This has exceeded my expectations!
A few things:
- If your entry hasn't received any bites, please do not despair. It doesn't mean you have nothing to offer; it simply means that a certain "click" hasn't taken place yet between you and another writer. These things take time!
- Once you've made mutual contact, remember that there is no obligation to take the relationship further! In other words, you may discover, upon sharing more communiques, that you don't feel comfortable or safe or whatever sending your material to your new contact. And that's okay.
- I encourage you to take this exercise beyond the CP Dating Service and apply it to your continued search for critique partners. The whole point is that it's a relational thing, and not simply a business tranaction. Getting to know other writers, both online and in real life, and being real with them so that they get to know you, too, is how beautiful and lasting critique partnerships are formed. It's the natural outgrowth of sharing the writerly journey with someone you click with on a personal level.
Sometimes, too, your vision and needs as a writer change, and certain partnerships don't work anymore. That's okay, too. There needs to be a place of no-hard-feelings-I-wish-you-well when it's time to part ways. Keep that in mind.
Those who have critiqued my work and whose work I've critiqued each have a special place in my journey. Each has contributed, in some way, to where I am today. So to Jodi, Maggie, Holly, Beth, Corinne, Julie, and Adam -- thank you! And to Taryn, Constance, and Sarah--the Teen Incredibles--thank you!
I'm looking forward to hearing the success stories that grow from the CP Dating Service. And I'm thinking of doing this every six months or so. What do you think?