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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2014, 10:04:19 PM »
Thanks for posting this! I just emailed one of the commenters, fingers crossed.  :)

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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2014, 09:21:23 AM »
good luck!
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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2014, 12:48:36 AM »
Any idea on how well they do? Not ready just yet, still revising. But it'd be nice to know.
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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2014, 09:23:45 AM »
it's kind of like a dating thing. You just look for people that sound good and reach out to them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't
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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2014, 10:09:26 AM »
Thanks. I'll have to check it out.
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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2014, 06:19:05 PM »
I just wanted to update with a BIG thank you to Falen (Sarah)! The CP I found through this link has been so great with her feedback and has helped me so much.

Oh, and that "CP" I thought had abandoned me--the one who apologized and said he had missed my email--actually did abandon me and I think the apology was all for show. Can't complain, though, considering how things worked out. Thanks again! :-)

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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2014, 09:19:49 PM »
so far I've struck out over there...  :-(  Am I that much of a P R?
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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2014, 10:13:51 PM »
so far I've struck out over there...  :-(  Am I that much of a P R?

There doesn't seem to be many people commenting in the first place, Falthor.
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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2014, 05:14:16 AM »
it's kind of like a dating thing. You just look for people that sound good and reach out to them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't

This is true. The site is an interesting idea and it's great that someone here on QT actually found a helpful CP.

Some posts, like the one by CHG, send up red flags that would stop me right off from looking further into a connection:

1)  the rant she goes on about people who have already tried to help her.
           I'd expect her to give me flack no matter what I did or how I tried to help. The very fact that I found problems would probably tick her off, despite referring to those who apparently were timid about voicing problems with her work as "soft pedaling tummyscratching people."
           As for those whose questions she found exasperating, one solution would have been to agree on ground rules before proceeding, such as reading the whole ms before asking questions, if feedback on how the whole book holds together is what she was looking for.
          Who needs a crit partner who's a pain in the ass to work with, beyond the work the manuscript itself may need?

2)  the many grammar, punctuation, wording, and structure problems that cause confusion and other unwanted effects.
      When this shows up in the request for a CP, I assume her manuscript is full of the same. This would be a lot of extra work for a partner to address. And that's without even getting to questions of character development, storyline, and other artful aspects of fiction.
       





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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2014, 08:22:23 AM »
I just wanted to update with a BIG thank you to Falen (Sarah)! The CP I found through this link has been so great with her feedback and has helped me so much.

Oh, and that "CP" I thought had abandoned me--the one who apologized and said he had missed my email--actually did abandon me and I think the apology was all for show. Can't complain, though, considering how things worked out. Thanks again! :-)

Yay! Glad it worked out for you!
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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2014, 08:22:58 AM »
so far I've struck out over there...  :-(  Am I that much of a P R?

Eh, i never had any luck with these kinds of things either, even though i know other people where it worked great for them
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Re: Are You Looking For a CP/BETA Reader??
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2014, 12:47:15 PM »
I think the reason why it worked out (so far) for me, is that her synopsis had more than a few similarities to my story: YA mystery with an identity-focus and minority characters. Plus, she's a medical professional, as are a few of my characters, so she's been immensely helpful with those scenes.

Maggie Stiefvater has a "Critique Partner Love Connection" on her blog every year, and hundreds of people comment there, so maybe give that one a try. It starts in February, but people still post fairly regularly. :-)

http://maggiestiefvater.com/blog/2014-critique-partner-love-connection/