Hi everyone! Welcome to CP Connect!
I am so excited so excited about this, and I can't wait to hear about all the amazing connections you've made! I met two of my critique partners through a similar match up, so I am really excited to help other writers do the same! :) Before we get started, please make sure you've reviewed the FAQs. Once you've done that, you're ready to dive in!
How to Participate in CP Connect:
Step #1: Post a comment to this blog with your name (or penname), the category (MG, YA, NA, A) and genre of your book (fantasy, thriller, contemporary, etc.), as well as what stage of the writing process you're in. You also need to include a way to contact you--I recommend an email address. Finish with what you're looking for in a critique partner. And just for funzies, add the following random facts: What was the last book you read (or your favorite book) & what cartoon character best represents your personality.
*Note: If you speak another language, I would also include this in your post. :)
Step #2: Peruse the other posts! If you read through the comments and someone sounds like a possible match, then send them a message or leave them a reply! If you both agree that you might be a match, then exchange pages (I'd recommend at least a chapter of your novel) and do a test critique. Once the critiques are returned and you both feel like you'd like to continue working together, then congratulations! Exchange more pages and get to work!
However, if either of you feels like the crit relationship isn't quite what you're looking for, then simply say thank you for your time and walk away. This is super important, guys!! Sometimes things don't work out and it's important for writers to be able to part ways without hard feelings. The writing world is small and we need to be supportive of each other, even if things don't pan out. You may click with someone right away and it's a CP match made in heaven, or you may find after a few exchanges that you and that person are NOT a good match. Guess what? THAT'S OKAY. Kindly thank that person and move on. Don't feel like you have to stick together if things aren't working out. This process is a lot like speed dating. You have to be open and honest with one another.
**Note: This post will stay open for the foreseeable future, so take your time!
That's it! Easy enough, right? I will be monitoring the comments to ensure that no spamming or unkindness is occurring. Should you see anything like this, please let me know and those comments will be deleted. I wish all of you the best of luck with your books and I hope you make some fabulous connections!
Happy Hunting! :)