Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Contests and critique groups

My post today is simple --contests and critique groups. 

Contests--I have seen a few as I have checked up on my favorite blogs.  I thought I may list them and if you have any you want to add please feel free. 

1. Anissa Off the Record--I have posted this one before. Anissa--god bless her--is posting everyday in the month of February and in return to all your comments she is giving away a Barnes and Noble gift card.  There are more details but you can go check them out for yourself :)

2. Michelle Gregory- Keep checking on her lovely website Beautiful Chaos.  She will be posting about a new contest in a few days.

3. Lisa and Laura Write -- Lisa and Laura have a page on the Teen Fire Ning.  If you are one of their blog followers,join the Teen Fire group and post on the Teen Fire Ning Forum the first 1,000 words of you piece --they will critique it. You need to send them a message on the Ning to let them know you sent it.  Check out all the details on their blog.  I am not sure I am ready for this.  Wish I was ready --we will see.  I did join the Teen Fire Ning which is all things YA.  Very cool :)

I hope to post a little snip it of what I'm working on soon. Just trying to build my courage --stay tuned for that.

4. Jenni James -Is giving away a bunch of prizes if you pre order her new book. Check out all the details and tell her I sent you.

I have also heard of a blog fest for Valentine's day but I don't know anything about it.  If anyone knows anything please let me know.

I am also thinking of starting a critique group.  Working on my trust issues.  Does anyone have any suggestions on how to start? Here is what I would want:

1. Writers who write YA.

2. I would want to keep the group small-- say 4 people total.

3. Must be prepared to really beta everyone's work.  We all have one goal in mind--to succeed.

4. Always keeping tabs on each other.  Making sure we do what we say we will do with our work. I babbling here --sorry.  

5. Support each other in good times and in bad.
I am not sure when to start this.  I am just finishing my first draft and then I will be revising, revising, revising.   If you are interested please send me a message.



  1. Thanks for the links! I think your critique group wish list is excellent! :-)

  2. Good luck with finding your critique group! I LOVE mine. :)

  3. I love your blog, Christine. Thanks for the kind award the other day. I don't really know how to blog, but I'm learning. Your encouragement helps. I now wish I was an YA writer since you're forming a critique group. Please think of me if you ever decide to do another genre:)

  4. Love links and fun!!! Gives me a few other things to check out!

  5. Thanks for linking to the contests! I'm wondering if I'm brave enough to do the 1000 word critique...

  6. Those contests are awesome! And good luck finding your critique group. I have no advice for you because mine found me. But, now, I know I couldn't live without them!

  7. Thanks for the shout out Christine! I hope people will send us some great work to critique! Looking forward to reading yours when it's ready!

  8. Good luck with finding a critique group! I found mine this same way (an invitation on a blog) and I am SO GRATEFUL I did. You won't regret it. :)

  9. Thanks for the link love, Christine. You're such a sweetie!

  10. Hey Christine, was looking through some of your older posts and saw you were looking for a critique group. I'm not sure if you've already got one, but if you need another person I would love to be a part of it! I write YA and am looking for a group to join. Let me know k? By the way, really liked the scene you posted above :)