Friday, October 23, 2015

Calling all Critique Partners!

It's Friday again and I'm yet again sitting here, shaking my head and wondering where the heck my time went.

It's actually the same with the whole month. Next week is the last week for October, which means that I should have done this a while ago...

Calling all Critique Partners!

I'm currently looking for critique partners for my Historical Romance and am willing to return the favor. 

What I'll Critique for you: Basically, I read almost all genres, but I don't critique MG, Picture Books, Memoirs, Erotica and Horror. Nothing against any of those things personally. I just don't "get" them, which means that I'll be pretty dang useless in reading them. 

You don't need to be ready for a critique to sign up for this, though. If you're still working on something, I do keep a tally of people I owe critiques to, so if you help me now, you can drop me a line whenever you're ready. 

What I'm Good at Critiquing: Plot, Characterization, Dialogue, copyedits. 

What I'm Looking for: Pretty much everything, but just let me know what you're good at so I know when is the best time to send my manuscript my way. 

About the Book: 

It's set in Texas before the Civil War. I'd classify it as a steamy romance. Not too hot, but the love scenes are there. 

A rough idea of the blurb: 

Wanted: A housekeeper and governess for five children. Position requires living on a ranch in Texas. Family welcome. 

Sarah McAllister is out of options. Her husband was killed, leaving her with two children and without any prospects. She's desperate enough to move into the wilds of Texas to save her family. But when she arrives, she encounters: One gunfighter in the making whose best friend is a gambler, one taciturn fourteen year old, twin girls who've been allowed to run wild and one boy who's fixing to be as wild as his older brothers. None of them want her there. Turns out, neither does her employer. 

Yes, Grady Kincaid had asked for a well-bred, well-read lady from back east. Heaven knows his children needs someone capable to get his children ready to meet their grandparents. What he hadn't asked for was a very pretty widow with more guts than sense. It's a nuisance to have her around, especially when his neighbor and enemy is interested in her, but when it's clear that she's in trouble, he can't turn his back on her. So he's stuck with her, which is a problem when he can't ignore his attraction to her...


If you're interested in helping me out, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com and we'll take it from there. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

PS If you could spread the word to people who might be interested? Pretty please with shiny sprinkles on top!


21 comments:

Shah Wharton said...

Oh, thought it was the third Friday of this month - Goals day? Did I miss an announcement?

Anyway, I would love to CP for you, but like you, I don't 'get' historical romance. Give me a movie or a TV series in this genre and I'll have a go, sometimes even enjoy it. But I just can't read it? :(

I'm sure you'll get lots of takers though :)

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Pat Hatt said...

I tend to be pretty useless when it comes to critiques lol

Kelly Hashway said...

I hope you find someone to critique for you.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's not my genre, so probably not a good candidate. Fantasy or science fiction - that I can do.

Karen Walker said...

Sorry, I'm not a good critique person, but I know you'll find just the right person, Misha.

Christine Rains said...

Good luck! My plate is full at the moment. I gave you a shout-out on Twitter and hope that little boost helps.

Cherie Reich said...

Good luck finding some critique partners for your historical romance! Have a good weekend, Misha!

Madilyn Quinn said...

This sounds pretty good, but as I typically don't write or read historical romances (especially is they lack any magical element) I'd be pretty useless. I do live in Texas though! If you need uh, any sort of factoids or something. :) Hope you find someone!!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Not sure exactly what you want from a critique partner, but I've done some proofreading and editing for a number of other writers. I guess you could say I'm a bit of a spelling, syntax, and grammar nerd, and also a pain in the derriere when it comes to pointing out factual errors and plot holes. If you're interested, you can find a link to my email address on the sidebar of my blog. :)

M.J. Fifield said...

I'd be happy to read for you, Misha, if you're still in need of someone. I like historical fiction. Email me, if you'd like. (mjfifield at gmail)

Sherry Ellis said...

I'll share this. (I'm a children's writer, so I probably wouldn't be the best critique partner for you.) Good luck finding one!

Robert Bennett said...

Might be willing to help but my plate is very full at the moment so it might be a few days at the least. I'll e-mail you if I think I can fit it in! haha

Jemi Fraser said...

I don't know a lot about historical romance - I write contemporary romance. If you don't get anyone who fits, give me a shout and I'll do my best for you :)

Spacerguy said...

I'm the Star Trek Guy so um science fiction is my niche.

J Lenni Dorner said...

Happy to share. I have the busiest possible next six weeks coming up, followed with Christmas! So I know I'm no position to offer decent help until at least January.

If, however, you are still looking for someone to help at that time, do let me know. :)

cleemckenzie said...

Wish I could say yes, but I'm out of town until the end of Nov and on a trip where there's zero to almost zero internet service. See you in Dec.

Patsy said...

I'll email you.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello,

The story is interesting and I wish you good luck. It is a wonderful idea to get your story studies and criticized.

Best wishes

Sandra Cox said...

This sounds like another good one, Misha. I'll shoot you an email.

A Beer For The Shower said...

Just as you don't understand horror, we don't understand romance, so we'd probably be lousy CPs. At least we have common ground in both not understanding erotica. :)

Good luck! Hopefully you find someone who meshes well with you and gives you some great feedback.

Misha Gericke said...

Thanks for all the help and good wishes! x