Seeking critique partners for my MG fantasy
As a high school senior, I toyed with the idea of writing, but fear got in the way.
Flash forward. When one of our boys was in third grade, his teacher raved about his writing prowess. Her comments gave me the courage to try my secret desire, writing. After writing a novel in longhand from beginning to end–and reading the result– I joined the SCBWI.
I’ve sold dozens of short stories to magazines such as Highlights, FACES, and Muse, and my NF middle grade book, Chemical Reactions with an educational publisher is slotted for publication in 2022. My passion is fantasy, with a dash of sci fi on the side. Everyone knows that the best books are written for children. They are also the hardest to write!
I love fantasy, sci fi, fairy tale retellings, portal fantasies, horror, magicians, witches, magic, contemporary, historical, time travel, mystery. A few of my favorites are The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Seraphina and the Black Cloak, The Mad Wolf’s Daughter, Time Sight, The Books of Elsewhere, Charlotte’s Web, anything by Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Stroud, or Holly Black. I could go on and on.
I prefer not to read about terminal illness or battered characters.
I have a NF book under contract coming out in 2021. I’ve sold dozens of stories to children’s magazines. I blog about science on my website. My goal is to traditionally publish MG works.
Here are some best practices for reaching out to a potential CP:
- Include the link to your own CP Match profile! You can find it on your Dashboard. Don't have one yet? What are you waiting for? Anyone with a WriteOnCon.org account can make one!
- Introduce yourself a little, and say what appealed to you about their listing.
- Respect what's listed here in their profile. They took the time to fill it out, and they've included this information for a reason. Don't send a message about a book they specifically say is a Hard No, for example.
- Offer to swap a small sample of your works, so you can see if you're really compatible. First chapters are a good starting place.
- If one party no longer wants to continue the interaction, it's nobody's fault. Sometimes finding the right CP takes time.
Happy writing and CPing!