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When: Post on the second Wednesday of the month
What: Write anything indie related: something that will inspire or help a fellow indie; something that celebrates a release or a milestone; something that talks about the ups and downs, joys and heartaches of Being Indie.
“Because being Indie doesn’t have to mean going it alone.”
Welcome to my Indie Life post! Hello fellow Indies
(and other readers who might stumble on me today).
Over the past few days I’ve been working on my WIP (book 2 The Supes Series: Finding Luna) and searching for beta readers and a critique partner/group. I made enquiries and left shout-outs on various social media: G+ Speculative Fiction Writers Group, Facebook (various writing groups), Linkedin (various writer groups), World Literary Cafe (Beta readers and Critiquing forum) and on Twitter. I found a great post asking for critique partners, which led my to email the author and make a request. I also made a request via the odd ROW80 post on this blog on Sunday.
So far, I’ve had two saying they like to partner up, one friend will when she can, my sister will (after she has finished her exams at university). Not bad, but I’d like as much as possible. I regret not including this process in the writing of Finding Esta (I did a round of beta readers at the end of the process, but I think I’d have benefitted enormously from getting feedback during the re-writes stage.
For those of you who do not use this resource, or who would like to know more about what is expected from a critique partner, read this great post where she asks if you’d be a good critique partner, and another where she evaluates critique groups. And then Courtney wrote how to get the most out of critique partners/groups. All together, these pretty much cover all your need to know about the subject, and they do so brilliantly IMO 🙂
Go read ’em!
My tiny list goes something like this…
1) Work with your own genre
2) Be kind, but thorough.
3) Differentiate between your own tastes and theirs.
4) Remember, you are not the only one who needs support and critiques.
5) Do not allow others to use your skills, without returning the favour.
Hope this was of some use? Who here needs beta readers or critique partners? If there are a few, it’s easy enough to set up a Yahoo group (or G+ group, I believe). Just a thought 🙂 If you have lots of yummy experience on this issue, or questions, leave your thoughts/tips in the comments box. If you have not heard of or signed up to the Indie Life meme yet, why?