First off, let me say thank you for showing interest in my work!
Let me also say that, as a parent with a full time job, I only have so much time for beta reading and critique partners. So that means I usually limit my reading to people who are willing to do the same kind of work for my writing. Thus, I really don’t do beta reads. I only take on critique partners.
If you’re confused about the difference between a beta reader and a critique partner, here is my understanding:
- Beta Readers: Read a work and give some feedback. Sometimes that feedback is pretty surface level and sometimes it’s more in depth. Either way, the commitment is for one novel/short story/ etc. and is frequently one-sided. There is no expectation of reciprocity.
- Critique Partners: Are interested in the whole body of work that a writer has produced and is interested in growing their craft together. There is swapping of manuscripts so that both parties can provide each other in depth feedback on things like character development, pacing, plot, dialogue, and world building. Typos and grammar can be mentioned but should not be the focus of the critique.
Obviously, not everyone is going to be a good fit for my work and I’m not going to be a good fit for everyone else. We all have a writing style and a critiquing style that is unique to us. Some will go together beautifully. Others will not. To get an idea of what my work is like, check out my Novels In Progress page to see what I have available for CP’s.
Usually when I begin a CP relationship, I ask that we start with an introductory manuscript swap. This allows us to try each other out and see if we’re a good match.
If you’re interested in requesting a manuscript swap, you can use my Contact Page to email me. Or you can find me on Twitter @silverabby84. In your email or PM, please include a short description of your novel or novella and let me know which of my novels in progress you’re interested in exchanging for. If I’m accepting new CP’s at the moment, then I will exchange a small segment with you (3 to 5 chapters or around 50 pages is my usual swap length) to see if we might be compatible. My usual format for exchange is Google Docs. I like the ability to comment directly on the text for each other. If that format doesn’t work for you, however, let me know and we can figure out something else.
After our initial swap, we can discuss if we would like to continue our critique relationship or if we want to find other partners. I will not be offended if you decide my work isn’t for you or that my critique style doesn’t line up with your own. Likewise, please don’t be upset if I move on after that initial swap. Just because it isn’t me doesn’t mean your perfect CP isn’t out there!
Work that I am a good fit for as a critique partner:
- Science Fiction or Fantasy of any variety
- Crime fiction or speculative fiction
- Historical fiction, especially with an interesting twist
- A plot that has both action and romance
- Dark or psychological work
- Strong, complex female characters
- I’m a sucker for a Florence Nightingale trope
- I don’t mind strong language or explicit scenes as long as they further the plot
I truly believe that as writers, we have the ability to lift each other up and make our work better. Thanks for your interest in my work and happy writing!
I’m not a writer but I’m still interested in beta reading one of your novels!
If this is you, I’m so incredibly sorry. I really do want to share my work with as many people as possible. Which is why I would like to publish them at some point. Believe me, I would like nothing better than to toss you an Amazon link to my work. Unfortunately, that’s not a reality just yet. So please be patient and cross your fingers that I land an agent soon so that hopefully at some point I will be able to do just that!
In the meantime, you might want to check out my short work here. And I will keep you updated on any progress on the publishing front!