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Friday, May 13, 2011

Beta Match – Are you looking for a critique partner or beta reader? Read on…

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It can be hard (and I mean H.A.R.D) to find a critique partner or beta reader (and even harder to find a great one!). Some of you have found CPs and beta readers through those you know in person, while others have found them in bloggers you met online, through online conferences such as WriteOnCon, through forums such as Verla Kays Blueboards, Absolute Write, and in other ways. But time and again recently I’ve seen people commenting that they don’t know where to look. So I thought I’d see if I can’t help out (*grins*).

On Monday, June 6th, I’ll be running a Beta Match. If you’re interested, there will be two options:
  • Put your details and what you’re looking for in the comments of my Beta Match post (I’ll let you know in that post what's needed) and/or
  • Read through other comments in that post to see if someone who’ll suit your needs has also commented, then contact them directly.
I won’t be able to personally match people up (sorry), but if you’re reluctant to share your email address online as I know some of you are, I’m happy for you to leave it with me and I’ll give it out to people who want to contact you for this purpose only.

Depending on interest, I might make Beta Match a regular feature of Rach Writes…, so let me know if it would be helpful for you.

ETA: Beta Match isn't only for those who have a piece of work ready to be critiqued right now. It's intended to be a way for people to find critique partners who can help them with their writing/revisions/etc. Even if you're after a beta reader, you can still connect with someone now and swap work at a later date :)

How about you: Would a Beta Match help you in your hunt for a CP or beta reader? Do you already have a CP? Do you have a CP, but are looking for another (or for beta readers)?


35 comments:

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

This sounds like a really interesting idea!

I'm definitely going to consider it.

Jules

Madeleine said...

Oh wow, if I had something to share of my WIP I would join in in a shot! What a brilliant, brilliant idea. Thanks Rach, maybe I can pop back for the next one? :O)x

Trisha said...

This sounds great! I'll probably sign up even though I'm not quite through my own revisions yet. Can never have too much CP action I think :D

KatieO said...

I'm putting June 6th on my calendar to come back and check this out ;-)

Paula Martin said...

Will be back on June 6th (if nbot before!) - thanks for setting this up.

Savannah Chase said...

This sounds so great..I need one myself....

Carol Riggs said...

This is a great idea!! And if we know fellow Crusaders, we would know what their blogs are like, to give us a better idea of what they and their writing is like. I'd suggest swapping a sample chapter with someone first, to see if critiquing styles are compatible.

Hey, I like your cool cover for your WIP! Very striking. :)

Jeanmarie Anaya said...

Great idea, Rach! I already have a crit group I love but it would be nice to have a beta reader who's never read any of my work before.

Will come back in June!

Summer Ross said...

I'm interested, I had a hard time finding a crit partner this last semester for all my writing classes and short stories.

damyantiwrites said...

This sounds like a great idea. I'm never able to find someone great for literary short stories...maybe I'll have some hope here?
Will try and bookmark this!

Michael Offutt said...

Great post Rach.

Ruth said...

Yes!

siobhan said...

I need all the help I can get!!

Summer Ross said...

This would be helpful as I have had a difficult time finding someone who can help me with short stories- flash fiction- novels- and essays for college.

Corey Schwartz said...

It's a good idea. I personally have not had trouble finding people, but I'll tweet for those who do need help.

Rachael Harrie said...

My apologies to everyone whose comments have disappeared. Seems the Blogger crash has eaten them all :(

Rachael Harrie said...

Luckily, I have email copies - here are the missing comments:

@Jules - This sounds like a really interesting idea! I'm definitely going to consider it.

@Madeleine - Oh wow, if I had something to share of my WIP I would join in in a shot! What a brilliant, brilliant idea. Thanks Rach, maybe I can pop back for the next one? :O)x

@Trisha - This sounds great! I'll probably sign up even though I'm not quite through my own revisions yet. Can never have too much CP action I think :D

@KatieO - I'm putting June 6th on my calendar to come back and check this out ;-)

@Paula - Will be back on June 6th (if nbot before!) - thanks for setting this up.

@Savannah Chase - This sounds so great..I need one myself....

@Carol Riggs - This is a great idea!! And if we know fellow Crusaders, we would know what their blogs are like, to give us a better idea of what they and their writing is like. I'd suggest swapping a sample chapter with someone first, to see if critiquing styles are compatible.

Hey, I like your cool cover for your WIP! Very striking. :)

@Jeanmarie Anaya - Great idea, Rach! I already have a crit group I love but it would be nice to have a beta reader who's never read any of my work before.

Will come back in June!

@ladywriter1 - I'm interested, I had a hard time finding a crit partner this last semester for all my writing classes and short stories.

@damyantiwrites - This sounds like a great idea. I'm never able to find someone great for literary short stories...maybe I'll have some hope here?
Will try and bookmark this!

@Michael Offutt - Great post Rach.

@Ruth - Yes!

@siobhan - I need all the help I can get!!

Alleged Author said...

What a great idea! If I didn't have such a great CP, then I would totes apply!

Chris Phillips said...

it seems like a worthwhile idea. I'll have to see what's cookin' in early June.

Lissa said...

This would be so helpful to me personally. I've tried using CP in the past but they never tell me what I need to know. I so need help finding one.

Sophie Li said...

Hello new here!

WOW What a cool idea. I will definitely have to bookmark this when I finish my ms.

Joshua J. Perkey said...

Interesting idea. I'll check back in.

Deana said...

I'm in!

Lynn said...

This sounds great. I would be very interested!

Susan Kane said...

Like Chris, I have to see what June will be for me...but I am interested. Thanks for being awesome.

Raquel Byrnes said...

I would love this! I need a Beta reader like...bad. I have critique partners. I want someone in my demographic...the person I write for.
Can't wait.
Edge of Your Seat Romance

Heather said...

What an awesome idea! I'm lucky to have great CP's. I think it's awesome that you're helping others find theirs!

LynNerd said...

This is a great idea. I have a wonderful critique group, but how well I remember the days where I needed someone to give me feedback. Yay for you for doing this. It will help so many writers.

I'm new to blooging. What's a crusader?

Rachael Harrie said...

Hey guys, thanks for all your awesome comments, I'm so glad it's something you might find helpful!

@LynNerd, the Crusaders are part of my Writers' Platform-Building Crusade - check out the page at the top of Rach Writes...

Hugs,

Rach

Michelle said...

This sounds great!

Daniel said...

I'd love to connect with a critique partner or group. I'm writing my first fantasy novel and could really use some outside perspective.

Sarah said...

Thanks Madeleine for pointing me in this direction, this is a perfect idea!

Marilyn Almodóvar said...

This is such an awesome idea!! I shall be participating.

Erica Pike said...

You're an angel, Rach ;) Let me know if you don't want my gay lit info in the match and I'll remove it.

Rachael Harrie said...

No probs at all Erica, it's open to everyone. I hope you find someone :)

Hugs,

Rach

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