Well, folks. It was fun while it lasted.

As you can see, not much has been happening on this blog lately.

There are several reasons for this, but I will only hit on a couple:

First: It's amazing how much can change in a couple of months--both in our personal lives and on the writing front. A couple of us have signed publishing contracts, and so the need to write, edit, market, promote HAD to take preference over this blog and the services we were providing.

Second: Running this blog, critiquing submissions, providing feedback...well, that's a LOT of dang work. We weren't getting paid for this service. We had a concept and we went with it--for free--not realizing how much time it would involve with very little (nothing) in return for our effort.

Third: Probably the biggest factor that made us come to this decision, was the fact that a good portion of the submissions we received just weren't ready. They needed more revision. We were wanting to give out reviews on AMAZING, fully complete, well edited novels. 90% of what we received didn't come close.

So we've shut it down. We've moved on.

If you liked our comments and our posts, you can check us out on our individual blogs:

Angela Scott: www.whimsywritingandreading.weebly.com or @whimsywriting on twitter or http://www.facebook.com/AngelaScottWriter

D.S. Tracy:

Kacey Mark:

Critique Groups

Before I put everyone into groups, there's a couple of things I want to go over or suggest, if I may. The first is that everyone has something to offer--everyone. The second, everyone has written something that is praiseworthy.

When giving feedback, I like to use this phrase (learned from one of the classes I took a while back): Complemented and Critiqued by . . . Please remember there needs to be an equal amount of both going on. Find things to compliment, but also find ways to provide constructive criticism. As writers, we need to have a balance of both--what works and what is in desperate need of being fixed.

I've been involved in both in-person critique groups and also online critique groups. For both, we tended to set a weekly goal of what amount of writing we were to send to one another and when we expected to hear back. For me and my group, we tended to send anywhere from 10 pages to one full chapter a week via email to one another. Usually, those critiques were returned later in the week. I'm an instant feedback kinda gal, so this worked for me. You will need to work that out in your groups. Figure out what will work best for all involved. I suggest emailing each other and set up some rules and expectations. If you find there is a problem with your group, or no one is responding, please let us know and we can see about placing you in another group. See what works for you. Have fun with it. Help one another. Build each other up. Hopefully you will find the help you need and form some wonderful relationships. Good luck all.

If you have any questions, or need a bit of help getting started, please feel free to email us readyaimhookme@gmail.com.

Group #1
Lizzie Beth LizzieBeth1095[at]sbcglobal[dot]net
Misty Provencher misty_pro at msn dot com
Juliana L. Brandt  julianalbrandt[at]gmail[dot]com
J.J. Toner  irish.euclid(at)gmail.com
Robbi Bryant rbryant224@att.net

Group #2
L.  blankenship.louise at gmail dot com
Gina Blechman  ginablechman [at] gmail [dot] com
Anonymous WordWeaver (at)kc (dot)rr (dot)com
Kathleen  kathleen.doyle88(at)yahoo(dot)com
Kit Courteney kitcourteney[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

Group #3
Jessica j(dot)lesaicherre(at)hotmail(dot)com
Erin erindanzer at gmail dot com or check out my website: http://erindanzer.webs.com
Book Geek speduzzi496(at)gmail(dot)com
Paula Tohline Calhoun http://paulatohlinecalhoun1951.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/uh-oh-im-writing-a-book/#comments 
Dawn Raver dawnaraverx@gmail.com

Group #4
Annika Woods annikka[dot]woods1977[at]gmail[dot]com
Kate kate.meader at gmail dot com
Anna Geletka a[dot]w[dot]geletka[at]gmail[dot]com
Amber hello@amberskye.net
Jessica Briones jessica_a_briones[at]hotmail[.]com

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