novel dwelling on the different sides of war and how friendship and family prevail even during the most violent of times. Another is about the truth of magic and legend and how believing in them can affect your destiny. Those are very vague details, but if you’d like to hear more I’d be happy to share! I am not agented, but I have begun the journey of this. The book I just recently finished is called Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. Check it out if you haven’t heard about it! It’s absolutely brilliant. Hope to hear from you!

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  • AnnMarie Hurtado

    Are you going to host this again in 2016? i would love to find a critique partner but don’t know if I should just wait for the next round… Thanks!

  • emily

    Hi I’m Emily,

    Genre of choice is science fiction fantasy and I read/write mostly YA and New Adult or just Adult!
    I have 2 books published by small presses and looking for an agent. I would prefer CP’s who are very serious about the business and have a lot of experience!

    I currently have a completed work that needs some beta readers – it’s a fantasy about a half demon boy who finds a Gryphon. He can either save his homeland or give in to the dark powers he inherits from his desert ancestors.

    So, if anyone wants more details or information to see if we click my email is eafield009@gmail.com! thanks!

  • georgepark

    Hi, I a guy who is getting started writing adult romance under a female pen-name. My 1st book includes normal everyday sex and was just published. My 2nd book involves an biker gang initiation, thus there are several scenes of gang-rape and one of torture. I need a critical partner or 2 to help guide me thru the process. I do not have an agent but used Xlibris to self-publish. I can be reached at georgepark@sbcglobal.net

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  • Audrey Lee

    Hello everyone. I am Audrey and I am currently writing a young adult high fantasy novel. It is something like Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit with orcs, elves and other creatures, but the plotline is different.

    The last book i read was Cress by Marissa Meyer. I really love how the author managed to add sci-fi into the retelling of repunzel

    • Kathy

      Hello! My name is Katya and i am also planning a high fantasy novel with elves, trolls and other creatures! So maybe we could work and help each other? I am availible on skype and email and whatsapp and i will be able to discuss and help you plan as well as give youy my honest opinion. If you are interested you can email me at : rabitini@googlemail.com

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  • CL Mannarino

    Name: C.L.

    Genre you like to write/read in: YA, with an emphasis on fantasy, the paranormal / supernatural, and realistic fiction

    Project and a short blurb: A novice vampire hunter must stop a rogue
    religious vampire from collecting and feeding off of homeless people,
    before the surrounding towns figure out what’s happening.

    This is the second book in a trilogy and I’m looking to have it publishable by the end of the year (2016).

    What you are looking for in a CP/Buddy: I need the most help with big
    picture feedback: making sure the story’s structured properly, that the
    characters arc, that the ending makes sense. I like being able to chat
    back and forth during the process about what I’m working on. I would
    also like a beta reader who’s serious about getting published, who
    responds well to deadlines, and has fast email response times.

    What I’m good at: details (setting, characters, back story), grammar, spelling, pacing

    Contact information: clmannarino@hotmail.com
    :)

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  • harsh jain

    NAME – Harsh (not that harsh, in my language it means happiness!)

    GENRE – mythological fantasy fiction but yeah i read all the genres book.

    WANT TO KNOW WHAT’S IN MY PROJECT? –

    It is a mythological fantasy fiction and that is why it starts with the creation of the world. the story is a blend of the gods and dark ones. the life of three friends (Andrew, Erik and Christine), will never be same again as the destiny tests their friendship and trust. they find themselves in a forest where a training camp awaits them where the trainers are the ones chosen by the gods. a new mythology with the essence of love, hatred, betrayal, evilness, strategies and last but not the least, victory of light over darkness! is my project. Andrew with the help of his friends will overcome his fear and get back the sacred ball of light back to the earth which had been stolen by the god of darkness, if he fails to get the sacred ball back from the darkest chasm of hell to earth within a week. then, the darkness will come to rule AGAIN with the god of darkness in his form.

    WHAT I WANT IN A CRITIQUE – true opinions and advices. i want someone who may help me to polish my skills rather than only just praise(but yeah, i will really like that praise part) and MOTIVATION.

    CONTACT – you can mail and ask me for the first chapters of my books…. (i don’t want to say it but… ok, see i have not written fully yet and i am on journey to complete my first draft so i want to someone who can point out mistakes in my draft so that my mistakes list won’t get any longer in coming chapters)

    you can mail me at tumnehumkodekhaaise@gmail.com

    thank you so much…

  • http://peoplepowegranny.blogspot.com Rachael Roberts Bliss

    I am looking for a critique partner. My book is about a 70 year old woman and her 10 year old grandchild. I have no agent. My genre is women’s fiction, but may be considered multigenre. Most recent book read is Blissingstoyou by Anna Quinlan. The book that epitomizes my reading choice is Barbara Kingsolver’s Poisowood Bible. I can be reached at blissingstoyou@gmail.com.

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Professional novelist by day and artist by night. I live an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, and neurotic dogs. I’m the author of the Books of Faerie (LAMENT and BALLAD); the bestselling SHIVER trilogy (SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER), and THE SCORPIO RACES.

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