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  1. It was definitely a learning process for me for my first novel. I got 5 friends and family to beta read before I realized that I needed a writer’s perspective. I still pulled out a lot of good information from them, but it was like panning for gold: more work than it needed to be. I then got two full critiques from awesome writers I found on Absolute Write, and after a couple revisions, they beta’d it for me.

    I love the friendships I forged with them, so I love to talk about my experience finding CP’s. It’s almost addictive, forging friendships this way. Even though I’m querying right now, I’m critiquing 2 other novels at any given time. I learn so much and get to know other writers through the process.

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    • Lizzy Charles

      I totally agree! How quickly a critiquing relationship grows really is addictive. It’s so fun to encourage, help, and learn from one another. My first beta reads were to family as well. I learned that the heart of the story was good from them, but… ooofta, I sure didn’t realized how buried it was until I got a writer’s perspective. Glad I reached out into the writing community to connect!

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  2. You’ve given me a new sense of the terms. I’d always used beta and CP interchangeably. I’d have to say that makes mine all CP’s because we give each other much love and support. I have between four and five CP’s but I do get beta reads from the summer critiquing marathon.

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  3. Spike Cordiner

    My MS went to four different people for a critique before I got on the query roundabout. I deliberately asked four people with different backgrounds (writers and non-writers) because I wanted to get several perspectives on the story. If all four said there was an issue with a bit then that was definitely something to look at! 🙂

    As it was, the non-writers were good for advice on what they thought of the story overall and the writers helped a lot with pointers on the more technical issues. It certainly helped a lot, especially as a beginner.

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