Find a Writing Buddy (Latest Edition!)

Need a writing buddy? A critique partner? A beta reader? Here’s your stop!

Writers need feedback. And friends! 🙂 But sometimes it can be difficult to find someone who is willing to read your work and who is also a good fit for you and your writing.

There are many different forums and groups online designed to help writers link up with each other for beta reading and helpful feedback. You can find some of those groups listed in this post. You can also reach out right here in the Wordplayer community.

Once or twice a year, I post a “writing buddy linkup,” which opens the comments to anyone looking for a critique partner or accountability partner. It is always massively popular, and I have heard from a number of writers who have had success in finding writing partners. I’ve even heard from people who connected in the first link-up I hosted years ago who have become lifelong friends!

If you want to join the fun, keep reading.

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Just leave a comment! Tell us:

  • Your genre
  • A short summary of your current story
  • Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)
  • What you’re looking for in a writing buddy
  • Your email address (I recommend formatting it as follows to avoid spam: kmweiland [at] kmweiland [dot] com)

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The writing life works best when we’re able to reach out and offer a helping hand to one another. Jump in, meet someone new, and start taking your writing to the next level!

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Comments

  1. Genre: Humor (in Fiction & Essay); Story: How does a disabled person get beyond their ‘issues’ in this (so-called) modern world. My experience: Wrote a one-act comedy in college, as well as other scripts in other media; fiction and essays submitted but never printed/published. Looking for: ‘Taskmaster.’ A kindred spirit who keeps me on task and writing on a regular basis — this may be a difficult rock to move so extraordinary patience and due diligence may be required. Sense of humor, a must. Someone who wouldn’t mind reading and critiquing from ten to thirty thousand feet. Self: I’ll try to do the same in return, as well as put a smile on your face. Older here (54) so there’s that. Funny looking too (though I understand this isn’t a Beauty Contest). East coaster sensibility with dry yet sometimes effusive sense of humor myself. –Mr. Bee.

    • Susan R Sackinger says

      You forgot where we can email you.

    • Benson Sullivan says

      Using humor, I’d like to get in contact with you. I think we could connect and help each other out.

    • Sue Davis says

      Hi Mister Bee! Sounds like maybe we could really help each other out. I’m really interested in your current story and would love to hear more.

  2. I write fantasy, much of it historical for both children and adults. My current story is a Middle Grade historical fantasy novel set in ancient Egypt.

    Here is a short summary:

    Twelve-year-old Ankhes longs to give up the mundane duties of co-ruling the Two Lands and go back to being the gods’ chosen one. When her presumed-dead mother reappears and attempts to steal the throne, Ankhes wants to take charge and save Tut, her physically disabled half-brother and co-ruler, whom her mother plans to kill. When she learns of a magical dagger buried with her father that will recognize the true heir, Ankhes prepares to raid the tomb. But with Tut insisting on taking part in the quest and the gods suddenly reluctant to aid her, Ankhes may have to accept she can’t go it alone this time.

    Meanwhile, ten-year-old Tut feels overwhelmed by the expectations and responsibilities of being Lord of the Two Lands. But with his step-mother threatening his reign and painting him as a weakling, he refuses to surrender. The quest to find the dagger sounds like the perfect opportunity for him to prove his worth—to himself and to his people.

    Tut must overcome his self-doubt, and Ankhes must trust her brother’s resilience, so they can face the dangers of the tomb together. If Ankhes’s mother gets there first, she’ll claim the dagger, enrage the gods, and lead the Two Lands into ruin.

    I have been writing for 30 years. (I have an MA in Writing and am a former member of SCBWI.)

    I am looking for a writing buddy who writes in a similar genre who wants to swap manuscripts for critiques. I’m a teacher, so the best time for me to do critiques is during the summer.

    Email: kkobylar[at]att[dot]net

    • Tim Shuman says

      Hello. I am a temporarily retired teacher living in Florence, Italy. My novel is set in Egypt at the beginning of the fourth dynasty, as Seneferu is dying. The story is a time travel adventure/romance. I have been writing inconsistently for 20 years. Here is a synopsis: Lizzy, a quiet but brilliant 28-year-old woman in Lima, Ohio, is called by the Egyptian Goddess, Bastet, to go to Ancient Memphis to maintain Ma’at, the balance of Order and Chaos. She must confront her own confusing lineage, and decide how to help restore Order in an ancient land and prevent Chaos in her own time.

      • Carman C. Curton says

        Hi, Tim, I’m probably not a good match as a writing buddy for you, but I wanted to say: I would read this book in a heartbeat. Good luck to you!
        Carman

        • Tim Shuman says

          Wow . . . thanks! I am at the midpoint, and doing the soggy middle. My goal is to finish the first draft by August.

      • Benson Sullivan says

        When this book is out I will buy it.

        • Tim Shuman says

          Thank you very much for the encouragement. I will finish the first draft by august. (I keep telling myself that) Here is the opening section.
          The river of time may fork into rivers, in which case you have a parallel reality and so then you can become a time traveler . . .
          ~Michio Kaku
          In the beginning there was Chaos, and it was good.
          Into the Chaos came Re-Atum who created his children with the hand of woman, from the loneliness of Chaos. They were Shu and Tefnut: Shu was the god of light and air while Tefnut ruled the waters, without which no thing lives. The river of time flows endlessly. Its many channels lead to an infinity of places and times. Channels guide, but cannot contain.

        • Tim Shuman says

          Thank you so much for the encouragement! I am determined to finish the first draft by August. Here a part of the prologue:
          The river of time may fork into rivers, in which case you have a parallel reality and so then you can become a time traveler . . .
          ~Michio Kaku
          In the beginning there was Chaos, and it was good.
          Into the Chaos came Re-Atum who created his children with the hand of woman, from the loneliness of Chaos. They were Shu and Tefnut: Shu was the god of light and air while Tefnut ruled the waters, without which no thing lives. The river of time flows endlessly. Its many channels lead to an infinity of places and times. Channels guide, but cannot contain.

    • Suzy Feine says

      Hi Karen,

      I also write middle grade fantasy and have been writing for 30 years, first as a magazine editor. Now I love to write for children. I had a children’s book published a few years ago.

      Here’s a short summary of my current middle grade manuscript:

      Wildfires lurk near the edge of small-town Glory, and twelve-year-old Blaise needs his firefighter dad now more than ever. No one speaks of his death. But when a silver necklace suddenly appears—the one his dad never took off—Blaise’s mom confesses a dark lie: His dad didn’t die after all.

      He disappeared.

      And now it’s up to Blaise to find him before the wildfires reach Glory. He secretly unravels more family lies and discovers his dad’s mysterious past. But as Glory nears evacuation, Blaise learns the most terrifying truth of all: It’s not just a random wildfire at the edge of town. The fires are coming for him. And his family.

      You can reach me at sfeine@feineprintcreative.com if you’d like to be writing buddies over the summer.

      Suzy

      • Alison Narraway says

        Hi, I’m Alison, currently in the last stages of an MA in creative writing. I work full time as a primary school teacher. Am writing a children’s story based around the legend of Bevis (a knight) a d Ascupart (a giant), brought into the modern day. Perhaps we could make a little group with Karen (above)?
        Email: alinar1@hotmail.co.uk

      • Alison Narraway says

        Hi Suzy. I would love to join you and Karen as buddies in the summer. I teach primary school, and am in the last stage of an MA in creative writing. Currently writing a children’s story based on an old English legend – not Arthur! – brought into the present day.

    • Hi all,

      I’d love to join this group. I’ve been writing for many years too but am tackling fantasy for the first time. My email address is kiadennis@gmail.com and a summary of my WIP is below.

      Twin princesses–one in exile, the other ascending the throne–must master their magical gifts and learn to love themselves and each other in order to save their kingdom from an evil bent on eradicating magic from the world.

      Twin princesses, Zira and Adichie of Nyse, have always been at odds. Zira is the crown princess but with only the barest hint of the sun magic that is the source of her family’s claim to the throne, she has always been a disappointment to her mother Queen Bilia. Younger sister Adichie has no magic at all and is barely acknowledged by anyone other than her father. When a dark magic Adichie didn’t realize she possessed, accidentally causes the death of her father, Adichie abandons her kingdom and crown. It is not long before the war ravaging the surrounding kingdoms comes ever closer to Nyse and with the death of her mother, Zira becomes queen. Both sisters are going to have to tap into every ounce of their individual magic and work together to defeat an evil that threatens to destroy the kingdom they both love.

  3. Charles White says

    I write literary fiction. My current novel, The Terms of Our Connection, is about a holistic psychiatrist who burns out after being triangulated by a patient who is trying to leave the CIA and her handler who is obsessed with her. After being tortured and abused, he leaves the field to teach at the college level. I’ve been writing fiction (and memoirs) for 20 years. I’m an excellent editor who would provide constructive criticism, big picture, and hope for the same. I can be reached at whitecharles054@gmail.com

  4. Your genre: Science fiction romance w/aliens and/or paranormal

    A short summary of your current story: Hidden Dragons. She is living in distopian earth raising her sister’s infant. Both his parents and elder brother killed and tortured makes him the King of his people. His brother mated a human. He finds his neice and life-mate in one and the same person. She had no idea her brother-in-law had been an alien much less one that turned into a dragon. Then she finds herself fact-to-face with a man she instinctively trusts, finds out he is her brother-in-law and the uncle to the infant she loves like her own. Instead of taking the child he proposes they marry and she come with him and her the baby. And suddenly life is interesting.

    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)
    I started writing fiction in December 2019. Published 6 anthologies featuring myself and 9 other authors. And published 1 novel.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: someone who will make me accountable and honest to the core about my writing. But also someone who understand my genre. Science Fiction Romance is not hard core science fiction, nor does the attached romance make it a true romance. It is not the same.

    Your email address (I recommend formatting it as follows to avoid spam: kmweiland [at] kmweiland [dot] com)
    Kathleenaosborne@gmail.com

    • Hi Kathleen,
      I find your story premise interesting. I’m looking for a writing buddy for my current WIPs. These are paranormal romance dealing with wolf shifters. The goal is a series of probably 5 books to get the underlying societal story developed, but with each individual book focused on a new couple. The first novel in the series is written (1st draft only) and is undergoing developmental edits; I’ve just started writing the second novel. The second novel is the one I’d be interested in a writing buddy for.
      Genre: I’ve previously written three dark-romance novels. I’m now writing paranormal romances.
      Summary: The story is set in the US, but in a very different society. Shifters have been forced into reservations and are barely second-class citizens. (The fight against bigotry/ prejudice is a central theme in this series.) Many people disagree with the way shifters are treated, but the ruling powers are ruthless and have no qualms about eliminating anyone who stands in their way. The female MC is a wolf shifter who leads an underground resistance movement determined to take down the corrupt leaders. The male MC is a human born to shifters, working with her to change cultural prejudice by exposing just how evil the ruling leaders are.
      Level of experience: I’ve been writing stories my entire life, but only seriously for the past four years. I’m currently self-publishing a trilogy in the contemporary dark romance vein. They follow the journey of a woman with PTSD recovering from a brutal sexual assault and her male best friend who is newly disabled following a military injury. Those books will be released this summer.
      What I’m looking for in a writing buddy: Someone willing to swap chapters/ sections and keep me accountable. I work full time and am currently a caregiver to a spouse recovering from a serious illness, so my writing tends to come in spurts. I’m also in the midst of self-publishing a trilogy, so I likely won’t turn out much work over the next 4 weeks, but after that, I’m diving in with both feet. I greatly prefer writing to editing and publishing LOL. Sense of humor preferred, and my writing does contain some s*x and profanity, so if that’s an issue, we might not be a good fit.
      Email address: cacmebay@gmail.com
      (cacmebay{at}gmail{dot}com)
      Angie

  5. Bruce Schultz says

    I have written a 200-page novel about fishing and drug smuggling in Louisiana. My characters have done their time for drug smuggling and now they’re trying to rebuild their lives. The main character discovers a magical fishing lure material.
    I worked as a newspaper reporter and in university communications department before I retired with more than 40 years at a keyboard.
    I’m looking for someone to give me feedback on my story’s flow.
    My email is schultzredfish at gmail dot com.
    Thanks

    • I wasn’t really interested in this but as soon as I read this I became interested in reading.☺️if you want to know I’m writing a novella myself named 🌈 rainbow girlfriend she is a proud and rude princess that found a secret room in her wardrobe and at the end she finally learnt to be kind and humble

  6. Genre: Lesbian romance/fiction
    I also write lesbian poly romance, but I don’t know if I will continue that or not.

    Short summary of current story:

    Flora is the CEO of a high profile university hospital. When I male coworker won’t back off, she tells him she has a fiancée to get him to back off, and now she needs to find a fake fiancée asap!

    Josie teaches at the attached medical school and just inherited her rich grandfather’s assets, including a multimillion dollar penthouse suite, but she needs to come up with some cash fast to pay the lien against before it’s hers!

    Neither woman is looking for love, but when Josie answers Flora’s ad and the two women start to spend time together, they start to catch feelings!

    Level of experience: I’ve written 7 complete novels in the past two years. I’ve only recently published the first one, and plan to publish the rest this year in rapid release. I don’t have any experience connecting with other authors, beta readers or critique partners, but I have a lot of experience writing (and reading), so I think I can be helpful (and learn at the same time).

    What I’m looking for in a writing buddy: Someone in the Lesbian (or Bisexual) Romance genre, new or established. I’m not afraid of constructive criticism, so honest critiques are welcome. 🙂

    Honestly, I’m looking to connect with other LGBT romance writers (or writers in general) and don’t even know where to look. So far this has been a totally solo journey for me.

    Email: kathryn.kenzi[at]gmail[dot]com

  7. Hello,
    I’m looking for a writing buddy. I write mostly fantasy novels. I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2016 but I’ve been writing for longer than that.
    I’m looking for someone in my timezone (continental Europe) who enjoys writing as much as I do even if they don’t take part in the November writing marathon.

    • I forgot…My email is: dmedusa@gmx.net

    • Lisa Troy says

      Hi, Daniela! I write fantasy YA for a couple of years now. I’m in Greece and currently working on the second draft of the first novel in a series. I’m looking for a writing buddy (accountability partner+to exchange critiques).
      If you’re interested, my email is ltsexywriter[at]gmail.com

      • Hi Lisa,
        thanks for your reply. I’ll send you an email promptly.
        Daniela

      • Daniela Meduna says

        Hi Lisa,
        I sent you an email to the address you gave me but it came back to my inbox “mailer demon”.
        Is there an other way I could reach you?

      • Daniela Meduna says

        I tried sending you an email from my other email address but it came back as well.
        Is there an other way to contact you?

    • Gaby van Halteren says

      Hi Daniela and Lisa,
      I’m in the Netherlands and I write (epic) fantasy. I’m currently finishing the first draft of book 1 in a trilogy (already wrote the prequel). I’m looking for (a) writing buddy/buddies as well.
      I’ll send both of you an email from info@woordentalent.com.
      Gaby

    • Gaby van Halteren says

      Hi Daniela and Lisa,
      I’m in the Netherlands and I write (epic) fantasy. I’m currently finishing the first draft of book 1 in a trilogy (already wrote the prequel). I’m looking for (a) writing buddy/buddies as well.
      I’ll send both of you an email from info[at]woordentalent[dot]com.
      Gaby

      • Fabienne says

        Hallo Daniela, Lisa, and Gaby,
        I also write (high/epic) Fantasy and live in Germany. I’m close to starting my novel, after years of planning and plotting, and would be absolutely thrilled, to have some writing buddies to share and swap milestones and snippets. I hope it’s ok if I also send each of you an email. 🙂

  8. craig fender says

    Your genre
    Science Fiction, Supernatural and Fantasy

    A short summary of your current story
    Two:
    – Fantasy story involving magical powers and themes of cultural exploitation. The main characters are confronted with the need to end magic itself of the sake of justice. Meant to be the magical origins of my family as well.
    – second – a cyberpunk story touching on the ‘singularity’ and spirtual themes wrapped up in a murder mystery.

    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)
    -I’ve got many years of being a beginner. Trying to balance work and family has made progress slow.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy
    – Accountability, generally interested in a lot of thing and broad minded. I tend to write along Christian themes.

    Your email address (I recommend formatting it as follows to avoid spam: kmweiland [at] kmweiland [dot] com)

    rehdwolfe[at]yahoo[dot]com
    rehdwolfe@Yahoo.com

    • Hi Craig,
      I also write fantasy novels with Christian themes. Please reach out if your interested in seeing if we are a fit.
      rexas.mary at gmail dot com

    • Benson Sullivan says

      Craig we might write different genres but write in part the same thing, talking about the supernatural.

  9. Hard Science Fiction (50 years in the future or so)

    Main character ends up saving a moon base from a terrorist attack while on vacation.

    This is my first short story / novelette (just under 15k words)

    Need experienced manuscript evaluation editor.

    Beta reader also welcome.

    drbrad33 [at] g mail [dot] com

    • Lisa Troy says

      I write YA Fantasy for a few years now. I’m currently working on the service draft of a novel about a girl trying to bring her mom back to life.

      I live in Greece and am looking for an accountability partner and someone to exchange critiques with. My email is ltsexywriter[at]gmail[dot]com

  10. Hi there, I am just starting the third novel of a middle grade, historical thriller trilogy. Books one and two are already published. They take place in India and the UK during the 1830’s when India was under British rule and follow a 14 year old female protagonist. I love children’s fiction and have red widely in that area though not recently as I have been writing adult fiction.I don’t have a working synopsis at the moment, but will be the main character rescuing an important person and being caught up in the seeds of the 1857 uprising against the British. Er, sort of India Jones…. 😉 I’d really like somebody I can share work with as I get towards the end of draft 1 which I’m hoping will be in the Autumn/Fall.

    • Would love to help out if I can. I myself write about current affairs as a way of talking about different cultures. I am an Indian and love to read historical novels. My first book was Taliban and the second current one is about Boko Haram. Let me know if you would like to be writing buddy.
      This is a sentence on my current book
      Tanya and her friends fight the Nigerian Patriarch system to rescue her sister who is married to her Boko Haram kidnapper.
      My previous book is:
      https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1166959.

      The book is for young adults. reply if interested at vshah@emedsim.com

  11. YA Fantasy Adventure
    Girl has to wake up the Earthmother to save humans and the planet.
    Hoping to meet East Coast writers to collaborate and meet up with.
    Am happy to read your work and talk.

    woodnymphe4 [at] gmail [dot] com)

    • Anna J. Nora says

      Hey! I write no spice fantasy romance that leans towards YA (similar themes but older protagonists). I’m on the East Coast of the US; maybe we could be buddies! I’ll send you an email with this same text.

  12. Jacquelyn Blain says

    I write historical and contemporary mysteries — at least, that’s the plan.

    I’m starting a series set in 1913 Hollywood. A young woman comes west after writing scenarios for D.W. Griffith in New York, and begins working for Thomas Ince at Inceville on one of the first continuity scripts. The shoot is going on location to the Sierra Nevadas, but someone is trying to sabotage the picture, including murdering the leading lady. She has to join forces with the difficult, talented, attractive director to figure it out before both their careers are derailed, and someone else dies.

    I’ve been a writer of one kind or another my whole life, including a dozen years as a network TV writer-producer. I’ve also been a technical & medical writer, have published personal essays and film criticism, teach college composition and screenwriting, and for the past 18 months have written cozy mysteries for a ghostwriting company.

    I’m looking for someone who is honest — what’s working, what’s not, nice but not sugar-coated — and seriously do need help with plot level stuff even though I’ve used Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, and have plotted a couple dozen cozies at this point. I’m a very good editor, but not of my own stuff! I’m an adjunct instructor so I’m fairly busy, but my mornings are all set aside for my own work. I love working with people!

    Email: jblain128 [at] gmail [dot] come

    • I’m not sure if my cozy mystery critique partner comment has posted yet, but we sound like a good fit! I’ll email you now.

  13. I typically write literary short fiction (and have attempted novel-length work many times!), but right now am working on a speculative/literary short story about a newlywed couple in the late 2090s. At their wedding, they receive a controversial neuro-tech wedding gift from the groom’s grandparents: “Love’s Little Helpers” are a set of smart pills that will show you the inside of your lover’s soul. The couple are warned not to take the pills until much, much later in their married life (“Newlywed’s should never know each other THAT well THAT fast,” says the grandmother), but, of course, the young couple doesn’t heed that advice.

    I’ve been writing for about 20 years and have published three literary fiction stories.

    I’m looking for someone who can help me stay accountable with my WIP and who needs someone for the same purpose. Later on, a beta reader familiar with spec/soft sci fi/literary would be super helpful, and I would like to reciprocate. I love workshopping stories and used to do so on the now mostly defunct Zoetrope All-Story site. Really missing that writer life!

    I’m at robynblocker[at]gmail[dot]com.

  14. I am working on a historical novel set in the American Revolution. My protagonist is a loyalist sixteen-year-old girl who refugees out of NYC to coastal CT for safety after a British warship shells the city in August, 1775. However, the war on the CT coast becomes hardly safer as the first American civil war erupts into neighbor vs. neighbor. I am a retired history teacher who knows so much detail about this period that I become stuck. I am looking for someone else working on a historical novel who wants to trade encouragement and suggestions. My email is ctrevwar [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Carol Mackay says

      Our novels have some similarities:
      — both historical, tho yours in 18th century whereas mine is 19th century
      — both set in US (mine starts off Ireland)
      — both have young female protagonists. Mine is almost 18.
      — your genre is YA while mine spans YA-Adult divide
      — yours sounds totally historical whereas mine is magic realism, but similar enough I think from a character development/plotline perspective that we’d be good crit partners.

      I am a retired marketing exec. Let me know, Seldon, if you’re interested.

    • Benson Sullivan says

      I’m a history buff but who loves research almost as much as writing. Encouragement I can do and definitely eager for suggestions.

    • WIP is a fish-out-of-water type mystery as a lifelong NYC resident moves to rural VT. It is a small, semi-rural town full of characters, some good, some bad (think Louise Penny’s Three Pines, Quebec) Her new boss is knee deep is illegal sales and distribution of pesticides and fertilizers to area farmers and his country club. He has political ambitions and skeletons to hide and will kill to keep them hidden.
      Protagonist’s family is originally from this area and there are old family ties to the town. Included in the story are chapters are on the original Native inhabitants of central VT and land grants and settling the area after the Revolutionary War.

      Lover of New England history. kbagioni@gmail.com
      Would like to get fresh eyes on the manuscript. Trading encouragement and suggestions sounds like great fun.

  15. First of all, thank you so much for creating a space for writers to find each other!
    I have been writing all my life, but I started to pursue it more seriously about 6 years ago. I’m hoping to find a critique partner who enjoys providing in-depth constructive criticism on plot, style, pacing, and the logical flow of the story, along with a healthy dose of positive feedback on things you liked (I will provide this as well – I take a lot of joy in telling writers what I loved about their work).
    I write in a variety of genres, but my current WIP is a historical fiction thriller novel set in post-WWII Italy. In it, a private investigator is hired to find a nameless woman. Finding her, however, proves to be the easy part, as he delves into why she can’t remember her name or how she arrived in Venice.
    To read samples of my writing to see if we might be a good fit, I regularly publish short stories and serialized fiction on Substack under the publication Naptime Novelist (https://open.substack.com/pub/bridgetriley/p/naptime-novelist-guidebook?r=9e3cr&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web).
    My email address: bmalexander394 [at] gmail [dot] com
    Thank you so much!

    • Tim Shuman says

      Hi I’m Tim. I’m currently living in Florence (Firenze) Italy and will be here for the next year and a half. I’d like to read your work, and would appreciate a critique on mine. I’m pretty lavish with praise and spent years in human resources and teaching and have given plenty of constructive criticism. I would also like some tips on marketing, as you seem pretty astute. Here’s my time travel adventure/romance adult novel’s synopsis: Lizzy, a quiet but brilliant 28-year-old woman in Lima, Ohio, is called by the Egyptian Goddess, Bastet, to go to Ancient Memphis to maintain Ma’at, the balance of Order and Chaos. She must confront her own confusing lineage, and decide how to help restore Order in an ancient land and prevent Chaos in her own time.

      • Bridget Riley says

        Hi Tim! Thank you so much for reaching out. I’ll email you at the address in your comment.

      • Bridget Riley says

        Hi Tim,
        I tried emailing you with the address listed on your comment below, but I received an error message back. If there’s a different address that might work better, I’d be happy to resend it! Thanks!

  16. I write sweet romantic comedies with a bit of mystery. I will start writing my first cozy mystery in July.
    I have been writing for three years. I am looking for someone who also writes rom/coms and or cozy mysteries. And hopefully lives in the U.S. I live in New Mexico. (It’s hard when you are in vastly different time zones.)
    Currently working on book 2 in the rom/com series- Romancing the Ex. – Casey’s life is finally back on track with a new job and a great boyfriend—until she discovers her new boyfriend was hired by her ex’s meddling aunt. Just when things couldn’t get worse, her ex-boyfriend Dylan moves in next door, determined to win her back and convinced she’s in danger because of her new job. Amidst mysterious threats and tangled romances, can Casey trust Dylan again before it’s too late?

    • Hi Cindy,
      I am writing a five book contemporary sweet romance series and I’m working on the first book right now. It’s not a rom-com per say, but humor elements will be sprinkled throughout.

      I live in California, so I’m one or two hours behind you. Are you interested?
      Heather(at)stillheather(dot)net

      • Hi,

        I am interested. What would you want from a partner?
        I am looking for someone to read a manuscript in chunks, say chapters 1-6 and give me overall feedback- what works, what doesn’t , etc. I am not looking for grammar and punctuation and would be horrible at giving it to someone.
        If you are still interested, would you please reply to my email. The comment chain is getting long….😂

      • It doesn’t look like my email shows up –
        cindy@cindyireland.com

    • Hello,
      My genre is contemporary sweet romance for a five book series. I’m pausing on my current MG/YA endeavors as I need a break.
      My current work in progress centers around an inn in a small(ish) town where everyone knows each other. The front desk manager is tasked with showing a VIP writer around and helping him with his ghost story. It’s based off my current home town in California.
      I’ve been writing for years and earned my MFA in 2021. I decided to self-publish last June (after a life-changing pet tradgedy) and will publish my second YA book in August.
      I’m looking for a writing buddy experienced in reading the genre I write in so we can share sections of our WIP for feedback. Whole manuscripts portioned out or random sections are fine. My three-writer group just disbanded because one quit writing and the other is too busy.
      I’m NOT looking for spelling or grammar corrections. I’ll pay an editor for that. I’m looking for developmental help in plot, character, and general content. Please contact me if you are interested.
      Heather(at)stillheather(dot)com

  17. Jason Larsen says

    Jason Larsen,
    Currently working on a fantasy/thriller.
    I have been writing on and off for a couple years now but have yet to finish a rough draft as I get bogged down for various reasons related to storytelling.
    I would say I’m looking for honest feedback as well as help finishing a first draft.

    • We might be a good match. I’m Penny. I got back into writing over the last couple of years after taking quite a few years to care for my parents until they passed. I’m working on a sci-fi/fantasy thriller/mystery based in the afterlife. I’m also working on a sci-fi for tweens that is more action adventure: space camp meets flash gordon and star trek. I would love someone to bounce ideas with and to work through story and story/character ideas and issues with, with the goal of finishing one or both projects. If we get to the point we want to do some reading or critiquing that would be great too.
      chaco (dot) kid (at) g mail

      • GC Moore says

        Hey Penny, I am replying to your post to Jason. After reading all the responses he received, it seems I have found my group! I am writing my second crime thriller that I term as “Fact, Fiction or Folklore.” The plot running through both my novels is fighting human trafficking. My protagonist is retired Green Beret and full blooded Catawba. He works with others, bot flesh and bones and sprits. My books are filled with historical facts, like the Trail of Tears or the Salem Witch Trials; Folklore (perhaps) like the Gullah Root Doctors along the coast of South Carolina or the Moon Eyed People of Cherokee; and fictional characters and situations.
        I have no literary or journalistic education, but decided I wanted to try my hand at writing a novel. I published my first in Dec 2022. My second is almost ready for editing, which I will do myself this time. ( I am retired and have limited funds.)
        I will send you an email but have listed my email address here as well.
        Right now I am just looking for someone to bounce ideas off. hopefully in a few weeks I’ll bee in need of beta readers. If you have something of yours that I could read, I’d love to give feedback.
        I look forward to connecting!
        GCMoore [ at ] proton [ dot ] me

    • Jason Larsen says

      I should expand a bit and say my current fantasy project is a first person pov female driven Fantasy/thriller with a setting centered around late 1800’s-early 1900’s technology. She’s what’s known as a “retributionist”, who acts out revenge on behave of others who been discarded from society.
      My email address is larsenaaron@outlook.com

    • Benson Sullivan says

      Thrillers are fantastic. My writing comes from a military perspective. Having humor and a little romance. If you’re hunting for a writing buddy to toss things around with and someone who is dependable. We might click.

      • Jason Larsen says

        Hey Brian, what is your email address?

      • GC Moore says

        Hey Benson, I am replying to your post to Jason. After reading all the responses he received, it seems I have found my group! I am writing my second crime thriller that I term as “Fact, Fiction or Folklore.” The plot running through both my novels is fighting human trafficking. My protagonist is retired Green Beret and full blooded Catawba. He works with others, bot flesh and bones and sprits. My books are filled with historical facts, like the Trail of Tears or the Salem Witch Trials; Folklore (perhaps) like the Gullah Root Doctors along the coast of South Carolina or the Moon Eyed People of Cherokee; and fictional characters and situations.
        I have no literary or journalistic education, but decided I wanted to try my hand at writing a novel. I published my first in Dec 2022. My second is almost ready for editing, which I will do myself this time. ( I am retired and have limited funds.)
        I will send you an email but have listed my email address here as well.
        Right now I am just looking for someone to bounce ideas off. hopefully in a few weeks I’ll bee in need of beta readers. If you have something of yours that I could read, I’d love to give feedback.
        I look forward to connecting!
        GCMoore [ at ] proton [ dot ] me

    • Hello Jason,
      I have been writing for many years, but being a maladjusted perfectionist, I have never published. My current work in progress is an epic fantasy set in medieval time period with a leaning toward Native American life during that era. It is a double escape plot so you could consider it a thriller also. I have helped several friends get past roadblocks in their novels so we might be a good fit. my email is skstanaway@gmail.com Let me know if you are interested. Thank you for your consideration.

      • GC Moore says

        Hey Shelley, I am replying to your post to Jason. After reading all the responses he received, it seems I have found my group! I am writing my second crime thriller that I term as “Fact, Fiction or Folklore.” The plot running through both my novels is fighting human trafficking. My protagonist is retired Green Beret and full blooded Catawba. He works with others, bot flesh and bones and sprits. My books are filled with historical facts, like the Trail of Tears or the Salem Witch Trials; Folklore (perhaps) like the Gullah Root Doctors along the coast of South Carolina or the Moon Eyed People of Cherokee; and fictional characters and situations.
        I have no literary or journalistic education, but decided I wanted to try my hand at writing a novel. I published my first in Dec 2022. My second is almost ready for editing, which I will do myself this time. ( I am retired and have limited funds.)
        I will send you an email but have listed my email address here as well.
        Right now I am just looking for someone to bounce ideas off. hopefully in a few weeks I’ll bee in need of beta readers. If you have something of yours that I could read, I’d love to give feedback.
        I look forward to connecting!
        GCMoore [ at ] proton [ dot ] me

    • GC Moore says

      Hey Jason, based on the number of responses you have received, it seems I have found my group! I am writing my second crime thriller that I term as “Fact, Fiction or Folklore.” The plot running through both my novels is fighting human trafficking. My protagonist is retired Green Beret and full blooded Catawba. He works with others, bot flesh and bones and sprits. My books are filled with historical facts, like the Trail of Tears; Folklore (perhaps) like the Gullah Root Doctors along the coast of South Carolina; and fictional characters and situations.
      I have no literary or journalistic education, but decided I wanted to try my hand at writing a novel. I published my first in Dec 2022. My second is almost ready for editing, which I will do myself this time. ( I am retired and have limited funds.)
      I will send you an email but have listed my email address here as well.
      Right now I am just looking for someone to bounce ideas off. Maybe in a few weeks I’ll bee in need of beta readers.
      I’ll also contact everyone that replied to your post!
      GCMoore [ at ] proton [ dot ] me.

  18. Looking for accountability partner.

    Genre: Fantasy
    Work in progress post-apocalyptic genetic/viral disaster
    Word goal 60-80 k
    Looking for occasional critique and maybe criticism MUCH later (only 5k in)
    Warning -my genre is OA (as opposed to YA)

    • victoria Leo says

      Hi Ajay, only looking for an accountability partner. I love the Shut Up and Write format and drop in to a couple of favorite groups, but a single partner would be fun too. I do science fiction, multi-species, space opera, working on book 9 in a series.

      • Susan Sackinger says

        You forgot to put an address to reply to. Here’s my info:
        Hi,
        My name is Susan
        My genres are Science Fiction and Fantasy.
        I’ve been writing for 57 years but only have four short fiction stories published in Anthologies to show for it.
        I’ve been struggling with my magnum opus for fifty of those fifty-seven years. It’s seven books long. I need someone to help me get motivated more than anything.
        I have a standing Saturday morning writer’s salon that anyone is invited to. We write for 55 minutes. It’s a way to force me to write. We could stay after the salon and chat on whatever strikes your fancy.
        I’d like to find someone willing to read my seven incomplete books and critique them; then help me push on from where I left off.
        I’m willing to critique anything; act as a friendly motivator; and be a sympathetic ear.
        sack36 [at] gmail [dot] com

    • What’s your contact (email)?

  19. Hi all, my name is Kyle (female) and I write inspirational, that is Christian, romance and women’s fiction. I just published my 11th book, I’m an indie, and I have yet to find a critique partner after all these years. I’m just beginning a new book which is a romance that takes place in Nice France. Pen name is Kyle Hunter and my website is kyle-hunter.com. contact@kyle-hunter.com. thanks!

    • Hi, Kyle! Would you be interested in a critique partner with a similar genre but different era? I write inspirational/clean romance set in post WW1 England. Your setting sounds interesting!

      My email is emmadonovanauthor[at]gmail.com

  20. Sienna H says

    I’m always interested in finding a dedicated writing buddy! I write YA Christian fantasy, I’m just diving into the editing process of my first full-length novel, soon to become a series. The title is Illuminance—if you’re interested, I can also post the blurb or the synopsis on here. I’m looking for a writing partner who can give me ideas for critique, both from the macro and micro editing viewpoints. Macro is my current project, so someone who can inspect my story as a whole would be preferred. I’m a younger writer (16) so any mentorship from writers farther along their journey would be appreciated.

    • Hi, Sienna, Your story Illuminance sounds interesting. I’m a retired teacher and have a YA novel about an environmental concern. A quick description of it is: The lives of Mario and Robin, two adolescents, changes rapidly when strange red gunk oozes onto their school lawn. Could we exchange first chapters to see if we could help each other? My e-mail is Burgio7 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Adele

    • Hi Sienna.
      I believe we could help each other. I’m writing a YA SciFi, the 2nd book in a series. It’s about some people stranded on another planet dealing with a recently discovered creature that is causing people to pass out. The affect escalates as the story progresses. Meanwhile, the main character is also dealing with an issue that was initiated in the first book with a different native creature.
      If this sounds interesting, email me: aaron [at] AaronLBratcher [dot] com

    • Rayanne Robison says

      Hi Sienna!

      My name is Rayanne Robison, and I’m also writing Christian YA fantasy. You can see my post down below. Let’s exchange first chapters and see if we can help each other. My email is: dreamcatcheriecurrly [at] gmail [dot] com.

    • Ali Gottschalk says

      Hey Sienna!! I’ve enjoyed reading Christian young adult
      fantasy in the past. I’m also a young writer and I would like to possibly help you.
      Email: aligottschalk (at) gmail.com

  21. Barbara Ferguson says

    Genre – Fantasy, specifically urban fantasy
    Summary – A young woman obsessed with a gargoyle she thinks is alive sets out to prove she is right. She discovers a world of magical immortal beings living in the same city streets she knows and loves. Can she accept her own magical talents and free the gargoyle from a witches curse before the witch kills her and everyone she loves?
    Experience – I have written on and off my whole life but started writing again about two years ago.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy – I’d like to find someone to help me hit the right beats in my story and craft something too exciting to put down.
    Your email address – barbaraferguson1618[at] gmail [dot] com

  22. Crime/Mystery/Suspense
    Chris’s mom was murdered when he was eleven. Now he’s on the force looking for answers to his mom’s death. The serial killer has been quiet for 21 years so everyone believe he’s dead or in prison. Chris quickly realizes someone is trying to protect the killer as his efforts to solve the crimes are being impeded by someone. Then, the killer surfaces again by delivering a dead body right to Chris’s parking spot. Let the games begin.

    • Bev Goldfarb says

      Hi, Dawn. Sounds interesting. Where are you in the process? What is your background? What is your email address? Bev

  23. Genre: Queer Jewish Speculative Fiction, including Alternate History

    Summary of Current Story: After being assassinated in 1978, Harvey Milk enters the afterlife and falls in love with Alan Turing. Alan and a team of other heroes including Malcolm X and MLK plan to reincarnate into another universe and prevent WWII, the AIDS epidemic, and more. But can Harvey overcome years of unhealthy codependent behavior to forge a strong relationship with Alan and be able to join the team with the goal of becoming US President in 1976?

    Years Writing: Since age 4—Nearly 50

    What I’d Like in a Writing Partner: Queer or queer friendly nerd. Trans and nonbinary people also very welcome. An interest in STEM and history a plus. Previous experience as a critique partner or as part of a critique group also a plus. I appreciate critique partners who are good at spotting plot holes and letting me know when they are confused or less engaged with the writing or who can help me with big picture issues. (Any of these would be great!)

    About me: I am queer, Jewish, neurodiverse, and non-binary and have had several critique partners and am active in two critique groups. I have been a professional line editor and have taught Freshman composition. I am also an artist and a biblical scholar.

    Email: author AT harvalan Dot Com

  24. Your genre: middle grade
    A short summary of your current story: Shannon is just a normal preteen until she gets sick and she starts seeing her childhood heroine. Shannon must learn how to use her voice to get the help she desperately needs.
    Your level of experience: writing seriously again since 2020
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: beta read, encouragement
    Email address: gileslibrarian6 [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Kendolyn says

      Hi I write Middle Grade fantasy. Out for query right now. A short summary:
      Katie has to get herself and others back to their world after a book lures her to accept its challenge of defeating a dark guardian trying to keep them there.
      Looking for good critique buddy/reader and someone who loves Middle Grade. kendolynmfisher@gmail.com.

  25. Esther Snider says

    Hi!
    I’m in the process of writing a Beauty and the Beast retelling— probably set in current era with a little bit of Sci-Fi/Fantasy. And my deadline for finishing is the end of this year.
    I have been writing for over 20 years, but haven’t done much recently. I have two small children, and writing has been on the back burner as I’m caring for them. I need some writing buddies! Especially when I get to beta reader stage. Thank you!

  26. Brittany Martin says

    My genre is low fantasy romance (portals/time travel but no other fantasy elements)

    My current WIP is a modern fictional fairytale romance about a mid-twenties nurse with an art background who, following the death of her husband, is recruited to join an immersive art patronage program in Europe. For lovers of Bridgerton, modern Jane Austen remakes, and The Prince and Me, it’s flowy dresses, a renovated castle, and a romantic tryst with a secret royal, complete with a plus sized heroine. In her attempt to avoid processing her grief through her art work, she becomes obsessed with a hidden journal found in an abandoned part of the castle. But what happens when our heroine gets snatched through time and finds herself finally in need of running towards instead of away from real life?

    I’ve been writing for around 15 years, though only have one work to completion. Looking primarily for a writing buddy/body double but would love a critique partner as well.

    You can reach me at brittmartinmed [at] Gmail [dot] com

    • Kathleen Saunders says

      Hi Brittany,

      Your story sounds intriguing.

      My genre is contemporary fantasy (the normal world with an element of magic.) Jude Hutton is a working mother with a secret. She is reliving her life and can remember future events. She tries to prevent deaths by writing cautionary appeals under an alias, causing the FBI to seek her out suspecting she’s involved. Her husband doesn’t understand the onus she feels to intervene in world events and leaves her with a young son to raise alone. Jude later marries an aristocratic man, named Hugh, who is initially skeptical of Jude’s claim. Not having known Hugh in her first life, Jude has no idea how his life played out previously. Hugh wants to know what the future holds, while also wanting Jude to set aside her distinctiveness and focus on a normal home life. Jude fears she may never sustain a relationship and may pass her condition on to her children.
      Other rememberers find Jude and together this small band of misfits attempt to stay under the radar of law enforcement and avert a fated nuclear war. When a deadly engineered virus is released, the group suspects there is another rememberer with a very different agenda concerning how world events should play out.

      I’ve been writing for about 10 years and have completed three books in this series (the other two have different protagonists.)

      I would be open to a chapter by chapter exchange review with you. We head out to the lake for the summer with spotty internet, but I’ll be available full time in the fall. My email is tippysaunders(at)hotmail(dot) com

      Email me if this works for you.
      Kathleen Saunders

  27. Title: Desolation
    Genre: Horror
    Summary: Seven families of strangers converge on the little town of Desolation, Utah. With the coming of a desert storm, they take solace in what little comfort the tiny diner of Hell’s Kitchen affords, but find their numbers rapidly dwindling. Something unnatural is afoot. Can they escape the Mojave Desert before becoming lost to the rage from the tempest within?
    Experience: I have been writing consistently for the past ten years compiling a handful of unpublished books.
    Goal: I am looking to have a critique relating to the overall story. I am hoping that the manuscript has the polish of a book you would find when picking out one from the shelf at Barnes & Noble. If not, what would you suggest to change in order to give it the touches it needs?
    Email: adoveonline [at] gmail (dot) com

    • Hi Alex,
      I would help you love out with this! What are your thoughts on what I’m working on? Are you interested? If so, please email me.

      Genre focus: Thriller, Gothic, Suspense
      Summary:
      A man burdened by regretful childhood traumas escapes takes up a last-chance opportunity as an assistant caretaker, restoring an old family manor on a secluded island.
      After living in NYC for 5 years, unemployment strikes, and a down-on-his-luck supernatural experience triggers his spontaneous decision to give up and uproot himself from his dream city.
      He sees the potential to redefine his life’s purpose and legacy on the island, but quickly finds out he is under the watch of a malevolent spirit with a demonic plan 100+ years in the making after the family’s tragedy.
      Supernatural forces speak to him through haunting experiences and writings, and he quickly learns he’s being brought into a plan rooted in deception, manipulation, and psychological dread. The journey challenges his inner demons and self-doubt about legacy, love, and family.

      My protagonist’s journey centers around uncovering the dark secrets and supernatural mysteries tied to the manor and island it sits on. His quest is intertwined with personal discovery, confronting past traumas, and navigating relationships with other characters connected to the island’s history.

      The narrative weaves multiple conflict arcs involving supernatural elements on Dutchall Island, personal confrontations stemming from hidden pasts, and internal struggles against fear and uncertainty.

      The overarching theme seems centered around confronting one’s past demons amidst unraveling supernatural mysteries—a blend highlighting human resilience against unseen forces while seeking truth among shadows.

      My novel best fits under Gothic fiction with elements of psychological thrillers—marked notably by atmospheric settings rich in historical intrigue alongside unfolding mental turmoil experienced by paranormal occurrences..

      Level of experience: Novice/Beginner. This is my first novel.
      What I’m looking for:
      – Accountability partner
      – 1:1 encouragement through email, facebook, linkedin, etc.
      – Beta reads
      – Potential video chats or in-person meets for writing sessions and feedback

      seanrwilley[at]gmail[dot]com

  28. Darien Simon says

    Genre: Literary fiction – epistolary
    Premise: A neurodivergent woman scrambles to heal from trauma complicated by communications and relationship challenges.
    Experience: Many years writing educational materials and research articles; this is a first novel, but I have ideas for other genres in development
    Looking for beta readers available July – August if possible; happy to beta read in exchange. I usually read mostly mystery/thriller, science fiction, and fantasy, but also historical fiction, and nonfiction.
    Email: darien.simon1[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Hi Darien,
      I’d love to help out, specifically because I love the epistolary style and have been trying to get my hands on reviewing some work. I am also trying to include some epistolary moments in my novel. I just finished Act 1 and will need beta readers soon, too. If you are interested, please drop me an email. Here is what I’m working on.

      Genre focus: Thriller, Gothic, Suspense
      Summary:
      A man burdened by regret childhood traumas escapes takes up a last-chance opportunity as an assistant caretaker, restoring an old family manor on secluded island.
      After living in NYC for 5 years, unemployment strikes and down-on-his-luck, supernatural experience trigger his spontaneous decision to give-up and uproot himself from his dream city.
      He sees the potential to redefine his life’s purpose and legacy on the island, but quickly finds out he is under the watch of a malevolent spirit with a demonic plan 100+ years in the making after the family’s tragedy.
      Supernatural forces speak to him through haunting experiences and writings, and he quickly learns he’s being brought into a plan rooted in deception, manipulation, and psychological dread. The journey challenges his inner demons and self-doubt of what are legacy, love, and family.

      My protagonist’s journey centers around uncovering the dark secrets and supernatural mysteries tied to the manor and island it sits on. His quest is intertwined with personal discovery, confronting past traumas, and navigating relationships with other characters connected to the island’s history.

      The narrative weaves multiple conflict arcs involving supernatural elements on Dutchall Island, personal confrontations stemming from hidden pasts, and internal struggles against fear and uncertainty.

      The overarching theme seems centered around confronting one’s past demons amidst unraveling supernatural mysteries—a blend highlighting human resilience against unseen forces while seeking truth among shadows.

      My novel best fits under Gothic fiction with elements of psychological thrillers—marked notably by atmospheric settings rich in historical intrigue alongside unfolding mental turmoil experienced by paranormal occurrences..

      Level of experience: Novice/Beginner. This is my first novel.
      What I’m looking for:
      – Accountability partner
      – 1:1 encouragement through email, facebook, linkedin, etc.
      – Beta reads
      – Potential video chats or in-person meets for writing sessions and feedback

      seanrwilley[at]gmail[dot]com

  29. Liz Gardner says

    I am writing a novel. Hoping it is Literary fiction, and it include a natural disaster. It is the story of a mom and her little boy who suffer exclusion and isolation due to being different. Underneath their compelling journey I (hope to) explore how we treat each other according to our vastly different human natures and how we humans treat Nature, sometimes with catastrophic results.

    I have been writing and studying writing for about a decade after retiring from teaching (after doing graduate work in linguistics and literature.) A good match for a writing buddy for me would be someone also writing fiction or memoir who is experienced in giving literary feedback. I provide respectful/kind exchange of what works, what doesn’t, and why in my humble opinion. I am not strident, knowing that mine is only one perspective, so I often ask questions: what do you mean by this? what do you hope the reader to understand about this character in this scene/dialogue? how does this section add to the rising arcs, the conflict?; is this bit of backstory necessary?, and if so, is this the place for it or might it better serve later/earlier? And I also offer clear comments: this detail (gesture, apparel, habit) NAILS a trail of the character AND it might be repeated (or not) X many times; I can’t see the setting, what sensory detail/s might you add?; this section of dialogue (or interior monologue) could be more natural, what can you cut?

    Yes, I can give polished editing with my “red pen/font”, but I am very good with the revision and messy stages of writing and rewriting. I can address plot and character arcs, etc., using all the rest of the writing tools, having studied both creative non-fiction (more memoir than essays) and fiction, and I also can tailor feedback to whatever the writer asks for. I often need about a week turnaround to get back to someone with my detailed comments. But I also can be a regular email buddy with shorter questions or concerns. (email, not text!)

    And I enjoy sharing resources (from my too many(?) writing books – from Zinsser to Shimmering Images and Tell it Slant, from Stephen King to all the print and digital KM materials and Plot Whisperer and Save the Cat. And sharing helpful writing practices – IF that is welcome.

    I don’t believe I can help with: “I have an idea but ….” I can help with someone in the throes of already writing.

    I also cannot help with writer’s block. I simply don’t relate.

    But I can offer being a lay book midwife, or maybe doula, as someone works to get their story from their mind/heart/spirit onto the page/keyboard and in a shape that can be shared with the world.

    I hope for the same in return.

    • Merle Westing says

      Hi Liz,

      Your profile looks interesting! Can you search this page for “Merle Westing” and see if my profile looks interesting re buddying up? [Looks like it hasn’t posted yet…I’m at hobafly [a] gmail]

    • Moira Yeldon says

      Hi Liz
      Your profile sounds interesting. I too am a retired teacher and used to editing and giving feedback. Currently I’m writing contemporary fiction (my fourth novel) set in Japan with two parallel stories about a kimono that is lost by one character and found by another. And the mystery surrounding it. I can provide a prompt turn around of work and appreciate the same. My email address is msyeldon@gmail.com

  30. Tim Shuman says

    Tim
    Time travel adventure/romance for adults
    Lizzy, a quiet but brilliant 28-year-old woman in Lima, Ohio, is called by the Egyptian Goddess, Bastet, to go to Ancient Memphis to maintain Ma’at, the balance of Order and Chaos. She must confront her own confusing lineage, and decide how to help restore Order in an ancient land and prevent Chaos in her own time.
    Lizzy, raised by a single mom after her father’s disappearance at four years old, withdraws into herself and does her best to appear invisible to the rest of the world while never experiencing complete puberty. After a vision of ancient Egypt appears to her as she is walking by the Ottawa River, she is visited by Bastet, an ancient Egyptian goddess. Thereafter, she dreams frequently of ancient Egypt and a prince, and Bastet explains reasons for her delayed puberty and that is about to resume. Lizzy meets Jeff, a student of Egyptology, and the two of them trace clues to Bastet’s statements and are transported to ancient Egypt to help a prince confront a priest seeking eternal life and disrupting ma’at, the balance of Order and Chaos. They must protect Senefereu, the dying king, who is being manipulated by the priest. The priest is being manipulated by Petbe a daimon, who is in turn being manipulated by Aspep who is trying to destroy Order and plunge the ancient world into Chaos, resulting in permanent Chaos on earth and the end of human civilization.

    tshuman[at]gmail[dot]com)

  31. Hi I’m writing a cozy mystery with a minister amateur sleuth. I’m looking for a writing buddy in any genre. Just someone to check in with on each other’s progress and support each other on the journey. Not super critical, just where you really bought into the story, and where you drifted away. I do use scripture some, but that’s not the focus.

  32. Hi. I’m just looking for a writing buddy right now. We may, or may not, evolve into critique partners down the road. It would be nice to do writing sprints together sometimes, and discuss things like characters, pacing, and plots every now and then too.
    I’ve been writing a hella long time – short stories, screenplays, novels. Some short stories have been published; I turned the screenplay into a feature-length indie movie; and am working on my novel-writing kung fu lately.
    The stories are all horror, but my current novel WIP is a contemporary urban paranormal thing – ghosts, private eyes, a serial killer, an older woman/younger man situation, an old lady with no filter, some bad blind dates, justice, redemption, and lots of humor.

    • Hi Gwen, how about an e-mail? 🙂

    • Anna J. Nora says

      Hey! I write no spice fantasy romance that leans towards YA (similar themes but older protagonists). I’ve written three novels, but struggling with motivation to edit any of them. I’m on the East Coast of the US; maybe we could be buddies! I’m also just looking for a friend at the moment so the journey doesn’t feel so lonely. If you’re interested, here is my email: ladywoozel@gmail.com

    • Hi Gwen, I love this, and our two works could pair well off of each other. I’d love to connect and discuss our work. If you are interested, here is the information for what I’m writing.
      Genre focus: Thriller, Gothic, Suspense
      Summary:
      A man burdened by regretful childhood traumas escapes takes up a last-chance opportunity as an assistant caretaker, restoring an old family manor on a secluded island.
      After living in NYC for 5 years, unemployment strikes, and a down-on-his-luck supernatural experience triggers his spontaneous decision to give up and uproot himself from his dream city.
      He sees the potential to redefine his life’s purpose and legacy on the island, but quickly finds out he is under the watch of a malevolent spirit with a demonic plan 100+ years in the making after the family’s tragedy.
      Supernatural forces speak to him through haunting experiences and writings, and he quickly learns he’s being brought into a plan rooted in deception, manipulation, and psychological dread. The journey challenges his inner demons and self-doubt about legacy, love, and family.

      My protagonist’s journey centers around uncovering the dark secrets and supernatural mysteries tied to the manor and island it sits on. His quest is intertwined with personal discovery, confronting past traumas, and navigating relationships with other characters connected to the island’s history.

      The narrative weaves multiple conflict arcs involving supernatural elements on Dutchall Island, personal confrontations stemming from hidden pasts, and internal struggles against fear and uncertainty.

      The overarching theme seems centered around confronting one’s past demons amidst unraveling supernatural mysteries—a blend highlighting human resilience against unseen forces while seeking truth among shadows.

      My novel best fits under Gothic fiction with elements of psychological thrillers—marked notably by atmospheric settings rich in historical intrigue alongside unfolding mental turmoil experienced by paranormal occurrences..

      Level of experience: Novice/Beginner. This is my first novel.
      What I’m looking for:
      – Accountability partner
      – 1:1 encouragement through email, facebook, linkedin, etc.
      – Beta reads
      – Potential video chats or in-person meets for writing sessions and feedback

      seanrwilley[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Carman C. Curton says

      Hello, Gwen,
      I’m also just looking for a writing buddy right now–maybe just someone in the same time zone who could meet up once a week for a writing hour, with a few minutes of fun and socializing at the end?
      I’m in the Ann Arbor/Toledo area, Eastern Time Zone.
      I’m not really looking for a critique partner right now, but our preferred genres seem parallel–so maybe in the future after we’ve shared some writing time.
      I’ll contact you on your website if that’s okay.
      Best,
      Carman
      ccurton (at) adrian (dot) edu

  33. Hello, while I’ve written all my life in multiple genres, for multiple purposes, I am now working on my first book, a Christian dystopian work of fiction: The Neon Museum.
    My protagonist is a college student who finds herself lost in another reality because she has been called to fight a societal scourge and rescue others. She is enlisted and aided by a character who lives in the alt. reality and has run such missions in the past. He is directed by a life-long friend who not only exists in the alt. reality but in all dimensions and realities.
    I’d like a confident buddy who asks questions about my content which will sharpen my ideas and expansions, and who is happy to share ideas for the same reason.
    I don’t need help with grammar, sentence structure, etc. because of decades of experience. I am an english and writing college tutor and would be happy to help my buddy in these ways.

    annectoo@yahoo.com

    • Hi C. Anne, I’m Hayley. I’m also currently writing a Christian dystopian (YA). I’ve been writing pretty much my whole life, but have been very focused on improving my writing craft the past two years.
      Your story sounds really interesting. I’m also looking for a writing buddy I can share ideas with.
      My email is heycoolfez(at)gmail(dot)com if you’re interested!

    • Alyss Ison says

      You sound like a good fit for our Sci-fi/Fantasy/Speculative fiction group. Feel free to join us on Discord:

      https://discord.gg/RpebPu39

      Let me know if you have any questions!
      Alyss Ison

  34. Your genre: adult dark fantasy.
    A short summary of your current story: 3rd draft. Once upon a time there was a lonely housekeeper who had one dream. She gave it away and gave it away until there was not much left and she was forced to do something drastic to get her scraps back.
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing): University. Stage plays: 12 years. Film: 3. Novel: Not enough, never enough. Ugh.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: Do you relate to Neil Gaiman marries Alice Munro? I’d be tickled pink to find a female identifying dark fantasy writer who wants to talk about the JOURNEY. Critiquing, nope.
    Your email address: wightrabiit@gmail.com

    • Clairisa says

      Hi Dawna Wightman I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman love his work. I’m interested in being writing buddies. My stories are more dark fantasy. I’m not looking for critique right now just someone to talk with and check in. I write mostly fantasy and have been a writer for 10 years now. I haven’t published anything professional just have taken part in a few writing competitions. Let me know if you’re interested :⁠-⁠)

      • Hi Clairisa,
        I am also seeking someone, not just as a critique partner, but as a valuable companion to share and discuss our writing journeys together.
        I am currently listening to Neil Gaiman’s Masterclass on Masterclass. It is fascinating.
        I am working on picture books, nonfiction books, and flash fiction.
        If you are interested, please get in touch with me.
        Thank you.

        • Clairisa says

          That would be great but I don’t see a email. You can send me one at Clairisa23( at) Gmail (dot) com

    • Carman C. Curton says

      Hello, Dawna,
      I’m really just looking for a writing/accountability buddy who would like to meet online weekly (?) for a 1-hour writing session with maybe a few minutes of socializing at the end. I’d also love to find someone to talk about –journey– among other things, with no critique involved. (oh, yeah: I’m in the eastern time zone.)
      Our genres sound very similar, but I won’t bore you with too many details. I’ve published 100s of nonfiction articles, 2 nonfiction books, plenty of academic writing, and about 3 dozen fiction/fantasy short stories.
      I am a serious writer, but I live in a rural area and really feel the need for a fiction writing community.
      If you’re interested, please contact me at:
      ccurton (at) adrian (dot) edu
      You can also find me on Facebook at Carman Curton.
      Best,
      Carman

  35. Genre: Literary Fiction

    Summary: On the last known piece of land left on Earth, mental illness is outlawed in hopes of avoiding extinction as it was believed to be the reason ancestors ignored the signs of global warming. The narrator overlays their own struggle with mental illness, its demonization, and the lengths they would go to rid themselves of the curse.

    Experience: I have been writing for 5 years…that probably shows inexperience 🙂

    Buddy: I am looking for a writing buddy who can help me with my process of what to do next. I’d like to finish the first draft in the next 2 years. I think I am at a point where I would like someone to read sections of what I have written and learn from their feedback.

    NOTE: Suicide is an ever-present theme. The story is dark and somewhat twisted. Also a lot of trying to kill God.

    Email: V3rsluys@gmail.com

  36. I love SUAW but a partner from here would be great too. Working on book 9 in an ongoing series, focus on characters (various species), space opera. ONLY accountability, won’t be sending you chapters for commentary.

  37. Beth Casey says

    Genre: Paranormal romance with rom-com elements

    Summary:
    Emma Henderson, a journalist for Dark Times Media, is drawn into a paranormal investigation by her eccentric boss, Lily Hamlin. Tasked with interviewing renown vampire hunter, Logan Smith. Despite her skepticism, Emma finds herself drawn to Logan as they dive deeper into the story and surrounding mystery.

    After losing his wife to a vampire attack five years ago, Logan is on the prowl to uncover and eliminate those responsible once and for all. But when a a herd of deer are slain in a remote field, and a mysterious, blurred female silhouette appear on his trail cam, he realizes there’s more to the story than initially thought.

    As tensions rise, Emma must overcome her skepticism about love and the paranormal, while Logan confronts a past he thought long gone.

    Experience:
    I’ve been writing for over a decade, but mostly in the nonfiction-commercial area. I’ve dabbled in fiction for more than 20 years, though. I’ve ghosted romance and sci-fi novels for others. However, I’m currently working on my first novel.

    What I’m looking for in a writing buddy:
    Previous experience as a critique partner. Previous experience with publishing or editing for fiction would be ‘nice-to-haves.’ Someone who’s good at spotting plot holes and inconsistencies, and an eye for what works in the mass market.

    Email: bethcasey16 [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Hi, Beth! This sounds very intriguing! I’m an indie author of 4 fantasy novels so far. My finished manuscript draft is also about vampire hunters! It’s set in 1810, the Regency period.
      I’m interested in reading more of this as an experienced beta reader and would love to swap chapters.
      Email: jmunich1123 [at] gmail [dot] com

  38. Genre: high fantasy

    premise: An embattled king makes a pact with a God in order to turn the tide of a losing war. The future he sets in motion will be what his country needs, but will the cost be worth it?

    I’m currently working on books one and two simultaneously.
    My WIP is mostly fleshed out- I’ve been crafting this 4 part fantasy for too many years to count- world building, fleshing out characters, rewriting to set out the plot moving forward.

    Goal: to find a writing buddy who loves and understands the fantasy genre in order to finish this dang thing. I’m happy to read your story and set up a system that works for both of us (chapter by chapter???)

    email: sueb[at]gmail dot come

    • Sue Bahr says

      Wrong email!!! It’s sueb5606 (at) Gmail dot com

    • Hi Sue,
      Would you be interested in teaming up with me? Your story sounds incredibly interesting!

      I’ve been working on my own high fantasy story for about three years and the genre is: fantasy, high fantasy, clean YA, or young teen. I’ve also started various other story ideas and have written a +6k word short story in five days (if you wanted to read it I can sent the PDF to you via email).

      The main story and world that I’ve been working on for three years, which is also the story that got me into writing, is about a princess who is part of a small group that is working to expose and discredit the corrupt politicians in her kingdom’s capital city. When a member of the group betrays her group and half of the members are slaughtered including the princess’s fiancé, she is intent on finding the traitor and killing him.
      On the other side of the world a princess and her mother is desperate to find a way to save their own kingdom from savage invaders that came from a group of islands most people don’t even believe exist. The queen, who has a background in arcane magic, tells her daughter that the only way they can save their kingdom is by finding five mystical Pebbles and uniting them in a mystical lake. Silvia and her trusted captain and loyal friend goes on the mission with skepticism (both of them are very common-sense, grounded people who doesn’t put a lot of faith in myths) and as time goes on the two of them start of rely on each other and later falls in love.
      What the main characters later find out is that a dark lord has been amassing power and influence in secret and is really behind everything that’s been going wrong in recent years and the Pebbles will eventually help them destroy him.

      I’m looking for someone who can throw ideas my way, help me sort plot holes out, and give me constructive criticism, and someone for whom I can do the same.

      My Email: pvisseranna[at]gmail[dot]com

  39. Hello,

    My genre is MG/YA World View Contemporary with a bit of magical realism.

    Summary: My current novel I am writing is for ages 9-14. It is a story about a boy who lost his mother during his childbirth. I am toying with having two POV’s. The boy grappling in the real world and the mother who can’t fully transfer into heaven. There is themes of guilt, friendships, belonging, and soul-searching for the meaning of life.

    I have been writing for many years and have written over a dozen stories from PB to YA. I have fully finished the PB stories but not the MG/YA ones.

    I have a hard time getting past the first chapters of my novels because I keep going back and forth with POV, scene, and plot and scene structure. I am looking for a writing buddy who would enjoy analyzing the structure of each other’s stories and individual scenes and chapters.

    sharonmccarthy696@yahoo.com

  40. Genre: Cozy mystery

    Short summary: My protagonist is a 58 year old NY transplant to the south. She’s dreading the 20th anniversary of the museum world fiasco she’d advertently sparked.
    Was the young woman whose body she stumbled over the first of the journalists on her trail?
    Her fellow YA writer buddies and their wild theories keep her company as she races to figures out who really committed that crime.

    Your level of experience:
    I’ve been writing fiction for decades, have had great partners and been part of groups.

    I have my stack of completed novel manuscripts in the proverbial drawer.

    This is the first mystery in a series and I am well into the second one.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy:

    I’m about a quarter of the way through hopefully my final revision before beta readers.

    I’m looking for a critique/accountability partner and beta readers. Someone pretty far along in honing their craft would be nice for a critique partner. We can keep each other accountable, and share resources.

    I plan to Indie publish and have done a good deal of research.

    Constructive feedback is invaluable. My aim is always to leave someone with an idea of where they want to go next and excited about tweaking their story.

    Your email address: Thefourthestate2 at gmail dot com

    • Hi Rita,
      I’d love to exchange notes and help out where I can. Would you be interested in my work?

      Genre focus: Thriller, Gothic, Suspense
      Summary:
      A man burdened by regret childhood traumas escapes takes up a last-chance opportunity as an assistant caretaker, restoring an old family manor on secluded island.
      After living in NYC for 5 years, unemployment strikes and down-on-his-luck, supernatural experience trigger his spontaneous decision to give-up and uproot himself from his dream city.
      He sees the potential to redefine his life’s purpose and legacy on the island, but quickly finds out he is under the watch of a malevolent spirit with a demonic plan 100+ years in the making after the family’s tragedy.
      Supernatural forces speak to him through haunting experiences and writings, and he quickly learns he’s being brought into a plan rooted in deception, manipulation, and psychological dread. The journey challenges his inner demons and self-doubt of what are legacy, love, and family.

      My protagonist’s journey centers around uncovering the dark secrets and supernatural mysteries tied to the manor and island it sits on. His quest is intertwined with personal discovery, confronting past traumas, and navigating relationships with other characters connected to the island’s history.

      The narrative weaves multiple conflict arcs involving supernatural elements on Dutchall Island, personal confrontations stemming from hidden pasts, and internal struggles against fear and uncertainty.

      The overarching theme seems centered around confronting one’s past demons amidst unraveling supernatural mysteries—a blend highlighting human resilience against unseen forces while seeking truth among shadows.

      My novel best fits under Gothic fiction with elements of psychological thrillers—marked notably by atmospheric settings rich in historical intrigue alongside unfolding mental turmoil experienced by paranormal occurrences..

      Level of experience: Novice/Beginner. This is my first novel.
      What I’m looking for:
      – Accountability partner
      – 1:1 encouragement through email, facebook, linkedin, etc.
      – Beta reads
      – Potential video chats or in-person meets for writing sessions and feedback

      seanrwilley[at]gmail[dot]com

  41. Genre: Literary fiction

    Summary of current story: I’m writing a trilogy: a woman’s journey through the rough terrain of grief and forgiveness who stops running away from brokenness and toward compassion.

    Book one (almost complete with a sagging middle) blurb: A boy on a rescue mission to bring his mommy home from heaven… A storyteller desperate to outrun her nightmares… their worlds collide and they journey on an adventure toward healing.

    Level of experience: More than three years self-publishing short fiction, nonfiction, flash, poetry, and African tales translated into English. For almost three years, I’ve been an editor for an online magazine that also prints anthologies. I have experience with podcasts too. I was an EFL teacher/English coach for more than 30 years before switching gears.

    I am a lover of words—playing with music and poetry within the prose. I am a good listener, and in my role of editor offer advice from a fresh point of view that still resounds with the heart of the author’s story. I offer honest critiques but always, always with kindness and encouragement. I wish for one or a small group of like-minded writing buddies. I am not tied to the idea that someone needs to be in the same genre as I am (many colors make the most brilliant rainbow).

    I would love to work/critique on a chapter-by-chapter basis, preferably checking in once a week or twice a month.

    email: inkstowings [at] gmail [dot] com

  42. Eve Mitchell says

    Genre: noir suspense

    My story: Fired blackjack dealer Nicky Shoales engineers a one-night stand to steal a Rolex that she hopes will be her ticket out of Reno to a new life. The Rolex turns out to be a fake but the phone she took as an afterthought contains an incriminating voicemail that links a pit boss and corrupt judge to a hit-and-run accident and the murder of a witness.

    Looking for a writing buddy writing in the same genre.
    yodagny@att.net

    • Hi Eve,
      I love this! I don’t write in this genre, but have been getting into it as of late and would like to partner with someone writing something like this. I’d love to exchange notes and chat more. Here is the information on what I’m doing. Interested?

      Genre focus: Thriller, Gothic, Suspense
      Summary:
      A man burdened by regret childhood traumas escapes takes up a last-chance opportunity as an assistant caretaker, restoring an old family manor on secluded island.
      After living in NYC for 5 years, unemployment strikes and down-on-his-luck, supernatural experience trigger his spontaneous decision to give-up and uproot himself from his dream city.
      He sees the potential to redefine his life’s purpose and legacy on the island, but quickly finds out he is under the watch of a malevolent spirit with a demonic plan 100+ years in the making after the family’s tragedy.
      Supernatural forces speak to him through haunting experiences and writings, and he quickly learns he’s being brought into a plan rooted in deception, manipulation, and psychological dread. The journey challenges his inner demons and self-doubt of what are legacy, love, and family.

      My protagonist’s journey centers around uncovering the dark secrets and supernatural mysteries tied to the manor and island it sits on. His quest is intertwined with personal discovery, confronting past traumas, and navigating relationships with other characters connected to the island’s history.

      The narrative weaves multiple conflict arcs involving supernatural elements on Dutchall Island, personal confrontations stemming from hidden pasts, and internal struggles against fear and uncertainty.

      The overarching theme seems centered around confronting one’s past demons amidst unraveling supernatural mysteries—a blend highlighting human resilience against unseen forces while seeking truth among shadows.

      My novel best fits under Gothic fiction with elements of psychological thrillers—marked notably by atmospheric settings rich in historical intrigue alongside unfolding mental turmoil experienced by paranormal occurrences..

      Level of experience: Novice/Beginner. This is my first novel.
      What I’m looking for:
      – Accountability partner
      – 1:1 encouragement through email, facebook, linkedin, etc.
      – Beta reads
      – Potential video chats or in-person meets for writing sessions and feedback

      seanrwilley[at]gmail[dot]com

  43. Your genre: Science fiction, fantasy, literary
    A short summary of your current story: A grad student in magic history and an actor playing Paul McCartney in a film who accidentally time travel to the 1960s and are mistaken for Paul McCartney and his then-girlfriend. But I also have several stories that want to be written. 
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing): I don’t have any published fiction but have been writing fiction for 20 years, mostly short stories, some of which were posted on fan fiction sites. I had a blog post published last year and wrote several articles for an independent newspaper when I was in college. Since I graduated, I have been writing procedures and business communications. I have a BA in English and an MA in Technical Communication and Rhetoric.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: I would love an accountability buddy, someone who wants to chat about writing and writing goals, possibly having scheduled time to write and chat, though asynchronous is good too.
    Your email address : meganthewriter42 [at] gmail [dot] com

  44. I’m working on an autobiographical novel and some micro memoir. Looking for someone to provide feedback on all everything ! Been writing since I was young. Background in publishing (editorial). Find me at Choybach [at] gmail [dot] com.

  45. Steve Money – Fantasy

    When Gods Fail – Emergence

    Preceding the When Gods Fail Trilogy

    In a cosmos teetering on the edge of oblivion, an omnipotent being grapples with a monumental dilemma. The vastness of space was filled with worlds, suns, and countless entities—some tiny, some unseen, some beyond comprehension. Like an artist staring at a blank canvas, the universe sprang from nothingness, born from a curiosity about what could emerge.

    But now, a shadow looms. The life energies meant to sustain each world are faltering. One by one, these energies fade, and as they do, the worlds themselves wither and die.

    A haunting question reverberates through the void: “Why do the worlds fail?”

    The being created them. They are normal.

    They should persist…

    Enter four-year-old Kimi on the last world, whose innocent eyes feel the joy of emerging life; babies are how she knows them. She is no ordinary child—her destiny is intertwined with the universes. Accompanied by her adopted Aunt Varna, an outcast warrior from the colossal city of Kaotia and pregnant with twin girls, Kimi, with powers beyond all powers, embarks on her journey to see the babies with a four-year-old perspective of an event no one has a definition for but that can save or destroy the world.

    For Kimi, her journey is to see the babies once they are born…

    As the world succumbs to its fate, new life and new babies emerge, secrets emerge, and protectors awaken. Amidst scheming rebels and a power-hungry Kaotia elite, Kimi and Varna must confront their intertwined fates. Each decision they make ripples through existence itself. Will they save their reality, or will it plunge into eternal darkness around them?

    When Gods Fail – Emergence is an epic fantasy that weaves elemental magic, ancient astrology influences, and three tortured heroes into a heart-wrenching tale. Brace yourself for a journey beyond the stars, where the fate of all creation hangs in the balance.

    Experience level is new writer. I’ve been working on this project for many years.

    I’m looking for a mentor. Someone who has walked the path before me. Honest appraisals of the work, and guidance going forward.

    Steven.j.money[at] gmail [dot] com)

  46. Merle Westing says

    Speculative short fiction informed by principles of trauma-healing, life-long learning, the Enneagram, and science. Working on several short stories related to climate change adaptation, veterans recovering from PTSD, houselessness/vanlife, and political engagement – showing the human drama within the problems and solutions.

    I’m transitioning to fiction after years of informational and essay writing. For the next six months I’ll have an incredibly full and challenging schedule. I’d like to meet online briefly every 3-4 weeks to discuss progress and recent ideas, and encourage each other more often by text. I’m not a good ideas editor, but am a former high school English teacher, so can offer a good proofreading eye.

    hobafly [a] gmail

  47. My genre is fantasy with an inspirational bent (allegory). I’d had the concept of my novel since about 2016, and after a few false starts (three chapters written two separate times and both scrapped), life happened (including the death of my second oldest two years ago from a rare neurodegenerative disease). I’m determined to start strong again and am also enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University pursuing a BA in Creative Writing and English.

    My story is in the vein of Pilgrim’s Progress (though explores the antithesis between biblical and humanistic worldviews and gives nod to the Enlightenment, Renaissance, and Reformation) and is also inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia and biblical allegory. Currently, it’s in the pile of notes and ideas stage.

    I need an accountability partner and someone to bounce ideas off of. I’ve had a love of writing since I was 10 (I’m 45). My biggest issue is not being able to finish what I start. I also have a PhD. in Procrastination and Disorganization!
    You can reach me at inspiredhome at gmail dot com

    Cheryl

  48. Yolanda Chapa says

    Hello!
    My genre is Fantasy, and I’m trying to create a multiple ending story about a boy who lives in a realm of dreams where sad people go to be happy for a while. However, he will realize his world is not really a happy, considerate place.
    I’ve been writing on and off for 15 years, but I have a problem: I write in Spanish. I’d like a writing buddy capable of monitoring me to do some writing, regardless if they are learning or if they are fluent in my language. Even if you can’t proofread my writing in a grammar level, you could help me to see if there are plot problems, and it could be a language learning experience for you, if you like.
    My email is yoli.chapa [at] gmail [dot] com.

  49. Your genre: Fantasy-satire

    A short summary of your current story
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing): I’ve been writing since my teens and now I’m a professional content writer and book editor for the past 5 years.
    Summary: There are two rulers of two kingdoms. One kingdom is on the brink of bankruptcy and the ruler of the second kingdom has endless lust for women and almost collects them in his menagerie. Now one fine day, two sets minstrels appear in these two kingdoms. One set sings of a kingdom that has magical plants that solves all problems on earth, medicines for incurable diseases, plants that grow money, and the likes. The other set sings glories of the beauty of their queen. This kindles interest in the two rulers and they set towards this unknown kingdom. Their armies keep fighting each other to win their claim. In the end, both reach the so-called kingdom which was actually a trap.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: help with brainstorming and planning the story further, managing writing routine, help me battle my self-doubt.

    Your email address: priya [dot] bhowal [at] hotmail [dot] com

  50. Romantasy (new adult/adult)

    Hey there! I’ve been writing for just over ten years, and am looking for beta readers for my novel. I’d prefer someone who loves and is familiar with fantasy and romance.

    A little bit about it:
    Deceiver. Torturer. Demon. Twenty-one-year-old enslaved Lacine has many names. Forced to rip into the minds of her captor’s enemies and make them see things that aren’t real, Lacine always gets them to talk. Though she hates her ability and dreams of fleeing to Caqath, her father’s city, escape isn’t impossible since she’s bound to a stone her owner controls her with. So, when Rhai, a warrior from Caqath, arrives at her captor’s home, she decides he’s her way out—even if she must trick his senses. Only Rhai buys her stone, giving Lacine no choice but to return with him to Caqath without her freedom.

    The hope of receiving help from her father is crushed when Lacine learns he and his clan were executed for the same gift she possesses, and she’s the only one left of her bloodline. Yet, when paintings shift color and faces change on dead bodies, she realizes someone from her father’s clan is hiding in plain sight, and Rhai’s the only one stopping them from stealing her stone and controlling her.

    Torn between her desire for freedom and a problem bigger than herself, Lacine begins unraveling falsities to discover a dark, manipulative game that, if not stopped, could bring Caqath and her world to its knees. 

    Email: blinky502@comcast.net

    I look forward to hearing from you!

  51. Patti Jean says

    Genre: Romance

    A short summary of my current story: I’m going to attempt to make is short and simple by posting the current pre-worked blurb (not final) but thought it might be easier.

    Devon Burns was a man of power and adventure. He knew what he wanted and always got what he desired. Nothing stopped him. Well, that was until Randal made him a bet he couldn’t refuse. If Devon could go six months with a release, he’d receive a hefty donation to his charity and Randal’s top girl. Devon thought it’d be a walk in the park…
    Kaylie Perez was hit hard with news of her unfaithful boyfriend of three years. Getting tired of watching him with her, she took off on a summer long vacation. It was about finding herself again. But then she found something that changed her plans …
    Mistaken identity and a yearning to give in and be wild led to a moment that neither Devon nor Kaylie bargained for. But when their time together ended, would they be able to let go? Or would there be more than they bargained for?

    Your level of experience: I’ve been writing since I was little, but I’ve been published since 2014.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: I am looking for someone to help the flow of the story and find the bog areas. More than that though, I’m looking for someone to talk storylines back and forth.

    Your email address: pattijeanwrites[at]gmail[dot]com

  52. I’m Zan(They/Them)
    I write multi-genre, tending toward Magical Realism/Supernatural but also Sci-fi/fantasy
    I currently have many projects in the works:
    Descendant Effect: ‘first draft,’ needs sensitivity readers, magical realism setting: Davin Khaye and his husband Eric just adopted a baby girl with a mysterious past. They thought they were leaving that whole occult investigation thing behind when they settled on Staten Island but when an old flame of Davin’s develops a magical illness Davin and Eric find themselves, and their new friends, pulled into a fight for the fate of the world.
    Prince of Darkness(working title) Is an exploration of propaganda and ‘history is written by the winners’ told through the life and times of beings such as various angels, demons, gods/demigods, cryptids. This series is one of my more fleshed out though still lacks a true plot(or rather, there’s too much and I can’t decide what the best place to start is!)
    I also have a far future semi-dystopia story(A.E.R. 9833), a near future Star Trek like sci-fi series(Twilight on the Moon), a sci-fi about colonists sharing a planet with aliens after they are cut off from their respective home worlds(Beyond the Stars), and approximately seven other works in progress ranging from -barely an idea- to -just need to sit down and actually write-
    I’ve been creating stories my whole life, wrote a lot as teen but got out of the habit, started actively writing again in 2016 when I wrote the first pass of Descendant effect for NaNoWriMo, which is also when I discovered this site(and would not have been able to complete nano without the amazing guides here!) Unfortunately, my biggest problems since have been battling neurodivergence(executive dysfunction and anxiety) and while I’ve written a lot I haven’t been able to get to a point where I could even start trying to get published.
    I’m hoping to get a general writing buddy that can discuss the plots/details of stories with me and give some outside accountability. I need sensitivity readers from all sorts of groups for Descendant Effect but particularly someone to talk about a Native American character and the implications of magic/religious aspects of the character. I’m eastern time, southeast U.S. and communicate primarily through discord or email(I don’t really do any kind of social media beyond occasionally poking at my tumblr).
    I can be reached at Psycheen at gmail, and further details as well as the entirety of the current version of Descendant Effect can be found at https://rlmayhew.blogspot.com/

  53. Writing in Swedish – any Swede’s out there? 😊

    Your genre;
    YA Fantasy

    A short summary of your current story;
    A teenager girl sets out to rescue her brother who has been captured by the newly established “government”. Set in fictional world inspired by Ancient Egypt / East Africa. She find supports from a ancient tribe and discovers that she might be more connected to them than she previously knew.

    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing);
    3 years. This is my first novel.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy;
    Someone to bounce ideas with

    Your email address (I recommend formatting it as follows to avoid spam:
    karlsreklam [at} gmail [dot] com)

  54. BT Dulin says

    I am glad to see the new edition of this post. I didn’t find anyone on the last round but maybe I’ll have better luck this time. I am looking for a Beta Reader to provide feedback on two books of my trilogy, “Frank’s Wild Years”.

    Frank’s Wild Years is a sweeping 20th-century saga, an Historical Adventure, written in the tradition of the classic novels of the American West. We follow Frank Powell on his journey from youthful innocence and enthusiasm, through his meeting the love of his life, seizing his destiny, and finally growing into a man who will commit all he is and give up everything he has to pursue the promise of that future.

    Frank’s seemingly solid values and strong belief in the inherent good of all men is tested, perhaps even destroyed, when he comes face to face with the ultimate brutality and cruelty of war. After losing his best friend in the chaos of battle, Frank returns a broken man. Crushed by unbearable loss and struggling to overcome anger and cynicism, he seeks to regain his lost idealism and reclaim his legacy.

    Book I, Montana, at 110,000 words, begins on a legacy horse ranch in the wild mountains of Montana in the 1930’s.
    Book II, Distant Horizons, at 130,000 words spans Frank’s devastating adventures during the Korean War.

    Frank’s Wild Years would interest readers who enjoyed stories such as :
    The Deer Hunter, by Eric Corder
    Legends of the Fall, by Jim Harrison
    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

    I am looking for a Beta Reader who can provide feedback on:
    Plot Arc, Character Depth and Arc, Pacing, Flow, Dialogue, Voice, and impression of overall theme.

    I look forward to sharing the exciting world of Frank Powell with you.

    b_dulin (at) gmail (dot) com

  55. Marty Graham says

    Hi everyone,

    My genre is action.

    The story is about war, trauma, and redemption.

    Level of experience: written a number of non-fiction books. This is my first stab at fiction.

    Somebody who is committed to writing and helping another to write a meaningful story.

    • Hi Marty, I’m interested in buddying up. I’m plotting an international action screenplay but I love long form writing. I spent 20 years working in government and foreign diplomacy so perhaps I can be helpful to you in your writing in some small way.

  56. BT Dulin says

    Genre – Historical Adventure

    I am glad to see the new version of this post. I didn’t find anyone on the last round but maybe I’ll have better luck this time. I am looking for a Beta Reader to provide feedback on two books of my trilogy, “Frank’s Wild Years”.

    Frank’s Wild Years is a sweeping 20th-century saga, an Historical Adventure, written in the tradition of the classic novels of the American West. We follow Frank Powell on his journey from youthful innocence and enthusiasm, through his meeting the love of his life, seizing his destiny, and finally growing into a man who will commit all he is and give up everything he has to pursue the promise of that future.

    Frank’s seemingly solid values and strong belief in the inherent good of all men is tested, perhaps even destroyed, when he comes face to face with the ultimate brutality and cruelty of war. After losing his best friend in the chaos of battle, Frank returns a broken man. Crushed by unbearable loss and struggling to overcome anger and cynicism, he seeks to regain his lost idealism and reclaim his legacy.

    Book I, Montana, at 110,000 words, begins on a legacy horse ranch in the wild mountains of Montana in the 1930’s.
    Book II, Distant Horizons, at 139,000 words spans Frank’s devastating adventures during the Korean War.

    Frank’s Wild Years would interest readers who enjoyed stories such as :
    The Deer Hunter, by Eric Corder
    Legends of the Fall, by Jim Harrison
    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

    I am looking for a Beta Reader who can provide feedback on:
    Plot Arc, Character Depth and Arc, Pacing, Flow, Dialogue, Voice, and impression of overall theme.

    • Steve Cooper says

      BT, I formerly lived in Great Falls. Did my student teaching in Ravalli County. Sounds like your genre would be a good fit for me.
      I’m also an experienced Beta Reader. Just finished an 80k-word project and have an opening. Feel free to shoot me a line:
      Coopsr[at]comcast[dot]net

  57. I’m looking for a critique partner for my genre, clean romantic historical fiction. I’ve been writing for something around six or seven years.

    My WIP, The Victory Party, is set in the aftermath of WW1 with the lead characters dealing with the return to civilian life. The heroine, a former cryptographer, is hosting a welcome home party for her brother when she finds out that a traitor from the war may be among her guests and a guest is murdered, and she and her fellow former spies have to find the guilty party before it’s too late. Romantic historical meets classic English party mystery type of story.

    emmadonovanauthor[at]gmail.com

  58. Non-Fiction – Commercial Fiction
    Short essay – Short story – Novel

    Seeking a writing buddy for critique and constructive feedback.

    Writing for over thirty years songs, poetry and prose.

    Email contact: giu.amm.ga@gmail.com

    • Mike Burke says

      Sounds interesting, Julia. I write mostly commercial fiction, with the occasional paranormalcy. Are you working on anything specific right now? I’d love to swap crits with the below novel. It’s ‘finished’ but could use some constructive feedback. Happy to swap like.

      Title: The Reluctant Coffinist
      Genre: Commercial/Upmarket Fiction
      Premise/Blurb:

      A middle-aged recovering alcoholic must return to sell the family funeral home. She can’t sell it, however, until it’s fixed up. And the only way to fix it up is to go back to funeral directing, and the job that sent her into rehab.

      I’m looking for a critique buddy to trade chapters and thoughts/ideas. I’ve written several unpublished novels but am hoping to hone this one to find a home in the published world. Am looking for a writer with similar aspirations. I’ve been writing for ~ 20 yrs.

  59. Hi! (and thanks to KM for providing this opportunity). I write Star Wars fanfic and am looking for a writing buddy with similar interests to bounce ideas back and forth and see if I’m capturing the ‘voice’ of known characters while introducing new ones. It would be helpful to discuss characters, plot and pacing at an overall level. If a connection is made, it could evolve down the road into a more critique-based relationship, but for now, I think it would be more in the realm of writing buddy/beta reader.
    I’ve written stories about Captain Rex, Temiri Blagg (the stableboy in Return of the Jedi), and the Bad Batch. My experience in writing has been doing NanoWriMo for over 10 years and posting works to AO3. Email is:
    hokulani2002 (at) icloud (dot) com
    Cheers! Phyllis

  60. Genre:
    Romance
    Current story:
    Olivia is a wedding planner who loves love. She has always hoped to find the perfect man and fall madly in love, just like her parents. But, after being burned by her ex, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to trust again. Her bestie and business partner talks her into signing up on a dating app. Although, she’s hesitant at first, (because, hello, she could match with a serial killer), she is excited when she gets a message from someone.
    Jace is a self-made millionaire who prides himself on never committing to one woman. After being named California’s most eligible bachelor, the paparazzi keep a close eye on which models he dates and dumps. He can’t deal with attachments. And what’s the point anyway, he has no interest in ever settling down. Convinced the article ruined dating for him, he plans to take a break from women. That is, until his brother and best friends convince him to sign up on a dating app. Although, he plans to delete his profile the next morning, he reads one that piques his interest and messages her, all while staying anonymous.
    At the wedding of a high profile couple, Olivia gets distracted when her ex messages her, causing her to run into the handsome best man. They part ways, but Jace can’t get her off of his mind. Assuming she’s a guest, he scans every table looking for her. Later, he is introduced to Olivia, the wedding planner.
    The connection they feel is instant, until Jace puts his foot in his mouth, completely turning Olivia off. Knowing he’s really stepped in it, Jace turns his focus to meeting up with the stranger he’s been texting from the dating site.
    Can someone who believes in love with their whole heart and someone who doesn’t think true love exists, come together and live happily ever after?
    Level of experience:
    Newbie. I’ve written a couple of 50,000 word drafts, but this is my first complete novel. I’m in the editing process now and finding it to be difficult.
    What are you looking for in a writing buddy:
    Genuine feedback on the flow, the character’s likability, and to learn from others.
    Email address:
    trparis[at]yahoo[dot]com

  61. Spec Fiction, is my thing – to include sci-fi, horror, mystery, fantasy for all ages.
    Currently writing an oceanic adventure story for teens.
    I’ve been writing consistently for some years now; just not ready to hit the hard road of publishing yet.
    What I look for in a writing buddy is brutal honesty, open mind and an encouraging spirit.
    Email address: the.narratist@gmail.com

  62. I

  63. Your genre: Urban Fantasy
    WIP: Free Wishes, a novel about a struggling, sometimes unhoused foster-system survivor who is suddenly compelled to grant wishes. She is thrown into the supernatural world as the wish-granting attracts the attention of an interdimensional assassin, a power-hungry vampire, and her father.
    My experience: I’ve been publishing books for about seven years.
    What I’m looking for: I’d love a friend who likes my books and whose books I like to swap beta reads and give ongoing encouragement and brainstorming space.
    wendoglen [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Oh, yes, your concept has my attention!! I’d love to connect and toss around some urban fantasy and magic with you!!
      Barbara

  64. This is way too hard – I entered my email address, my name, a web site, how often I would like to receive new posts, an authorized saving my name and email for the next time I comment. But after all that, I can’t seem to make the “Comment” button work. I didn’t want to reply to anyone; I wanted to comment.

  65. Steve Hay says

    Steve H
    Near future SciFi. Light, humorous.
    A buddy story of a Japanese Brazilian and an Afro Brazilian 18 to 28 years old following their rise from VR to nonintrusive Brain Computer Interface bringing nature direct to your experience. And there is a bad guy/system to deal with. Would like to bounce story structure questions and feminine viewpoint with. Stevehay2323 at gmail dot com.

  66. Debbie Burnham-Kidwell says

    Genre: I think of my story as a Spiritual Fantasy. But anyone who strictly adheres to the Good Book might be disappointed. And as most Good Fantasies do, I hope my story will speak to the ages, including the world we live in today. Short summary. Serah, a young woman of the Stone Age, threw rocks down on Eve, Adam, and their two sons, thus sparking a civil war among Serah’s people that drives a wedge between her and her Father and pushes her into a hot-headed man’s arms until—after two or more deaths, and paying careful attention to Eve’s illuminations—Serah realizes she is living a Lie, and what she thinks she most desires—to be called Fully-Human—is not really what she—or the Earth—wants or needs. Experience: I’m a retired Librarian. I’ve been thinking about this story for many years, but I only started zoning in on it, plotting it, and writing it during the past four years. Writing Buddy. I’m looking for someone who will enjoy the concept of this story (as stated in the summary) and is willing to play with a mixture of fantasy, spirituality, and humanity’s best and worst contributions to the world we live in today. Sharing Scenes (and eventually Acts—then maybe even manuscripts) once a month for critiquing (both perfect and awful) would be ideal for me. My hope is that feedback will focus on Story Structure, Characters and their Arcs and Archetypes, and any or all of the great things we’ve learned from Ms. Weiland’s posts. And of course, I would be very excited to meet someone with a story concept that would perk my curiosity and really make me think. debbk (at) myyahoo (dot) com

  67. Susan Mestl says

    My name is Susan Mestl and I live in Newport, Oregon.
    I’m a screenwriter who leans toward Romantic Comedies.
    My current story is about a struggling immature actor who after getting kicked out of his parents’ basement hides out in a senior retirement residence as an old man.
    I’ve been writing screenplays for 20+ years (off and on 🙂
    I’m looking for an accountability writing buddy.
    susanmestl@gmail.com

    • Gwendolyn Druyor says

      This sounds like a film with incredible cameo possibilities. I live in Hollywood so of course I’ve started a film. Would love some inspiration to pull it out again. I’ll reach out.

  68. Sean Willey says

    Fiction with a focus on Thrillers, Gothic, and Suspense.
    I am writing my first novel, a gothic thriller. I’m a novice/beginner
    Summary:
    My protagonist, burdened by regretful childhood trauma seeping back into his life after losing his inspiration in his dream city, New York, escapes to a new life on an isolated island. He partners with an enigmatic mass as assistant caretaker under the guise that the manor is in need of restoration. My protagonist sees this as a last-chance experience to define his life’s purpose and grapple with demons. He soon discovers he’s been brought into a plan by a malevolent spirit sitting silent for over a century. All the while, the cautious and suspicious town off its shores waits in resentment.
    The journey challenges my protagonist’s ideas of legacy, love, and family. His quest is intertwined with personal discovery, confronting trauma, and navigating relationships with other characters deeply connected to the island’s history.
    The narrative weaves multiple conflict arcs involving supernatural elements on Dutchall Island, personal confrontations stemming from hidden pasts, and internal struggles against fear and uncertainty.
    The theme centers around confronting one’s past demons amidst unraveling supernatural mysteries—highlighting human resilience against unseen forces while seeking truth among shadows.
    What I’m looking for:
    1:1 encouragement through email, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
    Potential 1:! vidoe chats or in-person meets for writing and feedback.
    Beta readers
    Writing struggle and success shares
    seanrwilley@gmail.com

  69. Donna Ring says

    Genre: Adult Romance
    I am looking for a buddy for my 79k romance. See part of the blurb below:
    Estate manager Jackie Weber has the perfect job. Well, she thought so until her employer hired the charismatic Jake Smith to be their handyman. Jackie is older and doesn’t trust drifters, and younger men (she ended a relationship with a younger loser. Why go there again?), yet Jake looks delicious.
    He is attracted to her, but his job comes first, so he refrains from bringing her into his confidence. However, sizzling magnetism builds during their daily encounters. When forced together in a cabin at night during a blizzard, their defenses crumble, and they yield to their desires.
    Then all goes topsy-turvy….
    I used this site last year and gained two great buddies for my novel. (Thank you K.M.!) I’d like another set of eyes after the suggested revisions.
    I live in CT. I am a retired RN. My publications were on quality in medical journals and flash fiction on On the Premises and Page and Spine.
    If interested in critiquing each other’s romance novels, my email is
    dsring20@gmail.com
    Donna

  70. Genre:
    Romance
    Current story:
    Olivia is a wedding planner who loves love. She has always hoped to find the perfect man and fall madly in love, just like her parents. But, after being burned by her ex, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to trust again. Her bestie and business partner talks her into signing up on a dating app. Although, she’s hesitant at first, (because, hello, she could match with a serial killer), she is excited when she gets a message from someone.
    Jace is a self-made millionaire who prides himself on never committing to one woman. After being named California’s most eligible bachelor, the paparazzi keep a close eye on which models he dates and dumps. He can’t deal with attachments. And what’s the point anyway, he has no interest in ever settling down. Convinced the article ruined dating for him, he plans to take a break from women. That is, until his brother and best friends convince him to sign up on a dating app. Although, he plans to delete his profile the next morning, he reads one that piques his interest and messages her, all while staying anonymous.
    At the wedding of a high profile couple, Olivia gets distracted when her ex messages her, causing her to run into the handsome best man. They part ways, but Jace can’t get her off of his mind. Assuming she’s a guest, he scans every table looking for her. Later, he is introduced to Olivia, the wedding planner.
    The connection they feel is instant, until Jace puts his foot in his mouth, completely turning Olivia off. Knowing he’s really stepped in it, Jace turns his focus to meeting up with the stranger he’s been texting from the dating site.
    Can someone who believes in love with their whole heart and someone who doesn’t think true love exists, come together and live happily ever after?
    Level of experience:
    Newbie. I’ve written a couple of 50,000 word drafts, but this is my first complete novel. I’m in the editing process now and finding it to be difficult.
    What are you looking for in a writing buddy:
    Genuine feedback on the flow, the character’s likability, and to learn from others. I’d love to have a writing buddy to bounce ideas off of.
    Email address:
    trparis[at]yahoo[dot]com

  71. Edward Trayford says

    my name is Edward Trayford, live in Andover, Kansas, been writing academically (biblical scholar) for 10 to 15 years. my genre of interest is science fiction. I’ve been writing it, nothing published yet, for about five years on an off. I probably have a 5 to 10 stories I’m working on, and I flipped back-and-forth between them. I read science fiction a lot, and just finished the first three books in the Dune series, the other 20 that I have on the bookshelf, lol. Genres such as Dune, Star Trek, Star Wars, Writer like Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradberry, and others etc. are my main go to readings. I’ve also kept up with the Dragon riders of Pern series, the Hobbit, and other fantasy works.
    my email is edward.trayford@gmail.com.
    if you’re anywhere around the Wichita metro, give me a ring I’ll buy you a coffee.
    Synopsis of the story I’m working on is:
    Now that I reflect on it,, it might be more of a paranormal science fiction story. The story starts out in ancient England with people conducting some kind of sadistic religious mass. Over the centuries, their numbers dwindle down to less than a dozen. The current group is arrested at their secret location in the Flint Hills of Kansas. All of them are immediately executed. The powers that be think they are that much of a threat. What the powers that be may or may not know is the members have a child at home and a spouse. The spouse, knows nothing of the other persons involvement in the group, done that way deliberately. at the time of the arrest all the children were infants. Now they are between the ages of 16 and 19 -ish. They were never told what became of the other parent. After some deep research, they find out the government has washed the Internet of anything of their story. However, the kids find their story in an old database in France. The kids have special powers of no one but the kids know about.
    This is not some kind of a demon possessed person kind of story. Nothing like that.
    What strange is that I dreamed both the beginning and the ending of the story, which is a cliffhanger. my problem is, I don’t have anything in the middle.
    I have pages and pages of notes that I’ve written down, any kind of notes about characters or the settings, or other subplot lines are all written down.
    I’d like someone that I can bounce ideas off, at least to tell me if they’re good or completely dumb.

  72. Teresa Karlinski says

    Oh, wow. I see some literary writers here. Hoping to meet someone who is interested in contemporary fiction–always in short supply. I’ve been writing for about 12 years, have two self-published novels, a self-help intergenerational trilogy, and my mom’s memoir.
    I look forward to sharing feedback, beta reading, and providing and receiving accountability and support on those ‘you know’ days.
    Currently, I’m working on an eco thriller (I hope): Twenty-five-year-old Red returns from uni and ecological studies to her small hometown at the edge of a forest. The pristine town has changed and expanded, but not for the better. She wants to push back climate change at least in her corner of the world, but an illegal logger has other ideas. Rules and licenses are for anyone but him. Chaos ensues.
    I hope to meet you if you are interested and I’d love to reciprocate. teresakarlinski@gmail.com

    • I sent you an email.

    • Kathleen Saunders says

      Your book sounds promising. I like the premise,

      My genre is contemporary fantasy (the normal world with an element of magic.) Jude Hutton is a working mother with a secret. She is reliving her life and can remember future events. She tries to prevent deaths by writing cautionary appeals under an alias, causing the FBI to seek her out suspecting she’s involved. Her husband doesn’t understand the onus she feels to intervene in world events and leaves her with a young son to raise alone. Jude later marries an aristocratic man, named Hugh, who is initially skeptical of Jude’s claim. Not having known Hugh in her first life, Jude has no idea how his life played out previously. Hugh wants to know what the future holds, while also wanting Jude to set aside her distinctiveness and focus on a normal home life. Jude fears she may never sustain a relationship and may pass her condition on to her children.
      Other rememberers find Jude and together this small band of misfits attempt to stay under the radar of law enforcement and avert a fated nuclear war. When a deadly engineered virus is released, the group suspects there is another rememberer with a very different agenda concerning how world events should play out.

      I would love to share feedback on your story and have you do the same for me. I’ve been writing for about 10 years and have completed three books in this series (the other two have different protagonists.)

      If interested, please contact me at tippysaunders(at)hotmail(dot)com

      Kathleen Saunders

  73. Genre focus: Thriller, Gothic, Suspense
    Summary:
    A man burdened by regretful childhood traumas escapes to his dream city, NYC, but after unemployment strikes and months of struggle spiral him out of control, his mind is opened to supernatural influences, and he takes up a last-chance opportunity as an assistant caretaker, restoring an old family manor on a secluded island.
    He sees the potential to redefine his life’s purpose and legacy on the island but quickly finds out he is under the watch of a malevolent spirit with a demonic plan 100+ years in the making after the family’s tragedy. All the while, the cautious and suspicious town off its shores waits in resentment.
    Supernatural forces speak to him through haunting experiences and writings, and he quickly learns he’s being brought into a plan rooted in deception, manipulation, and psychological dread. The journey challenges his inner demons and self-doubt about legacy, love, and family.
    My protagonist’s journey centers around uncovering the dark secrets and supernatural mysteries tied to the manor and island it sits on. His quest is intertwined with personal discovery, confronting past traumas, and navigating relationships with other characters connected to the island’s history.
    The narrative weaves multiple conflict arcs involving supernatural elements on Dutchall Island, personal confrontations stemming from hidden pasts, and internal struggles against fear and uncertainty.
    The overarching theme seems to center around confronting one’s past demons amidst unraveling supernatural mysteries—a blend that highlights human resilience against unseen forces while seeking truth among shadows.
    My novel best fits under Gothic fiction with elements of psychological thrillers—marked notably by atmospheric settings rich in historical intrigue alongside unfolding mental turmoil experienced by paranormal occurrences.
    Level of experience: Novice/Beginner. This is my first novel. I live in Hoboken, NJ
    What I’m looking for:
    – Accountability partner
    – 1:1 encouragement through email, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
    – Beta reads
    – Potential video chats or in-person meetings for writing sessions and feedback
    seanrwilley[at]gmail[dot]com

  74. Jessie Wilbanks says

    Hello! My name is Jessie, and I’m looking for a writing buddy with the possibility of becoming critique partners.
    Your genre – My current WIP falls under urban/paranormal fantasy umbrella with a dash of romance.
    A short summary of your current story – Fantasy taking place in the Gracewood, a world much like our own (if a little behind the times.) The story follows 8 characters and their intertwining stories. There are vampires, werewolves, demon hunters, godlike entities with amnesia, and regular people caught in the crossfire. I’m 26k words into my WIP currently.
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing) I’ve written in some form for my entire life. I started taking it seriously the last eight or so years. I’d say I’m past the beginner stage but not of a caliber to publish without some aid.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy – Accountability, someone to bounce ideas off of, and of course to discuss craft with.
    Your email address – jessiegirl3742[at]gmail[dot]com

  75. I write stories for children from PB to YA novels.
    I’ve been writing for many years.
    Currently I am looking for feedback on my PB manuscripts.
    My email address is kaylalone61@gmail.com

  76. I’m making the plunge this time and putting myself out there!
    I’ve been writing and voraciously reading for about 17 years. (I’m in my 3rd decade.) I am passionate about story that has deep meaning/strong themes.
    I have written poems, short stories, novel chapters, therapeutic memoir, inspirational/contemplative essay, and non-fiction articles. I have not yet written a full novel although I have multiple outlines germinating within fantasy, literary fiction, science fiction, and clean romance genres.
    I would love to be a beta reader/critique partner!! I think it’s a strength of mine to be able to feel where the story isn’t as strong as it could be and I’d like to test that hypothesis. 🙂
    My current favorite genres to read are YA/Teen Fantasy or SciFi, although I am flexible. I am NOT a good fit for horror, paranormal, or non-clean romance.
    Reach me at eaardsma[at]protonmail[dot]com

  77. Hi! (and thanks to KM for providing this opportunity). I write Star Wars fanfic and am looking for a writing buddy with similar interests to bounce ideas back and forth and see if I’m capturing the ‘voice’ of known characters while introducing new ones. It would be helpful to discuss characters, plot and pacing at an overall level. If a connection is made, it could evolve down the road into a more critique-based relationship, but for now, I think it would be more in the realm of writing buddy/beta reader. I’ve written about Captain Rex, Temiri Blagg (the stableboy in Return of the Jedi), and the Bad Batch. My experience in writing has been doing NanoWriMo for over 10 years, and posting works to AO3. Email is:
    hokulani2002 (at) icloud (dot) com
    Cheers! Phyllis
    PS – this is my 2nd attempt to post so apologies in advance if this is a repeat….

  78. bouchami says

    Hi, I’m Helen and I live in the UK. I write creative nonfiction. I (self) published a memoir which has excellent reviews and am working on another. It is based on my experience of living and working in 1970s Algeria and explores themes of culture, identity, culture shock and reverse culture shock.
    I’ve been stalled on this for some time, so I’m looking for accountability and critique from someone who is familiar with the memoir genre and will reciprocate to other fiction/non fiction writers, though probably not horror or fantasy.
    I’m bouchami AT btinternet DOT com

  79. Genre: Fantasy (Low/High/Progression)
    Greatly inspired by Tolkien, Salvatore, Will Wight; Dragons Dogma, Final Fantasy, Sword of Mana, Warcraft, Warhammer, LoTR, D&D, and so many more
    Summary: …im quite stuck here and flitting between different ideas.
    – MC is a young man who’s Father and Mother disappeared, and who’s Uncle decided to go to war with the known world.
    – Ideally he might have experiences relating to:
    — Gaining magic powers
    — Making allies, enemies, and even friends
    — Discovering what happened to his family
    — Maaaaybe becoming involved in stopping the potentially world ending machinations of an ancient enemy
    Not a lot to go off sorry, but I either give a tiny glimpse or the whole roof gets torn off…
    Experience: written a few spur of the moment poems, VERY short stories, and attempted some random scenes from the above to try and get a feel for what I want to write about. Including the short stories (some written in high school!) i’ve been writing VERY infrequently for 15 years but don’t think i’ve made much progress…
    Buddy Goals:
    – Sounding Board (I use Chat-GPT to bounce ideas, but its ability to help piece together disparate parts into a greater whole is lacking the… human touch)
    – Critique Partner (i honestly am treading water with not a lot of direction, so maybe by analysing my previous work, we might be able to see where I do ok, and where i can focus to start making forward progress again)
    – Plug-and-Play (i have 2 children, with a third on the way; work full time, and have sporting, family and religious activities that i give my time to; so someone who is happy to set and forget for hours or days at a time would suit my style)
    Email: provochamp [at] gmail [dot] com

  80. Anna J. Nora says

    I write no (to low) spice fantasy romance. More often than not, I write portal fantasy about Fae, but I also love vampires, witches, werewolves, and demons.
    I have three WIPs that are portal fantasy romance where a young woman finds herself in a different fae court (Court of Dreams, court of Shadows, Court of the Abyss). However, I’m procrastinating editing any of those by working on an urban fantasy slice of life story that’s basically Abbott Elementary meets fantasy shifters and faeries. I’m currently a high school English teacher so I’m having fun imagining what it would be like to teach at a school of fantasy creatures.
    I have been writing since I was 15 and I’m 30 now (so 15 years of experience), but I’ve only been taking writing to publish seriously for about 5 years (and have not yet published any of the three novels I’ve written because my motivation to edit them is completely absent lol)
    In a writing buddy, I’m mostly just looking for a friend— someone to chat to every now and then about what’s going on, progress in writing, brainstorming talks. The writing journey is lonely and it’s hard to find friends with similarities, especially since my coworkers all have young children or want to go out to bars— I don’t want children, don’t like chaos, and go to bed at 8pm. I’m super introverted and enjoy reading, playing video games, taking naps with my cat, or staring at the moon. I live in the South of the USA on the east coast, so someone in EST or CST (and even someone who lives or grew up in the south, since my books are sometimes set in the south) would be great.
    If this doesn’t sound horrible 😆, please send me an email: ladywooze@gmail.com

  81. *Your genre: Steamy contemporary romance
    *A short summary of your current story: Working Draft blurb for book 3 in a series:
    Jaden
    As captain of the Queen’s Elite Guard, I already have my hands full protecting the newly-elected monarch of my island home, the Kingdom of Lytua. It’s an intense job that leaves little time for serious relationships, so my world consists mostly of working and playing hard.
    That is, until a brilliant and downright delicious elementary school principal upends my straightforward life with her courage, quick wit, and outspoken ways.
    Aimee
    I’m the black sheep of a prominent family, but I’m no stranger to tough decisions. I’m fully prepared to dismiss the too-sexy-for-his-own-good captain as nothing more than a cocky playboy with an ego as gigantic as his shoulders. But when Jaden proves to be far more complex than I initially believe, I’m not quite sure how to handle it. The thoughtful soldier seems as compelled as I am to keep loved ones safe.
    Neither of them is prepared for their off-the-chart chemistry, but there’s no ignoring how explosive they are together. Competing loyalties are tested when Aimee is forced to confront a haunting mistake from her past.
    Dark secrets someone would prefer to stay buried come to light and threaten all that Aimee and Jaden are building together.
    Will their new love survive the danger or is the cost of duty too high?
    *Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing): seriously for two years; informally 30+
    *What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: accountability, extra brain power to talk through ideas at a zoomed out level, not in the weeds on sentence structure. Email only is fine, although I would love to be able to chat in real time occasionally via Zoom or messenger. I need help to stay on track with continuity. I struggle with self-doubt and imposter syndrome so I’ll need a pep talk when I swear I’m ready to quit. Seeking someone who will critique with kindness and tell me straight out if something doesn’t make sense or if I have too many subplots.
    I work a full-time day job, so tend to be very focused with my creative time– which is early morning Eastern US time. I have a background in social work and education, am a married mom of two teenagers and I can offer support, encouragement, tough love, and an open mind.
    I do have a hard limit when it comes to sexual assault and sexual abuse. I can’t work on something with that included.
    *Your email address: nikkidavenportauthor@gmail.com

  82. Priscilla Cook says

    Hello. I’m looking for a beta reader for my second book in my three book series Guardian Dragons of Galasi: Asherah’s Prophecy.
    My genre: is fantasy-fiction, paranormal
    A short summary of current story:
    The Guardian Dragons of Galasi’s destiny is to protect their planet. And, indirectly provide protection to their sister planet, Earth.
    A millenniums old prophecy came to light telling of danger. A demigod and demon teamed up to annihilate all humans from the universe. The prophecy told of three signs to find in the cosmos that would warn of an imminent attack.
    Although the astrologists now know where to search for the signs and the Guardian’s preparations to protect the people and planet was an ongoing effort.
    The prophecy implied that between the discovery of the first sign and the third, the dyad enemies will begin causing chaos on Galasi. The first sign was found in book 1 and the second will be discovered in book 2.
    In Book 2, strange things that are not normal in nature began to happen. The initial occurrence raised suspicions, but since no one was harmed, others disregarded it. But High Prince Jace, a Guardian Dragon, was not ready to discount his suspicions and began investigating. The next incident almost killed another geologist, Jace’s cousin. His gut feeling was telling things weren’t right about the events surrounding the accident, especially after something he saw.
    Jace had recently met his fated mate, Dakota, who is a seer. She sees what appear to be meteorites and all of them targeted the small island. To prevent the obliteration of the island and its inhabitants took a unique solution to resolve. Then another suspicious occurrence required the evacuation of a city.
    Professional writing experience:
    I am one of the older new authors. While I’ve shared stories with family and friends, I only recently dedicated myself to pursuing a writing career. Life’s journey and the various adventures therein have varied from fantastic to “How the hell did I get here?” Along the way, I’ve encountered both remarkable and less-than-remarkable individuals.
    Email address: n3d2wr1t@yahoo.com
    Thank you for taking the time to read my “Hunt for a beta reader.”
    Pris

  83. Genre:
    Mostly YA,[ Fantasy, Romance], Christian fiction. Contemporary Romance
    Short Summary: (rough)
    A young man is forced to go back to the hometown he told himself he would never go back to. A young woman is forced to come to terms with her past and the choices she made. The two meet up once more after ten years separation and must come to terms with their past to move forward to a brighter future.
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)
    I’ve been writing since I was twelve.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy
    I’m looking for someone who is a great supporter of accountability, has the same interest as me (writing, reading, anime (old anime lol), music, etc) and also who would be down having writing sessions.
    Your email address sifirela[at]gmail[.]com

  84. Mollie Reznick says

    Your genre: Literary fiction (with a focus on women’s relationships)
    A short summary of your current story: I’m working on (or had been until a lonnnng hiatus), a novel about a young high school English teacher directing a production of “Twelfth Night” who develops a close relationship with her female lead (who is a bit of a loner and whom she sees a lot of herself in). She reckons with her own complicated feelings (about her sexuality) that came up in a production of Twelfth Night she was in in high school.
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing) – I mean technically since I was a kid, but in a more focused way the last decade or so.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy – Accountability, someone to bounce ideas off of, a good editor (and I offer all of the above)
    Your email address (I recommend formatting it as follows to avoid spam): mollie.reznick [at] gmail [dot] com

  85. spilltheteawmichelle says

    I am working on my first novel. I started it in 2020 and have been on the struggle bud ever since. The fear of it not being good enough, imposter syndrome, procrastination and analysis paralysis have all been things that I have struggled with.
    I am looking for someone who is in the trenches and not taking no for an answer. They have the same goal to make this dream of published author a reality, no matter how many struggles and triumphs it takes.
    My novel is a contemporary romance out of a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada.
    If interested please feel free to shoot me an email at michellelduncan16(at)gmail(dot)(com)

    • regierest says

      Hi Michelle! I am struggling with the same issues and the same get this done thought process! I have no idea if I’d be the right writing buddy but just wanted to say I feel your pain and you sound awesome!

  86. Rayanne Robison says

    Hi, I’m Rayanne Robison. I currently live in Hyogo, Japan.
    My predominant genre is sword and sorcery fantasy. I am currently working on the first two books in a series I’m calling The Tower (The first is under going it’s 3rd full rewrite, the second is about 2/3 of the way to the first draft), along with numerous short stories. The first book, Beware the Kitten, is the story of a tiny, calculating, knife-wielding waif who is rejected by her adoptive father as his heir and she sabotages his plans in retaliation, but then has to survive the consequences. I have been writing for 15 years now, and I’ve been writing with the idea of turning it into a viable career for about 5 years. My ideal writing buddy would be someone interested in a similar genre, who wants to make the world a better place through the gentle and encouraging medium of fiction, someone who is actively writing, and someone who is willing to both give feedback and receive it. I don’t need a lot of encouragement. I get enough of that from friends. I need someone who is willing to tell me what they see, good and bad. You should probably be aware, though, that I will thoroughly hear you out if you say there’s a problem and believe you, but I’m likely to ignore your suggested improvements unless you can make a very good case for them. I like coming up with my own solutions. For that same reason, comments I offer will focus on the things I like and the things that I don’t think are working, and if you want my opinion on what should be done about it, you’ll have to specifically ask me for that.
    My email is: dreamcatcheriecurrly [at] gmail [dot] com.

  87. Salutations!

    • Rayanne Robison says

      Greetings XD

    • Debbie Burnham-Kidwell says

      What draws me to your entry are your principles of Honesty, Kindness, and Care. And of course, how could I not pass on your last name, which is the Eden, the mythical garden from which four of my characters emerge. You’ve perked my curiosity. My entry is above. DBK

  88. I write fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary.
    I’m currently working on an interstitial supernatural horror mixed with some elements of tragic romance. It’s about a couple in their 30s moving into a high-rise apartment building, and the husband is instantly captivated by a mysterious young woman who lives on the top floor who seems intangible and otherworldly. As the husband begins to lose his sense of reality and becomes trapped in a hallucinatory dream-like romance with the young woman, the wife slowly discovers the tenants in the building are also under the woman’s spell. The wife desperately seeks answers to the surreal predicament, but when she digs too deep, the building’s tenants turn from protective to deadly. She must unravel the mystery behind the young woman before she loses her husband and her own life.
    I published a graphic novel series decades ago and worked as a writer/director in animation for a bit. I got serious about novel publication in 2017 when I participated in my first NANOWRIMO at the urging of my writing group at the time. I have written three finished first drafts since then, and this current one is my fourth that I hope to finish in the next year or two.
    I’m looking for anyone who knows and writes in the same genres, and ideally, someone who’s got some experience under their belt with at least one or two completed manuscripts and close to reaching publication quality in their writing (or have already been published). I’ve done this a few times before (writing buddies, writing groups), and the important thing is mutual respect, understanding, and support, as well as being courteous and reliable (won’t just stop responding to emails and disappearing without any explanation). Of course, the standard constructive critique etiquette and all that applies. In return, I will be the best writing buddy I can be, because I don’t believe in doing anything half-assed. I will be supportive, helpful, honest, and reliable. And I have an endless supply of terrible dad jokes to brighten up your day when the writing’s not going well.
    My email: lunatique@gmail.com

    • Hi T.L.! Wow, this is right up my alley, and I would love to be your writing buddy. I am a beginner, but I have taken many coaching classes from respected authors and have a really solid manuscript going. I’d love to partner. Email me if you are interested (and I hope you are). I agree with everything you need and promise to be curious, constructive, and reliable.

      Genre focus: Thriller, Gothic, Suspense
      Summary:
      A man burdened by regretful childhood traumas escapes takes up a last-chance opportunity as an assistant caretaker, restoring an old family manor on a secluded island.
      After living in NYC for 5 years, unemployment strikes, and a down-on-his-luck supernatural experience triggers his spontaneous decision to give up and uproot himself from his dream city.
      He sees the potential to redefine his life’s purpose and legacy on the island, but quickly finds out he is under the watch of a malevolent spirit with a demonic plan 100+ years in the making after the family’s tragedy.
      Supernatural forces speak to him through haunting experiences and writings, and he quickly learns he’s being brought into a plan rooted in deception, manipulation, and psychological dread. The journey challenges his inner demons and self-doubt about legacy, love, and family.

      My protagonist’s journey centers around uncovering the dark secrets and supernatural mysteries tied to the manor and island it sits on. His quest is intertwined with personal discovery, confronting past traumas, and navigating relationships with other characters connected to the island’s history.

      The narrative weaves multiple conflict arcs involving supernatural elements on Dutchall Island, personal confrontations stemming from hidden pasts, and internal struggles against fear and uncertainty.

      The overarching theme centers around confronting one’s past demons amidst unraveling supernatural mysteries—a blend that highlights human resilience against unseen forces while seeking truth among shadows.

      My novel best fits under Gothic fiction with elements of psychological thrillers—marked notably by atmospheric settings rich in historical intrigue alongside unfolding mental turmoil experienced by paranormal occurrences.

      Level of experience: Novice/Beginner. This is my first novel.
      What I’m looking for:
      – Accountability partner
      – 1:1 encouragement through email, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
      – Beta reads
      – Potential video chats or in-person meetings for writing sessions and feedback

      seanrwilley[at]gmail[dot]com

    • I forgot to mention I also have other finished first drafts that I’d want to have a writing buddy critique (and I’ll do the same for you). Here are the blurbs for both:
      Fantasy/Thriller/Romance
      The day Adelyn moves into Jaime’s neighborhood with her career criminal father, marks the beginning of their bittersweet fairy tale. Jaime is captivated by Adelyn’s ethereal presence, but her inexplicable “glitching” behavior hints at perhaps an otherworldly nature.
      The two teens find sanctuary in each other’s company amidst bleak existences shaped by their shared affliction of violence and abuse. As they protect one another from school bullies and the brutality of their own parents, the new friendship blossoms into love, but their lives spin out of control when a violent episode leads to deadly tragedy.
      Forced to flee from law enforcement, and with the untimely revelation of Adelyn’s extraordinary dormant identity, the cold indifference of celestial decree tears them apart. Her last words before vanishing, is the solemn promise to return to him–a promise that must endure the interminable vigil of despair and longing through the passage of time, testing their faith in each other and the limits of mortal soul and immortal heart.
      Epic Urban Fantasy
      Paige grew up with ghosts, demons, and witches–or the promise of them–tagging along with her paranormal investigator parents, chasing down leads that might finally reveal the undeniable existence of the supernatural to the world. When her mother vanished in front of her eyes, the incident strengthened Paige’s conviction to unravel the mysteries of the hidden world, but powerful forces sabotaged every investigation, preventing the uncovering of the truth. When her own dormant preternatural ability reveals itself during a harrowing encounter with nightmarish creatures not of this world, her uncontrolled powers attract the attention of The Circle, the most prestigious institution in the secret society that exists in the shadow of our mundane reality, collectively known as the Paranormal Underworld.
      Aidan wants to serve his country and risks his life for Uncle Sam as a special forces operator in the elite Delta Force. When a hostage rescue mission turns supernatural and goes horribly wrong, his encounter with magick triggers his own dormant ability. After surviving the incident, he is recruited as a combat mage into the Ghost Shadow Group, a squad within ParaWaRD (Paranormal Warfare Research & Development), a military outfit in the top-secret government agency known as BPA (Bureau of Paranormal Activities).
      Paige and Aidan cross paths when they are both drawn into The Circle, with its far-reaching tentacles burrowed into the world’s governments and corporations. Beneath its prestige and authority, The Circle has become corrupt, abusing its powers to serve its selfish greed and thirst for power. Together, Aidan, Paige, and other like-minded mages who are no longer willing to allow The Circle’s corruption to continue unchecked, leave and form Chaos Circle, its purpose to defy and subvert The Circle’s control on our world, and to make the world a better place. But amidst this conflict, they are blindsided by a new threat to our civilization, in the form of extra-dimensional entities planning their mass invasion of our world. To save all of humanity, they must drag the Paranormal Underworld from the shadows and into the glaring light of public scrutiny, exposing its existence to the mundane world. In this, they face impossible odds, as The Circle and its powerful allies will go to any lengths necessary to stop humanity from learning the truth.

  89. My name is Raymond. I live in Japan. I have been writing for the last few years, but have never been published except on Amazon. I have written three books in the sci-fi/fantasy field. I am currently editing my current book and am looking for feedback and a writing buddy to help me improve. I enjoy reading all genres from romance to hard sci-fi.
    Synopsis:
    BOBBY was cleaning the Ahern Hotel in Los Vegas when a strange computer code tried to worm its way into his mind. The murder of the time traveller, BARBIE, released a counter-virus to the code stopping it from completely taking over. However, it released some mental blocks from his past as an enforcer for the Russian mob, forcing Bobby to complete the code if he wanted to get his quiet life back. The code itself has the power to overwrite reality and allow people to travel through time by inhabiting the bodies of recently deceased people.
    Meanwhile, a detective, DEAN LIFEHOUSE and a reporter, MING NA LIU, were trying to find the connection between the murder and a man named SLAZNEY, who was a mysterious power player behind the Vegas underworld. They were also exploring the beginning of a romantic relationship, interrupted by Ming’s sudden shift through time.
    my email is onemetal.spider [at] gmail [dot] com

  90. aaron34760da8f2 says

    I’m writing a YA SciFi, the 2nd book in the Galaxies Collide series. It’s about some people stranded on another planet dealing with a recently discovered creature that is causing people to pass out. The affect escalates as the story progresses and they must find a means of neutralizing the creature. Meanwhile, the main character is also dealing with an issue that was initiated in the first book with a different native creature.

    I’m also conceptualizing a YA fantasy called Dragon’s Treasure after this series is done.

    I live in the US on the East coast. Let me know if any of this sounds interesting.

    aaron [at] AaronLBratcher -dot- [com]

  91. Salutations! It’s always tricky finding a crit partner with a similar vibe, someone who you can trust to help fledgling stories fly.

    So lemme pitch myself to you. I’m a student of writing, working my way through a DIY MFA. I’ve been writing consistently for about three years, but reading all of my life.

    Craft is my focus.–I love literary, historic, and speculative fiction. In terms of genre, I’m happy to read anything but Western, Crime, and Supernatural Horror. Honesty, kindness, and care are my operating principles when it comes to crits. My worldview is liberal, and I welcome all types of humans.

    I’m looking for someone who’s interested in traditional publishing and navigating the industry, someone who is willing to read work and genres all over the map. My offerings would be mostly exercises or short stories. HMU if you wanna connect.

  92. Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Fantasy, humorous
    A short summary of your current story: (bare bones description) I am currently working on a YA novel about a boy living on a non-Earth world in something similar to medieval times. His family and their “group” are running from persecution looking for a new location to settle… what could go wrong? WHEW, I can’t tell you here!
    Your level of experience: I have been writing stories in some form since I was 7 or 8 years old…about 40 years now.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: Just someone to bounce ideas off, ask for their opinion and advice, keep me motivated, discuss ideas and writing mechanics, possibly write a book together in the future.
    Your email address: nfw1072@yahoo.com

  93. My apologies if this comment is a duplicate but I don’t think my first attempt was saved.
    Your genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Thriller, humorous
    A short summary of your current story: (YA) A story about a young boy living in a non-Earth world during a time period similar to medieval. His family and their “group” are running from persecution and trying to find a new place to settle. What could go wrong???
    Your level of experience: I’ve been writing stories since I was 7 or 8; about 40 years.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: Someone to bounce ideas off, ask advice from, share thoughts on style/processes/etc, help keep me motivated, possibly write a book together in the future
    Your email address: nfw1072 at yahoo dot com

  94. Leigh Arnold says

    Hi all

    I write crime fiction – police procedurals. Set in Tasmania, Australia, where I live. I’m 40% of the way through the first draft of my debut. And 80% through my research.

    Novel summary: Police detective Conor Manix moves to Tasmania under a cloud following the suspicious death of his wife. Conor is quickly put in charge of a high-profile murder investigation when a controversial local businessman is found hanged in the bell tower of Hobart’s Anglican cathedral. With time running out and his dreams of a fresh start hanging by a thread, Manix must push himself to his limit to prove himself, catch the killer and escape the ghosts of his painful past.

    I have worked with language for 25 years: mostly as a journalist or communications professional. I now run my own comms business: Leigh Arnold Communications.

    I started writing my debut novel two years ago.

    I’d love to find a writing buddy who could be my critique partner and beta reader; ideally someone who loves crime fiction/ mysteries. If you have any advice on how to find an agent and get trad published, I’d gobble that up as well. Thank you.

    Email leigh [at] leigharnold [dot] com [dot] au (don’t forget the ‘au’ at the end!)

  95. Genre: Women’s Fiction
    My current WIP is about a girl moving from the city to a small, impoverished town at the foothills of the mountains. It’s a novel of domestic drama, hope, perseverance, loving a struggling addict and a twist ending.

    I’ve been writing for three years. I’m looking for a buddy to trade chapters, provide feedback and writing tips. Any other writing related chatter is warmly welcomed as well!

    I look forward to collaborating with you.

    Thewritelifeofkay [at] gmail [dot] com)

    • Mike Burke says

      Hi Kay –

      I think we might be a fit. Will shoot you an email and let me know if you want to try swapping crits. My story is finished so looking for beta reads and general feedback. I’m admittedly weak in the plot area.

      Genre: Commercial/Upmarket Fiction
      Setting: Contemporary Northern England
      Premise/Blurb:

      A middle-aged recovering alcoholic must return to sell the family funeral home. She can’t sell it, however, until it’s repaired. The only way to repair it is to go back to preparing bodies, and the job that keeps sending her into rehab.

      I’m looking for a critique buddy to trade chapters and thoughts/ideas. I’ve written several unpublished novels but am hoping to hone this one to find a home in the published world. Am looking for a writer with similar aspirations. I’ve been writing for ~ 20 yrs.

      I can be reached at:

      burkeandbest(at)gmail(dot)com

  96. regierest says

    Hi! My name is April.
    Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy Romance & Urban Fantasy/Romance
    A short summary of your current story: My YA story is about a girl who finds out she is a witch and enters a world with vampire, elves, etc as she learns about her powers as well as a prophecy that shapes her life. This will eventually be a trilogy and I have two books written but need to edit!
    My urban fantasy book is about an incredibly powerful shunned witch who is persuaded to come teach at a school for the paranormal. She gets pulled into a larger conspiracy as she tries to stay ahead of her past/family.
    Your level of experience : I’ve been writing for years but have been on a hiatus for about 5 years due to life changes, etc. I’m ready to get back into writing and get consistent.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: I’m ready to make this happen! I need help with accountability and need constructive criticism. I need someone who will dig in and let’s get published!
    My email address aprilregier[at]gmail[dot]com.

    • Kris Sinclair says

      Hi April,
      Below is my profile. I think we might work well together. Let me know if you’d like to connect via the email below.
      Your genre: Fantasy
      Currently in the 1st draft of a fantasy trilogy.
      A short summary of your current story:
      50K years ago (in order to end a war over the fate of humanity) the gods split the world into 3. Hell was for Demons, Heaven was for Angels and Earth was for humans. But the act of splitting the worlds was so great that it destroyed the gods and the walls that separate the worlds are thin and prone to creating holes in random places, allowing for there to still be some travel between.
      When Barry was 5 his mother was murdered by a demon. That was the first night he started seeing the dead. When he was 8 another demon asked for his help as a Medium in exchange for helping Barry find his mother’s murderer. Now at 22, his mother’s murderer has returned. Barry and a mixed group of humans, angels and demons must find the killer and the people he has been kidnapping and torturing before all factions decide that it’s a perfect excuse to begin a new war – one that will be fought on Earth.
      Your level of experience:
      I have been writing on and off for most of my life but so far it has always been a hobby – something I’ve put aside when I’ve had other things to focus on – like raising children. Now I have the time to dedicate to my writing and want to begin working more consistently at finishing my current work.
      What you’re looking for in a writing buddy:
      Looking for someone who would be willing to look at my worldbuilding and pick apart anything I might have missed in terms of cultural implications of magic or societal organisation etc. Someone who will give constructive critique and help to strengthen plot and characters as necessary. This is the same thing I’d like to provide for any writing buddy I connect with.
      Your email address:
      chris.l.sinclair71[at]gmail[dot]com

  97. Donna Terrell says

    Hi. I write romance (🌶️🌶️🌶️), mostly Regency era, but I’ve made a foray into contemporary. I have been writing for years, but have been struggling with my own insecurities and time management in actually publishing something. I participated in the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction challenge a few years ago and made it to the semi-finals, but that’s as close to published as I’ve been.
    My current WIP is a Regency era meets motorcycle club (MC) when a young woman running from an arranged marriage falls in with a family-run group of smugglers. They offer her protection and escort to her extended family. As she and the captain draw closer, they must overcome not only their personal obstacles, but threats from more than just a jilted groom. Can he protect her when traitors are discovered within their ranks?
    In a writing buddy, I’m looking mostly for accountability and honest feedback. (My current readers are a little biased.)
    My email is dcterrell[at]gmail[dot]com.

    • Hi Donna,
      I have just recently started writing short novella romance. (I would love to get up to the 3 chile spicy level like you but I am only on 1 chile for now.) I have published 3 and I am working on the 4th (I have also published 2 other books that weren’t romance). The first 3 were historical but the one I am working on now is contemporary. I am totally struggling with insecurity too! I would also want honest feedback, although the idea terrifies me…..anyway, if any of this sounds like I might make a good writing buddy, feel free to email me! lclark1912(at)gmail(dot)com

  98. Hi my name is Stephen
    Genre: Urban Fantasy
    A short summary: In the vivid world of the Tree of Life Village, young Cisco stands on the precipice of destiny, challenging traditions and facing threats that could unravel the fabric of his world. On the cusp of his 12th birthday, a pivotal moment in the life of the village youths, Cisco aspires to break from the expected path to become a Bellator, a guardian against the encroaching darkness threatening their existence. This is no simple tale of boyhood ambition; it is a harrowing journey into the heart of a world teetering on the brink of ruin.
    Once a bastion of harmony and tradition, the village is now a battleground, consumed by a tempest of unrest from within and without. External adversaries, such as the sinister Southern Cocoui and the formidable Beasts of the Hills, exploit the waning life force of the Trees of Life, the wellspring of power and prosperity in Cisco’s realm. Internally, the community grapples with the dilemma of honoring ancient pacts or adapting to the dire circumstances threatening their existence. Amidst this backdrop of uncertainty and impending catastrophe, Cisco uncovers long-buried family secrets. These secrets could hold the key to rekindling their dwindling hope.
    Experience: none, I have never written a book before. I am an artist, but have a goal of writing and providing the art for an illustrated novel. So far I have just an outline for the backstory some brief character descriptions and the above synopsis.
    I am terrified about doing this but if not now, when?

    • Daniel M. says

      Hey everyone, (sorry to tack this on as a reply, it won’t let me post!)
      Kim, I think you should start a Reddit so we can all chip in to answer everyone else’s questions with your links!
      My genre: dystopian afterlife fiction. -But there’s romance, magical realism, and satire.
      My summary: A prophesied savior awakens in a biologically immortal afterlife ruled by an organization that outlaws his family, and new members, for their beliefs. On his quest to discover the cause of a mysterious national/family illness, he learns a dark secret about his magical abilities that leads him to start a rebellion against his family—and the organization that rules the afterlife.
      My experience: I’ve been writing since childhood. I won two national awards based in NY for two short stories. Also working on a PhD in sociology, so worldbuilding is my jam.
      Writing buddy: Happy to exchange copy or beta read. For me (at 85k words), I think the best thing is to ask questions about theme/plot/character points and arcs.
      Email: danielmullins20 (at) gmail

  99. Hi all. I’ve written two novels set in Australia, one 1975-2005 and the other 1939-1965. Both are what I like to call “Gritty Family Sagas”, as I don’t know how else to describe them.
    Think Judy Nunn on steroids!
    I’m working on a third book and trying to break the mold. This one is about a mother and her teenage daughter who inherit an old family home. The story revolves around a curse dating back to 1918 whereby all males in the family become werewolves on reaching puberty.
    There’s a lot more to the plot obviously, but that should be enough for anyone to decide whether they might be interested.
    I’ve been writing seriously since 2016, when I (supposedly) retired. I’d really like to link up with anyone who writes or enjoys Aussie tales.
    Contact me at tudogz1947 (at) gmail (dot) com. No .au needed.

    • Kris Sinclair says

      Hi Thomas,
      Nice to see a fellow Aussie. I think we might be a good match. Let me know at the email below if you’re interested in connecting.
      Your genre: Fantasy
      Currently in the 1st draft of a fantasy trilogy.
      A short summary of your current story:
      50K years ago (in order to end a war over the fate of humanity) the gods split the world into 3. Hell was for Demons, Heaven was for Angels and Earth was for humans. But the act of splitting the worlds was so great that it destroyed the gods and the walls that separate the worlds are thin and prone to creating holes in random places, allowing for there to still be some travel between.
      When Barry was 5 his mother was murdered by a demon. That was the first night he started seeing the dead. When he was 8 another demon asked for his help as a Medium in exchange for helping Barry find his mother’s murderer. Now at 22, his mother’s murderer has returned. Barry and a mixed group of humans, angels and demons must find the killer and the people he has been kidnapping and torturing before all factions decide that it’s a perfect excuse to begin a new war – one that will be fought on Earth.
      Your level of experience:
      I have been writing on and off for most of my life but so far it has always been a hobby – something I’ve put aside when I’ve had other things to focus on – like raising children. Now I have the time to dedicate to my writing and want to begin working more consistently at finishing my current work.
      What you’re looking for in a writing buddy:
      Looking for someone who would be willing to look at my worldbuilding and pick apart anything I might have missed in terms of cultural implications of magic or societal organisation etc. Someone who will give constructive critique and help to strengthen plot and characters as necessary. This is the same thing I’d like to provide for any writing buddy I connect with.
      Your email address:
      chris.l.sinclair71[at]gmail[dot]com

  100. Daniel M. says

    Hey everyone,
    I think Kim should start a Reddit so we can all chip in to answer each other’s specific questions or offer advice on copy?!
    My genre: dystopian afterlife fiction. -But there’s romance, magical realism, and satire.
    Summary: A prophesied savior awakens in a biologically immortal afterlife ruled by an organization that outlaws his family, and all of society, for their beliefs. On his quest to discover the cause of a mysterious national/family illness, he learns a dark secret about his magical abilities that forces him to start a rebellion against his family—and the organization that rules the afterlife.
    Experience: I’ve been writing since I was a child. I won two awards in NY for two short stories and am now in my early thirties.
    Writing Buddy: I am fine with passing chapters or being a beta reader. Have 85k words. But on my end, I think asking questions about plot/theme/character is more beneficial.
    Email: danielmullins20 (at) gmail

  101. Daniel M. says

    Hey Everyone,
    I think Kim should start a Reddit so we can all chip in to answer each others’ questions using her links.
    My genre: dystopian afterlife fiction. -But there’s romance, magical realism, and satire.
    My summary: A prophesied savior awakens in a biologically immortal afterlife ruled by an organization that outlaws his family, and new members, for their beliefs. On his quest to discover the cause of a mysterious national/family illness, he learns a dark secret about his magical abilities that leads him to start a rebellion against his family—and the organization that rules the afterlife.
    Experience: I’ve been writing since I was young. I’ve won two national awards based in NY for two short stories.
    Writing buddy: I am fine to pass copy back and forth or beta read for anyone. For me, I have 85k words currently. I think just asking questions about plot/theme/character would be more beneficial for me.
    Email: Danielmullins20 (at) gmail

  102. Daniel M. says

    Hey everyone,
    Kim, I think you should start a Reddit so we can all chip in to answer everyone else’s questions with your links!
    My genre: dystopian afterlife fiction. -But there’s romance, magical realism, and satire.
    My summary: A prophesied savior awakens in a biologically immortal afterlife ruled by an organization that outlaws his family, and new members, for their beliefs. On his quest to discover the cause of a mysterious national/family illness, he learns a dark secret about his magical abilities that leads him to start a rebellion against his family—and the organization that rules the afterlife.
    My experience: I’ve been writing since childhood. I won two national awards based in NY for two short stories. Also working on a PhD in sociology, so worldbuilding is my jam.
    Writing buddy: Happy to exchange copy or beta read. For me (at 85k words), I think the best thing is to ask questions about theme/plot/character points and arcs.
    Email: danielmullins20 (at) gmail

  103. My genre: action fantasy (but I’ve only just begun seriously writing).
    A short summary of my current story: about a collage grad who tries to close the “gateway” between earth and wherever the monsters are coming from.
    My level of experience: I started writing three-ish years ago (but only seriously one and a half years ago).
    What I am looking for in a writing buddy: someone who will critique/edit my stories and let me critique/edit theirs.
    My email adress: “Nathan . D . Casey (at) Hotmail . Com”

  104. Your genre: Christian historical romance (clean, sweet)
    A short summary of your current story:
    When Alexandra Westland left Pittsburgh with her venture-seeking father, she expected his latest business endeavor to fail, allowing them to return home quickly. The last thing she expected was for him to die — leaving her and her brothers alone and destitute on a frontier rife with danger.
    Reuben Trent has spent the last ten years in the heart of Montana Territory, keeping to himself and his ranch in an attempt to forget old memories. When he becomes responsible for another man’s death, he makes a promise he vows to uphold.
    Two hearts forge the untamed west. Will outlaws, tragedy, and fear of the unknown prevent them from hearing God’s voice?
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing):
    I’ve been writing since high school (1990’s) and had a children’s chapter book published as well as inclusion in anthologies. But life put my writing on the back burner for about 15 years. I picked up the novel I’d finished years ago and have spent the last year on a rewrite.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: accountability, honest feedback on plot, character arcs, etc. Happy to do the same for someone else.
    Your email address: paula (at) paulamillerauthor (dot) com

    • Paula, I think we might be a good fit! I followed your email address to your website and we have a lot in common. I retired last year as a homeschooling mom of 8, have written nonfiction for years and published two books on natural health. I just finished the first draft of my first novel.

      Your genre: contemporary Southern fiction
      A short summary of your current story:
      Prime Time anchor Elijah Cooper disappears after making powerful enemies and someone he cares about is murdered. Years later, he moves to Atlanta to work again and during a bank robbery, bonds with Georgia Hadley, a recent college graduate. Elijah offers Georgia a job, but expects her to work with Will Avery, a cameraman who created publicity around Elijah’s arrival that impacted Georgia.
      The three will encounter threats from a drug cartel and experience personal repercussions from their work. Themes of forgiveness, self-sacrifice, personal responsibility, ambition, the value of a human life, and what a person will do to protect the ones they love, are set against the backdrop of a vibrant Southern city. The book includes scenes at beloved Atlanta locations and reflects a deep love of the South, its language and customs, its people, and baseball, a shared love of the three main characters.

      Your level of experience: I began blogging in 2006 and published six books, starting in 2015. I’ve contributed to multiple compilations as a contributor at incourage.me since 2009.

      What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: honest feedback, accountability.

      Your email address: dawn [at] dawncamp [dot] com

    • Hi Paula,

      I think we might be a good fit. I also put my writing on the back burner while I raised and homeschooled my 7 kids. I didn’t start writing seriously until about 7 years ago when my youngest was about to graduate. I checked out your website, and the slight snark in your writing voice in the blurb for “When You Know You Know” made me chuckle.

      Last year, I indie published my first two books, a YA novella and YA novel (both contemporary) through my imprint, Ginger Pup Press. This year, I’m working on publishing the second books in both series (they parallel one another, so they’re released in tandem). You can read samples on my website at amyletourneur[dot]com to see if you like my style.

      Both YA series are written for a mainstream audience, but they’re clean (with just a couple of curse words) and written with a Christian and pro-life worldview. I’m also working on a Christian chick lit/romance, with a projected pub date of early 2025.

      I got divorced two years ago and started working an almost-full-time job, which made publishing and marketing my books very difficult (they take so much more brainpower and mental energy than writing does, am I right??). Over the last few months, God has been consistently nudging me to quit my job and make writing my career…so I did it! Yikes! But I trust in God’s plans for me, and I’m so ready to DO THIS! 🙂

      If you’d like to chat, my email is amy@amyletourneur.com.

      Hope to hear from you soon,
      Amy

  105. Hi, I’m Hayley and I write YA speculative fiction from a Christian worldview (specifically, my current story is dystopian/sci-fi).
    I’m unpublished, but have been writing my whole life. Within the last two years I’ve been especially serious about writing and honing my craft.
    What I’m looking for in a writing buddy:
    someone who understands the genre and with whom I can exchange critiques. Basically, someone I can grow with as a writer.
    I’m also seeking male beta readers who can tell me whether my male POV characters are believable.
    heycoolfez[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Daniel M. says

      Happy to help. Sign me up. I know I’ll need as much help with some of the female POV’s in mine at some point down the road.
      You can find my post in this thread by ctrl f “Daniel M”
      Danielmullins20 (at) gmail

    • You sound like a good fit for our Sci-fi/Fantasy/Speculative fiction group. Feel free to join us on Discord:

      https://discord.gg/RpebPu39

      Let me know if you have any questions!
      Alyss Ison

  106. Kris Sinclair says

    Hi Everyone,
    Your genre: Fantasy
    Currently in the 1st draft of a fantasy trilogy.
    A short summary of your current story:
    50K years ago (in order to end a war over the fate of humanity) the gods split the world into 3. Hell was for Demons, Heaven was for Angels and Earth was for humans. But the act of splitting the worlds was so great that it destroyed the gods and the walls that separate the worlds are thin and prone to creating holes in random places, allowing for there to still be some travel between.
    When Barry was 5 his mother was murdered by a demon. That was the first night he started seeing the dead. When he was 8 another demon asked for his help as a Medium in exchange for helping Barry find his mother’s murderer. Now at 22, his mother’s murderer has returned. Barry and a mixed group of humans, angels and demons must find the killer and the people he has been kidnapping and torturing before all factions decide that it’s a perfect excuse to begin a new war – one that will be fought on Earth.
    Your level of experience:
    I have been writing on and off for most of my life but so far it has always been a hobby – something I’ve put aside when I’ve had other things to focus on – like raising children. Now I have the time to dedicate to my writing and want to begin working more consistently at finishing my current work.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy:
    Looking for someone who would be willing to look at my worldbuilding and pick apart anything I might have missed in terms of cultural implications of magic or societal organisation etc. Someone who will give constructive critique and help to strengthen plot and characters as necessary. This is the same thing I’d like to provide for any writing buddy I connect with.
    Your email address:
    chris.l.sinclair71[at]gmail[dot]com

  107. Michael G Kimbriel says

    Howdy,
    My name is Michael. Born in Roswell, New Mexico (Walker AFB), I lived in Texas for 50 years. But now I’m retired, and live in Scotland with my Scottish wife Angela. My current effort’s genre is a “Thriller,” but it also incorporates elements of Sci-Fi and Horror. I like challenges.
    Premise: Two children were abducted during grade school in a small rural West Texas town, and feel compelled to reunite as young adults to reconstruct their fragmented memories and end their terrible nightmares. But they aren’t prepared for the answers, or the consequences of their investigation. (I’m considering a romantic subplot for its added emotional impact, and to assist the story’s pacing).
    I always wanted to write, started several incomplete spiral notebooks, and took correspondence courses while I worked. I’ve been learning to write semi-decent sentences since 2019, and find as much pleasure while reading what I call “How to Write Books.” I’m not doing this to get published, acquire recognition, or make money. This is my joy, and I won’t tarnish it with delusions of grandeur.
    I’m currently taking a much needed break from writing (eight + hours a day), but the good news is I’m preparing to re-engage full steam ahead. I now realize I’m more of a technician than an artist, and must work harder on prose and pacing (everything ;-).
    For me motivation and dedication aren’t issues. I’m looking for a patient, soft spoken writing buddy, where we offer contrasting insights, and help solve various intricate problems together.
    Cheers.
    Email: MIke.Kimbriel@gmail.com

  108. Tammy Snook says

    Hi everyone.
    Well, I have erased and/or deleted my reply to this at least half a dozen times now. Because well I get scared ok here, I go.
    My genre: Fantasy.
    Experience: None, but my story I have dreamed of and wrote over 250,000 words in the last six months but just recently (really just the other day) decided break into two separate novels. So, I decided to use the 40-scene/ chapter layout following the 3-act structure.
    My summary of my novels: Novel Outline–
    Plot
    A young Chamberlain from a peaceful land, finds himself uprooted from his home. When an unknown assailant with magical abilities violently transports him away. Upon awakening, Lucian finds himself in a secluded warrior nation that has been cut off from the rest of the world for over three tines/decades.
    With confusion and distrust, he was determined to unravel the circumstances that led to the attack and the motives behind it. As he navigates the unfamiliar land, he encounters a society shaped by strict military discipline and an unyielding code of honor. His presence, a stark deviation from their isolationist principles. He uncovers a web of ancient prophecies, long-held grudges, and suppressed magic that threatens to unravel the very fabric of their society. He and his allies face political intrigue, dangerous enemies, and his own growing powers as they work to avert a catastrophe. A young chamberlain fights to find his role in a world where trust is rare, and the destiny of nations is uncertain.
    My experience: None, believe me none.
    Writing buddy: Well, I hope to find a buddy or buddies (that would be amazing) that can forgive my lack of proper writing skills or education but that will provide support and guidance and or criticisms.
    Email: tam2snk03(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Cheryl Bush says

      Hi, Tammy!

      Everyone starts somewhere! And I don’t know, but 250,000 words seems like experience. I can definitely provide support, and maybe some gentle guidance. I won’t tear your manuscript apart, clearly. Email me if you’re interested. I, too, write fantasy and other spec fic.(My own post is somewhere in this list, but I’m going to put it here again: bush.cheryl [at] gmail [dot] com)

      Looking forward to talking to you!

      Sincerely,
      Cheryl

  109. genre: Fantasy – Real Magic.
    current story: “Zed” A wizards abuse of magic. Edition 3 – Full rewrite.
    level of experience: Writing since 2010, First published “Merlin Parnassus” 2013, 4 titles on Amazon. – Sales unsuccessful.
    looking for in a writing buddy (will exchange services – critique on chapter by chapter basis – MS Word and review – Fiction only).
    email address: peterrendellauth [at] hotmail [dot] com

  110. Hi, I’m Andy
    Genre: Fantasy in a contemporary setting
    Short summary: The Forgotten God is a story featuring the Greek god, Apollo, now embodied as a cat, living amid the ruins at Delphi. It is a story of a slow awakening from his long retirement and a quest, originally to rescue his kidnapped feline lover, but then for meaning in his life. His rescue attempt is aided by his friends, but thwarted by others. They are forced to Athens, there to re-enter a dangerous world Apollo no longer remembers or understands. He finds Athens to be a turbulent place where enemies with long memories and old grudges are out to destroy him. But with more animals disappearing, Olympia’s kidnapping is just one small piece to a much bigger puzzle that divides the city’s feline tribes. Plunged into the brewing conflict, Apollo finds himself on a collision course with immortal-led gangs desperate to keep things as they are and other ancient deities anxious to regain their god-like status. Both parties seek a mysterious artefact that could restore their ancient power — or destroy it completely.
    The book is the first instalment of a (currently) 4 book series which extends tentacles into the Norse, Egyptian and Celtic pantheons. I have a half-completed draft of book 5. I should add that it’s definitely not cozy. It is quite dark in places, with a high body count.
    I have spent the last 6 months chasing my tail trying to market the series with only limited success. As a result I am contemplating a pivot to a new trilogy that will represent a more mainstream adult oriented fantasy story. I’m of the opinion that the failure of the initial books to gain traction is that perhaps they’re too different to successful mainstream fantasy. I can find no obvious ‘comparable authors’ to link my marketing efforts to. Few people seem to want to read about gods that are cats, despite the high ratings my books have on Amazon. I’m dithering a bit. The new series is set in the same fantasy universe, but at a different location, and with only (Initially) tenuous links and no common characters. If it succeeds I hope to be able to link the two together at some point in the future. As a typical ‘pantser’ to date, I’m also struggling to get to grips with proper plotting – which is another feature of the new series. I want to build in the hooks and twists from the start.
    What I really need is an accountability buddy. Someone who can both get me to stop procrastinating and lend a sympathetic ear to my moaning and wailing. If they’re also willing to provide a little critique along the way, then great. Equally I’d be happy to do the same in return.

  111. Your genre:
    don’t know yet
    A short summary of your current story:
    Don’t have one
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing):
    Studying for maybe 5 but complete beginner in getting anything done.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy:
    Someone also attracted to or not bothered gay bi romance, fantasy, sci-fi, witches, magic, and daily real life dramas , who is also as obsessed with all the content found by this website; content by K.M Weiland (the archetypes, the shadows, internal conflict, scene writing,writing through the first act) who also wants to meet up from time, maybe on zoom or if have other options I’m all ears. And can practice and shoot questions with each other. Helping with story and outlines and business writing and brainstorming and writing short stories and fan fiction and planning longer books. Basically practice and see if accelerates growth.
    Your email address (I recommend formatting it as follows to avoid spam: kmweiland [at] kmweiland [dot] com):
    mickwright495 [at] rocketmail [dot] com

  112. I am an eclectic author and at the moment am editing/revising a fantasy to send to a developmental editor so initially seeking an accountability partner. My next project is either a fantasy (one of the characters from current fantasy or a new fantasy idea I’m considering) or something with a paranormal element. I have been writing seriously for over 20 years.
    I live in Western Australia but have zoom and happy to connect with that. My time zone is Singapore.
    I also have written a book on meditation and write the words for children’s picture books.
    My email is linda@lindamblackshaw.com

    • Cheryl Bush says

      Hi, Linda!

      I’ve been writing (fantasy and other spec fic) for over 20 years, too. At last, I am making some headway. Huzzah! I can be an accountability buddy, if you’re interested. I am in the New York, US time zone, so we’d have to figure that out. Or, we can just email back and forth to keep each other honest for word counts!
      My email is bush [dot] cheryl [at] gmail [dot] com

      Good luck with your writing!

      Sincerely,
      Cheryl

  113. Iverella says

    Hello Everybody .
    Summary: In my current wip, a young runaway princess named Marina embarks on a quest to uncover the truth behind her father’s mysterious death. Fleeing from her royal responsibilities and haunted by memories of happier times, Marina navigates a treacherous world of intrigue and deception, determined to unravel the secrets that threaten to tear her kingdom apart.
    Experience: I have been writing since November 2023 and have been honing my craft through consistent practice and exploration of various genres and styles.
    Looking for in a writing buddy: I’m seeking a writing buddy who can provide constructive feedback and help me delve deeper into the themes and characters of my story. I value honesty, creativity, and a passion for storytelling, and I’m excited to collaborate with someone who shares my love for the craft.
    Email address: iverella3@gmail.com
    Feel free to reach out if you’re interested in partnering up or if you have any questions about my story!

  114. Hi everyone, Thanks for reading my note.
    I like to write Fantasy Sci-Fi, and Paranormal.
    I have been writing for pleasure since I changed jobs about 8 years ago.
    I have one book published on Amazon – A children’s book.
    I’m currently writing a sequel to that book, which is called Annika Dash and the Unicorn from Space. This sequel will continue the adventures of my young heroine, Annika Dash.
    Why reach out? Writing is a lonely hobby, so I thought it would be nice to be part of a writing/sprint group with like-minded people. Do you attend or know of one?
    I also don’t mind reading for development/critique. However, I critique for another writer already, so only have time to look at smaller pieces each week.
    I’m based in the UK, and have a blog at sevensystems[dot]uk
    Anyway, here’s my contact:
    graydon63[at]gmail[dot]com
    Graydon

  115. Hello! I am currently working on a revision of my modern retelling of the novel The Enchanted April in which four women come to know themselves and become close friends during a holiday in Italy. I wanted more diversity and some queer representation so there’s that too. And, very unusual for me, a happy ending!
    I am a retired writing coach/mentor and editor, focusing on my own stories. I have several other manuscripts that I may choose to revise–a critique partner would definitely help me filter out the noise of my many ideas.
    While my current WIP is literary fiction, I also have manuscripts in other “genres” including ergodic, middle grade, YA, and even one historical fiction. I am also working on two outlines for two other projects, one of which will be my NaNoWriMo for 2024.
    What I am looking for in a writing buddy is someone (or more than one someone) who reads and writes across several genres, is not shy about erotic scenes and queer characters, and who can help me see areas of weakness in my writing (I know some, but I also know I have blind spots). I can offer the same. I also meet with other writers on Discord for weekly sessions talking about writing, another weekly even where we troubleshoot our stories and try to get unstuck when we hit a creative wall, a monthly newsletter brainstorm and sprint space, and a monthly accountability group where we check in on our goals. I am also part of a weekly accountability group (of only 3, including myself, so it barely qualifies as a group) that has been meeting for over 2 years online.

  116. Dawn Johnson says

    Hi,
    I’m currently working on rom coms and paranormal romance. I have been writing for years and have an MFA in creative writing. I’m looking for accountability partners and a critique group. I had an agency and was shopping a literary novel when my husband became seriously ill and needed a caregiver and I had young children, so my writing took a long hiatus, but I am back to writing seven days a week and I would like to have my current manuscript completed with a first round of revisions and ready for submission by the end of summer. I also write literary fiction when I have a story idea I want to invest a long period of time on. I’m open to reading any type of work, as my reading tastes are varied and good writing is good writing, regardless of genre. I live in Georgia
    My email is dch06(at)hotmail(dot)com.

  117. Looking for a critique and support buddy! My genre is Christian romantic suspense. I’ve been writing for twenty years but never published (yet!). My story is about a former seminarian who learns, fifteen years after the fact, that his fiancee’s suicide might actually have been the result of a serial killing. He teams up with a private investigator to learn the truth. In the process, he learns what real justice–and forgiveness–are and how to love again. My email is paulinegrabia [at] gmail [dot] com.

  118. Hi. Not sure if it went through the first time so I’ll try again. Forgive me if this ends up being a repeat post!
    I’m a Canadian who has ben writing for twenty years and has just developed the courage to consider publishing. I’m looking for a critique partner and support. My genre is Christian romantic suspense. My story involves a former seminarian who learns, fifteen years after the fact, that his fiancee’s suicide may have been a serial killing. he recruits a private investigator to help him learn the truth. Along the way, he learns the meaning of justice and forgiveness as well as learning how to trust and love again. My email address is paulinegrabia[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks!

  119. Genre – Mythology retelling
    WIP – retelling of the Persephone-Hades myth, to answer the question – how did Persephone go from youthful goddess of spring to dread queen of the underworld? I’m working on revision.
    Experience – I’ve written off and on for most of my 69 years but have become serious about it in the past 7 or 8 years. Not much time left to develop it but want to do my best.
    Looking for a writing buddy who can be patient with an elderly person stumbling around in the writing world.
    Contact – drmari55[at]aol[dot]com

  120. Cheryl Bush says

    Hi,

    My name is Cheryl, and I need an accountability buddy. I have gone back to college, so I am struggling with time management.

    Genre: Portal Fantasy

    A short summary of your current story:
    Dr. Becky Thomas loathes her job and her life with a passion, so when someone comes into her life to pull her out, she is all in immediately.
    On the other hand, Tamsin the farmer is content with her life on the farm, she loves her cow and her sheep and her apple trees, but she has gotten to the age where she has begun to worry that she won’t be able to care for them much longer. When another strange woman shows up in her barn offering to provide caretakers for her farm if Tamsin agrees to come with her.

    Your level of experience: I have been writing consistently for 20+ years; published a few things here and there; currently need to finish my fantasy novel (including beta readers and polishing) within 7 months. Send Help!

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: I need someone to keep me accountable to my writing goals (2000 words per day) – You can just email me and ask for my word count, if you want

    Your email address: bush.cheryl [at] gmail [dot] com

    Thanks so much for reading!

  121. Godsartist10 says

    Hello! Currently, I am working on a Christian contemporary novel about end times signs, marriage struggles, lukewarm faith, and a natural disaster. It is something that I don’t usually write or read but I feel called to write it.

    I have been writing since 2012, have two other novels drafted that are historical romantic suspense, and another contemporary that is a reverse Cinderella story. I strictly write Christian stories but want to be less preachy but still reach the readers’ hearts. Most of my stories have some type of romance or relationship struggles in them and I love the happy endings. Since I don’t read anthing progressive, I don’t write it either. I prefer to keep my reading and writing clean so and accountability/critque parter would enjoy the same.

    I am looking for an accountablilty partner while I am writing who could become a critique partner when I reach that point. My goal is to get this end times story done and dig into editing it to seek publishing and then go back to the other stories. I have tried to create accountability groups on Facebook but most writers are already published or don’t have the same goals. My local groups have switched to online only and focus on critiquing. I have not found others in the same genre or style of writing.

    The best place to reach me is on Facebook: Leslie S. Lowe or email, Godsartist10@yahoo.com. I am easier to reach on Facebook than email as I receive more emails than I can read. I will respond to emails if I know to expect them. Let’s connect and help each other reach our goals!

    • Hi there! You sound like a good fit for our Sci-fi/Fantasy/Speculative fiction group. Feel free to join us on Discord:

      https://discord.gg/RpebPu39

      P.s. I’ll also send you an email. I tried to find you on facebook, but a lot of people have a similar name 🙂

  122. Alisha Bowling says

    Hey! My name is A. Renée and I write sci-fi and fantasy with queer women of color in the spotlight. I’m currently working on edits for my first novel, and here’s a quick blurb:

    Adriana Oliveira never thought she’d amount to anything, but that changes the day she finds herself on an alien vessel bound for an alien world. Once there, she undergoes a dangerous and life-altering procedure that will forever change humanity’s place in the galaxy. Thrust into the middle of a conflict she doesn’t understand, she must navigate a dangerous political system, while fending off a mysterious and powerful adversary. Complicating matters is the beautiful alien captain vying for her attention. The fate of two races hangs in the balance. Can she rise to the occasion?

    I’ve been writing on and off for almost 10 years now and I’m focused on making it a career this year instead of a hobby. I’d like to find someone willing to give basic feedback on how things are going, and I would do the same for my writing buddy. This sh*t is lonely; let’s help each other out!

    Contact me at a.renee.bowling@gmail.com ❤️

  123. Alyss Ison says

    Hi all! A few of us have a Discord for Sci-fi/Fantasy/Speculative Christian Fiction. Feel free to join us at this link:

    https://discord.gg/RpebPu39

    If it’s expired, feel free to email me at

    alyssison[@]gmail[dot]com

  124. Genre : Young Adults (current affairs)

    Level of experience – 10+ years of writing as hobby

    Looking for someone who loves to read/write about new cultures and knows about it. This is a series of books. My first one is out (details below) and that was on the Taliban. The current one is about the Boko Haram. I took help of a local from Nigereia to write this. Would love a second opinion on this. Would love to be a buddy with anyone who writes in that cultural space. I love to read about different cultures and am curious about the world and its people..

    Your email address : vshah [at] emedsim [dot] com)

    One sentence of current book in Nigeria
    Tanya and her friends fight the Nigerian Patriarch system to rescue her sister who is married to her Boko Haram kidnapper.

    My first book : Borders : Among Taliban in smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1166959

  125. Genre – Psychological Horror
    Summary – Manny is a simple guy trying to live a simple life. He finds out the hard way that even if you’re a good person and keep to yourself, bad things can still happen to you. After a series of awful experiences he develops other personas (based on 80’s and 90’s movie characters) to deal with the trauma. The catch is that he’s not aware he has Dissociative Identity Disorder. He has to figure out what’s going on and deal with his trauma, all while his personas are escalating the violence and brutality.
    Need – I’m about 60 pages in to my first draft and I’d like help with beta reading, general feedback, and to find a writing buddy to share the journey of writing.
    Email – spartacus27 (at) Gmail dot com
    Thanks!

    • Hi Joe. I’m interested, and I think our projects will complement each other well. I’ll email you.

  126. Ali Gottschalk says

    I have been writing stories for years and looking for a writing partner to give good feedback and suggestions for my current novel, which I am hoping to publish. It is titled “Dawn of a Hero”, an action/ adventure coming of age superhero fiction. I also really enjoy writing any type of romantic fantasy genre stories.
    If you’re interested, please comment underneath and I’ll sed you my email!

  127. Julene Adele Pommert says

    Genre: Speculative fiction

    Level of experience: Much in nonfiction, not published in fiction. I began writing stories when I was 5! However, I have only been thinking about publishing in fiction for the last three or so years.

    I have written about teen sisters in a dysphoric world, a family of children with a sister and brother as their head fleeing child slavery, and a mother with two sons looking for her husband. I have other ideas, but haven’t gotten to them, yet.

    What I’m looking for in a writing buddy: Someone who enjoys humor and can be laid back but also pushy when necessary. I am good with to-do lists and accountability, but would appreciate having someone on the journey with me! Just a check-in weekly or semi-weekly is helpful.

  128. Pat Grant says

    I’m looking for more than a reader. If we click off and can boost each other cowriting I’ve researched and started writing a historical thriller fiction, “Burning Snow and the Black Swans” 1970-1990.

    With help of former embassy and other governments employees, declassified documents, and finding those with their actual feet on the ground, this story when published will rewrite one of the most important events from that era. I worked with many of those involved on other projects, and so they opened up with incredible information. But having only 2 Stanford writing classes under my belt, working with a British writers group, and never been a professional writer. My zero version is intimidating. About 1/10 through first version.

    It has one clear protagonists but couple dozen key secondary characters and maybe hundred other characters. Protagonist and objective nearly fails in real life several times, has personal crisis that pull him out of the game, yet win in the end. But this is entangled with dictatorships, Reagan’s most difficult policy issues, CIA, a war and a two places where no one can survive for long. This is all a true but unbelievable story it ever came to pass.

    So, if in the unlikely case this interests anyone, I will send about 15K word to them. We will see where it goes for both of us from there.

    • You have my interest. Send me your email address or email me.
      GCMoore [at] proton [dot] me. You can also connect with me at my website GCmoore.Net

  129. B. Christopher says

    Genre: Currently SciFi Dystopian

    Summary: Currently writing a series of short stories and novels in a story universe where the world is struggling to keep itself from falling off the edge and into oblivion. At the center of this storm is a boy who displays the genetic potential to save mankind. And, if an augmented soldier suffering with amnesia can’t decipher why the same institution that modified him needs the boy nothing may be left for him to return to.

    Experience: I’ve been trying to write (on and off) for about twenty years with stumbling blocks at finishing.

    Looking for in a writing buddy: Accountability & General Feedback

    Email: Upon request

  130. Genre: Fantasy
    Current: A headstrong princess forced to marry a mysterious prince. The situation looks bleak, but a deposed magician’s vengeful plans might just be the catalyst that gives them a chance at love.
    Experience: Several Years
    Looking for: Hi, I’m currently rewriting my first novel because I’ve learned a lot since first publishing. So, what I’m looking for is a critique partner! I can usually find a beta reader(s) no problem, but what I really need is someone to be honest with my about my work. You only grow and get better when the problems are highlighted! I’d love to form a longterm friendship with someone for the purpose of being about to toss writing back and forth.

    tj [dot] fisher [dot] writer @ gmail [dot] com

  131. Allie Dawn says

    Hi I’m Allie, I’m currently working on a romantasy novel about a society under Elvish rein, where half-breeds are segreted from the rest of the population. It follows a half-human, half-elf girl who is the niece of the King and hidden within the castle, when she must take the princess’ place in a ruse gone array to catch a notorious bandit. I’m on the third draft but I’m making a lot of changes so it’s kind of like a first draft with characters I know very well.
    Genre/s: any genre welcome although I’m most versed with fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction and romance.
    Goals/expectations/commitment: I struggle with accountability, so I’d like to find writing buddies who would be willing to set times to brainstorm, talk writing or do writing sprints!
    Writing/experience level: any experience level welcome! I’ve been writing for 10 years recreationally, but recently I’m working toward publishing.
    Email: alliedawn[dot]author[at]gmail[dot]com

  132. My genre: Fantasy, with some sci-fi elements, YA
    My current story: A sharpshooter, an assassin, an explosives expert, a medic and a negotiator are brought together under the command of Captain Logan Whitman to form a crew. Their mission: to take on the most dangerous missions in their campaign against “the Courtiers” and their golem army. The only problem: each member of the crew is the best at what they do, and they all think that their way is the best way. Logan must unite these individuals to form a team that can destroy their enemies, before they destroy themselves.
    Featuring a sentient flying ship, a horse made of cosmic dust and a lady with several, very large cats.
    Writing experience: I’ve always been writing some story or other ever since I was a kid, but nothing professional. I’ve been working on this particular story on and off for a few years now, and have decided it’s time to knuckle down and get it done.
    What I’m looking for: someone I can bounce ideas back and forth with, and who enjoys the process of writing. Correspondence by email is fine, or I have a discord for quicker responses. (please note if you add me on discord you may receive random messages of me laughing at my own writing, because I think I am *very* funny)
    Email: kamimpf[at]gmail[dot]com

  133. Clément-Alain Boudreau says

    GENRE: science fiction with strong horror elements.
    ***
    SYNOPSIS:
    They are life forms with the might of gods. To reproduce they disassemble members of their own and graft the resulting pieces into sentient, but highly emotional creatures such as humans, who are then called K’hirien Lords. These Lords inherit enough power to destroy their own world, and most of them turn into insane mass murderers in the process.
    All of the human K’hirien Lords became mad upon their transformation. All, except for two: a police lieutenant who was metamorphosed during his sleep (and is inhabited by an alien with its own agenda), and a young man who somehow resisted what became known as the K’hirien rage.
    Life on earth is held hostage in a game of multiverse intrigue, and the only K’hirien Lord both willing and capable of saving humanity is a loner with a painful past who named himself The K’see. Hunted by the authorities, he is in a race against time before he too falls prey to the rage.
    ***
    I have been writing for about a decade. I am looking for a critique partner or a beta reader, and I’m not opposed to having a writing buddy, but I want to get to know the person first. The qualities I’m looking for are reliability and consistency.

  134. Rebecca Altman says

    I’m currently writing a YA fantasy novel with no romance. But I have also written hard Sci-Fi, sci-fi romance, steam punk mystery and other genres over the years.
    The plot of the current WIP is that a botched kidnapping leaves a young prince alone and lost in the magical forest where me meets a teenager who is off to find his destiny (it is the way of all forest foundlings to go out at 16 to find their own way). Together they learn the true meaning of family. And that power is only as good as who you protect with it.
    I’ve been writing for over 10 years but seldom ever finish a single draft before hopping onto something new to work on.
    What I’d like in a beta reader or support is someone else who writes using 4thewords. I think it would be great to have someone else on the game to work with/support plus my stories are public there so you can read them or not with ease. And I could read yours there too.
    my email address is… wilemma(dot)rain(at)gmail.com

  135. Aaron Bartholome says

    Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
    Current: President Rory Finch is whisked away into hyperstasis due to an impending overthrow of the US government. When he awakens, he finds America gone, forgotten and replaced by a communist regime powered by a corporate AI infrastructure.
    Experience: Several years.
    Looking for: Looking for a critique partner.
    Email: aftrgdsownheart [at] yahoo [dot] com

  136. Rick Dyer says

    Political Suspense
    Retiree and Vietnam Vet with PTSD loses his savings and his home in 2008 financial crisis (I happen to have had all those things in real life) and challenges Washington over their decision to provide bailouts to Wall Street and the big banks, with nothing for consumers. He is stonewalled by the politicians and decides to become a politician himself to fight from within the system/”swamp”. He eventually takes his battle for justice all the way to the top.
    Started writing this a few years ago and got almost halfway thru the novel, but had to stop when my wife was diagnosed with cancer. She was recently told she no longer has cancer, so I’m starting to write again. I am starting the novel over gain from scratch. I’m currently outlining the book and hope to start writing in the next month or so.
    Looking for someone who can provide feedback on “big picture” elements like voice/style, structure, plot, character development, etc. Would be happy to reciprocate for a thriller, suspense or mystery novel. I have previously provided feedback/suggestions on two other novels, one published and one not yet published.
    Thanks,
    dyer(dot)rick(at)Cloud(dot)com

  137. Genre: Fantasy, with a little bit of sci-fi
    Current work: An assassin, a sharpshooter, a mercenary, a healer and a diplomat are brought together under the command of Captain Logan Whitman. Their mission: to undertake dangerous missions that will cripple the advances of their enemies- The Dycillian Court and their army of golems. The problem? With everyone on the crew being at the top of their respective fields, that all have a set method when it comes to completing missions, and they believe their way is the best way. Logan must find a way to bring these five solo agents together as a team…before they tear each other to pieces.
    Featuring a sentient flying ship, a horse made of cosmic dust, a lady with numerous, very large cats and- how does the same merchant keep showing up wherever we are???
    Experience: I’ve been creatively writing since childhood, but nothing professional.
    Looking for: Someone I can bounce back and forth with, who enjoys the process of writing and can remind me to actually *write* instead of getting caught up in worldbuilding.
    Email: kamimpf[at]gmail[dot]com

  138. Rod Schmidt says

    genre: surreal coming-of-age
    summary: Sheltered boy encounters abusive community
    experience: some years, it depends on how you count it
    looking for: mostly I want to critique
    email: schmidt [dot] rod [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Ken Abbott says

      Rod: We might be a fit, as my WIP is coming-of-age/YA Crossover, with elements of physical abuse and paternal tyranny, friendships, and personal achievements; set in 1974 Massachusetts. Writing for personal satisfaction for over 30 years; blog published on health care subjects. I’m seeking beta readers with expertise/personal experience in high school athletics, Latino family dynamics. Willing to beta read/critique similar real-life, character-driven fiction. Can contact at kennethabbottmd [at] gmail [dot] com.

  139. Benson Sullivan says

    Benson Sullivan

    I write military, romance, comedy with a little mystery
    My current book has taken me five years to do and hopefully it will be published this year. The story covers the travels, trials and obstacles of a young marine in 1971 while aboard a naval ship in the Mediterranean. At his last liberty port he meets a woman.

  140. Wendy Middleton says

    I am a voracious reader with ADHD. I can’t do just one thing. I am currently working on 1) a 9 volume Christian spec fic with parts of all nine volumes written. Duncan Messenger and his friends get pulled into the world of the Saganaith – the seekers of the knowing – and they must reunite the warriors who have been scattered throughout time in order to save the King and his family from being never born.
    2) a romantic mystery that will be more than one story because when I started writing it all these people showed up and I knew all of their backstories when they did. Welcome to Wayward Tennessee where 2nd chances are 2nd nature. Explore forgiveness with MacArthur Cross, who cannot forgive himself for letting his partner die, and will never forgive the man who murdered him.
    And 3) A Bible Study or rather several because I have 3 fleshed out and more than a dozen outlined, starting with Planned Evolution because God never explains how He does things and the Bible never argues for His existence. It just states “In the beginning God…” and that is the point.
    Oh! And I just moved, so I’m cramming my mothers 1600 sq ft estate full of stuff and my 1600 sq ft home full of stuff into my new – less than 1600 sq ft home – so I’m still digging out my office.
    I’ve been writing since I was 8 – so some 53 years, but I am just now getting serious about getting published. And on top of everything else I’m starting a web site, and transferring my NC business license to a TN license so I can get back on Amazon where I sell books in order to subsidize my reading habit.
    What I’m looking for is an accountability partner, maybe someone to bounce ideas off of.
    Because of my ADHD I need someone who will not let me ignore them. What I mean to say is that I can lose whole weeks in the blink of an eye and wonder where they went. I spent today running errands and finally remembered to eat at 6pm. I don’t seem to get hungry so if breakfast, lunch and supper aren’t on my ‘written down’ list of things to do I won’t remember to do them.
    If any of this sounds interesting, and not too much work, then email me at
    BeaAReader [at] yahoo [dot] com.

  141. Hi! I’m Jana!
    Genre: Sci Fi
    Summary: Arabella and Astor are powerful telepaths but they are Outliers. The Five Families claim they do not exist. As they train with Bellatrix and Shu Lien, they discover the politics of power and intricacies of telepathy are a complicated web of truth and lies. They must find what the Families are trying to hide before everything falls apart.
    Looking for: accountability and someone to bounce ideas off of
    Email: jana.j.tan@gmail.com

  142. Andy the Arrrrrgonaut says

    Genre: Gothic Horror told alternating between the monster in first person and third person narrative.
    Summary: This one attempts to answer the question of whether or not a truly evil monster can be redeemed, and if so, how. Set in Post-Revolutionary America in one of the northern states, a vile monster delights in his power and insatiable appetite, but when he encounters a mysterious man, what remains of his conscience begins to come to life again and interfere with his pleasures. Spoiler: the monster has met up with the power of Jesus Christ in a humble man who has been sent on a mission to reach the monster. He succeeds. This is definitely a Christian-themed, but adult orientated novel. There will be sexuality inferred (but never explicitly) and violent content in order to convince readers that the monster is truly depraved.
    Experience: I have written several bits and pieces that may or may not fit in with the entirety. I haven’t published anything before, so this would be my first. I’ve had this idea for over a decade, though.
    Looking for: a Christian man for mutual accountability in writing, a beta reader and assistance in tying the whole thing together, but not necessarily the same person for all three.
    Email: thearrrrrgonaut [at] pm [dot] me

  143. Edwin Billiot says

    Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Action/Adventure
    Summary: Seven strangers from across the world must come together and overcome both personal challenges and dangerous external threats, so they can revive a lost ancient civilization and save the world from a mysterious enemy. Unknown to them, their enemy has allied with a mad forgotten god that only desires to return from exile and plunge the world into madness.
    Experience: I’ve been working on my first book in my series for the last two years and I am trying to finish Act 2 and get to the end of the first draft.
    Looking for: I hope to find writing friends and individuals to run ideas by and help to encourage each other to continue through the writing challenges. It could be in-person (I live in the San Francisco Bay Area) or by Zoom.
    Email address: ebilliot510 [at] gmail [dot] com

  144. Genre: Horror/Humor
    Current story: Something evil has come to the town of Dryer, IL and the locals are having a hell of a time trying to figure out what is causing people to vanish — and what is causing that incessant banging you hear all over town. Oh, dear, there it goes again. Help!
    Level of experience: 40 years professional copywriter and business script writer. Self-published seven novels, one book of short stories. Short stories have appeared in US and British magazines.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: Hard critique (don’t hold back — I can take it). Also, will exchange beta readership.
    Your email address: paul.lloyd.author@gmail.com

  145. Michael Strickland says

    WOW, there are a lot of comments here, so I’m not sure anyone will even see mine. But here goes…

    I’d love to find a new beta reader or two, if anyone is interested in reading my novel based on the blurb below. I’m seeking feedback from the perspective of a target reader, not an editorial expert, so any thoughtful feedback is welcome!

    • Title: Prize Patrol
    • Genre: Upmarket fiction
    • Level of experience: USC film school grad/screenwriter, currently a creative writing MFA student, some published short stories
    • Email address: strickland.author (AT) gmail
    • Novel blurb: Prize Patrol host Justin Rhodes hands out millions of dollars every week, but while he gives prize winners one of the happiest moments of their lives, he can’t find any such moments in his own. Until he meets Amy, who turns his life upside down—which, in his case, just might be right side up.

    • onemetalspider says

      Hello Michael,
      My name is Raymond. Your blurb sounds interesting. I usually read and write sci-fi and fantasy, but go for drama as well. I have just gotten a short story published, but I am a beginner. I am also looking for a beta reader/editor to tell me what’s wrong with my story. If you’re still looking for a buddy send me an email
      onemetal.spider[at]gmail

  146. Vickie Burns-Sikora says

    I’m interested in feedback and finding out how others view my work. I also find reading what others are doing valuable.

    • Vickie Burns-Sikora says

      Your genre: Amateur sleuth mystery
      A short summary of your current story: Jessica McKorkle is an anthropology professor newly arrived in the multicultural L.A. neighborhood of Angel Lake. It’s everything she’s ever wanted–except for the murders of course.
      Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)
      I’ve been writing for years, but not fiction. I’ve completed one novel in the series and am beginning another.
      What you’re looking for in a writing buddy – someone who likes this genre and can give me an informed opinion of what works and what doesn’t. I’ll provide the same.
      Your email address: vlbs@aol.com

  147. vibekehiatt says

    Genre: currently Fantasy
    WIP: The 3rd book in The Forgotten King trilogy. As a war with the evil Mered approaches, King Zaric sends Helen, Neil, Siri, and Matthias out in search of the sword that can defeat Mered for good.
    Writing Experience: I have been writing since Kindergarten, but didn’t start writing novels until middle school, about 30 years ago. I have 2 books self-published already (the first 2 books of this trilogy).
    What I’m looking for: I need a lot of encouragement and brainstorming help. Anxiety and depression have made writing difficult recently.
    Email: vibeke.hiatt [at] gmail [dot] com

  148. Ken Abbott says

    Genre: My WIP is coming-of-age/YA Crossover, with elements of physical abuse and paternal tyranny, friendships, and personal achievements; set in 1974 Massachusetts. Fifteen-year-old mixed heritage boy reveals unexpected talents as a runner, potential to become world-class athlete. However, he encounters unexpected resistance from his father, with whom he is increasingly estranged since the latter’s return from the war. Escalation over the course of the cross-country season leads to tragedy. POV finds affirmation and support from sibs, a close friend from another faith tradition, and coaches/mentors.

    Writing for personal satisfaction for over 30 years; blog published on health care subjects. I’m seeking beta readers with expertise/personal experience in high school athletics, Latino family dynamics. Willing to beta read/critique similar real-life, character-driven fiction. Can contact at kennethabbottmd [at] gmail [dot] com.

  149. Jon Daniel McKiever says

    Your genre
    A short summary of your current story
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy
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  150. Jennifer DeMent says

    Genre: YA Fantasy/paranormal/mystery
    Summary: Danika’s moved to a new town, again. She’s hoping to stay in this one since it’s her last two years of high school. Additionally, the town seems to have some very interesting people with long shared histories, some longer than she could imagine. The problem is there’s a lot to learn and some mysteries could pull her back into some habits she’s trying to shake- dangerous habits that nearly tore her family apart in the past. This is the story of a budding S.P.I. (Supernatural Private Investigator)
    Your level of experience: Never published, NaNo since 2016 but have been writing at least 25 years.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: Someone to learn with. I’d like to work on my craft. It’d be helpful to have someone to provide feedback on this and other work. I’m in the revision phase and I’m not really…..revisioning
    Your email address: engeniusjenn@gmail.com

  151. Mike Burke says

    Hi everyone!

    I’d like to find a/some critiquing pal/s. I write mostly commercial fiction, with the occasional slip into paranormalcy. My story is finished so looking for beta reads and general feedback. I’m admittedly weak in the plot area. Happy to swap like.

    Genre: Commercial/Upmarket Fiction
    Setting: Contemporary Northern England
    Premise/Blurb:

    A middle-aged recovering alcoholic must return to sell the family funeral home. She can’t sell it, however, until it’s fixed up. And the only way to fix it up is to go back to preparing bodies, and the job that keeps sending her into rehab.

    I’m looking for a critique buddy to trade chapters and thoughts/ideas. I’ve written several unpublished novels but am hoping to hone this one to find a home in the published world. Am looking for a writer with similar aspirations. I’ve been writing for ~ 20 yrs.

    If interested I’m at:

    burkeandbest(at)gmail(dot)com

  152. Phillip Holt says

    A first-time novelist, I’ve written lots of other sorts, but nothing is published. I have two novels working. In both cases, I outlined them after they were partly composed. My difficulty is in seeing appropriate endings. Happily-ever-after is too trite; leaving things hanging invites book IIs. I’m not convinced they are interesting enough. I don’t seem to have a problem with beginnings. Maybe all I need is encouragement. Isn’t that partly what a writing buddy is for?
    “No Credit Due” a New Adult story framed in 1947 Maine and St. Louis history introduces a private school senior from a Maine fishing community, who has recently detoured down the wrong path. Not fitting in at either place, he’s been slacking off and is about to get thrown out or pulled out, when he meets a very different girl from St. Louis. He is awestruck and decides he’ll try to earn her for his own selfish and immoral purposes—if he can. As they dance around each other, their story is filled with life’s lessons about temptation, integrity, moral constancy, and self-discipline, while growing into adulthood.
    “The Nocturnal Visitor” is set in historical Albany, Maine in the first decade of the nineteenth century. Eben’s wife has died after multiple miscarriages, and still-births. He, with Samuel, is determined to carry on despite his history of a repeating nightmare which has always seemed to precede the next disaster. Bad things start happening helter-skelter to seemingly good neighbors. Can these people give up their long-denied superstitions And what will The Dream do to overcome their apparent goodness and charity?

  153. Mary Barrios says

    Hi all!
    My genre is high fantasy, also contains some romantic elements.
    The story centers around a city which has floated in the sky in complete isolation for nearly 400 years. The founders sought to escape threats to their religious way of life, using the magical properties of floating rocks to launch their city into the sky and using their elemental powers to create an ideal society serving their god. In the present day, Ardiune, a rising noble priestess seeking to make a name for herself crosses paths with Thanion, a common delinquent who just wants to leave his mistakes behind. After they uncover the remains of an old plot to destroy their sacred scriptures, they become further entangled at the city’s annual human sacrifice, where Ardiune, acting out her dream religious role, administers the sacrifice of Thanion, who was selected as a scapegoat in a larger, unknown plot. As Thanion falls ritually to his death, he pulls Ardiune down with him. Stuck in the Lands Below, the two of them struggle to find their way within a new world. As they form new relationships which allow them to begin to heal from their woundings and come to terms with their own need for someone beyond themselves, they meet the King, the creator of their world. And through this, they discover that their history is a lie. The city isn’t a faithful remnant preserving virtue above a world in chaos — it’s a forgotten, cultic kingdom trapped in law-abiding darkness and built on the rejection and murder of the King who laid down his life for them. But the reign of this kingdom is coming to an end, and people are desperate for hope. Will Ardiune and Thanion embrace their personal growth journeys and the call to bring healing to a hurting people? Will the city embrace the King who has kept them alive all this while and whom death can no longer touch?
    I’ve been writing for just under a year now. The seed of this story has rattled around in my head for about a decade, but only as a stay-at-home mom did I get desperate enough to actually sit down and write.
    Publishing is my goal, and any critique is welcome!
    This story has Christian overtones.
    You can reach me at maria[dot]verde96[at]gmail.com
    Let me know if you need more information – thanks so much!

  154. Paranormal Cozy Mysteries

    My current book would be the second one in my second series which is about a team who search the normal world in search of magical artifacts. My main character in this book is Grissel Wells who is a vampire who can communicate with ghosts.

    I have been working full time as an author for about four years. I have 8 books published (all paranormal cozy mysteries) and two box sets.

    I am looking for someone to keep me accountable as well as to just share knowledge about their process (what works, what doesn’t.), run ideas by, and basically work as a support person in this solitary career. I would be interested in sharing work when needed as well as even having sprints. This means that I would like someone to be a writer in the paranormal or cozy mystery genres.

    I am in EST time zone and would like someone who would be more active in the afternoon and evening hours.

    My email is beverlyrearickauthor [at] gmail [dot] com.

  155. Daniella Torelli says

    Fantasy
    Here is the beginning of my story, tell me what you think
    Chapter 1
    Maria was walking down the street when suddenly she got pulled to the side. “Let me go” she screamed as a man wearing a black mask pinned her to the wall in a dark alley. Maria had milky white skin and was wearing a short black dress with laced black heels. “Get your hands off of me!!” She screamed and stomped hard on his foot with her heels. He stepped back and she ran as fast as she could until a black limo pulled up and she paused. Two men in suits stepped out and opened the door to the trunk and the man wearing the black mask pushed her inside while she screamed. “Help!!! Help!!!” but no one heard her. They pulled up in front of a big mansion and the men carried her inside to the bedroom. The man walked in and took off his mask to reveal his face. “Brad?!” she says surprised. Brad is her toxic ex that’s still obsessed with her. “You’re finally all mine,” he says. “No, please don’t do this” she pleads. He doesn’t listen and instead walks out and locks the door leaving her there in tears. She struggled to get the door open and yelled for help but it felt like no one could hear her. Then Brad walks back in and casually asks, “how are you my love.” She was shocked by the fact that he walked in like nothing was going on and he didn’t just kidnap her. “Let me go Brad, this isn’t worth it.” Brad runs his hands along her curves and says, “oh but it is.” “Don’t touch me!!” She snaps causing him to step back. Brad slaps her across the face and says, “you will not speak to me that way.” He walks out of the room so she can calm down.

  156. Thanks Ms. Weiland, for the Writing Buddy Idea.
    Genre: Action Thriller / possible cross over with Historical Fiction (?)
    Current Work: Drake Storm is a retired Special Forces Operator on a volunteer search and rescue team. His 2 year old niece was abducted by human traffickers. While conducting a search and rescue training event, Drake finds a trafficking operation ran by men using black magic and evil spirits to capture and transport their victims. Drake uses his Native American spirit powers and those of witches, root doctors and Norse magic, to destroy the trafficking organization.
    Experience: I am working on my second novel, titled, “Drake Storm, Way of Witches.” I self published my debut novel, “Drake Storm, Path of Spirits” in Dec 2022. I have been writing for about 5 years.
    Looking for a Writing Buddy: I am seeking a writing buddy that can provide feedback on my writing style and possibly content. I would also appreciate a beta reader or two, preferrable from different genre’s or outside of my target audience of military, law enforcement and first responders. (Since working on this second novel, I am finding great interest from witches FB groups, as they are some of my protagonists.)
    I would also like to find “like minded” authors to partner with in co-marketing efforts (websites, pod casts, etc.).
    My email address: GCMoore [at] proton [dot] me.
    Also on my website.

  157. Genre: Urban fantasy/Solar Punk

    Current story: Small town boy must work in a local business whose customers are supernatural creatures and the humans trying to track/chase/trap them.

    Level of Experience: Published short story author, experienced copywriter, over 10 years writing for money. I’m trying to break into novels and I need some help.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: Someone who reads and gives feedback on a set schedule. Someone who can give me hard truths about what’s lacking in a story. Hopefully someone who is also a previously published author or someone with extensive experience and excellent grammar skills.

    Email address: leighwillwritethat [at] gmail [dot] com

  158. Your genre:
    Fantasy

    A short summary of your current story:
    Years have passed since Jacen left his mentor and magic studies behind. Comfortable, living alone in the deep woods, rumblings of an old defeated evil reach his doorstep from travelers passing through. Jacen is thrust into battle and forced to flee, only to meet his former teacher while on the run.

    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)
    Several years ago I was active for one year and completed 37K words. Currently, reviewing my old work and weaving it back together while becoming reacquainted with it, in hopes of completing a novel length story. Once upon a time I enlisted September Fawkes to read and critique. It was a great experience.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy:
    Looking for an accountability partner to keep momentum going. Someone who is not offended by Christianity. Also looking for an honest critique partner to offer suggestions. Christians who acknowledge we’re all sinners preferred.

    Your email address: spooky [dot] Mulder [dot] FBI [at] pm [dot] me

    • Alvin Kenneth Mayega says

      I could be your accountability buddy if you don’t mind. I’m a Christian so im all up for more Christian content. Though I’m terrible at critiquing so I can’t fill the critique buddy shoes I’m also searching for one to check in on me atleast weekly.

      I write fantasy. My current wip is this: It’s a hybrid urban and portal fantasy story. The main characters are two twins Leo and Lukas. They and their team lead by Lukas are on a race against time to retrieve a relic that can potentially turn the tide on a war their magical home land is losing, despite multiple antagonistic parties being after it too. The problem is that in addition to the terrible relationship Leo has with the rest of the team and his brother plus the team slowly fracturing, Leo is plagued by guilt and mourning his dead uncle whom he failed to save and partially contributed to his death. He wants to use the Crown to bring back his dead father goaded by a mysterious entity in his head, who happens to be his father who is a bad guy and had an abusive relationship with him.

      I’ve been writing for a while, took a long hiatus during COVID but now I’m back to finish the first draft of this story and need a little pushing.

    • Alvin Kenneth Mayega says

      Forgot. My email address is alvinkennethmayega2 [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Hi Rick, Alvin, I would love to join your group. I put in introductory post here, but I think it got buried pretty deep… Anyways, I am a Christian, and one that believes Romans 3:23. I am young (under eighteen, but I have my parents permission to share my email) so I don’t know if I would be great at critiquing, but I’ve love to try!
      I have written an unpublished short-story about a fearsome prisoner wrestling with the fear that controls him (mideaval fantasy). And I am working on a novel length work about monsters that have long been entering earth by magical gateways, only kept at bay by the Shadowhunters. A boy named Peter ends up working for the local Shadowhunter and decides to take the fight to the monsters homeland. It’s only in its first draft, but that’s what writing partners are for, motivating each other to keep writing.
      My email is: Nathan (dot) d (dot) Casey (at) Hotmail (dot) com

  159. Seeking a fellow Christian historical fiction author who can give pointers for research.
    Genre: Historical Fiction (WWII – Europe/Britain)
    My WIP is set in the Channel Islands in 1947. It relies heavily on backstory which is set from 1940-1945. I’m needing to research everything from concentration camps, life in occupied areas, and post-war life. While my story is outlined and I’ve done a lot of reading, I feel like I have to stop to do research every paragraph I write for something I didn’t know I would need to incorporate. (This is my first WWII book; my former books have been set in the 1800s and early 1900s and were not so reliant on research.)
    I started writing about 20 years ago in my teens, at which time I received training with mentors and coursework. I have served as an editor, critique partner, contest judge, tutor, etc., and in this chapter of life, as I dive back into writing after a five-year pause, I’m seeking to keep learning and using what has already been sown into me by mentors, teachers, and fellow writers.
    I’m hoping to find someone who writes similar content and who can provide tips and maybe contacts for research. I’m not at the stage I need a critique partner (give me a year!), but I would be happy to provide critiques in exchange.
    Please contact me via my website meaganbriggs [dot] com and mention this post.
    Looking forward to talking WWII history!

  160. Hi, my name is Denise Lee, dleeauthor dot com
    I write paranormal mysteries. My current book, Bloodstone Legacy is about a young girl who was forced to emancipate from her father after her mother’s suicide. Following his suicide, she returned home to find that she was gifted the keys to knowledge and power through the bloodstone legacy. There is a fair bit of murder and mayhem but mainly a girl who has struggled to control her run-away emotions all her life, discovers how to harness the power of those emotions and kick ass.
    I have been writing all my life, I am in pre-launch of my first fictional novel.
    I hoping to find a like minded individual to bounce ideas of and trade beta and arc reads.
    dleeauthor99 at gmail dot com

  161. Hi!

    I’m so glad for this post. I was actually looking for something like this. My name is Adetokunbo and I’m homing to make some new friends.

    Below are my responses. I *tried* to keep it short. Alas, it is what it is, lol.

    Genre: Current Story – Urban Fantasy
    *I also write in Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance, and Isekai-Fantasy, Non-Fiction Self-Help

    Short Summary:
    Ripley is a introspective vampire, dealing with: the loss of his son (at his own hands when he turned); finding meaning in his immortal life; and trying to repress “The Fury,” an adverse side effect of not consuming human blood, (see: Hangry). He is a member of a symphonic metal band (think: night wish, within temptation, evanescence) as part of his “day job.” But by night, he and his bandmates are part of a covert militaristic group. They use their array of skills and supernatural abilities to take on jobs that protect the world and help the meek. His group takes on jobs that are ignored by two other clandestine organizations.
    In this story Ripley ends up unlocking some new ability while fighting some humans who were harassing his favorite barista. Later on, his military group is presented with the option to acquire vital information to save a large number of humans who are about to be sent to different vampire estates. In return, Ripley just has to “try” and help capture a certain “vampire” who runs a prominent organization whose efforts keep many a vampire in check from harming humans. Ripley’s team has to save the human captivities, and somehow, not give this “vampire” to the group who wants him.
    *This is story follow’s Ripley’s group, who is just one of two large organizations. The events in this story impacts and is impacted by the other books and their lead characters.
    ** The stories can be a bit gritty and introspective

    Level of experience:
    I’ve been writing for nearly a year and a half. I have a few stories written and out there on amazon. I have an epic fantasy story that I wrote and still need to go back and edit.

    What I’m looking for in a writing buddy:
    -fellow cheerleader – because sometimes writing can be a challenge, especially the business side
    -a writing sprint buddy (currently my time frame is flexible, but my preference is early morning to afternoon, EST time)
    -a person who is trying to be a professional writer, or is a professional writer
    -As a plus: someone who is willing to read my WIP and point out when I should have used “it’s” versus “its,” or if they note that something isn’t clear. I’m not a big grammar person.
    -A person who generally just wants to have a good writing friend. It helps too if they’re really trying to make this their long term career (but that’s not necessary).

    adeshile.writes [at] gmail [dot] com

  162. Sorry this is so long! I have two projects I need help with, so I’m just combining them here.
    Genre:
    1. YA Contemporary—Title TBD, Book 2 in The Kaleidoscope Series
    2. Christian Romance/Chick Lit—Saving Mike Wazowski, stand-alone
    My experience:
    I’ve been writing all my life, but I put writing on the back burner while I was raising and homeschooling my kids. I’ve been serious about my writing for about seven years now. Two years ago, I set up my own publishing company, Ginger Pup Press, and I indie published my first two books (Reflection and Life is a Kaleidoscope, both YA) last year. I’ve also taken several editing courses to become a freelance editor.
    Synopsis:
    1. Title TBD – Book 2 in The Kaleidoscope Series
    In BOOK ONE, seventeen-year-old AJ Hertz is on top of the world—a close-knit family, two best friends, a pro soccer contract in hand, and a secret love. But when a tragic car accident takes his mother’s life and leaves him with career-ending injuries and a three-month gap in his memory, AJ spirals out of control, pushing both friends and family as far away as possible. Life is a Kaleidoscope follows AJ’s heart-wrenching journey through the stages of grief and ends with him renewing broken relationships and finding an exciting—and slightly terrifying—new purpose for his life.
    In BOOK 2, we continue the story of AJ and his friends as they graduate from high school and step into adulthood, dealing with the ups and downs of relationships, a surprise pregnancy, AJ’s thrilling new venture, and more.
    This book is clean (mostly). It was written for a mainstream audience but with a Christian and pro-life worldview. My writing buddy doesn’t have to be a Christian to critique this book, but being pro-life would be a big plus.
    2. Saving Mike Wazowski
    Even as a new Christian, there isn’t much in this world twenty-five-year-old Charley Carsten isn’t afraid of. Spiders, heights, germs, people, tight spaces, drowning, the dark—you name it, it makes Charley’s heart race and her skin prickle. She prefers her own safe space at home, even working remotely to minimize her exposure to the world. So when she’s invited on an all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise by her brother’s soon-to-be in-laws, she turns it down in a heartbeat. Then her beloved stuffed Mike Wazowski—her father’s last gift to her before he died—is kidnapped, and in order to save him, Charley must complete ten challenges set forth by the kidnapper. And the first challenge? Fly to Florida and board the cruise ship Celestial. With the help of Jamie, her future sister-in-law’s handsome younger brother, Charley takes on each challenge the kidnapper throws at her, both on board and on the islands. Day by day, Charley’s feelings for Jamie grow, and with every challenge she faces, she learns that, with Jesus as her rock, she can conquer any fear. But when faced with the ultimate challenge—loving someone who suffers from the same sickness that took her father—will she remember to rely on God’s strength and not her own?
    My writing buddy for this book should be a Christian with a solid knowledge of the Bible. It’s clean fiction but deals with heavy topics and sinful acts (but also forgiveness and grace). So my ideal writing buddy for this project is someone who loves Jesus but isn’t too heaven-minded to be any earthly damn good, as the saying goes. 😉
    Looking for:
    I’m looking for someone to provide accountability, offer feedback on my writing, bounce ideas off of, and just act as my writing cheerleader, in general. And I’m very happy to do the same for you! I also have strong editing skills (copyediting, line editing, and proofreading), so I’m happy to help you clean up your manuscript before submission. And if a full edit is needed, I would offer that at “mate’s rates” to my writing buddy.
    Contact info:
    email: amy[at]amyletourneur[dot]com
    website: amyletourneur[dot]com
    Thanks!
    Amy

  163. Helping Writers Become Authors

    Find a Writing Buddy (Latest Edition!)
    K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland
    May 27
    Need a writing buddy? A critique partner? A beta reader? Here’s your stop!
    Writers need feedback. And friends! But sometimes it can be difficult to find someone who is willing to read your work and who is also a good fit for you and your writing.
    There are many different forums and groups online designed to help writers link up with each other for beta reading and helpful feedback. You can find some of those groups listed in this post. You can also reach out right here in the Wordplayer community.
    Once or twice a year, I post a “writing buddy linkup,” which opens the comments to anyone looking for a critique partner or accountability partner. It is always massively popular, and I have heard from a number of writers who have had success in finding writing partners. I’ve even heard from people who connected in the first link-up I hosted years ago who have become lifelong friends!
    If you want to join the fun, keep reading.
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    But… first! This is just a reminder, in case you missed it, that every book, course, and recording in my store (including my brand new Shadow Archetypes course) is 25% off for Memorial Weekend. That means that today (Monday, May 27th) is the last day. The discount is already applied storewide. If you’re in need of a little writing inspiration or guidance, check it out!

    Need a Writing Buddy? Here’s How
    Just leave a comment! Tell us:

  164. W.D. Edmiston

  165. I’m looking for a writing buddy that could provide feedback on my writing.
    The genre I’m trying to write currently is fantasy for 8 – 12 year old – I’ve never written for this age group before – but there is always a first time I guess.
    My story is about twins that have to save a magical realm from an malevolent sorcerer who is trying to obtain the heart crystal of that realm. They must endure a lot of challenges to protect the heart crystal and save their mother that has been missing since the twins were 8 years old.
    I’m just a beginner writer, but I have dabbled in writing poetry, and short stories. I did undertake a children’s writing course and submitted a couple of my short stories into competitions.
    I’m looking for someone I can obtain feedback from and can suggest where I need to improve for the story to flow well.
    Your email address (I recommend formatting it as follows to avoid spam: araldo77 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

  166. Genre: Fantasy (alternative future). RPG related.

    Summary: Devon’s career in the Army is on the ropes. He’s got one last chance before they kill him with the death of a thousand reprimands.

    Experience: Writing part time for five years.

    Looking for: Honest critique! If possible suggestions for improvement. Knowledge of RPG game fiction is highly recommended, but not absolutely required.

    Email: jsprenkle [at] gmail [dot] com

    • A better summary would probably help potential writing partners:

      Summary: Devon just wanted to make his family proud. It wasn’t too much to ask. His clan had protected kith and kin since the fall of the Roman empire. So why couldn’t he? Unfortunately, General Bagly, and destiny, had other ideas.

  167. Hey all! Hopping on here hoping to find a beta reader or two for my WIP. Details below:
    Genre: I’ve written and self-published four historical fiction books set during WWII, but my WIP has wound its way into other parts of the fiction world — there’s a little bit of psychological, thriller, mystery, historical, and dare I say a pinch of horror in this one. I’d say that historical fiction underlies it all since the main character deals with his past; the other genres are layered in. This story (and my writing experience of it) is fairly different from and unrelated to my first four books.
    Story Blurb: In the late summer of 2007, Fabian Loxley is a conflicted man with a complicated past. On the cusp of merging his pharmaceutical company in order to save it, a turn of events thrusts him into circumstances he could never have imagined nor be prepared to handle. A series of grim developments exacerbate the situation, forcing him into a corner as revelations are made, questions are asked, and his past confronts him head-on. Fabian’s chances of saving himself dwindle as time ticks away — will his actions be enough in the end?
    Experience: I’ve written part time for the last 10+ years; this will be my fifth book.
    What I’m Looking For: Hoping that there might be 1-2 people out there who might find my WIP interesting and could beta read the MS between July 4 and Labor Day (I’m currently revising the draft one final time before sending it out). At that point, I’m aiming to revise and finalize the MS for a pre-order launch on Amazon between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    Contact: elikale [dot] author [at] gmail [dot] com

  168. tumasluci says

    tumasluci@gmail.com
    My Genre: Middle Grade novel
    Summary: I’m beginning my second Middle Grade novel, a sequel of my first book, Jungle Hunt, (available on publisher’s site: Anaiah Press and on Amazon.) The first story features the adventures and dangers encountered by a 12-year-old missionary boy, Brock, and his family living in a remote village in Papua New Guinea. I wrote this story so my readers would get a taste of living in another country.
    The sequel follows Brock’s adjustments living in a youth hostel at the mission’s center, starting middle school, his bully roommate, and missing his village home and his family. I only have a draft of my first chapter.
    My 30 years of writing focused on documenting experiences of missionaries in Papua New Guinea where I lived for 15 years with my husband and kids. When back in the US, I continued to write true life cross-cultural stories in a magazine and on the internet.
    I’m looking for a “writing buddy” who loves the often-amusing Middle Grade genre, and who has experience writing the unique MG genre. My new novel includes humorous encounters, dealing with friendships/bully challenges and confrontation. Brock and his best friend will be stumped with a mystery woven throughout the novel. Brock is surprised by the “relatable” albeit “quirky” Head Master who becomes Brock’s mentor.
    I’d appreciate recommended MG novels that would be appropriate to my story to broaden my “library” and examples of this genre.

  169. Hi all!
    I met a lifelong friend in the original writing-buddy-linkup, which means I have high hopes for this one!
    GENRE: fantasy/flash fiction/dystopia
    CURRENT STORY: When Healing Fails.
    When royal healer Elyza’s city falls under a siege, she must choose between prolonging the queen’s life and restoring relationships with her estranged family. As her dark history overwhelms her and the enemies outside the city prove to be less dangerous than the ones within, Elyza struggles to sustain her life-long beliefs. How can she heal others when she is far from whole?
    I also write flash fiction stories for a newsletter on Substack. I just concluded a series called Classroom Chronicles – wholesome and heartwarming stories from my last three years in the Christian school classroom. As I transition out of the classroom this summer, I have transitioned to writing “Called by Name,” a flash fiction series imagining the lives of unnamed women of the Bible. I’ve done Cain and Noah’s wife – I’m looking forward to the Woman of Tekoah and Manoah’s wife specifically. 🙂
    LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE: oh gosh. I have been writing on and off since third grade, but life has a way of throwing curveballs at me. I currently proofread novels as a side gig (so count on me catching stubborn spelling/formatting errors) and time as a teacher has taught me to be liberal with a red pen.
    ISO: I’m looking for people with faith backgrounds that aren’t afraid of darkness. I’m a Christian myself, but do not classify my writing as Christian fiction because they do tend to veer on the darker side. I deal with issues such as abuse, death, suicide, and the hard sides of faith (people who claim to be religious but do terrible things in the name of their god; a God who seems to ignore his people, etc.). My goal is to be willing to dive into the darkness so that the Light shines even brighter (but I do tend to linger on the darkness – a writing buddy could be helpful with that – figuring out how dark is too dark without telling me I’m a terrible Christian who shouldn’t be thinking of such things. xD)
    EMAIL: devallrebekah (at) gmail (dot) com.

  170. Jeff Partridge says

    I’m an old fart that’s completed a half dozen or more novels ranging from High/Low Fantasy, to Urban (Mythos) paranormal, to military science fiction over the last… few decades. I am currently reworking a novel I completed in 2014 and expanding it into a “light” novel series. I could really use the input from any (preferably) experienced writer who is also familiar with shounen/shoujo romcom manga/fiction/anime. Extra bonus points if you know what the story of Tanabata is.

    A rough blurb follows:

    Always and Forever: A Tanabata Story
    All her life, Miko Miyamoto has struggled to be the perfect student, daughter and athlete. She has sacrificed her childhood to please her teachers, tutors, parents and coaches only getting a rare “good job” in return, and never hearing the words “I love you” from any of them.

    Jack Patrick, an American kid growing up in the somewhat xenophobic culture of Japan, just wants to get by. He knows he will never fit in and just hopes to get through high school without attracting unwanted attention.

    Finding in this outsider, a love and acceptance she didn’t know was possible, Miko casts aside the expectations of both her parents and society, sacrificing her future for the present passion she finds in Jack. Though everyone she knows seems determined to pull them apart, Miko focuses all her discipline and determination into being with Jack, even if it might kill her.

    If interested, you can generally reach me at japartridge[at]gmail[dot]com

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