Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Our 2nd Critique Partner Dating Service

And here it is to kick off 2013 -- AUTHORESS'S CRITIQUE PARTNER DATING SERVICE!

Here's the disclaimer:  Finding good critique partners really is like finding good life partners.  Just because you both write fantasy or you've both been writing for exactly three years or your first names both begin with "N" doesn't mean you're going to be a good fit.  Relationship is a huge part of this, in addition to artistic vision and the ability to "get" each other's work.

So keep in mind that, as you seek people to swap work with, things may or may not work out, and that's okay.  What I'm offering you here is a springboard; a chance to get your name and your needs out there in the hope that you may click with someone.

  • Starting at NOON EDT TODAY, the bot will accept your Dating Service Entry.  The submission window will remain open for 24 hours.
  • Submit your entry HERE.
  • Up to 100 entries will be accepted.  Even if we only get 2 entries, though, I will still post them.
  • Please format your entry EXACTLY as outlined below, for ease of browsing.  Please note that the word count for these entries will be limited to 100.  
TITLE: (Put your screen name OR your first name here; NOT a title. Full name NOT NECESSARY)
GENRE: (list ALL genres that you write)

Then, in the body of the submission:

EMAIL: (PLEASE use (at) instead of "@"!! Like this: Authoress(at)

I'm working on my {1st/2nd/47th} novel.

{And here's your "pitch about me" -- a sentence or two that will express who you are and what your goals/dreams are.}
  • All entries will post on Tuesday, January 8.  You may browse the entries and contact anyone who seems like a potential match.
  • YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO CRITIQUE THE WORK OF SOMEBODY WHO CONTACTS YOU.  NEITHER IS ANYONE OBLIGATED TO CRITIQUE YOUR WORK SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU CONTACTED HIM.  This is simply a jumpstart to creating new friendships that could potentially become critique partnerships.
  • I will remove the entries after one week.  Simply because I don't think it's wise to keep this information up for longer than that.
To clarify the above, here is a sample entry:

TITLE: Authoress

EMAIL: Authoressmail(at)

I am working on my eighth novel.

I'm agented by the fabulous Josh Getzler and I'm addicted to Twitter.  I'm a grammar nazi and my critiquing strengths lie in sentence structure, clarity, and dialogue. 

(You can write whatever you want about yourself.  Not to "sell" yourself, but to give a glimpse of who you are and where you're at in your journey.)

Please ask your questions below!


  1. I forgot the 100-word limit and went with the 500-word limit on my submission. Should I email you to shorten it? Right now it's 121 words. My bad!

    Also, thank you so much for doing this! Happy New Year! :D

  2. Oh, wow -- I totally set the word count at 500. So, um, no worries. :)

  3. FYI: I actually entered twice as I (3x) gave the wrong email address... blame it on pregnancy brain. Is there anyway to delate the first (and incorrect) entry?

  4. CRAP! Authoress, I forgot to include my darn email in the body of the message. -_-

    I'm entry 86.
    My email is danicaschloss(at)

    I'm sorry!

  5. This is such a wonderful service and I missed it!
    Please let us know soon when you will offer it again.

  6. Me too! I would have loved to have been part of it but just tried and no luck :-(. Love to know when it might take place again as I'm super keen to find a critique partner!

  7. Shoot - just realized I forgot my email in the body, as well. Entry 24 - email is thedharmadiva(at) So many apologies.

  8. I believe you can contact people even if you didn't get to submit a profile, though? So Remina and fayejenner could have a look anyway?

  9. I did the same thing - forgot my email in the body - wild_flower(at)
    Entry 85

  10. Also too late by 24 hours! If you decide to let a few more bodies in, please do let us know! :D

  11. Am I aloud to contact someone if I did not get a submission in?