Sunday, June 6, 2010

Critique a Week

It's finally summer! The kids are out of school, the weather is warm, and I am getting quite humongous (I'm pregnant so this is sort of okay). It will be pretty busy having all three at home 24 hours a day, so I'm going to cut down my posting schedule to once a week (every Sunday). I'm hoping to do some cool things over the summer to make up for my infrequent posts.

During the month of June I want to give something back to my blogging writer friends. It's been so fun to beta read for friends during these last few months, and to see a few of them get agents and book deals. I thought it would be cool to get to know more of you through your writing, so I'm going to offer a ten page critique to one commenter every week.

This is how it will work.

-You must follow the blog and comment on this post to be eligible for this week's drawing. You'll have until next Saturday to do so.

-Tell me in your comment that you'd like to win a critique. Most weeks I'll probably write a real post about something writing related too, so people who don't want a critique can still comment on that and stay in touch. :)

-Next Sunday I will randomly choose one of this week's commenters to win.


A few things to consider:

-I will be nice but I'll also be 100% honest, because I don't think anything less will be helpful to you. If you can't take an honest critique you probably shouldn't enter.

-I write MG and a little YA. The only genres I've critiqued in the past are MG and YA, so if you write literary fiction or romance or thrillers or something I might not be the best person to critique your work, but you can still enter and I'll do my best.

-I won't be posting these critiques on the blog. They are just between you and me (and I'm nice, really), so you don't need to be nervous.

I hope this will be a fun little experiment.

I also want to say congratulations to my friend Thomas who just accepted an offer to publish his MG book! I hope you'll pop over to his blog and say congratulations too.

37 comments:

Janet Johnson said...

What a generous offer! I'd love to be entered in the drawing for a critique.

And congrats to Thomas. I'm on my way to his site now. :)

Amanda J. said...

I'm with Janet, that's extremely kind of you! I'm sad that you'll only be posting on Sundays, but I'm sure you'll more than make up for it, especially if these critiques are just the start.

I'd love to be entered for a critique, and I write YA so I trust your opinion. :)

Checking out all the links now, it must be great having so many friends doing well.

Have a great week!

Jemi Fraser said...

Hope you're managing to stay cool and comfortable - being pregnant in the heat can be draining!

You're a sweetie to make this generous off! I'd love to hear your opinions :)

Diane said...

So awesome of you! I would love to get a real critique and hear the truth both bitter and sweet!

My kids still have 8 more days of school..... :O(

Melissa said...

Wow. That's so generous of you! I'm not done my MS or anything but a critique from someone other than my best friend might be nice. I'm in.
It'll be great to have your whole family home with you! I didn't even know you were pregnant! (fairly new follower - that is my excuse) So, I'm not sure how far along you are but I hope all is going well.
Heading over to Thomas' blog

Paul Greci said...

What a cool and generous offer!!

Kelley Vitollo said...

Wow! What an incredible offer. Very neat. I'd like to be entered in the drawing for the critique. I write YA.

Sandy Shin said...

Oh wow, thank you for this. It is a very, very generous offer. I would love to be entered for the critique. :)

Amy Jo Lavin said...

Wow, thanks! That's super nice! I'd love a chance to win a critique from you!

Riv Re said...

This is so cool! I'd love to win a critique for my YA fantasy.
Congrats, Thomas!

Julie Musil said...

Thanks for doing this! I'd love to win a critique for my mg novel!

Vonna said...

What a kind offer! My MG animal fantasy is out with first readers right now, but it would be cool to win a critique from you.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You're such a sweetie! I would, of course, love to win a critique from you. I hope you are able to stay cool as possible in the heat. See you on Sundays!

Jade said...

Pick me, random number picker! Pick me! I need all the HONEST feedback I can get.

Ah, beta-ing. It makes the world go round.

Thomas Taylor said...

Wow, thanks for the mention, Natalie:)

Tabitha Bird said...

Very cool! I'd love to enter.

Kelly Lyman said...

Hey Natalie! What a great idea and so nice of you! Count me in!
When are you due? I'm having my third in October and am freaking out!

Aubrie said...

I'd love to win a critique! I have a new YA WIP that could use some help :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Thanks for the mention! Don't sign me up (I have an in already ;). Hope all is well.

kathrynjankowski said...

Very generous of you to do this, Natalie. I'd love a critique.
;-)

CKHB said...

I've got nothing in the right stage/genre for such a crit, but I'll tweet about it to spread the word!

Talli Roland said...

What a great offer! I don't write MG or YA otherwise I'd be throwing myself in the queue!

Bane of Anubis said...

Very cool and generous of you, Natalie. And I'm way late to the pregnancy party, but congratulations!

Sarah Forgrave said...

I know I've been away from the blogging world for a while, but I didn't realize you were pregnant! Congratulations!!! My big day is scheduled a week from tomorrow, so thankfully I'll get rid of some of this weight at the start of the summer. :-)

Melissa said...

Thanks for doing this! It's so nice of you to give back to other writers:) Please add my name in the hat for the critique.

Patti said...

You can add my name. It's always good to someone to give you a fresh perspective on your work.

Heather Sunseri said...

Hi, Natalie! I've struggled so much with my beginning. I would love to have a fresh perspective. Hope you're having a great start to your summer. And I bet you're adorable pregnant!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Natalie, what a generous offer! And especially from a preggo woman. I'm trying to figure out how you do all this. When I was pregnant, my writing really suffered. That was before I discovered blogging; I can't imagine throwing that into the pile too. So, I admire you for keeping up with it, even at a slower pace (all the more reason to admire you) and wish you well in this. I'd be happy to send you a piece of my WIP if I'm lucky enough to be chosen.

Sarah Skilton said...

What a fabulous idea, and very generous of you! :)

Lisa said...

This is way, way, nice of you! I like you EVEN MORE!

I would like win a critique. It's YA.

Have a GREAT day!

Amy Tate said...

Natalie, you are unbelievable! I could never have done that when I was pregnant. I love my children so much BUT I was not a happy pregnant woman. I was sick the entire time. IF you're still up for it, I would LOVE your opinion on my MG novel. But only if you're up for it - if it were me, I would much rather eat M&M shakes from McDonalds. I craved those things with both of my pregnancies!

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

So glad I decided to catch up on my google reader before the weekend, because it probably would have been Sunday, and then I would have been to late to enter. :)

Joanne Fritz said...

Natalie, you are one amazing woman. Three kids at home all summer and another on the way. I don't know how you have the energy to handle all that AND blog AND write AND offer a critique a week.

Yes, please, enter me for the random thingie. I've written 25K words of a MG novel. Would love your opinion on the first ten pages.

Miranda said...

This is such a cool offer! :)

Stephanie said...

I don't have anything for critique right now, but I just wanted to say how cool I think it is that you're doing this!!!! I may copy you one of these days!!

Mystery Robin said...

That is a very generous offer and I'd love to throw my hat in. I'm mostly done with a YA novel - and I keep wondering if it's really YA or MG. :)

And especially while pregnant with three kids. I have three kids. I know what that means!

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