In 2012, I became a subscriber to many wonderful bloggers in the writing world.
From the stunning Authoress at Miss Snark’s First Victim to Adam Heine at Author’s Echo to the wide world of Writer’s Digest. It was my ‘goal’ to find and fall in love with an agent (although I’ve yet to blessed by Cupid in this regard), my research led me to the shark herself, agent Janet Reid as well as agent Rachelle Gardner.
What becoming a part of these on-line sites has taught me is that the on-line community of writers is vast and furious, loving and honest. While each writer, agent or group of writers is unique, they all ‘give’ from the same centre – supporting other writers. It’s like we’re all one, big writing family welcoming, guiding, inspiring and supporting each other.
Specifically, through critiquing.
Here’s why I support this way of critiquing:
1) I am guaranteed new readers who are writers – that care. They put in the time to read my work and offer constructive, honest yet gentle feedback on my work.
2) I don’t know any of these people! And there’s a feathery freedom to this. I’m not gonna bump into commenter ‘Jenny’ in the grocery store and feel like I need to have her explain her comments to me…The conversations we have within each site/blog remain in the site/blog – and grow from there. The thing is, we all agree on the dos and don’ts on online critiquing. So we follow them.
3) The critiques vary in scope and size. Some of the sites offer critiques and finding an agent opportunities on FINISHED manuscripts only while others offer critiques on works-in-progess, query letters, loglines, first pages, first chapters or the first 250 words.
4) You’re guaranteed feedback. If you submit your work and it gets accepted or ‘received’ into the critique, you will absolutely get feedback. There’s a possibility that you will have to critique a certain number of other writer’s submissions, but that’s just common sense – and common courtesy.
Here’s an example of a logline and first 250 word critique I received from Adam Heine at Author’s Echo:
I am extremely happy with the feedback – and I can absolutely re-submit based on the comments given.
Here’s another example of a critiquing opportunity from K.T. Crowley:
Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE? Not that paying would necessarily deter me, but like ‘real-life’ critiquing groups, the on-line community has both free and pay versions. So far, all the ones I’ve found are free.
If you’re thinking of sharing your work but are hesitant for any reason, take a look at some of the sites I’ve offered. See if you get that itch of excitement while reading…follow through with it, and see what others have to say about your ideas.
Also, many of these sites offer amazing book giveaways, intriguing interviews with authors, and links to many writing opportunities or lessons.
What websites/blogs do you subscribe to? Why? What’s your favourite writing blog/site?