So I signed my name up for Maggie Stiefvater's Critique Partner Connection, in the hopes of finding at least one critique partner who also loves paranormal & urban fantasy stories. My beta readers and critiquers are awesome and insightful, but mostly read & write in other genres; and I would love to know how the story is doing from as many perspectives as I can get.
I have a paranormal* YA that is finished but not quite ready to submit. Here's the one line summary: It is a story about a boy who gets separated from his body, the girl that races across the desert to save him, and the secrets that could tear them apart.
This is not the first novel I've written.
My critiquing style is to give very honest feedback. If I feel something is not working for me, I will tell you with as much explanation as I can. If I feel something is done very well, I will tell you with as much explanation as I can. It is my hope that I will find other critiquers like me. (I have been critiquing for a very long time. I started years ago at the Compuserve Writer's Forum, and have since critiqued in other loops and arrangements.)
I am willing to fix anything in this story.
The book I listed in the CP ad was Karen Marie Moning's SHADOWFEVER. I read this book last year, and it still haunts me. I loved the whole Fever series. However, it is not the only book I loved, nor the only book** that epitomizes me as a reader/writer. For a list of other books I've read and loved, you can check out my Goodreads list or the post on the books I read in 2011. The books I've read so far in 2012 are listed in the sidebar.
So, if after all this you're still interested, please send 50 pages to walker . sara . c @ gmail . com (remove the spaces.) I will critique for as many people as are interested.
*I'm using the term "paranormal" in the original sense. Not in the modern "Twilight-esque" sense. This story is more like a mash-up of X-Files, Die Hard and Romeo & Juliet.
**I think it goes without saying that I'm at Maggie's site because I love Maggie's writing.