Need a Writing Buddy? Find One Right Here!

Some of the questions I am asked most frequently are, “How can I find a writing buddy? Where did you find your own critique partners? Help! I need beta readers!”

And, yes, as you may have noticed, that last isn’t a question so much as a desperate plea for help. I noticed too!

Need a Writing Buddy? You’re Not Alone!

Writing is a solitary life, which means it’s especially nice to send out a ping and hear a friendly echo in return. It reminds us we’re really all in this crazy adventure together.

Even more specifically, writers need the help of one another. None of us is able to edit our own work with complete objectivity. To take things to the next level, we need the critique and encouragement of other writers—people who know what they’re doing and who are as passionate about the same type of stories as we are.

And yet, it can be strangely difficult to actually connect with all of these similarly “single and looking” fellow writers out there.

That’s why I’m super excited about today’s post!

Find Your New Writing Buddy Right Here!

Quite a few years ago, YA author Lisa Marie messaged me on Facebook with an awesome idea:

I … was wondering if you ever considered offering a writing buddy link-up. It’s so hard to find a writing buddy that you really click with…. I don’t know other writers and would love to connect with others. And you have such a great community. Sometimes I’ve seen pages where they’ll offer buddies to each other, the people who want to connect link their names.

I first ran this post back then, to an enthusiastic response. Today, I want to share it again (and if you all like it, I may make it a more regular feature). If you’re interested in exchanging critiques with other writers, you’re in the right place.

What Do You Have to Do?

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 risk of spam: kmweiland [at] kmweiland [dot] com)

Be sure to subscribe to the comments, so you can read additional entries as they come in. If you see someone you think would be a great match for you, drop them a line!

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!

Wordplayers, tell me your opinion! What are you looking for in a writing buddy? Tell us in the comments!

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Comments

  1. Hi! I’d love a writing buddy, especially one who can help me stay on track with a regular writing schedule. Here are my answers to the above questions:
    – Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (YA as the main characters are teenagers)
    – WIP Summary: “A middle school science class is accidentally sent to another planet, light-years from earth, and the kids have to learn how to survive the environment, aliens, and each other if they have any hope of finding a way home.”
    – Experience: I’ve been writing this novel since 2016, off and on (more off than on the last 3 years), and have 150,000 words of a first/second draft completed.
    – What I’m looking for: As stated before, I’m looking for a buddy to check in regularly and keep me accountable to doing some writing at least once a week and who has a shared interest in speculative fiction that blurs the gap between sci-fi and fantasy.
    – Email: Jimforxst [at] g mail [dot] c o m
    Thanks for this opportunity KM!

    • hey! i’m Lydia! My novel is also a space sci-fi novel. In mine, a couple teenagers on the dystopian planet Pitos stumble across an escaped teenaged criminal, who claims to be from Earth and enlists their help returning home. With everyone against them at every turn, the MCs are forced to work together despite their difficult past with each other if they have any hope of saving themselves and their families.
      I’ve been writing for forever, but this project I’ve been working on since early 2021. I’m also looking for someone to just check in with and bounce ideas off of.
      If you wanna chat, my email is lydiasollingerauthor@gmail.com

      • Claire P Till says

        Hi James and Lydia! Your works both sound fun and I’d love to connect with you, if you’re open to YA fantasy? My WIP involves bad relationships between the fae and humans communities, and the MC (just graduated high school) must pass an impossible magical test in order to reconcile the fae and humans. It involves some classic fairy tale things (7th sons of 7th sons, making bargains with fae) and the theme is that you must choose your own destiny and not listen to what other people say you can/can’t do.
        I’m currently drafting. I’ve been writing for ages but have yet to take a novel beyond first draft stage. (Hopefully this one is the one!) I’m also looking for someone to check in with and bounce ideas off.
        If you’re interested, my email is claire.p.till [at] g mail [dot] com.

    • Hello James, Lydia & Co.
      I would love to connect and help each other stay on track. I, too would love to collaborate to keep myself on a regular writing schedule.
      My answers to the above questions:
      – Genre: sci-fi, dystopic
      -Summary: a group of people from different walks of life find themselves in the middle of a revolution when the quasi religious ruling body that has replaced all extent religions and systems of government turns out to be not all it was cracked up to be.
      -Experience: I’ve been writing for ten years. this book I’ve been working on the past three years. I’m around 18,000 words deep on my latest revision, but have 300 some odd pages of original draft.
      -What I’m looking for: I would love to connect with an individual/group of other folk to keep each other on track and meet our individual goals. Swap feedback, tips etc.
      -Email: vivian.e.mcmeekin@gmail.com

    • Hi James, I write the same thing as you, YA. Also need help staying on traick. Also just someone to dicscuse what I am writing and not get a confused comment back haha.

  2. I write middle grade childrens’s books. My current one is about an animal-loving girl who lives in a redneck family. When she befriends an orphaned armadillo, she has to do everything she can to keep it from becoming Saturday dinner.
    I’ve been writing for about one and a half years, so I’m still new. And I’m almost 14… so… I guess I could help with children’s books.
    I’m looking for someone who won’t talk down to me like a little kid or want to sugarcoat everything. If a part of my story it terrible, then I want to know.
    thedaytoncrew(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Hi – I was going to comment on this but you had already commented on mine! You might almost be 14, and I might be over 60, but we’re probably at the same level for writing.

    • Hello Elana
      I am an illustrator who is a completely beginner at writing but I am working on my first graphic novel script. I am interested in connecting with people who are writing in the kidlit category. I would love to give feedback or help in any way with your story.

    • Dan Aughey says

      Hi Elana,
      I read your story: The Most Stressful 5 Minutes of My Life – A Parakeet Short Story. I really liked it! I write Flash Fiction (< 500 words). I try to stick with YA fantasy, a few animals stories, and stories that revolve around clowns and circuses. I've been writing for @ 10 years, have never submitted for publication, and am 65 years old–just retired. I would love to read more of your stories, and perhaps get your opinions/suggestions about mine.

    • Lilly Forge says

      Hi Elana! I’m a fellow teen writer, so I can relate, haha. I love your story description. I’m looking for a writing buddy/buddies as well to help hold me accountable and offer advice as I try to complete a couple short stories and possibly a novel. I’m mostly a fantasy writer. My current short story #1 is about a boy who, after his home is seized by invading forces, must choose between hope and despair in the middle of a graveyard, in the middle of the night, where a strange, stone-like creature just might help him. Short story #2 is about a girl who lives a normal life until an old woman moves into her village and tells her that she can make wishes on blades of grass.

      I’d love to connect, to exchange feedback and hold each other accountable. Let me know if you’re interested!

  3. Gary Lee Webb says

    Saw this a few days ago and attempted to respond — no go. Glad to see it again. We can all benefit from helpful criticism. Writing (after all) is a learning process, and how can we learn without knowing where we erred?

    Genre: Fantasy — reasonably high fantasy

    Current story: A Buildingsroman (growing-up-and-education novel) about two young (non-human) people in a Norse mythology world: the lessons they learn in the world; the experiences that build their character and skills; eventually, the crises and how they deal with them to improve their lives and their tribe’s. Their race? They are descended from Fenrir, son of Loki and the giantess Angrsbodha of the Iron Woods (not close descended, many generations).

    Experience: been telling stories for decades (Toastmasters, National Storytelling Network, and public events). In spring 2012, got told by an editor (who happened to be in audience) that my stories were publishable. Decided to write my current character’s “first” story and submit it; published July 2012 in The Bohemia Journal. Have published many stories since then in magazines (amateur, semi-professional) and anthologies. Longest accepted piece: 12,000 words. Been working on a novel since August 2018. I have also edited some work published by friends and acquaintances.

    What I am looking for: The current opus is drafted and many times self-edited. I am in the process of trying to polish it to the point that I I might be able to sell it (perhaps I am too self-negative, but anything can be bettered) before I try sending it to Tor, Baen, DAW, and so on. Feedback on what could be improved, places where this author assumed something was apparent to the reader (and yet the reader did not perceive it), any inconsistencies (hopefully none at this point), etc. In short, places I need to fix or improve the work in question, before I take the plunge and actually submit — I do wish the best chance possible for publication.

    E-mail: GaryLeeWebbTM [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Hello Gary, I would be glad to read and provide feedback to your story. It sounds fascinating and from a different perspective. I am about to submit my own information here but read this first. I am an older yet newbie writer writing what I tell my kids is my “training wheels book” for the past 3 years, learning much as I go. (from here, James Scott Bell and others.) I have another one in the wings.
      While I’ll read anything, I prefer fantasy (Terry Pratchett for one. My kids (adults) and I have our own book club, meeting on Zoom once a week. Our first two books were Pratchett books until we decided to branch out.) Sci-fi, mystery, literary, etc.
      If you are amiable, see my info below (or wherever they put it)
      Cheers,
      Linda M

      • Gary Lee Webb says

        Wow … decided this morning to return to bed after reading the post pre-dawn and putting in my information. I see over 60 responses before I got back on.

        Linda M — would like to connect. I do not see *your* promised post with your details. Perhaps we have more in common than a love of Fantasy and being older (and having adult children). Family can be very distracting (even adult children). Be that as it may, I look forward to your post.

        Hope to see your info soon. Cheers!

        Gary Lee (double-word first name)

        • Gary Lee Webb says

          Ahhh … I think they put you down under different names.

          I see I have a typo in my description (above). Sigh!

    • Hi Gary Lee, can’t see those 60 replies, so maybe someone else already pointed this out, but as a German, I can say with confidence that you’re writing a “Bildungsroman”, not a “Buildingsroman”.
      There’s no bricklaying involved 😉

      Cheers,
      Kim Nexus

  4. Thanks for doing this, and happy New Year to you!

    Mystery and sci-fi
    A steampunk mystery version of our Arsenic and old Lace.
    Writing for two decades. First book came out in Nov 2021, second one this spring.
    Looking for feedback/marketing ideas/possible collaboration
    Jasonpwrites[at] gmail [dot] com

  5. J. A. Kennedy says

    I would love to have a writing buddy! My genre is historical nonfiction narrative.
    My story is based on real people and real events, although not every event I write is not fact.
    It’s about an evil principal (Gertrude) at a private boarding school in 1912. Her penchant for heavy-handed punishment is relentless. Her sister (Fannie) is the teacher and has compassion for all the children. They butt heads over the harsh punishment daily. One day, an orphan ran away and met his untimely demise. The sheriff has a problem with her evasiveness during her interview. It is Fannie’s hope that Gertrude’s harsh punishment will abate, but has her doubts. Will Gertrude ease up on her punishments? We’ll see.
    I’ve been writing for about six years. My first and only historical nonfiction narrative was published in 2019.
    I’m looking for a writing buddy that can help with finding plot holes. Although many advocate to write the story and then edit/revise, it find it difficult. I edit/revise chapter by chapter, therefore I feel I may have made errors along the way. I’m also very wordy (as you can tell by this post).
    My email is: jkwwsw[at]gmail[dot]com
    I appreciate your consideration for being my writing buddy, thank you,
    J. A. Kennedy

    • Hi! I think we might be a good writing match. I like the sound of your book, and I write the same way, revising as I go.

    • Hello JA Kennedy. I was drawn to your post as I too am writing a fictionalized account and it seems most everyone is into YA or sci fi. I have been writing for many years but since early retirement two years ago, I have taken it seriously and am in a local critique group. I find that since there are four of us and we only meet monthly, I have not received as much input as I would like and am interested in an additional critique partner that is of the same genre.
      I am writing a fictionalized account of the development of the World Series of Poker. Yes, I lived in Las Vegas for twenty years before escaping. I am 50000 words into my current novel and editing furiously. I’ve been in two prior critiques groups of differing genres and love to read with an eye to improvement.
      Let me know if you think this might be a fit.

      • Chuck M Harris says

        Hi Rinah, I’ve returned to writing after a long career as a working photographer with a newspaper background in editing and sports feature and assignment writing. I’ve just finished my first novel, working title Ambulance Stories, based on my pre-EMT experiences in the 60s driving ambulances in a large Southern city as experienced by the main character, Sam Edwards.
        The book is solid, but I worry about the ending and would like some feedback before wrapping up.

        • As a retired physician, I would find your novel interesting and I’m happy to read it and provide feedback. I assume it is differing stories that make up the entire novel? That is similar to my novel, in that each chapter can really stand on its own, but together they take place in time and you see progression. My problem is that whenever I think I’ve finished a portion, I get another idea and rewrite that part. While it slows the process, I’m always so much happier after the rewrite. I have two beta readers but they are not as critical as I would like so I’m really looking for areas to improve and someone with a more critical eye. My critique group is very literary and my novel is not. So while they are helpful, they are not my reader demographic. If you think that we can help each other, please send me an e mail and we can talk further. Rinahsho@gmail.com

  6. Thank you for providing this opportunity.
    – Genre: YA Fantasy
    – WIP Summary: A group of teenagers is exposed to magic in a way that benefits some and causes damage to others. While part of the group wants to find a way to undo the effects to save their buddy from the curse, another part wants to keep their new powers at all costs.
    – Experience: I’ve been writing for a long time, but have always lost the motivation to continue. I have finished a few short stories (of around 5k-10k words), but never the novels I wanted to write.
    – What I’m looking for: someone to check in and keep me accountable, and preferably someone I can brainstorm with, and who can give me honest, frank feedback.
    – Email: bobRaskoph gmail com

    • Claire P. Till says

      Hi Bob! Sounds interesting to me! And I’m looking for exactly what you describe you’re looking for.
      Here’s my info:
      Genre: YA fantasy
      Summary: The MC must pass an impossible magical test in order to reconcile the fae and humans. It involves some classic fairy tale things (7th sons of 7th sons, making bargains with fae) and the theme is that you must make your own destiny.
      Experience: I’ve been writing for ages but have yet to take a novel beyond first draft stage. (Hopefully this one is the one!) I’m currently drafting my WIP.
      Looking for: brainstorm buddy, feedback buddy, someone to check in with
      If you’re interested, my email is claire.p.till [at] g mail [dot] com.

    • Bob and Claire, both of your stories sound right up my alley. I write fantastical realism for MG and YA readers. I have an MFA from Vermont College of Arts for Children and Young Adults. I’ve finished two books, but have had no bits on queries. I would love to get some fresh eyes on my novel, Return to Spender.

      Summary: William Jeffery is the only person who can make Grandpa Woodman smile. Not until his grandfather dies does eleven-year-old William discover why. He shares three things with his ancestors: a leap year birthday, magical money that returns every time it’s spent, and Irish fairy magic that allows him to communicate with his dead relatives. However, The Gift of Seamus comes with rules. The most important rule for this fairy enchanted money? Never tell anyone, absolutely anyone, anything about the gift. Ever. If William doesn’t live by the rules, he could lose the bill, sever the connection to his grandfather and ancestors, and destroy the family’s inheritance forever.

      If you’re interested, my email is robin.korb [at] vcfa.edu

      • Niki Daninger says

        Bob, Claire, and Robin,

        I might be late to the party, but if any of you are interested in maybe forming a small accountability group, I’d be interested as well. I write a combination of YA and Adult fantasy (with a side of romance), but my style (even when I write adult) is closer to YA as that is what I tend to read.
        I have been writing for years and have dozens of WIPs – so finishing puts me in the same boat with you.
        I have one short story published and I was a line-editor for the past 5 years. I had to take a break as it was interfering with my creativity – leaving me with NO motivation to work on my own stories.
        I have been looking for a good writing buddy for years – since my good friend stopped writing – but haven’t been able to find a good match 🙁

        My current fantasy: Saira has worked in her aunt and uncle’s bakery since she was old enough to walk. But her gift isn’t baked goods – it’s reading the customers who come in. She knows just what they need to ‘cure what ails.’ Most are happy to accept her knowledge without question – no one talks of ‘magic’ or ‘abilities’ – no one except the king’s youngest son.
        Castor is trying to enjoy his last days of freedom. He’s been engaged to a girl, who feels more like a sister, since he was fifteen and the wedding has just been set. More at home among the ‘commoners’ he spends his time in town, usually at the racetrack. When he meets Saira, he knows she’s different – in a way she shouldn’t be, and when tragedy strikes, he knows no one else can help him figure out what is really going on.

        My email is: nikidaninger [at] gmail.com

    • I’d love to get in on this thread as well! YA Fantasy with Account-a-Buddies is exactly what I was hoping to find.

      Hello! I’m Alyssa and I have self-published many short stories and articles over the last decade or so. I am now breaking into longer projects, with my first YA novel published last year.

      I am currently wrapping up edits on the next book in the series. A whimsical YA high-fantasy action-adventure about mermaids, magic, mischief, and monsters.

      Edits are a slog for me and connecting with other writers interested in the same genre would help on so many levels.

      Let me know! alyssacastobooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. I am looking for a playwriting critique partner. On a scale of 1-10 I am probably about a 3 in terms of experience, although I have written over 2 dozen plays and had 2 performed. I am currently focusing on one-act plays of duration 30-40 minutes and have one dealing with PTSD and another about marriage. You can reach me at de [dot] t1op0 [at] dralias [dot] com.

  8. Christine F Williams says

    I write mainly U.S. historical fiction.
    My work is a fictionalized version of the true story of a freed slave woman who helped found the city of St. Louis, Missouri.
    I have been writing for about 25 years with a few published works in history, English Literature and technical writing.
    Looking for feedback on if the story is interesting, flows well and makes sense. I have doubts about my story being too minute in the details of life in 1763. Marketing ideas and just about anything else!
    philovw[at]hotmail [dot] com

    • Hi, Christine
      I don’t know if you’ve found a writing buddy or not, but if not, I would be interested. I write historical fiction. My completed work is set in 18th century Ireland, but I have a prequel started that is set in 12th century Wales and Ireland and a sequel set in pre-Civil War US that will involve a group going west, one member of which is smuggling runaway slaves in a freight wagon. I have several other sequels in mind.
      I am currently trying a different approach to publishing, serializing on Substack but still need to worry about such matters as building an email list and marketing, so maybe we could help each other out. sedillinger@yahoo.com

      • michaelrdrane says

        I’m interested in working with both of you as well! I’m writing US Historical Fiction but with roots in Ireland and England so I touch on that too. Late 19th century for me.

        My story is about two friends who take different paths in the gilded age, specifically the steel industry. This is my first go at writing but I’ve been reading historical fiction ever since I picked up The Killer Angels in 4th grade.

        I’d love any critique you can offer and am happy to read your work and give the same.

        Email is michaelrdrane [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Christine, your story sounds interesting.

  9. Hi. Can I advertise my critique group here? We’re specifically a Speculative Fiction group, and actually, our winter critique marathon starts today. Below is the link, and if you’re interested, just post a bio answering our questions and we’ll add you in. Don’t worry about missing the first week of marathon, you can start any time.

    https://thesfgroup.proboards.com/

  10. I’ve love to be part of a critique group!
    *Cozy murder mysteries
    *Short blurb: Delaney Morran receives an unexpected inheritance—the keys to a tow truck—from a dad she’s never known. Despite the fact she hasn’t changed a tire in all of her twenty-eight years, she decides to give the rough and dangerous business a chance. Hauling cars for suspicious characters provides plenty of opportunities to discover dead bodies. And when that happens Delaney must toughen up her image as the tow truck operator in high-heels and find the killers in her otherwise safe mountain town.
    *Writing many years; 10 books published, current WIP under contract
    *More eyes on my manuscripts; always looking to improve my writing
    *whalenkarenc@gmail.com

    • Phyllis Brandano says

      Sounds like a winner, Karen. Would love to be another set of eyes..

    • Linda Rose says

      I agree with Phyllis. The story sounds fun and I would be another set of eyes if you like.

    • ross buckner says

      Agree with the above. Looks like fun. I just posted my WIP – it’s not cozy at all, but would appreciate your look if you’re interested. Either way, I’m up to read all about Delaney.

    • Diana L Sharples says

      Hey, Karen! I’d love to connect with you. I’ve just completed my first romantic suspense novel and am in the plotting phase of a second. I have seven published novels in contemporary YA and YA mysteries.

    • thelittlestthistle says

      Hi Karen, I’d love to be another set of eyes if you’re not already inundated, although I’m 10 cosy mysteries behind you… I’ll drop you an e-mail.

    • Hi Karen,
      I am writing the third book of a cozy mystery with another series in mind. I’m having trouble staying on track though, and would appreciate having a writing buddy or two to commiserate with.

  11. Chloe Kincaid says

    Hi! I’m Chloe and I write contemporary MM (gay) romances. Currently working on a best friend’s brother, dual-POV WIP with a professional football player. I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen (I’m 34), but only seriously thinking about publishing for maybe the last five or so years. As far as a writing buddy goes, it’d be fun if we could trade chapters, but it’s not absolutely necessary. Someone to just hold me accountable, with whom to check in, and encourage each other. If this sounds like a good match for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at chloekincaidwrites [at] gmail [dot] com!! Can’t wait to hear from you!

  12. Hi everyone! I am looking for a CP or beta reader, someone who will help keep me accountable and writing on a regular basis.

    Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy (I think they call it Contemporary Fantasy now because all the Vamps and Weres killed it for everyone. I have neither.)

    I’ve been writing for almost a decade now and have been an ML for NaNoWriMo for many years. Had this current MS on sub, but nothing more than a couple of partial requests that fizzled out, so I am back in the revision trenches.

    Summary: Vancouver’s up-and-coming crisis agent, workaholic Casey Graves, is due for a promotion. After spending the last two decades punishing sinners on behalf of Nemesis, Greek Goddess of Retribution, she’s at the top of her game. Now, the coveted position of Overseer is within her grasp—a gig with exclusive perks like flexible working hours and immortality.

    All she has to do is complete the Final Trial and balance the scales of justice by killing an ex-soldier named Eric Hayes. No problem… except he’s innocent and she’s inexplicably smitten with him. Insta-love? Hardly. She’d never fall for that. Suspecting foul play, Casey is determined to uncover who sabotaged her and why Eric is so important. However, the goddess of revenge doesn’t tolerate being slighted and refusal to execute her orders is a treasonous act, resulting in severance pay of the fatal sort.

    With the help of her best friend, a mysterious grim reaper who hates his job, Casey quits service and goes on the run with Eric, seeking to escape Nemesis’ wrath and save the dude in distress.

    Email: sabrinahayle (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Hi Everyone!

      Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy (new-to-me– I usually write Paranormal Romance)

      My story’s setting is on a planet in another galaxy. My protagonist is exiled there from her own planet for challenging its the scientific orthodoxy. Now she must survive and thrive in alien surroundings. She discovers the lie she’s been taught her whole life and the ultimate truth that brings her to a new role as a leader.

      I’ve been writing for over 20 years and have published 3 Paranormal Romance Novels.

      I need someone who understands Sci-fi/Fantasy genre expectations and who is willing to guide/brainstorm/ and read the occasional first draft chapter. At this point I’m still world building but have 2 chapters in rough first draft status.
      ginger(at)annduran(dotcom)

      • Hi Ginger,
        I’ve never written sci-fi (feels intimidating and I’m still a newbie), but I enjoy reading it and yours sounds interesting. My WIP is Paranormal Romantic Suspense. I’ve added your, Waking The Dead book to my TR list 🙂

    • Sabrina, I like the bones of your story. Sounds similar in the broad strokes to my WIP. I’d love to chat and see if we’d be good CP’s.

    • Samantha K Hammond says

      Sent you an email. I like the blurb of your story.

  13. Hi everyone! My name is Sarah, and I’m looking for a writing buddy (or buddies!).
    I write sci-fi (primarily space opera) and what I think of as “fun fantasy.” More lighthearted than epic, but not quite cozy, though I can’t stay away from complicated plots and twists and high stakes!
    I’m currently working on a multi-novella project I’m pitching as “Parks and Rec meets Dungeons and Dragons.” I’ve been writing seriously for over a decade and have a few published projects behind me.
    I’m looking for someone(s) who wants to stay accountable, as well as celebrate the fun and ups and downs as a writer. I also absolutely love to bounce ideas around and I love feedback-someone who is comfortable talking through our writing and feedback in frank and honest ways, while also being willing to agree to disagree sometimes.
    I can be reached at: shewhowrites [at] me [dot] com. Can’t wait to find more writing friends!!

    • Hey Sarah! I’m so here for the Dungeons and Dragons comment. Your work and interests make me think we could be a good fit. I’m going to email you!

    • Hi Sarah, I’m writing what I hope is fun fantasy space adventures. I’ll email you to make contact, to see if we can help each other. Graydon

    • Niki Daninger says

      Hi Sarah,

      A little late to the party, but. . . I write a combination of YA and Adult fantasy (with a side of romance), but my style (even when I write adult) is closer to YA as that is what I tend to read. I love to read space operas and I’m totally into fun fantasy!

      I have been writing for years and have dozens of WIPs, but only one short story has been published. I was a line-editor for the past 5 years, I had to take a break as it was interfering with my creativity – leaving me with NO motivation to work on my own stories.
      I have been looking for a writing buddy for years – since my good friend stopped writing – but haven’t been able to find a good match 🙁 I am looking for accountability, someone to brainstorm with, and someone who likes to talk about the process of writing.

      My current fantasy: Saira has worked in her aunt and uncle’s bakery since she was old enough to walk. But her gift isn’t baked goods – it’s reading the customers who come in. She knows just what they need to ‘cure what ails.’ Most are happy to accept her knowledge without question – no one talks of ‘magic’ or ‘abilities’ – no one except the king’s youngest son.
      Castor is trying to enjoy his last days of freedom. He’s been engaged to a girl, who feels more like a sister, since he was fifteen and the wedding has just been set. More at home among the ‘commoners’ he spends his time in town, usually at the racetrack. When he meets Saira, he knows she’s different – in a way she shouldn’t be, and when tragedy strikes, he knows no one else can help him figure out what is really going on.

      My email is: nikidaninger [at] gmail.com

    • Hi Sarah,
      Like your ideas, and think we might work well together. Sent you email.

  14. Genre children’s chapter books
    Self published 2
    Have just been writing over 2 years, am retired
    Current book: planning on being a series. Book 1, girl finds a wish stone, makes a wish to talk with animals. Is granted wish to talk to shelter animals for 24 hours only
    I want a gentle book buddy who won’t tear my book apart! I want to see what parts could use revisions, are there boring parts? I’m not quite done with adding images, but would want feedback on whether they fit.
    karenolsonbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Your book sounds interesting! I’m writing an animal novel too.

      • Thanks for responding, Elana. If you’re interested in reading it, I could send you a pdf. If you want me to read yours, I’d be glad to. Please just let me know at your convenience.

        • Sure! I can share mine through google doc. Send me a pdf and I’ll be sure to look at it.

          • OK. Let me do a little more work on mine and I’ll send it to you, either tonight or tomorrow. Thanks! You can email me for how to get yours, too. I do have mine in google doc, so guess I could share it that way. I’m not very good at figuring out how to do things, though. And I don’t like how mine looks on docs.

  15. Darlene Elder says

    I write MG fiction. I am currently in the revision phase of two novels, one a time travel fantasy featuring a revolutionary time in ancient Egypt’s history and the other a contemporary story about a girl whose grandfather with dementia comes to live with her family. I began writing decades ago and published various short stories and articles. Then I took a teaching job and taught middle school language arts and social studies for 30+ years. Now that I’m retired, I’m trying to revive my writing career.
    I would love a writing buddy to give me feedback on whatever current issue I am dealing with: plot, dialogue, pacing, etc. I will do the same for you. I would also like someone to encourage me when I lose heart and in general to share the joys and frustrations of being a writer.

    • Hi Darlene, your stories sound really interesting, I would be keen to give feedback. I’ve posted about my book here too, so maybe you’d be interested in reading that? jlwilliamswriter[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Donna chung says

      I have been writing seriously for 5 years. I’m a retired oncology doctor.
      Literary fiction

      While it’s not YA, the first half of my novel covers Bella’s life from age 4 to 20, from Bella’s POV (point-of-view).

      I am revising 60,000 word novel :
      In this Hawaii-based novel, Bella He’alani Lee, a young Asian American woman begins life with a severe disability and a love triangle involving both parents and her aunt. She travels to New York City, fulfilling her desire to become a medical doctor. Her story of resilience, strength and determination is remarkable for her inner struggle to find a sense of belonging, love and the creation her own family. A shocking twist only propels her forward in her journey to find her place in the world.

      Would love to critique partners and talk about the craft of writing: story structure, plot, POV, conflict/tension to reconstruct each chapter for traditional publishing.

      I hope we can help each other !
      Donna Chung
      hawaiimakai1234@gmail.com

  16. Hi,
    i am looking for multiple critiques for the first draft of my novel. The details of the work are as follows:
    Your genre- Sci-Fi/Satire
    A short summary of your current story- When space scientist Jenea suggests that the collective Hive should incorporate some individual elements, it puts her life to risk. Jenea has powerful enemies and friends. As the autocratic, tyrant queen of her species tries to kill her, sensible powers try to protect her. Will Jenea succeed and lead her race out of the doom of social and intellectual stagnation or be able to preserve just her own her life?
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)- I have been actively involved in creative writing since 14, so I have been writing on and off for 24 years.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy- Feedback and critique for my work
    Your email address- vivekchakravertyATgmail.com

  17. Your genre: YA speculative fiction
    A short summary of your current story: Fifteen-year-old MARA must escape the island and the massive fence that restrains her. Every villager is told that no other place exists, yet ever since her best friend LALANIA disappeared two years ago, Mara believes otherwise. When Mara’s cousin, KALAMA, ends up mysteriously dead, Mara knows she has to get off the island — now. Though she could be dragged beneath the island by wraith-like shadows for disobeying the law, Mara must leave behind everything she knows, including the boy she loves. But the more secrets Mara uncovers, the more she realizes her entire world has been an elaborate lie, and no one is safe.
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing): I have been writing for about 12 years.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: I just want a CP that would like to read my full manuscript and offer feedback, maybe chat about ideas to improve.
    Your email address: tyshiver (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Je suis apprentie écrivaine FRANÇAISE.
    Je souhaite commenter cette publication, car j’utilise la méthodologie de K.M.Weiland pour préparer mes projets romanesques, et j’espère secrètement que d’autres auteurs français visitent ce merveilleux site.
    • Genre : SFFF – Littérature de l’imaginaire. Projet actuel en Fantasy.
    • Expérience : 4 ans pour l’écriture de romans
    • Recherche : Écrivain français en SFFF qui aime échanger sur la structure, la thématique et le worldbuilding. SI nos personnalités se conviennent, je suis ouverte à des bêta lectures conjointes. Échange par écrit ou par vidéoconférence.
    • Contact : fanny.gloanec[at]gmail[dot]com
    Traduction Google :
    Hello everyone 😊
    I am an apprentice FRENCH writer.
    I would like to comment on this publication, because I use the K.M.Weiland methodology to prepare my novel projects, and I secretly hope that other French authors visit this wonderful site.
    • Genre: SFFF – Literature of the imaginary. Current project in Fantasy.
    • Experience: 4 years for writing novels
    • Research: French writer in SFFF who likes to discuss structure, theme and worldbuilding. IF our personalities match, I’m open to joint beta readings. Exchange in writing or by videoconference.
    • Contact: fanny.gloanec[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Colleen F Janik says

      Fanny G. I have a rough draft novel that takes place during WW1 France. That time period in France fascinates me. I’ve done some fairly extensive research and purchased several books on the subject. Would you be willing to read a part of my novel and let me know if you think what I’m doing is on track and accurate? I will likely never be able to make the trip there, but in my heart I’ve lived there for years. I really need some good honest feedback on what I’ve done so far and whether I’m on the right track.
      I even have some CD’s on learning French and a French English dictionary, although I’ve made no progress in that regard.
      It would be so great to hear from another writer in France!

  19. Aloha,
    I write every morning (in Hawai’i, so Hawaii Standard Time) from 6-630 am. I’m looking for someone to help me with accountability. I’m thinking of someone who I can text or email to say, I did my half hour today. I think this will help me to keep on track. I tend to get off track by work projects (I’m a teacher). Would you be interested in sharing texts about how long you wrote each day?
    I write Middle Grade, I’m working on a 3 part series and I’ve been writing seriously for 22 years with one Romance novel (self pub) and one teacher nonfiction book (Corwin.) You can email me at mskriswolf [at] gmail [DOT] com.

    Thanks!

    • Hey Kristin,

      I’d love daily progress check-ins. I’ve got a world clock app on my laptop and I’ll add your time zone to my list! I’m often sitting down to work at that same time (8AM my time, after my kids get on the bus to school). I’m in Oregon

    • Hey! I’m also a teacher (middle school history) and would love daily progress check-ins. I’m getting back into the habit of daily writing at the moment, hoping to start the first draft of my low fantasy very soon!

    • Kristin, intrigued by your publishing history with Corwin. I’ve published teacher resource books and other educational materials as well, including a few MG leveled fiction and nonfiction readers. Amy, also in PNW area.

  20. Ella Braeme says

    Hey there, I would love an accountability buddy and sounding-board to all those ideas of mine.
    Genre: contemporary small-town romance novellas
    Experience: I have published my first novella in November and am currently editing my second
    WIP: It’s a series of connected romances (yet standalone), set in Georgia, marriage of convenience, steamy — oh dear, I almost forgot to mention that! If you want to be my CP you will have to be okay with some sexy stuff.
    ella at ellabraeme . com

    • William Cowie says

      I emailed you a reply. Let me know if you’re interested.

    • Hi, Ella! I also write small town romances! I have two novellas and four novel length stories published. Three novels are connected but can stand alone, and I’m working on a trilogy that’s connected by theme. My WiP is the second book, and the MC is a resident case manager at a recovery house trying to date someone who isn’t part of the recovery community. I don’t write anything very steamy because I never like how it turns out, but I love reading it. I have a background in writing and editing, with ten years freelance mostly doing internet content and local interest articles, but other stuff along the way. During Covid I had a zoom writing group and it was awesome, but everyone went back to working 50 hours a week and dropped out. So I’m open to a group, too. Bwreads (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Hey there Ella and William and Beth! I am a guy (Jack), writing under pen name K.C. Newbury. I have a couple WIPs… contemporary romance and young adult romance. Would love to connect with some folks.. (Beth.. if things click with personalities, etc. I’d be open to a group too.) Basically need accountability and encouragement. I’ve read (too much) on the craft… and now I need to consistently jump in the pool and swim, er… write. I am a member of a local critique group, but many of them don’t care to study and learn the craft. It’s become the frustration of those who “don’t know how” critiquing those who are trying to learn.

      So, I guess what I am looking for is accountability and critique “with solid craft learning” behind it. 🙂
      kcnewbury [at] gmail [dot] com

      Oh, wholesome, “fade to black”, but I can read it all 🙂

    • I’d be interested in a group too, or individuals if something clicks! I write clean (but not squeaky) romance with a small town vibe. I published my first book just over two years ago.

      My current WIP is in the same world as my previous seven books, all interconnected. The couple in question were left at HFN, and readers have asked for their HEA!

      Summary: All Faye wants for Christmas is a couple of quiet days off from the café she runs, but when her boyfriend Will announces his mother is going to be in town for the holidays that dream goes up in smoke. After two years of dating, with their friends pushing them to get engaged already, the impending visit from her prospective mother-in-law is only going to add to the pressure. What she doesn’t expect is for the exact opposite to happen, leaving Faye wondering if Will’s going to be part of her future after all.

      I’m pretty good at accountability but I’d love a group to throw around ideas and critique/beta. I’m okay with reading steamy, I just don’t want to write it! 😀

      lindashantz [at] gmail dot com

      • Hi. Another small town romance author here. I’d love to connect with you all. My stories are sweet & set in Australia. I’m happy to read steamy. I’ve been writing for over ten years off & on. I self-published my first novel last year & am almost ready to publish my second. I need accountability & motivation. I’ll email everyone later today.
        Cheers, Kirsty.

  21. Howdy! I’m S.B. Hays, and I write across multiple sub-genres in Fantasy. I’ve been perfecting my craft for twenty years and I’m finally getting serious about publishing my works. Right now, I’m looking for Beta Readers for my current serial fiction, “Echoing Sins” Season 1.
    Genre: Adult Dark Superhero Fantasy
    Summary: In Shia Bron, metahumans called Sentinels are the ruling military class trained from orphans to protect the metropolises they inhabit. Civilians like Kalon Beixmorna spend their lives in fear of imminent death from an accident. Grieving for the life she should have had and trying to overcome the obstacles of being labeled an Errant, Kalon becomes entangled in the investigation of a metahuman control specialist named Beneknight the Godkiller, her friend and mentor.
    Above all, she dreads the Triskelion – a cosmic law of three that binds her to two Sentinels responsible for her Errant status: Rashu the Lionheart, the betrayer, and Warde the Nightstalker, her ex-boyfriend who put her through hell in a toxic, obsessive relationship. As Rashu investigates the mystery of the missing Beneknight, he discovers Warde may have something to do with it – and he will do anything to bring Warde back from the edge, even if it means betraying the woman he loved a second time.
    “Echoing Sins” is a dark superhero tragedy set a modern, urban metropolis based on Ancient Greece. Three childhood friends are bound by a single vow they made in the training unit decades ago to change the world, but old wounds have festered and the scars remain wide open. With a new threat of metahumans on the rise, those trapped by the Triskelion must learn to overcome their past and present to save the city and themselves.
    This is a serial fiction project. Season 1 will have 9 episodes each ranging between 30k – 45k words. Future seasons are planned.
    Contact Information: sbhayswrites [at] gmail [dot] com

  22. Susan Follese says

    Susan
    Hi. I write mystery/suspense. I’ve been writing for years and have three novels. My current WIP is about an FBI agent who is in trouble with the FBI because he’s using his job to avenge his father’s death ruled as a suicide but is a murder while protecting his mother and estranged girlfriend from becoming victims.
    I would love to exchange writing with other mystery/suspense writers.

    • ross buckner says

      This sounds intense, Sign me up. I just posted mine – A CROSSFIRE OF DEVILS AND ROGUES – and would love feedback from someone like you. Thanks

    • Diana L Sharples says

      Hey, Susan! I’d love to connect. I write romantic suspense, contemporary YA, and YA mystery. I have seven published novels, traditional and self-published. I’m preparing my first romantic suspense novel for submission to agents and publishers.

    • Hey Susan, would love to connect. I write thrillers.

    • Nicky Shoales says

      Hi Susan,
      I’m working on a noirish suspense novel set in the gambling world of Reno today. The protagonist is a fired female blackjack dealer being pursued by a corrupt judge and pit boss. I would like to connect with you and others who work in the suspense genre. You can reach me at nickyshoales@gmail.com

      • Susan, that sounds like a great story. And Nicky Shoales, that sounds really interesting. I love Noir detective mysteries.

        Mu WIP is a middle aged female forensic nurse turned PI. Would love to connect with both of you. My email is jslampern at gmail

        I’ll send you both a follow-up email as well.

  23. Hi K M, thanks for doing this!

    I write YA Historical Fiction (young YA, it’s not far removed from middle grade) and my current book is a sequel to a book I published last year. This book is again set in New Zealand in 1947, just after WWII.
    .
    My hero, Sid, is an apprentice jockey. He has been sent to a large racing stables where he will be nearer to his family, which is good, but further away from his previous boss’s daughter, which is upsetting for Sid, and was his boss’s intention when he sent Sid away. Sid is introduced to his fellow jockeys as the son of a pal of the owner of the racing stables, and they resent him as a rich, spoiled kid, which is the last thing he actually is.

    Struggling to be accepted by his peers and to achieve his dream of becoming a famous jockey, Sid also discovers a mystery. A girl who works in the kitchen is taking food to someone in the woods nearby. Why? And why has nobody else noticed?

    At the same time, he is offered an opportunity to help one of the trainers with a low-key experiment in horse therapy. The trainer, Mr T, is certain that horses, with their wisdom, honesty and gentleness, are able to help children and adults get over trauma from past events.

    I am still writing the first draft. I’d love to hear from anyone who is interested in reading the manuscript when it’s finished and giving me feedback. I have found that every beta or early reader picks up on something different.

    Reply to jlwilliamswriter[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Linda Rose says

      I would be willing to have a read and offer notes, gently of course. I have no publishing experience myself, but plenty of reading. I’m finishing the first draft of my first book with another being outlined. Let me know if you are interested.
      Linda Rose
      lrmericle[at]gmail dot] come

    • Hi – my books are set in the world of Canadian horse racing so your story caught my attention. I’ll send you an email and see if I might be a fit for this book.

      lindashantz [at] gmail dot com

  24. Steven Barber says

    Hard science fiction and fantasy. Current novel is near-future technothriller, looking for beta readers before trying (again) to land an agent. Been writing forever, nothing published. Willing to read and critique in return. Currently working with a BSFA writing circle.
    Pharmacol had money, influence and lawyers. Lots of lawyers. The Chimerasol Survivors group had brain-damaged children, mostly teen-agers now, and little else.
    Malcolm Dimmock didn’t like hacking but, he told himself, the ends justified the means. With no money and living in a tenement in Glasgow, he had few resources other than his skills and brains. So he was going to use them balance the scales and achieve justice for his baby brother and the thousands like him left nearly vegetative by Pharmacol’s products.
    If that ended up with him going to prison but his brother secure for the rest of his probably short life, it was a price Malcolm was willing to pay. Malcolm’s plan covered every eventuality in the finest detail. Or so he thought. His plan didn’t allow though for aid from very unlikely allies. Or for gangsters and a very lethal hit-man getting on his tail.
    stevebarberwriter@gmail.com

    • Hi Steve,

      I would be happy to be a beta reader for you. While I don’t play in the genre you do, I read it and very much enjoy doing so.

      My (current) genre is psychological horror with elements of satirical fiction set in the academic world. If you’d like to offer comments on my (I think, but who knows) completed manuscript before I try to move on with it, that would be very much appreciated.

      Gary

  25. I would love a writing buddy 🙂
    My genre is women’s contemporary fiction which includes a little humour, a bit of mystery, romance, a smidgen sex, a few twists if I can get them in 😉
    I’m in my fifth year of serious writing with flash fiction, short stories, and three novels finished (including the one I’m now editing) and this year I will indie publish two books.
    I’m looking for someone who needs critique along the way, who gets structure, language, grammar etc. Someone who needs the same kind of support, who would like fresh eyes from another writer when needed. I have been part of a few critique groups but it’s always been writers in other genres.
    My work in progress has a male protagonist and I explore fatherhood with all its complexities. After years of infertility troubles, Jasper Scragg wants nothing more than to heal his marriage to Zoe and settle for dogs. When a woman, whom he had a one night’s stand with, shows up pregnant Jasper is faced with a dilemma—his last chance to fatherhood vs saving his marriage. Let the lies begin.
    email: me(at)charlottefrench.com.au

    • Charlotte, I am in. I am in revision mode of my Women’s fiction novel based on a 65 year old protagonist who needs to figure out who she is now that her husband has passed.

      Email: natmarsh22 (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Hi Charlotte,

      I also write women’s fiction with humor and steam and your WIP closely follows some of the themes in my WIP. I have three self published novels of women’s fiction/romance, one novel under contract with a publisher (romantic suspense) one complete novel that I am querying (spec fic), and one WIP that is driving me crazy. I would love a writing buddy to help me figure out where the heck this story is going. cherismail at yahoo

      Melanie ‘Nothingburger’ Sharp hooks up with Rhett ‘Most Popular Guy’ Robinson the night of high school graduation. Melanie thinks he really likes her. But Rhett ghosts her. And now she’s pregnant. Humiliated and heartbroken, Melanie secretly places the baby for adoption, and settles into her uncle’s garage business to pursue a career as a muscle car mechanic. Far from Rhett and their small-town-of-no-secrets.
      Ten years later, a Giant walks into Melanie’s life: Angel Rodriguez, catcher for her favorite major league baseball team. Angel is sweet…and smitten. He thinks Mel Sharp, mechanic for the stars, is quite the catch. He thinks her rules about not dating are silly. And Melanie is inclined to agree, but keeping her secret has kept her alone this long and she’s reluctant to change. Besides, Angel plays for the same baseball team as Rhett, and that is too close to the devil himself.
      But success comes with a price and when Melanie’s secret goes viral on social media, she loses her most valuable asset: privacy. Forced to face her parents and Rhett with the truth, forgiveness is in short supply, and rebuilding trust might be Melanie’s most challenging restoration.

      • Hi Cheri,
        Well done! That’s where I’m heading this year—will publish my first two books. I have to say though there is romance or love in my stories the don’t classify as romance (don’t follow the romance tropes) because they are more about internal change, more coming of age themes. However, feel free to shoot me an email. me(at)charlottefrench.com.au and do you have a website? Or can I find your books online?

  26. Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
    My current story is about my great-great grandparents and their struggles to receive love and respect. One is a great marksman and farmer, the other is a strong but naïve young lady who endures abuse but looks to the Lord and comes through it.
    I’ve been writing since I was 8 or so, which means it’s been about 30 years, but not steadily.
    What I’m looking for in a writing buddy: Someone to keep me accountable in my writing schedule, which I’ve neglected lately. Someone to read and critique my chapters as they come, letting me know what works and what doesn’t.
    Your email address: misshoneybee [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Margo J HETRICK says

      Hi Melissa, Margo here! I am interested in Christian Historical writing. I have written not published but reviewed by a women’s group on Sarah and Rahab. The premise of walking in their shoes, By Faith. I have other ideas too. I have taken writing classes, but have no schedule to write. I need accountability and ideas. I am 66 and retired but work part time. My email is mhetrick517 at Gmail dot com if interested.

    • Hi, Melissa and Margo, from Tracie. I’m also currently working on a Christian historical, based on my grandparents’ story, set in 1935. Twenty years’ experience writing teacher resource books, leveled fiction and nonfiction readers, and other educational projects for publication. One completed unpublished Christian WWII novel. Currently writing adult Bible study materials on assignment. Seeking accountability and hoping for better writing routines in this new year (even though my travel schedule may not lighten up much). Love brainstorming and open to critique; would also like to receive feedback as I write. My email is bobtracie [at] hotmail [dot] com.

  27. Just read the comments: so many YA and fantasy.
    My name is Donna. My genre is YA High Fantasy. A genre that isn’t ‘in’ right now but I have been working on it on and off since 2014. It is 63 k words which I know is possibly too short. The query includes this:
    Did the Cloud Claws from the underground invade Elliptical because 17-year-old Silki killed a comrade in self-defense, or did they seek possession of her endless healing chain, and why does a Cloud Claw have her deceased lover’s eyes?
    Interwoven with romance, greed, deception, and sorrow, Silki must search for the answers to her questions when she returns to the underground. The stakes become deadly when an evil Mute Claw clones Logam and kidnaps Sarana to steal her beauty in exchange for the powers of Leyner.
    From the dwarf Tool Master with his magic toolbox, who lives on the edge of the Silent Forest, the home of the massive Tree Men and the misshaped rock pets in Sylvavem, to the charismatic peaceful warrior and his bisexual cousin, Vixkera, from Rteisn, these diverse friends assist in the saving of Elliptical from the claws.
    My bio is: I am a retired Registered Nurse. My publications are two medical articles on Quality Performance and flash fiction submissions to On the Premise and Page and Spine.
    I belong to a writing group that meets monthly, which originally had seven members but has dwindled down to three. They focus more on line editing than copying. Also, we email back and forth.
    I use five tools to obtain better sentence structure and belong to Query Tracker. I am on my 36th agent query. No request for the partial or full manuscript.
    A small press accepted my novel when it was a novella but I refused the contract because I was overwhelmed caring for a dementia aunt. So I know that potential is there. And I prefer the agent route for now. I am not interested in self-publishing at this time.
    Meanwhile, I am writing a romance/slight suspense novel in which the genre is ‘in’ right now. I have begun to read that to my writing group.
    What do I want? Another pair of eyes to help tell me what is wrong with my query or novel. And in return, I am willing to be a beta reader for others.

  28. William Cowie says

    Thank you for doing this! 🙂

    Genre: Contemporary/suspense romance (think love stories wrapped around John Grisham suspense plot) with older characters

    WIP Summary: Second in a short series (first one done). After rebuffing inappropriate advances from a senior partner at one of the Big 4 accounting firms, heroine finds her career progress stuck. He, a friend of a friend, tries to step in to protect her, but finds himself fired and harassed in several ways. She is offered a position on the East Coast, takes it and finds a relationship developing with one of the partners there. At the wedding of mutual acquaintances, the hero and heroine meet again and it looks like they could fall in love. When that hits a wall, a plot against them is uncovered and solved. Happily they live ever after.

    Experience: More than 6 years writing. Completed two writing courses, been critiquing more than 5 years. Completed two books, not published yet.

    Looking for: Critique partnership (ongoing) with someone who reads and/or writes romance.

    Email address: wimcowie at the gmail place.

    • Diana L Sharples says

      Hey, William! I’d like to connect with you. I write romantic suspense (along with contemporary YA and YA mystery). My current novel, which I’m getting ready to query, features characters involved in professional motocross. I’m also brainstorming a sequel. I’ve been told I write the male POV well, but it doesn’t hurt to have actual male eyes on my work!

      • William Cowie says

        Diana, sounds great! email me at wimcowie [at] gmail and let’s swap some chapters to see if we have a match.

  29. Hi all! I’ve just finished outlining a new project and will be diving into writing it right away. Aiming to have the first draft finished by the end of this summer (ideally anyway). I’m hoping to find someone in a similar position so we can keep each other accountable and swap critiques. 🙂

    Genre: YA Fantasy

    Story Summary: Demetri and Lyra, siblings on the run from their father, the king, kidnap a foreign princess in order for Lyra to swap appearances with her, infiltrate the foreign court, and gather evidence to overthrow their father’s rule. Demetri must keep the foreign princess alive long enough for Lyra to swap back, but that’s easier said than done in the fae wilds where monsters are drawn to the scent of royal blood.

    Level of writing experience: I’ve been actively studying the writing craft for close to ten years now. Lots of experience with critique groups and writing partners. My debut novel will be coming out in the spring of 2024 from Chicken Scratch Books (not the story mentioned above).

    What I’m Looking For: Ideally someone who is just getting started on the first draft of a new project so we can help each other stay accountable and swap chapters for critique/encouragement as we get them written.

    Email: catherinewitzaney [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Your story sounds AMAZING! I’m finishing up an outline for a low fantasy story (hopefully this week; the third act is really giving me some trouble) and would love to go through the first-draft trenches with you! 🙂

      • Catherine Witzaney says

        Awesome! 😀
        I struggle with third acts too. The climactic moment always takes me days to pin down. I’d definitely be game to swap critiques once you’re ready! Feel free to shoot me an email, or you can message me over on instagram (catherinewitzaney) 🙂

    • Would be interestedin being a beta reader.

  30. Hi all
    I’ve been wondering about how to find a writing buddy for some time, so hopefully, this blog will help!
    Experience – I am a retired Police officer/banking fraud manager, and I write crime/ thriller/police procedural fiction, as yet unpublished. I have been writing for three years.
    Work in progress – I have completed the first draft of ‘Noble Cause,’ a story about a detective tasked to bring down a drug dealer only to find that they need each other to achieve their goals and to survive and expose a web of corruption and murder. This draft hasn’t been through any editing yet.
    I am 20k into a second novel – ‘Who Killed Desmond Jonas’. Twenty-four-year-old Bradey Keller, released from a ten-year prison sentence for the Manslaughter of a fellow student in a London Park, is hell-bent on clearing his name and finding the real killer. He forms an unlikely partnership with an investigative journalist and a recently retired detective. But as they close in on the fraud empire responsible for shooting Desmond Jonas, the killings start, and Keller turns from the hunter to the hunted as dark secrets emerge and Keller’s true motives are discovered.
    I’m looking for – a buddy to work with and to exchange honest and constructive feedback through the writing and editing process.
    Stuart Randle – sturan45@aol.com

    • ross buckner says

      Your work, and your real life background, sound amazing. I’m interested. I just posted mine, and would love feedback from someone like you who writes in the same arena. Thanks

      • ross buckner says

        Hey Stuart – tried to reach you be email and my service is saying your address is disabled.

        Feel free to contact me directly at rbuckner143@yahoo.com if you want to chat about being critique and reading partners.

        My info is on this post, somewhere.

        • Nicky Shoales says

          Same here Stuart, was unable to reach you.
          Would like to trade pages. Posted earlier about a novel I’m working on set in Reno involving a fired blackjack dealer, corrupt judge and pit boss in response to your original post. Leaving my email address again. nickyshoales@gmail.com

          • ross buckner says

            Hi Nicky and Stuart – I think we have some synergies. Not a lot of us mystery/thriller writers here. Count me in on trading pages if either of you are interested. I can be reached at rbuckner143@yahoo.com. My original pitch/info is above, about a hundred mouse wheel turns from here.
            Nicky – I sent you an email directly. Hope that was ok
            Thanks, Ross Buckner

      • Hi Ross and Nicky
        Just after I posted my AOL email was hacked – chaos ! I’m now on srandle@btinternet.com. I’ll email you. Thanks for responding and look forward to talking. Stuart

    • Genre: (Political) Thriller, targeted at politically conservative (male) readers.

      I wrote 2/3 of a draft of a political thriller a few years ago. Had to stop when my wife was diagnosed with cancer. She’s better now, so I’m going to restart.

      Story is about a retiree who loses his home and most of his retirement savings during/following the 2008 recession. His wife passed away shortly thereafter – he believes it’s from depression over the loss of her dream home/life. He’s very bitter about what happened and starts monitoring Wall Street to ensure it’s not repeated. He discovers what he thinks is evidence that Wall Street and the banks are doing it again. He takes his evidence to Congress only to discover they are in collusion with Wall Street and the Banks.

      Only really been writing for a year or two. My background is in hi-tech sales.

      Looking for a reader to critique my story as I continue writing.

      Stuart – I will contact you by email.

      dyer.rick(at)iCloud(dot)com

      • Nicky Shoales says

        Hi Stuart,
        I’m working on a noirish suspense novel set in the gambling world of Reno today. The protagonist is a fired female blackjack dealer being pursued by a corrupt judge and pit boss. I would like to connect with you and others who work in the suspense genre. You can reach me at nickyshoales@gmail.com.

    • Hello Stuart. I would be interested in connecting with you. I write thrillers too and am an avid reader. Will drop you a mail.

    • I would also be interested in connecting. I think we have a lot of detective and mystery writers here we could have a group!

      I just started working on a new story about a middle aged forensic nurse turned private investigator.

      I’m guessing with your background in LE people writing detective mysteries would be eager to get your feedback.

      Jslampern at Gmail

  31. Hello,
    My first book was non-fiction, the result of internet foolishness that ended my 16 year old son’s life. I had a second, and now third non-fiction book that sprang from that experience. So, I’m been writing a while. Currently I’m working on a series, based on my experiences as a police officer/executive in Texas. I’ve taken courses with Jerry Jenkins, and Lee Child. I prefer to write for a Christian audience but I down-pedal scripture reference and focus on examples of right and wrong. Sometimes by shooting a character dead. If you are uncomfortable with characters that mention God, mine will make you uncomfortable.
    In the first of the series the MC visits a town with an unusual name, and everything there lives up to that name. The MC has a vivid description of the bright red line that divides right and wrong and attempts to stick to the right way while solving a years old murder of a mother and two children far on the wrong side. It all leads to a climax that unveils a serial murderer.
    I have a very active four-member critique group. We exchange ~3000 words weekly, critiquing each other’s work. (we read 9000 words per week of our members work) I’d like a partner who would exchange a similar amount weekly of a work in progress or part or full manuscript which I will try my best to tell you what I like and what seems to be wrong – as tactfully as I know how. I will not tell you it’s “nice” when I don’t think it is. I won’t say you are an idiot for thinking X, instead of Y. But I will tell you that having a Crime scene unit look for an ejected cartridge case from a Model 36 S&W is inaccurate. (Spare Change – Robert Parker) I have two low volume websites for non-fiction and fiction. I’ve used pseudonyms on one, I haven’t decided if the new fiction will be in my name or a pseudonym. But OGSB Authors is constructed to promote mine and my friends work, including fine art.
    I’m not a great writer, but I work at it. I’ve written over 15k words since Dec 1, 22 and study everything about writing I can find. You don’t have to be the same, but if you are not motivated to produce for yourself, we won’t be a match.

    • Hey, Woody! I would love to get in touch. I’m coming back from a long hiatus (moving countries, working in a nursing home during covid, etc.). I’ve written nearly 40,000 words of story planning since Christmas and I’m looking forward to jumping into a full draft soon!

    • Hi Woody. Sorry for your loss. Glad you have a group. I wish I had the time to write that many words a week.

    • Phillip Holt says

      Hello Woody,

      Gosh if I’d experience what you have, I’d have trouble writing as coherent summary what you are doing.
      When I’m composing I tend to get out about 1500 words a day. I work at it at least six hours daily. Since I completed Volume 2 of my New Adult novel, I’ve been hacking at it, trying to assure it says what I want, and trying to build stronger characters through dialog. Not at all sure it works. That’s why I’m here. I have not trouble with no-nonsense critique, but it would help if suggests accompany the faults. I write in scenes that can be assembled. I’ve done the copyedit thing, so its highly readable. The only problem is: Is it publishable? For that I need comments, and who knows, probably some help.
      I like you flavor, if your interested in working together. My summary is elsewhere on this string.

      Phillip 1/29/23

  32. This is from Donna :

    Of course I forgot to include my email.

    dsring20@gmail.com for YA High Fantasy or Romance/suspense present day.

  33. Hi!
    I write humour/satirical fiction and have been writing for about 3 years.
    I am working on a few projects at the moment, but the most developed is about a freelance journalist whose latest commission is to investigate a conference for people who believe they have been reincarnated. His editor has received a tip-off that a secret group will be there who claim to be reincarnations of famous British politicians and they believe they can ‘make Britain Great again’. He attempts to infiltrate the group and expose their plans but ultimately finds the reality even more shocking than he expected.
    I would be looking to exchange work with a writing buddy monthly (or thereabouts) and to have maybe a short call (eg on Zoom) to provide feedback and comments. My work often focuses on British culture and current affairs (and British humour) so not sure it would appeal to non-Brits but would welcome anyone interested!
    My email is neil.ant.james at gmail dot com.
    Thanks for reading this far 🙂

  34. L.E. White says

    Hello! I’m a recent graduate from a film school. Writing wasn’t my study’s focus, however I had become very interested in becoming better at it and hopefully write my own script one day. I’m looking for a sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast who is able to critique a relatively new writer.

    Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy

    Summary: Two former friends, an orphan and an enforcer, find their lives unexpectedly converging as the former seeks to take power back from the tower her society resides within, an impossible structure that doesn’t follow Euclidean rules. This first act of the story that I hope to get critique on revolves around the first act, during the lead-up and initiation of the heist. (Since this is largely a book-writing blog, I’d be working to convert this section of the script-formatted story into a novel format)

    Level of Experience: I’ve been writing embarrassing drafts since 2017, although by 2020 I began helping with the script-writing process for some of my projects, and in 2021 began thinking they were at least readable enough to show. However, I think “5 years” is wildly misrepreseotatable of my actual ability, which is much lower.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: Someone who isn’t afraid to tear into a manuscript. I would love to have my dialogue, characterization, and overall pacing critiqued, as I unfortunately come across as very plot-focused instead of character-focused. One-sentenced feedback is my worst nightmare, because I know it’s much rougher than that, and I really want someone to instead work with to bring it up to the next level.

    Email: writingdepartment@cuttingthestory.com

    • Hello L.E.
      I resonate a lot with your post, just as you, writing hasn’t been my focus until recently. I am an illustrator who is now wanting to get better at writing while drafting a script for my first graphic novel.

      The script I am working on for my graphic novel, which is still a little too rough to share, is a YA coming of age with some magical realism, so I would completely understand if your are not interested in that genre. However if you are, I will appreciate any feedback.

      I love sci fi and fantasy (more fantasy than sci fi) and I would gladly give you feedback on your manuscript ( or script).

    • P. Grant

      Sorry cliche but this writers helping writers blog best thing since sliced bread!

      Maybe a mutual fit. Lets chat. Sounds better than being on script revolution. Sundance Collab unproductive. Script contests feedback some help but generally just promo. Mind you readers never paid, but hope for favors and perks from.

      Rate myself in awkward intermediate.

      Historical sci-fi, hard sci-fi.
      Great Kubrick fan.

      Ive been more drawn to script format writing than novel. Retired from NASA earth science which gave me access to tremendous untold stories. My research and contacts gave me excellent supporting images, press clippings and side stories that just belong in novel not script. Thinking both. Each has merits.

      My second script “Montreal” looking to be material for first season of a miniseries. Im daunted by huge action scope uncovered with real life strong protagonist arc. . Little beyond outline. I can see maybe 4 seasons material the 4th becoming hard sci-fi futuristic.

      LOGLINE first season- This is the gripping untold true story of a semipro baseball player, scientists and pilots that suffered ostracism, risked bloody dictators’ brutal imprisonment, war and death in the pursuit of a science question, that many doubted strenuously.

      contact email scrambled but sounds like male

      RougeNASA (you know) gmale.
      (Short for commercial)

  35. Hello! I am Leslie Lowe from PA. I have been writing Christian historical romance since 2012. I have two novels drafted that will need edited. I am in the process of drafting two contemporary novels. One is another historical romance and the other is an end times signs novel, which has been difficult for me to write. It includes a dual plot with angels, a natural disaster in the U.S., marriage issues, and all the recent current events.
    I am looking for others who are in the drafting stage as I am really trying to get these current WIP completed and then plan on focusing on editing to seek publishing.
    I am not looking so much for help with writing my stories as another writer who is in the same place with their writing. It would help to have someone who is daily writing so we can keep each other accountable to our goals. I am part of writing groups on FB but those in them don’t seem to need this kind of help as much as I do right now. Everyone seems to be writing on their own and I started writing in 2012 with others during NaNoWriMo events. I am looking for another writer or group who is focused on the daily writing habit that can morph into a critique and beta reader group without needing to pay a subscription to be part of the group. It would help if others are Christian writers as this is my main focus within my stories. Let’s do this thing together!
    You can reach me on Facebook (Leslie S. Lowe) or via email, Godsartist10@ yahoo (dot) com. (Put it altogether and remove spacing to email me. 🙂

    • Girl YES.
      I’m coming out of a rough couple of years (who isn’t? lol) and finally stable enough at work to be getting into the habit of writing daily. It’s a constant struggle but I find myself writing on my lunch break and in coffeeshops after the school day is ended (currently a middle school teacher). Would love to connect with you!

  36. Genre: Historically I’ve done more contemporary fiction. However, my most recent WIP is sci-fi/fantasy, which I’ve really enjoyed!

    Summary of current story: Liberty, tired of the oppressive sameness of her life in Magam, is suddenly thrown into an unknown war after the mysterious death of her best friend right in front of her eyes. When she discovers the truth about her own abilities, the world she lives in, and the leader that everyone trusts to have their best interests at heart, she must push herself to become the person she wanted but never imagined she could be, finding strength in community and depending on others more than she ever has.

    Experience: I have been writing off and on for more than twenty years, starting when I was a kid. I minored in Writing in college for the love of it, but then got away from it through graduate school (and probably the burnout that comes from doing it for assignments also). Over the last couple of years, I’ve been working on re-establishing a consistent writing habit because of how much joy it used to bring me before I started schooling to focus on my career as a psychotherapist.

    What I’m looking for: I am looking for someone to be an accountability partner with establishing a consistent writing habit, while also having patience when it doesn’t go as planned or when life gets in the way. Mostly, I would love to connect with someone who likes to also talk about the process of writing, share the worlds they’ve created, give and be open to constructive feedback on one another’s writings while also being gentle, and ultimately have someone who “gets it” as a sounding board. I do this to have fun and be creative, so it would be helpful to have that in a writing buddy too!

    Email address: kabushman27 (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Brenda Montoya says

      Hi Kirsten! My name is Brenda. It looks like we have lots in common. I’ve loved reading and wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. While I do not write in your genre, I think we could be a good fit for each other.

      I’m currently working on my first novel, which I would classify as contemporary fiction. It’s about a middle aged woman who has recently buried her mother and suspects she died with secrets. She searches for the physician who cared for her father in his late stages of cancer, hoping he may have some answers. She discovers he has suffered a stroke. The story eventually reveals this kindhearted doctor has abandoned his family for his work, and the protagonist gets in trouble with her health. The secret he unknowingly holds will be what saves her.

      I’m looking for someone to help me in the bumpy stages of my first writing experience. I have worked on this story for more than 5 years, and only in the last year tried to develop a daily writing habit (after listening to the help of a wonderful writing coach!) I have 50,000 words written and consider it 75% complete. I’m hoping to have my first draft done by late March. I would love to have an accountability buddy, as well as someone who can be a gentle beta reader for me.

      My only “professional” writing experience is this project, as I’ve worked as an RN for over 20 years. I’m passionate and committed to this project, and I have so many other ideas I can’t wait to get started on.

      My email is RNBMontoya@gmail.com. Please let me know if you’d be interested in setting something up. Thanks!

  37. R.J. De Rossi says

    1. Creative nonfiction, poetry, memoir, fiction
    2. Working on an article on servant leadership
    3. I’ve been writing for 25 years (started with poetry)
    4. I’m looking for accountability, feedback sessions, writing sessions
    5. rjderossi612@gmail.com

    • Kerri-Ann Sheppard says

      I too am writing non fiction, poetry and dabbling in fiction.

      Currently working on a poetry anthology, well several with different themes.

      I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. And I am currently studying a Masters in Creative Writing.

      I’m looking for writing sessions, feedback and accountability.

      My email is kaswrites (at) outlook (dot) com

    • I am in the middle of writing a memoir about breaking away from the demands of a fast-paced professional life to ride a bicycle to the Arctic.

      I have been writing for 20+ years

      I’m looking for beta readers and critique partners with whom to share ideas and feedback.

      My email is latitude70north [at] hotmail [dot] com

      • Darren Sorrels says

        Hey! My name is Darren and my genre is horror fiction a la King. My current work is called Sideshow and it’s based in the late 1800’s and it has different levels to it. I have tried to work on characters as well. I have been writing for a while and I have several short stories. I would like someone to share story sections with and to get encouragement. My email is darren.sorrels (at) gmail (dot com)

        • Hey Darren, I write mashups of thrillers, science fiction, fantasty, and horror with a dab of comedy. I’ve been writing for thee years. My name is Todd,I’d be happy to share story sections for encouragement. I’ll reach out to you with an intro.

      • Tim, your work resonates. And congrats on making that journey, wow!

        I am a memoirist too…and a cyclist…and just returned from a 1 yr healing cross country solo nomad journey – by car not bike. The draft of that story in the works.

        But the book on the table now hearkens back to my youth, a #metoo coming of age memoir in which I marry my teacher-lover-predator as a way to escape family trauma…then I must break free of him. First draft beta readers called it Lolita but from the girls perspective.

        Have a few agents interested, but need to complete and will by June. The Wieland guides have really helped me!

        I am anneseye at gmail.

        I am unsure the best way to engage with a partner so as not to interupt the writing flow; but happy to discuss over email.

        Best, Anne

  38. Your genre–sci/fi, fantasy
    A short summary of your current story– fantasy in the Tolkien universe
    Your level of experience– represented by agent
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy–looking for an experienced sci/fi or fantasy writer to exchange critiques/ideas
    Your email address msimon [at] nbnet [dot] nb (dot) ca

  39. Hello, everyone! It’s lovely to be here 🙂

    – Genre: Coming-of-age with elements of mystery

    – WIP: It explores a friendship in changing times. Can it stay strong despite revealed secrets and deep fears coming true? It also deals with avoidance and fear of the future. Not very enlightening, I know, but I’d love to share more as we get to know each other!

    – Experience: I’m an amateur writer. I started this story for last year’s NaNoWriMo, and I’m currently trying my best to see it through to the end. Being my first ‘serious’ project, I don’t expect to write something amazing, but I’d love to complete it and learn all I can along the way 😀

    – What I’m looking for: It would be great if we could share our progress, our accomplishments and the challenges we come across, providing some insight about the latter if we can.

    – Email: kumacheckers [at] hotm ail [dot] c om. Also open to messaging each other on Discord and having writing sprints, if we feel comfortable with each other

    I will also add a question for you, as an ice-breaker if you want to message me: what is your greatest issue with your story right now, and why do you think you are struggling with it? Alternatively / additionally, what are you enjoying the most?

    Thank you for this wonderful platform, K.M.! And thanks to everyone considering sharing their stories with me, too 🙂

    • thelittlestthistle says

      Hi, I’m also on my first proper go at a novel and also need progress help, so I’ll drop you a mail

    • Hello!
      I am also working on my first project which is also a coming of age story (however mine is more a drama with hints of magical realism) but I love mystery stories!
      My project is a script rather than a manuscript (I am writing to make a graphic novel) so I would understand if that format makes it difficult for feedback, either way, I would love to connect with you and give feedback on your story.

  40. Donna Chung says

    My genre is literary fiction.
    I am revising a novel of an Asian American woman in Hawaii ,disabled by a stroke at 4 years, growing up in a household where the adults in her life are in a love triangle. She leaves Hawaii to become a physician while looking for love, belonging .

    Your level of experience: I’m a physician who has been writing for 5 years, determined to get my novel published at a traditional publishing house
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: someone who will exchange critiquing chapters and point out areas to revise, look at character arc failures, plot , point of view, line edits
    Someone who will point out specific areas to revise , but also be encouraging and gentle as writing is my life , I’ve wanted to be a writer since childhood 🙂
    email address:hawaiimakai1234@gmail.com

    • Brenda Montoya says

      Hi Donna! My name is Brenda. I’ve loved reading and wanted to be a writer since I was a kid as well. While Ive made a living as a nurse, my passion is definitely writing.

      I’m currently working on my first novel, which I would classify as contemporary fiction. It’s about a middle aged woman who has recently buried her mother and suspects she died with secrets. She searches for the physician who cared for her father in his late stages of cancer, hoping he may have some answers. She discovers he has suffered a stroke. The story eventually reveals this kindhearted doctor has abandoned his family for his work, and the protagonist gets in trouble with her health. The secret he unknowingly holds will be what saves her.

      I’m looking for someone to help me in the bumpy stages of my first writing experience. I have worked on this story for more than 5 years, and only in the last year tried to develop a daily writing habit (after listening to the help of a wonderful writing coach!) I have 50,000 words written and consider it 75% complete. I’m hoping to have my first draft done by late March. I would love to have an accountability buddy, as well as someone who can be a gentle beta reader for me.

      My only “professional” writing experience is this project, as I’ve worked as an RN for over 20 years. I’m passionate and committed to this project, and I have so many other ideas I can’t wait to get started on.

      My email is RNBMontoya@gmail.com. Please let me know if you’d be interested in setting something up. Thanks!

    • Hello Donna! It’s so refreshing to come across someone with a project in literary fiction genre.
      I am Dismas. My WIP in a collection of literary fiction short stories that explore the modern attitude around death. I would enjoy reading through your work and providing constructive criticism.
      We can talk farther through writerdismas (at) gmail (dot) com

  41. Cajetan Boy says

    Hello all, great to be here.

    Your genre – Science Fiction:

    A short summary of your current story:
    Set in a post scarcity future – the world is turned upside down when it is hit by a suicide epidemic.

    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)
    I have been a screenplay writer for over 10 years – this is my first attempt at a novel.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy.
    Feedback.
    Direction.

    cajetanboy@gmail.com

    • Samantha K Hammond says

      I love the premise of your story and would be interested in chatting. I write a little bit of sci-fi, but more fantasy. My current WIP is a historical fantasy. Will send you an email.

    • Todd Anderson says

      I write mashups. My current WIP is a post-apocalyptic thriller with soft sci-fi, horror, and fantasy elements; causality is hyper evolutionary biology. I’ve been writing for three years and this is also my first attempt at a novel. Will send you an email.

  42. Phyllis Marie Chubb says

    Genre: Romance – Paranormal
    Current story: Dr. Erin Carson excelled at everything except romance. Her dream of being an ER doctor is a reality and her second dream, three commercial greenhouses, satisfy her desire to be a farmer. A hard-nosed scientist, her life is black and white, until someone spills food on her.
    Experience: Been writing 3 +/- years. Have three books finished and two lined up.
    Looking for: Someone, or a group, to discuss ideas with and views on writing theory.
    phyllischubb@gmail.com

  43. My stories are fantasy, mostly short stories although I have written a modern fantasy novel. My current series is about an ordinary guy who is drawn into the orbit of immortals and monsters from world wide mythologies clawing at the fringes of modern life. I’ve been writing for six years. I would like to think I’m beyond any mechanical issues, show don’t tell, and that I’ve found my unique author voice. My ideal writing buddy will be able to see the issues I’m too close to the story to recognize, while being almost as excited about the stories I write as I am. My email is: sea52501 at yahoo.com

  44. I am writing a Dystopian novel of a boy who wakes up from a hibernation pod to find the world and all he knows is destroyed. He has to come to grips with his new reality and learn how to survive in a world filled with surprises and chaos. He lost both his friends and family until one day he stumbled across someone reminding him of his past. I have been writing for close to ten years and am looking for someone to catch story consistency, logical flow, missing pieces, scene beats and timing, story pacing, etc. Email me at info [at] alexdove [dom] com

  45. Hi Katie…. and everyone 🙂
    I’ve been writing for 4 years now, though my story was haunting me for three years prior before i gave in to it. I then found that the qualifications i had in creative writing, journalism and childrens stories was so out of date it’s laughable!
    So I had to learn everything all over again, which was actually a blessing.
    I write middle grade and my current book is part of an ongoing series which all lead into a magical tepee world. I’m currently editing the second of 6 books i’ve written and my antagonist is lucky he’s not my child! lol
    I would love to meet anyone, individually or in a group, to share ideas, feedback, time, support and whatever else is needed to encourage and support one another.
    My email address is debbielukas at outlook dot com
    Thanks for this opportunity 🙂

    • Your book series for MG sounds like fun. I also write MG and am currently revising two finished manuscripts. Would love all the things you mentioned above, I will email you later today to see how we might get started.

  46. Genre: M/M Romance—PNR (mostly) dark, suspense, historical

    Blurb for nearly completed novella: When artist Jericho can’t get over a bad breakup, an art-loving Fae queen sends an Imp to the mortal realm to shake him up and get him to start painting again. Jericho’s sadness at the loss of his ex-boyfriend has turned into complicated grief. A year has passed, but he still can’t paint, doesn’t date, and avoids his friends. A sweet, handsome, talented guy, he has turned into a shadow of himself, intertwining the traumatic loss of his mother when he was in middle school with the dissolution of his relationship with his cheating ex. He can’t move on. Every day, he draws further into his pain.

    Kenric is an Imp, a type of trickster fae. He doesn’t particularly like humans, but thinks his new mission from the Earth Mother will be fun. He enjoys turning humans upside down. When he meets Jericho, he’s beaten and ragged, and Jericho thinks he’s a homeless man. When Jericho takes him in and showers him with kindness, Kenric starts to wonder if he will change Jericho, or if the human will change him.

    A dark m/m romance about grief and joy, tears and laughter, and the healing power of true love.

    CW: erotic scenes, real world problems, language

    26 years experience, 6 years of that publishing—always learning!

    Looking for critique partners/beta readers in my genre

    authorsionnach [at] gmail [dot] com

  47. Linda Rose says

    Hello all. I am an older new writer writing what I call my “training wheels book”. (no, thats not the title.) So I have no experience as far as getting anything published or even looked at.

    I read most genres, especially fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, literary, some YA. If it wasn’t for my kids I’d have missed out on Harry Potter, Hunger Games, probably Diskworld books.

    My current WIP is a cozy type mystery with a ghost and a host of odd ball characters set in central Alabama, the absolute last place my protagonist wants to be. She was hoping to get kidnapped at the Atlanta airport but since that didn’t happen, she gets to spend her days at an old Victorian home being restored into a B&B. While watching out for alligators, her greatest fear, she finds a skeleton in the old locked greenhouse, a neighbor living in a tree house who talks to angels, a hostile neighbor who wants to help her solve a 93 year old murder and someone who keeps “accidently” trying to kill her. I’m hoping its fun entertainment with a bit of mystery and redemption.

    I’ve been working on this for between 2-3 years, the first draft is almost done. (I tend to edit as I go, which slows things down but makes me happy.) I have another time travel mystery I’m developing as well as a childrens story mostly written a few years ago and set aside.

    I’m mostly looking for someone to be a sounding board. To exchange ideas with. I’d be glad to read your writing and go through the process with you.
    my email is LRMericle[at]gmail[dot] c o m.

    • Dixie-Leigh says

      Hi Linda,
      Is love to be a sounding board and swap chapters.
      I’m an Aussie who is currently writing a cozy mystery about a female P.I.
      Let me know if you think I might be a good fit. Have done critiquing work before.

  48. Hi! I am writing a speculative/fantasy story about a 30-year-old woman from the modern, “real” world who accidentally travels to a magical, stuck-in-medieval-times alternate universe after rejecting the opportunity to travel to that same world when she was a child. Since the story is told from an adult perspective, my target audience is adults. There’s no explicit content in the story that a child *shouldn’t* read, but the themes of growing older, regretting a wasted youth, and coming to terms with the flaws and vices of your parents are all intended for an adult reader’s perspective.

    I have been “practicing” writing since I was very young, but I only just started my first serious novel project (this story) last year, shortly after graduating from college. I would love to find a writing buddy for accountability and to be a test reader when I am ready. (I am nearing the end of writing my first draft, with a lot of rewrites on the horizon.) I would appreciate someone who can communicate constructive feedback in a kind and considerate way, which is the same way I try to give critiques myself.

    If interested, you can contact me at: sarahwickenhauser [@] gmail [dot] com.

  49. Linda, your book sounds like such fun. I would be glad to be your sounding board and maybe ask you to do the same for me.
    darlenelder1@gmail.com

  50. Hi all, I’d also love a CP, to join a group, or even just someone to chat with to keep myself accountable and to bounce ideas off. Editing my own work is a big weakness but I’ve been told I’m quite helpful at giving feedback for other peoples work!

    Genre – Science-Fiction & Fantasy

    Summary – My novel is essentially a retelling of the Haitian slave revolt through the lens of an Indebted workers revolution on a near future Mars.

    The year is 2180 and humanity have spread to the system, if not to the stars. A great landmark has been reached and New Greenland, the largest of the cities on Mars, is hosting the Olympics, the first time it has been held off Earth. The scrutiny of the solar system focusing on the red planet is an opportunity and a threat, both to those that oppose the system and those that support it in equal measure. Our story follows a group of former indebted, born to the same mother as part of the Indebt breeding program and therefore born into bondage, who have pooled everything they have for equal shares in a cargo ship, Madre Rouge. What starts out as a simple smuggling job to make ends meet quickly sweeps them off into events far beyond their control, with the most powerful forces in the solar system taking aim at them, their freedom, and their cargo.

    The novel is a hard science fiction story that is a mixing pot of Firefly, the Expanse and Red Rising.

    Experience – I’ve been writing for years and years, but have only really tried to take it seriously over the last two or so. I’ve written the first draft of 2 novels, but haven’t been brave enough to try for an agent/publisher, and more short stories, poems and other bits of writing than I can count.

    Email – jordanwilliams0408 (at) gmail (dot) com

    • David Roach says

      David Roach says,

      Genre: sci fi – but not ‘hard’, if I understand what’s meant
      there. For now, the futuristic setting is more important.

      I love this idea to have someone, as Jordan says, to bounce ideas off of. I have reconsidered book writing just in the last two years. I am looking at a shelf-full of books on screenwriting. Jordan, if you and I get to communicating, I’ll tell you what I think is a big negative
      about screenwriting, at least for me. I’m also a former high school English teacher of three years. My old joke is I’d rather go back to Vietnam than do that again.

      Seven months ago I published my first novel, “One Sad
      Universe.” It’s about parallel universes. The lead, Neal,
      suddenly finds himself in one, and how he gets home is the gist of the story. He encounters three intelligent robots, who may or may not be on his side. BTW, I
      have seen no one mention this. I did not use ‘a traditional’ publisher. If you want to learn more about my
      non-trad. publisher experience, contact me, but I’m not going to say anything positive or negative about them. I would love to have an agent and regular publisher. It’s darn near impossible. Also, it’s available on B&N website

      Also, except for one, I think, no one so far has said what
      state they’re from. I from the state of confusion, I mean Ohio. BTW, this novel is south of 15,000 words. I’m definitely not F.S. Fitzgerald, but I like to say a lot in a few words. I’m sure our guru, and genius, Katie, reading this is saying “Why so wordy now, David?”

      WIP: My next, full-length novel is “Getting Harry to Mars.” Do I mean Prince Harry? Actually, yes. It will be
      many months from now.

      Please feel free to contact me. Thanks

      Email: droach3300 (at) breezelineohio (dot) net

  51. Hi everyone! I’m Katharine, I write YA/New Adult fantasy. My current WIP is is about a girl with a prophecy, a reaper, and a witch trying to kill them both.

    I have been writing my whole life, but more seriously in the last 5 years. I’ve finished one full length novel that I am currently querying while I work on my next WIP.

    Very specifically, I am looking for another writer who is also a new mom or has young children, and understands the difficulties of being a writer and being a mom/parent. Hopefully we can encourage and motivate each other while also understanding that writing every day doesn’t happen. 🙂

    My email is Katharine.lumley (at) gmail (dot) com. Can’t wait to hear from you!

    • Hi Katharine,
      I’m also a mom (though my kids are now 9 and 12) and I am working on a YA fantasy novel. I’ll email you!

  52. Roger Preston says

    Thank you for giving us this opportunity. I would love a writing buddy!

    Your genre: Historical fiction – I’m writing a manuscript that is inspired by the stories of my own ancestors who crossed the Atlantic to America in 1820.

    A short summary of your current story: The story begins in the small farming community of Acaster Malbis, just south of Yorkshire, England. We follow the Aston family’s day-to-day lives of triumph and struggle. Within their unique family dimension as fifth generation farmers, Ethan Aston, the youngest, lives for adventure but struggles with the transition off not being a kid anymore and his sixteen-year-old emotions for his neighbor and fellow student, Sadie Peel. Persuaded by his twin sister Aggie to overcome his awkwardness, Ethan and Sadie begin a beautiful relationship. After a horrible accident leaves the Aston family torn and broken, Ethan decides he must leave home for a short period to heal and find his own path. He gets more than he bargained for when he is kidnapped and wakes up a prisoner aboard a merchant ship. Ethan is forced into manhood and must find the will to live and survive hurricanes, fires, and a murderous crew led by Jagger their leader and the ruthless Captain, Blackman Thames.

    Your level of experience: This is my first manuscript and I’m 85K words invested. Though I feel like I’ve been writing my entire life, I never had the sense that I loved it until the past few years. Now hooked, I feel like a writer. A newbie, sure, but one that is infatuated by the pursuit of his craft and finding my own unique way to tell a story.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: I would like someone who can give feedback as a reader, as well as a writer. I have had people tell me in the past that the feedback I gave them from the reader POV was the most useful critique they received. But for me, I have equal want for the feedback of my writing as a skill. Tell me the good, bad, and ugly. What can I improve, throw away or keep? I vow to remain coachable to all things informative.

    Your email address – roger [dot] preston [at] mastec [dot] com.

    • michaelrdrane says

      Hi Roger, I’m writing from similar inspiration. My historical fiction project takes place a little later than yours (late 19th century) and is a fictionalized account of my family. Below is a copy of what I posted elsewhere:

      I’m interested in a critique partner, beta reader, and general feedback-giver.

      I’m writing US Historical Fiction but with roots in Ireland and England so I touch on that too.

      My story is about two friends who take different paths in the gilded age, specifically the steel industry. One becomes a steel executive and the other’s family ends up dependent on one of his mills.

      This is my first go at writing.

      I’d love any critique and am happy to give the same.

      Email is michaelrdrane [at] gmail [dot] com

  53. • genre: historical narrative nonfiction

    • summary: I’m writing the untold story of Charles Eames’s early life in St. Louis from his childhood, high school, steel mill, college, marriage, daughter, and years as a practicing architect. Written using the form of a novel.

    • experience: 5 years of writing

    • writing buddy: I’m looking for someone with whom I can exchange drafts for mutual feedback and criticism. I’m mainly focused on the protagonist’s arc, goal, motivation, etc., to make it a coherent, compelling story.

    • email address: alwraimist@me.com

    • Phillip Holt says

      Andrew, Interesting coincidence. I’m working on a novel the early parts of which are set in 1947 St. Louis. It has real and invented historical aspects. Much of my reading has been in your genre, but this is really a novel. My blurb elsewhere on this site says more. Arc, goal, motivation, etc. are all aspects of my concerns as well. If you’re interested I’m at phillipholt@me.com.

  54. hey! i’m genevieve and i write YA romance (F/F) and general contemporary fiction about trauma and coping. i’ve been writing for 5 years and I plan to write for many more!

    i have 3 current WIPs

    1: a YA love story about two girls; one has an unspeakable childhood trauma, and the other was born into wealth.

    2.) an adult psychological horror about a woman who erases her ex-girlfriend’s memory so that she thinks she is still in their relationship.

    3. a collection of adult F/F short stories.

    I am looking to beta read the work of others and offer critique in return for critique and feedback of my work.

    Reach me at: 2peopleandaperson@gmail.com

  55. Hello, everyone! I’m an amateur writer looking for honest feedback on my completed first draft, and I would love to provide the same in return.

    Genre – New adult contemporary romance
    Summary – Liam has internalized a twisted blueprint of romance that left him unable to believe in the fairy tale kind of delight. Dominique has learned there’s no magical godmother on standby, but she still trusts that her prince is out there. Then tragedy strikes, and she loses her faith. Now Liam has to convince Dominique that true love is real before they both lose their chance at happily ever after.

    My email is
    melissaiswritingnow [at] gmail [dot] com

  56. ross buckner says

    Hello Everyone,
    My name is Ross, and I’ve been writing fiction seriously for about five years. It’s been a steep learning curve. With decades of experience as a human resources professional, I’ve seen ALL kinds of people. It’s time to put them into stories.
    I can be reached at: rbuckner143[at]yahoo[dot]com
    GENRE: Mystery (possibly upmarket)
    LOOKING FOR: A reading/critique partner. I’ve been told by editors to improve on balancing interiority with action, pacing, and clarity.
    SHORT SUMMARY:
    Thirty-year-old Rigby Dunne’s youth was pocked and scarred by domestic violence and toxic male behavior, and he wants none of that in his life. He thought he found a way to help others when he began working part-time with a local private investigator/divorce attorney. It’s fifteen years too late to save his mother, but maybe Rigby’s work can get someone else out of a dangerous relationship before it’s too late.
    Days after a disturbing assignment, photographing two men and one woman in a strange threesome, Rigby’s girlfriend is killed in a home invasion. Convinced the killer was looking for those pictures, Rigby’s search for the truth takes him through a maze of murder, betrayal and cruelty; all wrought by one of the richest men in Houston, a psychotic mystery writer, a desperate man destroyed by his love and hate for the same woman, and a homicide detective willing to look the other way if it brings her wife’s killer to justice.
    Rigby knows he’s over his head when he quickly finds himself in a downtown luxury hotel, standing in front of the woman who was in that threesome. Her hands and bathrobe are bloodied. On the bed behind her is a bloody knife and a man’s corpse. Her story? The attacker claimed that SHE’D HIRED him.

    Somebody picked the wrong guy for their twisted game, and finding out who, and why, is all Rigby has left in this world.

    A CROSSFIRE OF DEVILS AND ROGUES is a story of what a man, who wants only a simple home and family, does when someone hijacks his life.

    This is my second project. I’ve taken a break from my first, THE OTHER SIDE OF ZERO, as I contemplate next steps for revision. It is a domestic mystery about forces, new and nearly a hundred years old, conspiring to prevent a woman from achieving her lifelong dream of inheriting the family’s centuries-old business. It explores themes of reckless privilege, and family secrets that tick like a time bomb. It takes place near New York’s Finger Lakes. That one is fair game too.

    Thanks, and good luck to everyone.

  57. Gosh such a feast of genres and ages and stages.
    I have finished wiriting my second complete fiction 82,000 word which I have edited 25 times – to the point where I became absolutely sick of it. Had a respite and wrote a few short stories ranging from 1,000 to 20,000 words.
    I have returned to the second novel – mostly factual – fictionally speaking – set in 1939 – 1944 in a real place, but characters out of my head, featuring the lives of 3 women and their relationships with each other and significant others. Includes some pretty hairy scenes, murder, rape and exploitation. A bit political in the heavy explanations of working conditions during that period. There’s also suggestion of other skills in other-worldly skills telepathy magic etc.
    What I am looking for is someone to be brutally honest with regard to character arcs, flow, theme etc. In return I don’t promise to be brutally honest, but certainly put forth an honest opinion and encouragement.
    Personally I don’t have a problem with motivation – current novel now being edited took 3 years mostly eight hours a day.
    I have written poetry for nigh on forty years – I am an artist and am currently learning the craft of writing with enormous help from Ms Weiland.
    Would love to read maybe a couple of thousand words a month with reciprocal help of the same amount.
    sylviataylor2 at runbox dot com. – don’t have a professional website and am about to enter the world of trying to find an ~Agent or publisher via the traditional route. I just don;t have the time or interest to self-publish.

    • Hi Sylvia
      Liked your post- we might have a match.
      I’m a retired psychologist (maimly worked with retirned warriors from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan)
      My genre is unadorned fiction, my eleventy-seventh draft is a story of an Australian military commander whose troop carrier is torn apart by an IED.
      Surgeons remove his right lower leg but cannot restore his memory (traumatic amnesia).
      During his recovery he plots to return to Uruzaghan Province and track down the Taliban group responsible. This puts him on a collision course with an Australian taskforce who are also tracking Taliban bombmakers.
      What do you think?
      Max

      • Hi Max
        Send me an email and we can find out if it works for us. I have had feedback from friends, but they are not writers. Look forward to your email 🙂

    • Hi Sylvia,
      I’m hoping that we might be a match!
      I’m writing a historical novel set in England in 1908. Based on real people within my family tree. It tells the story of a young girl who leaves the workhouse to become a maid in a school. I weave historical events and real people into the story to show the strength and courage of women and the sacrifices they make.
      There are themes of disability, sexuality and the suffragette cause.
      The book is the first in a saga of 5 or 6 books from 1908 – till the 1960’s when my heroine’s great grandaughter is born.
      I would value the same as you, to swap drafts and receive honest feed back.
      You should be able to reach me via WordPress – but if not, WheelchairVista [at] aol [*] com should reach me!

    • Hi Sylvia,

      I’m Fran and am looking for a writing buddy, my genre is historical fiction. My book weaves historical events and real people into life of a young girl who leaves the workhouse to take a job in a girls school. It’s set in 1908 and goes through to WWI

      Her younger brothers remain imprisoned in the workhouse system and my heroine is desperate to make a home for them. This causes her to sublimate her own choices and chances. Married life is very different from her expectations and with her husband away fighting in France she finds herself in a desperate situation, loosing everything she held dear.

      The book is intended to be the first in a 5 or 6 saga which ends with the birth of the heroine’s great granddaughter in the 1960s.

      The book has themes of disability, women’s courage and friendship, the suffragette cause and the work of women doctors.

      I’m looking for a writing buddy who can give me regular honest reviews, and I’m happy to do the same for her.

      I’m semi-retired after a varied 40 year nursing career so hoping to match with someone similar. I live in the UK but have previously lived and worked in the US.

      You should be able to contact me via WordPress – but if that fails WheelchairVista[at]aol[*]com will find me!

  58. I write creative non-fiction, travel, and opinion pieces for print magazines and web platforms. I’m also interested in writing fiction, starting with short stories. I read a lot of mysteries, but I am not writing in that genre yet. My first interest is to develop my ability to write prose that will enthrall and enrapture. I write with an iterative approach and polish a lot in the editing process. I’d love to work with someone early in their writing journey who needs an accountability partner and a second pair of eyes to review their work. I prefer to work with someone who, instead of making suggestions, will ask the questions that will help me arrive at the answers myself.

  59. Thank you for doing this, K M!

    Hi everyone, I’m Bobbie. I’ve been working on the craft of writing for a long while and have finally self-published 4 novels in the past 2 years. I am an older writer in search of another author with experience in scifi/fantasy. The current book I’m working on is the 4th and final novel in a YA/A fantasy series and I will really need a beta reader (or two–or three) in a few months. I have been a member of a writers’ critique group for years, so I have skill at critiquing and editing to a certain level. We all, at any level, have the problem of finding good beta readers. I’m looking for someone who can offer helpful critique, find plot holes, and raise questions if the writing leaves them confused. I’d love to exchange work. If you’re a newer writer who reads genre avidly, and you are working to become a better author, we might be able to work together.

  60. dalegreene1 says

    Hi, my name is Dale. I write contemporary women’s fiction. My current WIP is about two young women who discover their father, long thought dead, is alive and living in Brazil with his new family. They travel there to confront him or reconnect with him, they’re not sure which. I’m looking for someone who’s writing in a similar genre i.e., not fantasy or science fiction. I’ve been writing for decades, my first book took me 8 years to finish and I won Prairie Fire’s creative non fiction contest. Let me know if you’d like to swap some writing to see if we’d be a good fit. dalegreeneartsatgmaildotcom

    • I am in. I am in revision mode of my Women’s fiction novel based on a 65 year old protagonist who needs to figure out who she is now that her husband has passed.

      Email: natmarsh22 (at) gmail (dot) com

    • I’ve put in a comment further up. I write contemporary women’s fiction. I’ll send you an email 🙂

  61. I forgot to leave my email bobbiefalin at gmail.com

  62. Hey all!

    I’m Amy Karas.
    I write Fantasy (New Adult, although I’m also planning a Middle Grade).

    Synopsis: Floryn (Ryn) is a retired assassin with the inherited ability to read the minds of dragons. She comes out of retirement when she discovers that a local military officer (Cole Cypress) is a Groundspeaker, which makes him the lost heir to the throne and the only one capable of lifting the sickness that fell over the land when the previous king was killed. After accidentally getting Cole arrested for treason, she rescues him from the Tyrant, Vezda (her murderous older brother). Together with their friends they set out on a journey to heal the land and free the people who have lived in fear and famine for decades.
    If you are a sucker for redemption stories filled with found families, overcoming evil with the power of friendship, and of course dragons and gardens, then this book is for you.

    I wrote my first coherent book at 12. I am interested in telling the story I mean to tell, enjoying the journey, and making friends rather than producing on a tight schedule. I write daily and would love to swap victories with someone. I’m a big reader, and a freelance editor. I’m pretty darn dedicated.

    I’d like to find a writing buddy in the same genre as me. I have other writer buddies, but none in my genre. I love Beta reading for people. I’d love to connect periodically on Zoom because I love that face-to-face connection.

    My email address is: amy.j.karas [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Kirsten Tipton says

      Hmm. I wonder if my audience is New Adult… Anyway, thanks for the comment on my request. I can’t wait to hear from you!!

  63. Claire P. Till says

    Hello! I’m Claire. Excited to hopefully meet some new writing buddies here!

    Genre: YA fantasy

    WIP Summary: Barnaby is the only child of a reasonably well off grocer, and as such has no expectation of a good fortune. His friend, Dave, however, is the 7th son of a 7th son, and therefore everyone expects greatness from him. What is really needed is someone to pass the impossible wizarding exams administered by the wily fae, in order to bring some magic back to the crumbling town. Everyone expects it will be Dave, and Barnaby is determined to do his best to help him.
    The theme of this work is making your own destiny and not believing others who tell you what you can/can’t do.

    Experience: I’ve attempted a few novels, but never gotten past the first draft stage. Hopefully this is the first! I’ve been working on it for maybe half a year. Currently drafting and wrestling with some aspects of the plot.

    Interested in: Discussing plot threads, scenes, characters, setting, etc and try to get them how we want them. Chatting periodically to share whatever writing frustrations and joys we are having at the time and to help each other with challenges.

    Email: claire.p.till [at] gmail [dot] com

  64. Hi, I’m Mark!
    ~ Genre: Contemporary Action/Adventure with slight Fantasy elements and a bit of humour, (Indiana Jones/Uncharted type stuff with some Pratchett-esque levity). Any “magic” is more in line with psychical phenomena, (ESP, dowsing, etc.,) rather than wizards hurling fireballs. Some bad language where appropriate (or funny, in which case the gloves are off); fairly frequent violence but anything too horrific is just hinted at or occurs “offscreen”; any sex is also “offscreen”.
    ~ WIP: First in series. Jack Mallion is a roguish adventurer making his way in a cut-throat, amoral world full of treasure hunters, criminals, occultists and con-artists. Initially in search of Henry Morgan’s treasure in the Caribbean, he is sucked into the fight against a cult who worship the Mayan bat-god, Camazotz and plan to resurrect their vampiric leaders after 350 years in the grave.
    Part of a (potential) series of largely standalone stories, featuring a variety of protagonists/POV characters. A few trilogy ideas in the works, however, and some recurring antagonists. Maybe some spinoffs if all goes well. As the main protagonists need to remain the same at the start of every book, any development happens to other, more incidental characters.
    ~ Experience: Writing since year dot. Got more serious about it roughly fifteen years ago and published a few short stories, some articles in print magazines, a journal column and other bits here and there. Self-published one novella and two novels between 2014 and 2019.
    ~ What I’m looking for: Someone to bounce ideas off would be great. Since my three self-published works sank without a trace, I obviously need some useful feedback. Some accountability would be good too. Life has been exceptionally vicious recently, but I still need to produce something.
    ~ Email: Authormjmahoney (at) gmail (dot) com.

    • Geez your writing sounds AMAZING. I’d love to connect! I mostly write in the low fantasy, swords-and-sandals kind of genre (or fairytale retellings) but grew up reading action and Louis L’Amour kinds of westerns (that’s most of what I watch too these days).

      I also self-published a couple of things that sunk without a trace. Now to be fair my writing was meh but I’m still proud of my young self for putting in the work lol.

      I’m at devallrebekah (at) gmail (dot) com if you want to reach out!

  65. Linda J Crowley says

    I’m an old lady who wants to write stories with underlying Christian themes for advanced MG readers. My previous books were one adult non-fiction and two children’s stories. I currently have two stories under construction: one is a historical fantasy taking place in 1100 in what will become Finland. the gardener’s helper fights with the newly adopted daughter of the manor and she runs away. He undertakes to rescue her from the clutches of dark lord (the devil) who has imprisoned her. But the primary theme is more of the hero giving up his pagan beliefs for the Christian religion that is entering the region.
    The second story is less developed. It is based on the true event of a boy caught up in the Wyoming Valley Massacre in pre-revolutionary America. I originally wrote it as a short story but want to expand it into a full-length story.
    I need to bounce my ideas off another but more have someone go through the story and see if it flows properly or has weaknesses/flaws in the plot. Chats help me to stay motivated.

    • Linda,
      Everything you wrote also applies to me. I’m currently working on my second story. A post middle ages fantasy on a tropical island. It’s YA, my first was middle grade. I’ve been through several drafts and need another opinion. Someone who can give honest feedback with a mind to helping me improve with the same issues you have, plot, holes, questions, etc.
      my email is rtbangel [at] aol [dot] com

    • Hi! I would love to connect with you, Linda! 🙂

    • Linda J Crowley says

      Linda Crowley here – forgot to included my email: its lcrowley (at) zfastest (dot) net

  66. I’m in a couple of writing groups on Facebook, but would love to team up with someone with a compatible story and goals and all. So I’ll give this a try…

    Your genre: Paranormal Romantic suspense (Adult/New Adult maybe)
    A short summary of your current story: MCs meet after an accident and discover they are both part of the same group of gifted humans that have been hiding in plain sight all their lives. As they come together weird things happen and they start to wonder if someone doesn’t want them to be together. Writing in third person with alternating chapter POVs between the male and female MCs.
    Your level of experience: I’ve been working on my current WIP for almost three years. I’m 100% self-taught, I knew nothing about writing a book before I started. I’m no expert, but I’ve come a long way.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: I’d love someone writing a similar genre in a similar style and wants to finish their current draft this year. *I’m not interested in coaching, editors, or any paid services any time soon, so please don’t spam me with any of that – thanks 😉
    Your email address: shannon.circle [at] hotmail [dot] com

    • Niki Daninger says

      Hi Bria,

      I write in a combination of genres (fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi), and age groups (YA and adult) and I am looking for a writing buddy who is serious about making time to write, who wants to talk about the writing process and maybe brainstorm ideas/plot issues etc.

      I have been writing for years and have dozens of WIPs, but only one short story has been published. I was a line-editor for the past 5 years, but I do NOT want to get back into that now. I stepped back because it was interfering with my creativity – leaving me with NO motivation to work on my own stories.

      My current PNR trilogy is 85% done and I’d really love to get it finished this year. I write in first person alternating POV, but I started out in third and I understand the difference.
      My current blurb:

      Vance, a man, with paranormal ‘abilities’, has spent the last half of his life searching for the vampire who killed his parents. Unable to face that kind of loss again, he tries to keep what remains of his family at a distance – believing they are all safer if he does. Underlying his fear, is a healthy dose of shame and guilt. . . Why did he get involved with a woman he didn’t love? If he hadn’t, could he have saved his parents?
      He lives on the road, following leads all across North America. This is how he ends up in a biker bar in ‘nowhere’ Pennsylvania, where he runs into the first person to catch his eye since leaving his home behind. He does NOT want a distraction, but there’s something about the snarky waitress, who stands up for herself and others, that holds his attention – so much so, he ends up tying their fates together in a spur of the moment decision.
      Amy, a girl who grew up in a dead-end town, knowing she’d never amount to anything. A girl who gets up every morning and does what she needs to do, because she’s a survivor. Life dealt her a crappy hand, but somewhere deep inside, she still hopes she’ll find an ace. When her sister is drawn into a shady situation, she steps up. They might not be friends, but she can’t turn a blind eye, not after all she’s been through. If she can save her sister from a similar fate, she might find purpose in her past.
      Together, Vance and Amy adjust to a life neither imagined let alone wanted. A life that leaves them both questioning their priorities.

      If you’re interested, you can email me at nikidaninger [@] gmail.com

  67. Fran Van Cleave says

    Hi,y’all! I’m Fran Van Cleave, and I’ve been writing science-fiction on and off for 27 years, mostly publishing short stories and non-fiction in Analog Science Fiction. Thanks to Lyme disease, I’ve had more off time than on, but I’m doing well enough to finish my WIP novel, which straddles the border between sf and fantasy.

    WIP Blurb: Tex Eng is a hot pilot and aerospace engineer, fast-tracked for America’s first Mars mission despite the loss of his aircraft while in pursuit of UFOs over the Gulf of Mexico. When a Chinese nuke detonates on American soil, Tex loses his NASA credentials and is thrown into a California internment camp. Now he has a chance to become an astronaut again — all he has to do is pose as a diplomat to an undersea city and discover the engineering secrets behind their “magic technology” before New China and the aliens beat him to it.

    What I’m looking for: A beta reader whose idea of aliens is more sophisticated than giant spiders. Love of adventure, quirky characters, and guns is a plus. I’m willing to read and edit other MS in return. I prefer concept editing but am perfectly fine with line editing in other genres as long as the usual rules of grammar are understood.

    My email: franvancleave(at)protonmail (dot) com
    I appreciate everyone’s time and consideration.

    • I *think* we might have a match, lol.
      From my posted blurb (can be found at Jan 9 approx 5:48pm)
      Genre: Current WIP is soft science fiction. I have written in other genres, but science fiction holds my attention currently.
      Short summary of your current story: I am attempting a police procedural in space. Time period would be similar to Star Trek TOS – so mid 2200s. I’m using similar technologies but nothing else of the Trek universe. Takes place on Earth’s first space station positioned at the edge of the Milky Way – includes a military installation. Main characters are Charlotte Wells a specialist in exo-forensics and Wick Sullivan, the head of station security.
      What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: At this point I’m not needing line edits or grammar stuff. Mostly I need general overview of my product. Do you like it? Do my characters work for you, etc. I’d also appreciate someone with a futurist turn of mind because I’m needing to create technology that is possible from where we are now. Truthfully this is where I’m spending most of my brain-time – trying to figure out how police work happens on a functioning space station. I’m am working quite slowly – partially my fluctuating frame of mind, partially RL necessity and I also edit as I go so I’m likely to do more reading for you then you’ll do for me, lol.
      I’ll email you.

  68. Brenda Montoya says

    Hi all! Ive replied to a few of you but here’s my details if you’re interested in reaching out.

    Genre: contemporary fiction

    Synopsis: It’s about a middle aged woman who has recently buried her mother and suspects she died with secrets. She searches for the physician who cared for her father in his late stages of cancer, hoping he may have some answers. She discovers he has suffered a stroke. The story eventually reveals this kindhearted doctor has abandoned his family for his work, and the protagonist gets in trouble with her health. The secret he unknowingly holds will be what saves her.

    Writing experience: never published, written professional non-fiction blog posts and healthcare education as a freelancer for 1 1/2 years. Worked on this fiction project more than 5 years (1 year intensely)

    What I need: I’m looking for someone to help me in the bumpy stages of my first writing experience. I have 50,000 words written and consider it 75% complete. I’m hoping to have my first draft done by late March. I would love to have an accountability buddy, as well as someone who can be a gentle beta reader for me.

    Brenda Montoya
    RNBmontoya (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Former nurse and I also wrote in the nursing world as well! I’m working on a mystery about a forensic nurse investigator. Would love to connect with you even though we’re not writing in the same genre. Would be interesting to compare notes on switching from more scientific writing to creative writing. Will touch base via email.

    • Phillip Holt says

      Brenda,
      I’ve come acorss your post a number of times, and each time I have dwelled and read your post. THat may be a sign of something. It occurs to me that, although I have no medical nor nursing background, you prespective readers may not either. So, the evaluations, thoughts, and ideas I contribute might just be similar to the reactions of your prospective readers. Thus I may be able to contribute usefully.

      I began writing, of course, in the second grade. But throughout, I had the child’s tendency to lose focus. My authorship went nowhere. Business and technical writing came easily. Creative work was another matter. Now, I have much less going on in my life and find it easier to concentrate on the story and how best to get it out there for others to enjoy.
      My ego tells me that my life contains a gazillion lessons, some of which are amusing. The ones that count are those illustrating how a male can get all crossed up and do stupid and destructive things without much forethought. That’s the central theme of my work. This story demonstrates how the unthinking male benefits from the perceptiveness and presence of the right female. The story of Howie and Sophie is my first serious effort at a novel. I hope you enjoy it.

      If you’re interested in more I can provide a decent summary.

      Phillip

  69. Thank you for doing this! While I’m part of a critique group, I’ve wanted to find someone to work alongside with ideas and various stages of the writing process.

    Genre: Mystery. Current WIP has been in progress for over 15 years and is currently in a revision stage. Yeah, I’m kinda slow at completing things.

    A short summary of your current story: Newly promoted Detective Benji Gera lives in a small town where his biggest investigation has been theft. But when Mayor Nogle is murdered, Benji is assigned to the case. Along with his co-worker, Detective Ermanno Anderson, they search for the truth and discover the dark side of the small town of Lake Shore, Ohio. Not knowing who they can trust, they keep many of their revelations to themselves. City-wide mayhem ensues, and Benji’s younger sister Jenna unwittingly becomes a pawn in a revenge plan aimed at Benji.

    Level of experience: I’ve been writing off and on for many years but struggle with consistency (in everything, really). I have two short pieces in low-circulated publications but no novels. So in some ways, I still feel like a beginner.

    Looking for in a writing buddy: Someone to keep my accountable and bounce ideas off of, and maybe some critiquing here and there.

    Email address: pamsmanley (at) gmail (dot) com

    • thelittlestthistle says

      I’m also a rather slow writer that really ought to get it together more, and I’ve been trying to get a cosy mystery out of my system for 6 years already, so I might be your woman. I’ll drop you an e-mail, and my details are waaaay down thread

  70. GENRE (current WIP): historical fiction (+ romance, worldview, action-adventure)

    WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR: An accountability buddy (I am working on this nearly full-time, but occasionally suffer writer’s block/research conundrums) and / or beta readers – anyone familiar with the period (17th century), geography, art history or languages (Dutch or Japanese) would be particularly appreciated.

    SUMMARY OF STORY/PLOT (Part I): Joost van Alkmaar, a talented Dutch artist and son of a prosperous silk merchant, is sent against his will to work with the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in Japan in 1635 to help source supplies of raw silk for his father’s business. After surviving a perilous sea journey beset by pirates, near-shipwreck and other issues, he arrives at the company headquarters in Batavia (Jakarta) and is selected to accompany senior merchant Francois Caron on a crucial diplomatic mission to Edo (Tokyo) to secure Dutch rights to trade in Japan from the Shogun. As soon as Joost lands in Nagasaki, he glimpses a beautiful kabuki dancer named Suki and falls in love instantly.
    (Part II): Joost and Suki meet and have a romantic interlude on the road to Edo, where he does a painting of her dancing in the moonlight. Soon after, Suki and her fellow dancers are taken on as courtesans-in-training by the Shogun’s nurse and political advisor, Lady Kasuga. While Joost is busy learning the ropes as a junior merchant within the company and travelling to other VOC SE Asian outposts in search of silk, Suki’s fame as a Yoshiwara courtesan grows, in part based on the painting he has done of her. She is soon torn between several powerful rivals for her exclusive patronage, including the celebrated swordsmith Musashi Miyamoto, and is caught up in the tumultuous events and aftermath of the Shimabara Rebellion. Suki and Joost finally see each other and pledge their eternal devotion before he is forced to return to Amsterdam to wed and take over his family business.
    (Part III): When a warehouse fire destroys his family’s business and his wife Geertje dies in childbirth, Joost returns to a now-closed Japan to find Suki, but first he must fight for her and pay off her debts before he can smuggle her out of the country. He enlists the Chinese pirate gang led by the notorious Zheng Zhilong, who helps them flee together for a new life in Batavia. Yet after their ship disappears mysteriously, no one knows what has become of them until Joost’s artist friend Jan travels to Batavia and pieces together their final story.

    ABOUT ME/MY WRITING: I’ve been a professional journalist, sub-editor and editor most of my life. I have been writing poetry (some published) since my teens, and have written short stories and a novella (fantasy, unpublished); this is my first historical fiction novel. I blog on diverse topics at http://www.smallwriteratlarge.com. I am also a visual artist and dancer, and am well-travelled – a US/UK dual national, I formerly lived in Washington, DC, Dublin, Ireland, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and London, UK. I now live in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

  71. This is a wonderful idea. Thanks.
    I write in 2 genres, Fantasy and Historical.
    My current WIP is a fantasy novel that is book 4 in a series of 5.
    It is called Immortal’s Death. The country of Grosmer has been
    Invaded by the neighbouring country. The Duke of Sendolina is missing and the duchies of Hambara and Meridore have been taken.
    It is up to the group of friends, known as Wolf to rescue the duke and to free Sendolina and Hambara.
    Some go to Hambara where they kill the leader of the enemy, a mage who has discovered how to prolonged his life by stealing the life force of young men. Or do they?
    I have 12 books published with a small independent publisher. I have been writing seriously for about 10 years.
    I would be interested in pairing with someone who writes fantasy with a similar amount of experience.

  72. Andy Wright says

    Hello hello!

    Looking for a bud (without wanting to sound like a stand-up comedian: anyone here from the U.K.?!)

    My genre is generally Black Mirror-esque sci-fi fantasy, although I also write murder/mysteries (with dark humour), adventure, YA. Fun stuff.

    Summary of current story: Paul Angest discovers nostalgia isn’t what it used to be when he volunteers for an experiment which enables him to revisit his – and other people’s – memories.

    I’ve been writing scripts for 30+ years, but fairly new to writing books (two so far, working on many more). Looking for someone who can give a constructive opinion on my second book (and maybe let me know if there’s any typo’s!).

    You can find me on twitter @andwrighting
    Thanks!

  73. I‘m part of a few writing groups but always looking for a CP or writing buddy to grow and learn alongside with check ins for accountability and feedback etc. I’m still trying to finish writing my first story and have lots of ideas and WIPs but nothing finished yet.
    My genre is mainly Fantasy/Speculative Fiction with some ideas in a few other genres as well. I’m currently working on a Greek Mythology retelling of Eurydice and am a big lover of Mythology all kinds.I’ve been writing on and off most of my life and written a lot of poetry in the past as well. I’ve only been writing seriously trying to figure things out and what works for me to finish a story to publish one day for around a few years now. I also just started going back to University part time to get my Bachelors with hoping some of my educational goals will help me with my writing goals.
    My email is annem30 (at) gmail (dot) com.

    • Hi Annette!
      I write adult fantasy (nothing finished yet either beyond some zero/skeleton drafts) but I absolutely love different world mythologies and Greek is right up there at the top! My wip is a darker high fantasy with a TON of mythological inspiration! Would you be interested in connecting and it would it be alright for me to email you?
      Also, my email is astefanelli12 [at] gmail [dot] com.

  74. I am always looking for someone who will make critique comments and who will remind me of deadlines including the ones I set for myself. I try different genre including speculative fiction, also writing a memoir. Currently trying to submit short stories to publications and finding it hard to stay committed. I need a process and a schedule. I have experience with writer’s groups and have been writing all my life, but not published, except for a few work articles and a self published art journal book. Being published would give me some credibility in leading writer groups. I like people and need back and forth communication. I am retired and love doing both art and writing. My email is fern at pfern dot org

    • Phillip Holt says

      Gee, Fern, It sounds to me as if you need some help in selecting a project and sicking with it. You might get great benefit from reading Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” It’s beautifully written and extremely useful in helping a writer get to project completion. He’s very honest and self-revealing. Give it a try. It’ll help with the accountability issue.

  75. Chris Hollier says

    Hello fellow writers! I’m looking for a few book buddies to exchange ideas and critiques with. What story are you currently writing?

    Here’s what I’m working on…

    Genre: Fantasy – Two adult protagonists, no explicit adult themes.

    Short, spoiler-free summary: Almir Hakim’s undercover investigation into Liral’s most notorious gang was days away from completion before everything fell apart. Alone and up against foes with frightening powers, he’s forced to team up with a group of unlikely allies who quickly become suspicious of his past. Together they must unravel the mystery behind who’s leading the outlaws, and why they’re after the daughter of a powerful monarch.

    Inspired by the trolly dilemma, this story pokes and prods lines typically drawn between moral and immoral behaviors. I’m currently at around 60,000 words into my first draft, which is around the 30-35% mark according to my roadmap.

    Experience: No formal education. I began writing/researching the writing process 5 years ago.

    Interested in: Giving and receiving all sorts of critiques (plot, theme, character development, dialogue, prose, pacing, etc.). I genuinely enjoy discussing all areas of this craft. I’d prefer to converse over email and/or some sort of voice chat service (like discord).

    If my summary is too vague for you to decide if you’re interested, please email me and I can go into greater detail. I’m trying to keep my description somewhat vague just in case my reading buddies would rather learn of any reveals I have while reading my manuscript rather than hear about them upfront.

    Thank you for your consideration!

    Chris Hollier
    cchollier (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Kirsten Tipton says

      I may have jumped the gun, but I already emailed you directly. Let me know if you’re interested. No need to respond if not!

    • Hi Chris. I will drop you a line. I am also open to Discord discussions on craft. My application is below but will repost in the email I send.

  76. Colleen Wells says

    Your genre: Fantasy/ Romance
    A short summary of your current story: After spending his life being a hopeless fuckboy (Playboy), fae prince Mack Danaan will now have to become a better man break a curse that banished him to the mortal realms; the only person willing to help him, single mother and mortal Aggie Jenkins, seems to be the person who makes him want to become better for her and not just to break the curse.

    Aggie Jenkins has struggled to build a stable life for her and her son after leaving her televangelist husband, but never takes time for her own happiness until a Fae prince crash lands on her car and throws her world into the chaos she never knew she needed.

    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing): I have been writing for years, but seriously writing for two years.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: I just finished this manuscript in Dec. I’d love to do weekly chapter swaps and critiques.
    Your email address: colleenwells89@gmail.com

  77. What a great idea! I would like to find and be a writing buddy(s) with those who are interested in writing stories for homeschoolers, Unschoolers, and self-directed learners (autodidacts). Although my first textbook was published in 1969, tt was not until 2009 that I wrote my first story to engage 217 engineering students divided into 17 teams in learning how to learn. then in 2017 I wrote “Smart Education for the Whole Person” (primarily for use in China (but without success), and now the second edition in 2023 for self-learners including parents and children. I would love to collaborate with Christian story writers who
    willing to use/comment on my 3-act, 12-scene story writing format (one that relies heavily on Kates book Structuring Your Novel) to write engaging stories that enlighten, empower, and embolden 21st-century learners in becoming the best they can be to help usher in the second coming of our Lord and Savior.
    Email Address: dell.allen1 at gmail dot com

  78. genre: Mystery

    Summary: Every year, the town of Genesis eagerly awaits the spectacular M.I.S.T. games where residents must enter the abandoned mansion of the town’s founder and escape in a race. This year is the town’s one hundredth anniversary which means the winner will be awarded with a special box left there by the town’s founder. Daniel is already under a lot of pressure to win, so the fact that other contestants are dropping like flies just makes things worse. What’s in that prize box and who is willing to play dirty to find out?

    Experiance: first timer. been writing for a year.

    looking for someone who could be a beta reader and give their opinion.

    email: (drofeh[at]gmail[dot]com)

  79. Hi! My genre (at present) is high fantasy. I started writing as a hobby for my own pleasure, but it’s caught me up and I now have some ideas I want to pursue if this one proves to be any good. My personal definition of success isn’t publishing, but just producing something that people find entertaining and worth reading.

    If you can’t tell, this is my very first foray into creative writing. I am actually a freelance writer producing informational articles and ebooks designed to boost SEO for a very niche company: dry, technical, boring to all my friends. Definitely not fantasy fiction! I’ve been working on this story for about a year, stopping periodically to do a lot of basic reading on story making skills.

    Trying to keep it brief, here’s the bare bones of my story:

    The story is set in a roughly medieval period. Magic is introduced and controlled by the Fey, a secretive race connected to this world by a temporary conjunction of physical planes (think soap bubbles in a multiverse). Human alchemists have recently introduced an alternative magic that can be practiced by humans, but use of it introduces a deadly corruption that’s spreading as the use of alchemical magic increases.

    Competing power centers in the story include profit-centered merchants, a powerful cabal that seeks to control the government, and the embattled monarchy, Secret plots, shifting alliances, and a series of intrigues accompany the struggle to achieve a new power balance in the world.

    My primary characters include two princes, an enslaved courtesan, an exiled Fey nobleman, and four rebels who seek to free their land from the predations of the monarchy. The courtesan is the primary driving character; in her character arc, she is forced to confront the loss of her village and subsequent enslavement, questions about her heritage, magical abilities, and loyalty. She struggles with the process of growing from a helpless child-victim ruled by rage to a young woman who has forged her own identity and developed the maturity to make hard decisions and accept the consequences.

    Apparently, I’m a plotter. I’ve worked and reworked my story a dozen times to enrich the plot, improve character growth, and develop competing magical systems. I know the full plot of the story (and the concepts of two follow up volumes), but I realize I need to move forward instead of constantly reworking the existing chapters. I’m at the point where having a writing buddy would be so helpful, not only to give me an idea of how effective my storytelling is, but how to gracefully move from one major plot point to the next. Honest and specific feedback and occasional cheerleading would be wonderful. I’m happy to offer the same in return. I’m told I’m a rapid and prolific brainstormer — could be helpful when facing a plot that refuses to develop!

    Ok. Here’s the hard part that may turn a lot of folks off. In current form, this is a fanfiction. I used the genre as a tool to help me produce a cast of characters with distinct personality types, but other than the names, there’s not really any definite connection or even strong similarities to the source material. If I change the names, I don’t think anyone would realize this originated as fanfiction.

    If there are other rank beginners out there, or generous mentor types who don’t mind working with a novice in her 50’s, I can’t wait to hear from you!
    Titra dot hunter at gmail dot com

  80. Kirsten Tipton says

    Wow! Looking forward to your email!!

  81. Hello from Australia!

    Genre: MG (Middle Grade) humour, mysteries & crime, with occasional splashes of Sci-fi and contemporary fantasy

    Projects: I have a completed manuscript that I am querying. A few months ago this manuscript was awarded 2nd place in the Children’s Book Council of Australia ‘Aspiring Writers’ Competition, which was validating. I have a chapter book drafted, and bunch of short stories, some of which have been published. I am just starting a new upper-MG project which will be my main focus for this year.

    Looking for: To connect with other MG writers. Happy to bounce ideas around, critique for each other, and generally support each other on the journey.

    Contact me at: daniellec2132(at)outlook(dot)com

    dc

    • Hi DC!
      I’m not a MG writer (sorry) but I thought I’d reply because I’m also an Australian and am looking for some support and advice from someone a little further along the publishing road than I am :). I write YA speculative fiction and have been writing for about ten years now, seriously for three years. I’ve written five full drafts, and all but the latest two (or one?) will probably never see the light of day. I’d love to work toward publication but I’m feeling a bit lost in it all 😅. I understand I’m not what you’re looking for, but decided it might be worth reaching out, just to see what happens :).
      Thanks!
      Debbie

    • Hi DC, I write fantastical realism for MG and YA readers. I have an MFA from Vermont College of Arts for Children and Young Adults. I’ve finished two books, but have had no bites on queries. I would love to get some fresh eyes on my novel, Return to Spender.

      Summary: William Jeffery is the only person who can make Grandpa Woodman smile. Not until his grandfather dies does eleven-year-old William discover why. He shares three things with his ancestors: a leap year birthday, magical money that returns every time it’s spent, and Irish fairy magic that allows him to communicate with his dead relatives. However, The Gift of Seamus comes with rules. The most important rule for this fairy enchanted money? Never tell anyone, absolutely anyone, anything about the gift. Ever. If William doesn’t live by the rules, he could lose the bill, sever the connection to his grandfather and ancestors, and destroy the family’s inheritance forever.

      If you’re interested, my email is robin.korb [at] vcfa.edu

    • Hi, I’m Judy and write for a Middle Grade audience. My first WIP (a MG adventure) has been on the go for 5 years and is in the middle of its fifth major revision, after which I’ll be sending it out on query. It’s an adventure, set in a creepy Scottish castle with a fabulous collection of artefacts and artworks. When Ella’s father is accused of theft, she must team up with the new laird, Lachie, to try to clear his name. They discover a coded letter from Lachie’s dead father, referring to three priceless treasures which appear to be the key to everything. Their quest involves a secret underground passage, a ghost which may not really be a ghost, puzzling clues and a race against a murderous opponent.
      I also have a second manuscript I’m working on (Middle Grade horror) about a twin’s battle to save her sister when her life-force is being taken over by the spirit of a long-dead witch. This is set in the magical, mythical islands of Orkney.
      I’m hoping to connect with another author who writes for Middle Grade. I’m particularly interested in receiving feedback on the big picture. Which bits work and which don’t. I’m an avid reader, an ex-teacher and librarian and hope I can offer valuable insights in return.
      I live in Australia and would really like to meet some writing buddies.
      My email is judybroad01@gmail.com

  82. KM – what a great thing this is, really appreciate you doing this!!

    Hi all, I’m Lonn.
    I’d love to have a writing buddy and a beta Reader – and am willing to return the favor. I don’t really need a push to write, it’s about all I think about.

    First, I’ve been writing passionately since 2015 but it’s not my full time job. I find time after work, weekends, and while on trains and planes to write. I would like to retire into writing daily. I had my first short story published locally in 2016. Since then, I’ve had 6 more short stories published in a local annual anthology competition based in Delaware. There is a 3500-word limit and entries are usually light fiction. The publisher likes fun, easy summer beach reads or if the story serious, it has to have a heartwarming ending.

    Because of this annual competition, I have 20 stories that didn’t make the cut. Each has been given a complete R&R now that the word cap is gone and so some of the emotional and atmospheric details have been added back in. My goal is to take 15 of these and self pub my own series of short stories for next summer. The book is just about put together, I have 2 more stories being finished up so at this point they need an editor and I am searching for someone now. Still, I would accept critiques if anyone is interested in that genre.

    I also write novella and novel length relationship based romance fiction. My full length works usually have gay men as the main characters and they don’t always end happily ever after. I have two works finished and both have been self edited at least seven or eight passes. Both have had a complete R&R after I stumbled onto this site and learned about the 3-act system for novel writing and KMW’s Novel Outlining program. I’ve been shopping one without any bites and would welcome feed back. It’s 117,000 words and has 2 parts. It also has a little bit of Telepathy as the spin.

    The second novel is about a man coming out in his 50’s, meeting someone special and then having to deal with telling his kids that he’s gay. That story is 80,000 words and I’m trying to decide to self pub, or offer the novel as a freebee in serial release on my website.

    Most recently, I’m outlining another novel length work that is more about one man’s journey into senior years and how hard and scary even to age – so not as much of a romance piece. I hope to have the outline completed so I can start the writing process this spring. So I’m not sure if this one will be ready for a look-see soon. I generally like to complete the work before showing any of it. But if you are interested in looking at chapters as completed, we can discuss.

    If interested, you can reach me at my website Lonnb{dot}com or my email lonnb[at]aol-dot-com.

    And thanks again KM!!

  83. Thanks for this opportunity to connect with a writing buddy!

    I am halfway into the first draft of my beachy rom com set on the near-to me North Carolina coast. My novel is a behind closed doors/enemies to lovers/small town trope. Billy Mernit’s 8-beat and Gwen Haye’s romancing the beat rom com structures help me flesh out my upbeat tale. I adore Ted Lasso’s rom-communism manifesto.

    I am determined to finish the first draft by spring and would be over the moon to connect with other clean romance writers (less than than 5 out of 10 spice rating) for honest, helpful CP feedback and reciprocal cheerleading.

    A former community college writing coach, over the past nine years I have published five middle grade/chapter books before jumping genres to adult fiction. I’m also on Instagram and Facebook.

    catmichaelswriter [at] gmail [dot] com

  84. Hey everyone! I’ve been looking for a writing buddy for a long long time, so if anyone’s interested, feel free to e-mail me!
    – Genre: I usually write young adult (or new adult, I’m not really sure, but my characters are all about 18-24) and contemporary, and I also tend to gravitate towards thrillers/mystery and urban fantasy/magical realism.
    – Currently I’m not working on a specific story, since I’ve got about three main ideas and I’m trying to decide which one to focus on. The first one would be a YA mystery set in a college campus during spring break, inspired by Veronica Mars. The second one is urban fantasy with witch characters and secret societies, and the third one is a coming of age-y story inspired by The O.C. (I’m really into early 2000s shows).
    – Basically I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but I’ve only decided to actually try to write a book during the pandemic, so I’ve spent the last two years reading books about writing and working on some short stories to try to improve my writing.
    – I’m looking for a writing buddy who’s willing to listen to my ideas and give opinions (as I’m willing to do as well), and also someone to swap pages with and just generally support each other through our writing!
    – My e-mail is aimeecavalero(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Nice, I’m doing a mystery (also inspired by Veronica Mars) and also just started writing. Should I send you an email

    • Hi Aimee
      I would love to partner with you. All of your stories sound very interesting to me, I love mysteries, fiction, and I was a big fan of the OC show too. I would love to give you feedback, brainstorm or anything you need.
      I don’t have experience writing but I have been trying to learn. My story is a YA Coming of Age drama with some magical realism. However I am writing to make a graphic novel so my format is script. I don’t have much written yet (just finished my outline, and I have some scattered notes for scenes) and I would understand if the format I will be writing on is not a good match for you, but if you don’t mind it then I would love feedback once I have some more polished.
      I am looking forward to talk more. I will be sending you an email soon.
      Mariana

  85. Hi
    Delighted to have this opportunity – could bode well for 2023.
    Genre: Current WIP is soft science fiction. I have written in other genres, but science fiction holds my attention currently.
    Short summary of your current story: I am attempting a police procedural in space. Time period would be similar to Star Trek TOS – so mid 2200s. I’m using similar technologies but nothing else of the Trek universe. Takes place on Earth’s first space station positioned at the edge of the Milky Way – includes a military installation. Main characters are Charlotte Wells a specialist in exo-forensics and Wick Sullivan, the head of station security.
    Level of experience: I started writing as a teenage – RP fanfiction in the 70s – before fanfiction was even a thing. Took a long break to marry and raise children. I returned to fanfiction in 2000s(NOT RP). Even won a couple of fanfic awards. Have also a nonfiction book self-published.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: At this point I’m not needing line edits or grammar stuff. Mostly I need general overview of my product. Do you like it? Do my characters work for you, etc. I’d also appreciate someone with a futurist turn of mind because I’m needing to create technology that is possible from where we are now. Truthfully this is where I’m spending most of my brain-time – trying to figure out how police work happens on a functioning space station. I’m am working quite slowly – partially my fluctuating frame of mind, partially RL necessity and I also edit as I go so I’m likely to do more reading for you then you’ll do for me, lol. I’m two years from retirement and I’d like to have this first draft finished by then so I can decide if I’ve got something worth publishing.
    Email address: june_collins [at] hotmail.[dot] com)

  86. Hi everyone,
    I’m currently working on the second draft of a YA fantasy novel. I’ve written some shorter works but this is my first novel. I’m been writing on and off for years but have gotten more serious about it over the last five years or so. I’m looking for a/some writing partners who can swap critiques and brainstorm plot points. I seem to be a “planster”. I’ll plot for a time and then write and then replot trying to incorporate all the new ideas that came up.
    Here’s a blurb about my current project:
    Trixie was nine when her magic disappeared, ripped away in a moment of devastating betrayal.
    Only that was a lie–she’d never had any magic, just an overactive imagination. All her so-called memories of wielding magic among the woodlands of her youth were only the half-remembered daydreams of a child.
    Or so her parents and therapist believed. Trixie wasn’t so sure.
    But after nine years of trying to regain that lost magic with no luck, Trixie was almost ready to move on.
    When her mom is called to Northern California to investigate a fungal infestation plaguing the forests, Trixie finds herself spending her senior year in a small town deep in the woods. There she meets Mason, a boy as determined to rid himself of his magic as Trixie is to regain hers.
    Working together, they learn that the infestation devouring the forests is magical in nature, and might hold the very answers they are searching for.

  87. Thea T. Kelley says

    Hi all,

    I’m interested in swapping critiques. My current WIP is a fantasy novel for adults/new adults. It’s a pretty advanced draft. I’m especially interested in how the writing hits you as a reader, and any other suggestions.

    I’ve been reading SF and fantasy for nearly 50 years (I’m 60ish) and writing fiction for 5 years (2 novels & many short stories, one of which has been published).

    Here’s a blurb about my WIP, The Broken Air Market:

    Fired from her job and on the verge of homelessness, a young artist pursues the curse-imager who has ruined her life with a vicious caricature. Entering a strange world called Feila, and aided by a Fei named Pathfinder who seems to have more of a talent for getting lost, she learns that the only way to save herself is to embrace her newly discovered uncanny abilities, her true identity, and the power of love to defeat a much larger spell that threatens both Feila and her own world.

    I’d love to hear from anybody with similar interests.

    TheaTKelley (at) gmail (dot com)

    • Hi!

      I’ve been reading fantasy and (some) sci-fi most of my life too. (50ish – but don’t tell my girls. We celebrate my 27th birthday every year!)

      My main WIP is a PNR trilogy, with low steam and a slow burn, aimed at new adult – adult. I’ve been writing on and off since college, but I only have one short story published. I need a kick in the pants to finish and I’m having trouble finding a buddy who can do that.
      The first book is going though its last round of edits and the other two are roughly 90% and 80% done.
      I have more than a dozen other stories though, most are fantasy, but there’s a sci-fi one in there too 😉

      I am looking for someone with similar experience who can spur me on, someone who wants to talk about their stories and characters, is interested in brainstorming and is not afraid to give honest/helpful opinions in read-throughs.

      I was a line editor for about 5 years and I’ve been active in critique groups even longer so I have no trouble with that.

      If you’re interested, and want to see if we’re a match, you can email me:
      nikidaninger [at] gmail.com

  88. Hi .. I’m looking for a writing buddy .. critique. I’m writing creative nonfiction.. memoir. My first book .. written in two years and research for three years. Story setting in Singapore moving across the UK and NYC .. story about a young girls’unbreakable spirit to survive in an ever-changing world.. raised amidst family violence.

  89. Speculative History with Fantastical Elements
    Henry, an Irish teenager in 1860’s New Mexico, eager to grow up and leave his hometown, is suddenly forced to. Arrested for a crime he may or may not have drunkenly committed, the event forces him into discovering a hidden world of Spirits and Fae. Escaping from jail with the help of a sarcastic water dragon that appears to everyone else as a gun, except one with no bullets, the pair ends up on the run from the law. But some Laws are much older, and an ancient enemy of the Tuatha De Danann, long exiled from Ireland, seeks to break free of old bindings that held it captive for centuries. A young man with a dragon in his pocket is a poor substitute for an ancient Irish God, but the pair must use every trick they know and Henry’s limited knowledge of Fairy Stories to stop a plague from being unleashed upon the land.
    I have been writing for several years. I have early submitted this draft to a few agents when it was currently much larger an had a second POV.I am about finished with a condensed version.
    I write once a week in a dedicated block so not looking for daily check-ins, but would love another pair of eyes on my work and would love to collaborate with others and review their work as well. I listen to lots of writing podcasts but would love to add in the human element.
    Overall, I enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction. Works with light humor or mysteries in particular. I am currently loving the Rivers of London series as to what really draws me in. If interested in reading or sharing contact me : barz.dave [at] gmail [dot] com)

  90. Susan Floerchinger says

    Wow, I thought I was the only one looking for a Beta Reader, Writing Partner. I am currently writing what I think is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy (YA) but I am not sure about the sci-fi part. It is about a sixteen year old girl who is turned into a cat for spying on the classes for the boys. Magic is taboo for the women of ZamaR. While waiting for the elders to decided her fate, Gayzell (the Prince and Ruler of ZamaR) is challenged by his tissue twin for the control of the planet. A comet is on course to implode in the primary water source for ZamaR. Ea (the girl) finds herself in a parallel universe (up top on land, as ZamaR is a civilization encapsuled in a hard air bubble under the surface of the Upper Missouri River Breaks Montana). Earth has undergone an attempt to overtake the world’s governments, leaving it in disrepair and civilization can be found underground, progressing to the surface. ZamaR is catapulted to the surface and both communities must work together to rebuild Montana.

    I have been working on this novel for over 30 years. Married, divorced, drunkard, get sober, raise kids, told over and over writing isn’t a real job, you know life gets in the way. 30 years sober and would like a writing partner who can help me finish my hot mess into a good book.

    I have poetry, op-ed pieces, and human interest articles in traditional print, and a few scattered online. Oh yah, did I say I am 61? An old fart, but young at heart.

    My email: susanfloerchinger(at)gmail(dot)com
    Now to go back where I left off and read the rest of the posts. Thank you.

  91. Victoria Shaw says

    Hello 🙂
    My name is Victoria and I write YA Dystopian, Adult Dystopian, and Fantasy novels.

    I just re-submitted a fantasy novel to my agent for review again in hopes she’ll accept it and pitch it to publishers.

    I have been writing for years but 3 years ago I quit working to focus on writing and becoming a published author. I am trying to go the traditional route. I do have an agent that I signed with over a year ago, but she failed to sale the first book in my adult dystopian series. Needless to say, I was disappointed. After spending thousands of dollars on beta readers and an editor, she loved it, but publishers didn’t. She’s encouraged me to revise the story once again and resubmit it, once I do, which I’m working on now.

    In the meantime, I spent tons of money again on beta readers and the editor for my fantasy novel so after my last rewrite, I submitted it to her again without using beta readers first. I had revised so much; I felt like I was butchering my story. Losing what I wanted it to be. So, out of frustration, I resubmitted it without getting any feedback on it.

    In hopes to save some money, I’m looking to find beta readers who I can do an exchange of services with. I’ll read for you, if you want to beta read for me type of thing.

    I need someone who will be honest and specific with what they see wrong. My editor is great, but I think he’s gotten used to my writing style so he’s not seeing everything my agent sees. And my agent isn’t being specific. She’ll basically just say it’s not ready for traditional publishers and advise me to keep revising.

    I spend 8 to 10 hours a day writing. If I’m not writing, I’m doing research for the story I’m writing. I’m very disciplined when it comes to writing so I don’t need someone to keep me in check when it comes to getting work done. When I quit working, writing became my full-time job, so that’s how I treat it.

    If anyone is interested in doing an exchange on beta reading, that would be awesome. I have a great questionnaire for beta readers that my editor wrote out for me that I could use if I’m reading for someone else if you don’t have one to provide to me. My email address is vshaw1007 [at] yahoo [dot] com.
    Thanks 🙂
    Victoria

    • Geezo, Victoria, I’ve read nearly every single reply on this page and I really, really dig yours. I am sending you an email now in the hopes we can help each other out!

    • Hi Victoria!
      I write adult fantasy but don’t have a complete manuscript (just started a complete zero draft rewrite of my WIP). Is your fantasy work the one you’d want a beta reader/critique partner for or would it be a different MS? And what subgenre is it? I’d love to reach out and see if we connect!

    • Stephanie Gunn says

      Hi Victoria! Letting you know that I’ve sent you an email.

  92. thelittlestthistle says

    Oh, what a lovely idea!

    My genre: Cosy mystery

    Summary of WIP: When Carrie Buchan returns to the Highland town of Glen Fairnie to run her gran’s gift shop after 13 years away, she hopes for a quiet life with no explanations about her reappearance. Five months later, when her younger cousin goes missing on the night of Halloween and a body is found in the subsequent search for him, things begin to unravel. Why are the murder squad from Glasgow so convinced that her dad did it, and can she prove otherwise?

    My level of experience: Total amateur writer, reader for about 42 years (we’re totally counting starting at picture books, right?). I’ve been tinkering with this particular WIP on and off for a few years, and have ideas for a whole series, but have actually started trying to take this first installment seriously in the last few months.

    What I’m looking for in a writing buddy: I’d really like someone that could give me a kick fairly regularly to tell me to get on with it and actually demand proof of WIP life. I’m happy to read and critique and help as required.

    My email: kmcacameron2 [at] h o t m a i l [dot] c o m

    Thanks for the opportunity

    • You had me at Highland! Our WIP genres are different and so is where we are on the writer’s life cycle, so to speak – but I love mysteries and your blurb is quite catchy. Watch for an email from me! (You didn’t share your name so it will be addressed to The Little Thistle …)

      Maryn Boess

  93. (I actually met the BEST buddies the first time around and still keep in contact so I’m looking forward to seeing how this goes! :))

    Genre: Fairytale retellings/low fantasy (kingdom fiction, if you will)
    A short summary of your current story:
    After her city comes under siege, revered Healer Elyza must use her gifts and fight her inner demons to rescue her dying people. (It’s essentially the conflict of a girl with healing powers who takes care of everyone except herself. 💔)
    Level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing): On and off for my entire life; I participated in a lot of NaNoWriMo in my late teens (275,000 words of those NaNos) and self-published a few novellas.
    Looking for in a writing buddy: connection! anybody else living the writing/working life (I’m a middleschool teacher; it’s a rough balance)
    Email address: devallrebekah (at) gmail (dot) com.

    • Hi,

      I love fairytale retellings. I haven’t written one myself, I write mostly fantasy (not epic) and low (paranormal) fantasy – both with strong romance elements. (low steam)
      I too am looking for a connection. My writing buddy lost her mojo and I’m in need of someone to talk shop with.
      I am the cafeteria supervisor of an elementary school, so I understand the rough balance 😉

      Feel free to contact me!

      nikidaninger [at] gmail.com

    • Amanda Stewart says

      Hi Rebekah,
      I would love to connect with you! I’m also balancing between my writing and working lives. I enjoy fantasy and especially fairytale retellings; some of my favorites are by Robin McKinley, Patricia McKillip, and even Orson Scott Card (Enchantment!).
      I would be happy to exchange work and mutually critique and encourage. Is it ok if I email you? Below is what I’m working on.
      Cheers!
      Amanda
      Genre:
      New Adult or (non-explicit) Adult?
      Historical Fantasy; loosely set in the Iron Age, akin to Celtiberian culture
      Theme:
      Nature vs Nurture: how the giving and receiving of love changes our view of others and ourselves.
      Short Summary:
      Unwittingly under a curse, the daughter and heir of the High Chief is poised to ascend to her mother’s position when a duty bound prince decides that now is the time to begin an investigation within her chiefdom. The harvest of Siúl (a poorly understood magical healing substance from the sea) has been dwindling. Rather than answers, the heir’s investigation reveals injustice, ancient betrayal, and more questions. As she learns more about the people who harvest the Siúl, she also must face unexpected truths about herself. The path to wholeness is a balance between humility, assertiveness, and sacrifice.
      Experience:
      I’ve nearly completed the 1st draft of my first and only novel (have ~144K words so far). With a 15 yr medical career, I am well-practiced in efficient communication and grammar. I am not well-practiced with the sort of lyrical prose, metaphors, and pacing that I admire in authors such as Patricia McKillip. I love well-told stories – especially those that explore human nature and reactions.
      Almost 4 years ago, a seed for a story struck me. Ever since I have worked to cultivate that seed into a novel – while maintaining my ‘day job’ and homeschooling my two children with a cottage school program.
      What I’m looking for in a writing buddy:
      Patience 🙂 I only have a 5-10 hours a week available for writing right now
      Mostly, I’m looking for feedback to decide whether I should keep plugging away at this story of mine. I need critique to make my writing more impactful, avoid cliches, avoid the ‘cringy’ feelings of a poorly told romance, and to point out any inconsistencies or areas of confusion.
      eowyn1210 [at] gmail [dot] com)
      Email me if you want to connect!

  94. Hi!

    Genre: adult contemporary, maybe rom-com? Queer. F/f

    WIP summary:

    In this Much Ado About Nothing adaptation, Paige had her life planned out. Marry her long-term boyfriend, develop her career, start a family. So when she turns down his proposal, it’s a surprise even to herself. Paige makes it her mission to figure out who she is and what she wants. All she knows for sure is she does NOT want Brynna, her apartment neighbor she’s had a feud with since she moved in. But when her sister starts dating Brynna’s roommate, their paths cross far too often for Paige’s liking… especially when she overhears that Brynna has feelings for her. That shouldn’t make her feel anything. Not when she’s straight. So why can’t she get Brynna off her mind?

    Level of experience: been writing with the goal of publication since 2012. This is my eighth book, but my first adult contemporary, and second (intentionally) queer story. I’ve been a full-time freelance editor of fiction since 2015 and run a Medium publication about craft. But I’m totally new to the genre.

    Looking for: someone who likes queer stories and is familiar with adult contemporary conventions. Maybe some encouragement to prioritize, definitely some “I know this genre and here’s how you can improve” advice.

    Email: Rochelledeans (at) outlook (dot) com

  95. Diana L Sharples says

    Wow, what a list!

    Hey, y’all! I’m a multi-published author with seven contemporary YA and YA mystery novels on the market. Last year I took the plunge into romantic suspense, and that’s the novel I’m getting ready to send out queries for. The characters are all involved in the world of professional motocross racing. (Please note, you do not have to know anything about the sport to read the book! In fact, it helps me if you don’t.) The novel is loosely based on the Greek tragedy, Antigone. The heroine is convinced that her brother is innocent of the murder of his girlfriend, even when the evidence is stacked against him. When she and her former lover get too close to the truth, the real killer will do anything to keep them from getting closer. My hero is a professional racer. In the course of trying to prove her brother’s innocence, the two confront the barriers that pushed them apart two years before.

    Genre: romantic suspense (Heat level: PG)
    Experience: Debut novel with Zondervan, 2013. Seven total novels published.
    Looking for critique partners with similar experience and beta readers at any level.
    Email: dianalee4jc@gmail.com

    Thanks, y’all!

    • Maryn Boess says

      You had me at Antigone! and since it’s actually an advantage not to know anything at all about motocross, I am definitely qualified. I’m not yet published (in case that matters) but ready to launch my own contemporary-gothic-metaphysical-suspense novel into AgentWorld and would value a connection with someone who has experience in navigating its ins and outs, albeit it in a different genre. Sending you an email, Diane – thanks!

  96. Hello!
    I’m Cadence, and would love to connect with a writing buddy (or two or three!)
    I write in a range of genres but tend to focus on speculative fiction. My current WIP is a fairly high-fantasy tale of communities needing to come together to protect themselves against an inter-worldly invasion. Plus there’s dragons (of course).
    I’m not going to admit publicly how long this has been in progress, but suffice to say it’s a significant amount of time. My goal for 2023 is to actually finish the thing, which means I’m really keen to get some accountability going to just make regular progress and not get distracted by a wide variety of other projects.
    Looking for someone LGBTQ-friendly (I’m NB) who is also weird-timezone-friendly as I’m based in Australia. I’d love to be able to touch base say, a couple of times a month, not just via email but preferably over Discord or something similar. I write all day – if we’re going to have a catch up, I want to actually use my voice! 😀
    Email: midnightquills@gmail.com

  97. What a wonderful opportunity!! Thank you!

    Genre: Children’s book age 3-8

    Summary of storyline: The Adventures of Rembrandt, the Tuxedo Cat. Remy helps other animals in the neighborhood. The cast of ‘other’ animals are from my neighbors pets and the story line is made up or a story that my family members have shared with me over the years.

    Level of experience: I have written and self published 5 Children’s books in the adventure series involving my cat and my friends pets. I am planning on writing 9 for this series. Then I don’t really know after that.
    I do have ideas for 3 different novels that I would like to develop. One is a Y/A, one is a Romance, and the other would be a kind of tell all.
    I have been an avid reader all my life and read a wide range of genres.

    Looking for in a writing buddy: I am looking to connect with other writers: I would be happy to bounce ideas around, read, edit, give ideas and opinion, basically, support each other in this journey.

    Email: marshawcarroll (at) me (dot) com

    • Hello Marsha
      I am an illustrator who is completely beginner writer. I am working in my first YA graphic novel script. I don’t have previous experience writing, but I would love to connect with writers in the kidlit category and give feedback, brainstorm or anything else.
      I will be emailing you soon

  98. michaelrdrane says

    I’m interested in a critique partner, beta reader, and general feedback-giver.

    I’m writing US Historical Fiction but with roots in Ireland and England so I touch on that too.

    My story is about two friends who take different paths in the gilded age, specifically the steel industry. One becomes a steel executive and the other’s family ends up dependent on one of his mills.

    This is my first go at writing.

    I’d love any critique and am happy to give the same.

    Email is michaelrdrane [at] gmail [dot] com

  99. I’m a late bloomer. I didn’t start writing seriously until I “retired” in 2016.
    I have one novel self-pubbed and another in first-draft-completed stage. That means the story is complete and now I need to rewrite to improve readability, grammar, tension, etc etc.
    Both stories are Australian gritty family sagas or outback noir.
    I’d like to pair with another Aussie author preferably, but I guess that’s not essential.
    Email me at tudogz1947(at)gmail(dot)com if you’re interested.
    I consider myself a decent, but not necessarily brilliant, writer with a talent for dialogue. Where my work falls short is in expressing internal thoughts and emotions. That’s my opinion, anyway.
    Thomas.

  100. Derald L. Richards Jr. says

    I would like a writing buddy or buddies(?)

    Your genre: My genera is speculative fiction, but I lean towards hard scifi even in a fantasy novel. I am bouncing back and forth between a fantasy novel and a hard scifi novel. So …

    A short summary of your current story Part 1 of 2: The fantasy novel is of an alternative earth but fallen world where magic is real but is usually hard to operate, so people develop near steampunk technologies to get things done. I have done a lot of world-building where I could set many stories in it. Currently, the main characters are two female goblins one becoming a shaman the other is a lost soul trying to find her place somewhere and dealing with drug addiction (and secretly possession: Remember fallen world -well almost everyone has engineered capabilities to operate long forgotten technologies.), and a lot more.

    Part 2 of 2: Hard scifi: Welcome to Berrell an energy corporation on the downward slope until the 16th space-elevator was built nearby. Berrell city grew up around the space-elevator but becaming automated Berrell became a ghost town. The population is growing slowly mostly by the aggies. Some unknown intelligence mines infinite numbers. When it finds memories or in one case a whole mind it builds bodies, mostly all mechanical but a few biologicals, yet putting together parts of minds together to make a whole mind can cause among other problems fugues.
    Minnie Maxx steps up, because no one else would, as she tries with her motley crew of aggies to keep peace and their ad hoc civilization functioning. While trying to contact the outside world and discover the mystery of their creation.

    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing): I recently completed my 62nd Earth-sol orbit. Fear, depression and scrapping by has made my writing journey …interesting. Writing is like a multi-class character in DnD for me so some of my experience is well-worn while others are seemly none existent. Smooshed together maybe 2 years or 3 since 1973? Some dreams die, other dreams just become nightmare that you live through.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: Now and again I would enjoy an encouraging word(s) but mostly constructive criticisms. I hope to have the text always run through several grammar/spell checkers because my organic one has never work well but if something bring out your inner banshee then scream away and point out my offense. Similar to the Evil pointing monkey in Family Guy. I guess mostly content where I could be clearer; where I may have forgotten something; where to consider a different plot point or story beat and alike. Domo.

    fannopuchandesu [at] yahoo [dot] com

  101. Genre: Young Adult (but not romance)
    Summary: I’m writing a novel about two best friends who have to learn the difference between love and attachment.
    Experience: 10 years – lots of fiction for myself and lots of blog posts (mostly science communication) for others
    Writing Buddy: Accountability partner!!! Someone who would enjoy doing a novel swap.
    Email: bonsayah@gmail.com

  102. Aditi Surana says

    Hi everyone! I’m writing a YA thriller about a group of friends arrested for another friend’s murder. I started the book in 2020 and have written 8 chapters till date.
    Looking for someone who will check in every week to ask if I completed a chapter or not? I’m an obliger, so helps if I have external accountability.

  103. Hi, What a great idea!

    Genre: Literary and Science Fiction

    My current WIP is about a young man, abused by his father, that leaves home the day after his high school graduation to get away from his father. He plays the guitar and sings. This is the mid 1950s and he’s into folk music. He bombs out in his quest to become rich and famous and returns home in rags, his only possession of any value his guitar. Things start working out better for him when he is back in his home town but his abuse while growing up causes problems he must deal with. Some of them he is not even aware of but he has friends and they are mostly understanding and helpful. I am 64,000+ words in and am editing.

    I have been writing, off and on, since grade school. A lot of things have interfered as I was going along. I am solidly in the middle of old age and I am determined to get something done that might be worth publishing on this side of the sod. I am in a writing group and I have been doing beta reading for a few years.

    I am looking for someone to help spur me on to keep editing (I liked the writing but the editing is a struggle). I have the feeling that my plot may not be strong enough and maybe need to amp up the difficulties for the MC.

    Email: gslea (at) pacbell (dot) net

  104. Taryn Blackthorne says

    My name is Taryn Blackthorne
    Your genre – I love writing about Paranormal (current WIP is adult/romance, but I have a couple of YA and urban fantasy stuff)
    A short summary of your current story-
    Lexi Coolen and Kerr MacDonald are back. Lexi’s powers came in a few months ago, unfortunately, she hasn’t had much success controlling them. Or fitting in with the Pack comfortably. Kerr, meanwhile, has been trying to catch up with responsibilities he let slide…decades of them.
    The Alpha assigns them both to go to Dark Moon Isle and check up on a missing member of their Pack before a nasty blizzard hits.
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)-
    I’ve got one book published.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy- accountability and bouncing back ideas
    Your email address– Taryn Blackthorne @ gmail [dot] com

  105. Hi my name is Travis. I’ve been in love with writing since high school.

    Genre: Science fiction/fantasy

    Summary: I’m currently in the middle of writing a Fanfiction novel that is a crossover with the Netflix show Stranger Things and the Dark Tower series of books by Stephen King as well as elements of Harry Potter. The story is set in 2005 and focuses on the now adult and happily married Mike and Eleven along with their three children (Sara, James and Eleanor) as they return to Hawkins for a school reunion. Unfortunately their past comes back to haunt them as one by one they are attacked by a new villain who wants revenge. Together the group must band together and discover the mystery of their attacker before they strike again as the fate of Hawkins lies in the balance.

    Writing experience: been writing with the goal of publication since high school.

    My crossover is currently 18 chapters. I’m working on chapter 19 but have been struggling recently. I think I’m in a bit of a fuke, misspelling words, not have the energy and enthusiasm I once did.

    Writing buddy: someone who I can share ideas with, who could help me with regaining my enthusiasm, help me with writing dialogue and coming up with descriptions for places

    Email address: Travis.henry1998.tm@gmail.com.au

  106. My name is Esther. I’m a high school senior and I love writing.

    Genre: young adult/ teen fiction

    Summary: I am currently writing a book about a country that is divided into factions based on financial status and how a group of young people, who fall on the poor side of the nation, try to revolt against this and tear down the discriminatory structure.

    Experience: I’ve been writing since I was eight years old.

    Writing buddy: I’m just looking for someone who I can discuss and share ideas with. Someone who is passionate and creative and can help me, as I will also help them, to improve my dialogue and description and give constructive criticisms.

    Email: bewajijolade@gmail.com

  107. Hello everyone!

    My name is Mariana and I am an illustrator who is just starting the writing journey. I am working on my first draft script for a YA graphic novel. I also hope to write other children’s books and middle grade stories in the future, but I am still learning and finding my voice in this new medium. My story is still at a very rough stage but I wanted to take this opportunity to network with people who might be interested in kidlit (children’s, middle grade, and young adults), fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, drama, and coming of age.

    Genre: YA coming of age with some magical realism, but mostly drama as it focuses very much on the relationship and conflicts between characters.
    Synopsis: The story is about a teen girl who has gone through most of her life following her mother’s idea of success, but as she reaches adulthood and experiences new feelings, relationships and responsibilities, she starts to struggle with her identity. The magical realism elements in the story are mainly a visual metaphor for her inner struggles.

    As mentioned before I have no previous experience in writing but I hope to connect with other writers and/or visual storytellers who are also starting, and get/give feedback/critique, brainstorm, and support each other’s journey.

    Email: info.mryboart [at] gmail [dot] com

  108. Kaitlyn King says

    This is great! I’m Kaitlyn King. I write YA Christian fiction/fantasy. I’m working on the third book in my More than Conquerors series. I’m looking for a writing buddy that I can exchange snippets of my book with when I’m struggling with a scene. My email address is authorkking[at]gmail[dot]com

  109. Hello! I’m Katheryn and I live in Southern California. I write historical fiction and alternate history: I hope it will have upmarket appeal.

    My current WIP is set in the world of British politics from 1912 to 1948. It is inspired by the politically charged love letters that H. H. Asquith (British Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916) wrote to Venetia Stanley, a willful and impetuous aristocratic socialite (and the best friend of Asquith’s daughter). Venetia was 35 years Asquith’s junior, and his letters were full of sweet nothings and state secrets. I explore what might have happened had those letters been published in 1915 instead of 1982. I’ve written some 75,000 words, but I suspect that only 10,000 to 20,000 words are in anything near publishable form. When complete and ready to send to an agent, the novel will be 80,000 to 90,000 words.

    I have been writing this novel since June 2018, but I began to write when I was seven years old. Some of my freelance journalism has been published, but not my fiction (although I began to write with an eye towards publication of a novel over thirty years ago).

    What do I want in a writing buddy? I would like an accountability partner(s?) who will encourage me to keep writing, editing, and revising. I tend not to write in a linear fashion. However, my latest scenes/vignettes are often rehashes of what I have previously written, but from different points of view. It would help if the writing buddy will not be bored by my digressions (which are not in the novel itself) about various aspects of British political and social history during the first half of the twentieth century and know enough about the period to helpfully comment on them. Both encouraging words and constructive criticism would be appreciated. I would enjoy chapter swaps with a writer in my genres.

    My email address is katheryn_gallant [at] hotmail [dot] com

    Many thanks!

    • Hello, Katheryn, I’ll email you. I am also interested in historical fiction, but we write in different periods. I am more into Tudor Marian / Elizabethan. Paul. pjariabek {a} gm

  110. Hello all!

    I’m Andy, a soon-to-be-retired career Army Officer who plans on being a full time writer. I recently published a horror short story (shameless plug warning): https://talesmoonlitpath.com/fiction-3/the-procured-by-andrew-heymann/ and had another short story (Military Sci-Fi) picked up for an upcoming anthology. The editor of that anthology asked me to expand my 10,000 word story into a novel. So, I dropped a YA Urban Fantasy I was working on and made this my WIP.

    The MC is a young Soldier in the future with a bit of an anti-authority streak who gets himself into, and out of, a bunch of predicaments. Short synopsis: his family were terraformers at the original space colony when they were attacked by hostile aliens. In the ensuing massacre, Jax lost his family, to include his younger sister. Blaming himself for their deaths, Jax joins the military to get revenge. As he gets involved in the war effort, he discovers that the true enemy might be closer to home than he thought.

    I originally conceived this as series of novellas and I am finding it difficult to plot as a novel (or 2…or 3).

    While the genre is Military Sci-Fi, the tone is lighter, more in the vein of “Old Man’s War” by John Scalzi combined with “Starship Troopers” – both the novel and the movie! Think frat-boy hijinks with action movie type violence, but, with some serious themes such as dereliction of leadership, abuses of power, and the dangers of technology. The MC, Jax, would definitely feel at home gallivanting around universe with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Although I’ve written sporadically for years, it’s only been in the last year that I’ve done it seriously and consistently.

    I’d love to find someone familiar with the genre to help me flush out ideas, identify plot holes, aid with character development, and (eventually) critique my work. If you’re interested, please email me at: andrewheymannwriter [at] gmail [dot] com

    Looking forward to connecting with you!

    P.S. thanks K.M. for all that you do for us fledgling authors – you rock!

  111. Hi,
    I have just produced a complete manuscript for my debut novel. It’s cross-genre, and I can only describe it as grounded historical science-fiction.

    In my story, a brilliant young student experiences terrible tragedy and becomes obsessed with changing the past after reading the works of Albert Einstein. Over more than thirty years, he discovers he is not the only one and meets historical characters such as Einstein, Tesla and Churchill. Along the way, he encounters a kindred spirit who changes his life in unexpected ways, before being confronted by an unimaginable disaster that threatens the entire world.

    I have been writing seriously for the past five years.

    As far as a writing buddy is concerned, I guess I’m looking for someone who is writing in a similar genre (but definitely not science fantasy). As long as they are honest and constructive, it will probably be someone who I get on with and who feels like a good fit. After five years, I’m not sure I could face another complete rewrite of what is, at 168,000 words, a long novel, but I would like to know from someone I trust and respect. At the moment, family are telling me it’s great, but then they would, wouldn’t they?

    TIA. I can be contacted at ianrbowley [at] gmail [dot] com.

  112. Hello, everyone.
    @KMWeiland, thank you very much for this post!!

    I am interested in and write historical fiction – Tudor Marian / Elizabethan Period. I am an indie, and have a short story out which is a part of a larger series – 4 full length novels and other in-between short stories about the life of Sir Francis Drake. While I stick to history as much as I can, my work attempts to work around the dryness of a history book without reinventing history.

    My current WIP is the origin story of the series and introduces a young Francis Drake, aged 13. I am in the process of revising the manuscript from the “not so good” Draft 0 into a “legible” Draft 1. I am at 89k words.

    Synopsis: How does a 16th century English farm boy become the pirate scourge of the Caribbean, a man with a price on his head set by none other than the Spanish King, one of the greatest “Elizabethan Sea Dogs,” the second circumnavigator of the world, and one of the greatest English admirals of the Age of Sail?

    Here is a link to an earlier version of the first scene: https://jariabek.com/my-writing/adventures-of-francis-drake/adventures-of-francis-drake-sic-parvis-magna-update/

    I am interested in finding CP / Beta Reader(s) or folks interested in being a sounding board for ideas, and I would love to be a resource for other HF authors.

    Many thanks in advance.
    Paul Jariabek / pjariabek {a} gm

    • Hi Paul,
      That sounds very interesting – especially the pirate bit! Since my historical fiction novel (early 17th century Amsterdam and Japan/SE Asia) also has perilous sea voyages, pirates and several real historical people, and since through my research I have a good grasp of the period and context, I think we could very usefully help each other. I’ll check out your writing above; meanwhile, my email is janecahane1@hotmail.co.uk (website is https://www.smallwriteratlarge.com).

  113. Henry Gasko says

    Hi,

    This sounds really useful and I’d love to give it a go.

    I am a retired (70+) medical researcher. I’ve been writing seriously (sort of) for about 5 years and have 10 or so stories published. So far, I have been concentrating exclusively on short stories and novellas (like the old joke – at my age you don’t by green bananas, and you don’t start a large novel).

    My stories are mostly SF with some horror, and tend to be serious (think Ted Chiang) – not deliberately so, they just turn out that way. My current WIP is about a ghost haunting in interstellar starship.

    My email is henry[dot]gasko[at]gmail[dot]com – let me know you are interested.

  114. Hi everyone! This is such an exciting opportunity; thanks K M Weiland for setting this up!
    I’ll try to keep this brief:
    My genre: speculative fiction. I wish I could write more in sci-fi but fantasy keeps pulling me backkkkkk XD
    My current project: So I have two. One is a finished first draft: The Mistwaes Home. It follows Shalton, the crown prince of a fantasy world, who steps through a mistwae and into our world. While struggling to survive in this new world and finding a way home, he finds an old friend–Criell. She could be his one chance to go home, but she’s determined that he pay the price for an old mistake.
    The second has no name… I’m calling it Project: Dreamtime because I have other things to worry about rather than minor details like t i t l e s XD. I’m currently setting up for it: building characters, plotting, outlining etc.
    It’s about Tabitha, a young woman struggling to move out from the shadow of her older sister Steph. She feels like everything she tries to do, Steph does better. Her only haven is the world she enters when she sleeps (a world which also needs a n a m e ). So when she finds Steph in her Dreamworld, she becomes very upset… yeah I also need a p l o t .

    What I’m looking for: Ideally, I’d love an Australian industry-advice-provider. I am also Australian, and I’m starting to get confused and lost because all the advice I’ve heard is American and I’m realising I know no one in the industry here 😫. I’d love some industry advice, encouragement and book feedback. But if you’re not Australian and you’re keen to connect, please do get in contact! The same applies: advice and encouragement is always helpful, and I’d love to read each others’ books and fan-girl/guy(?) over them for each other :D.

    And my email address is debbiecoll.music@gmail.com .

  115. Great idea! I’m in the second edit phase of my YA fantasy, working title Priest Mechanic. It’s the story of a girl having to strike a deal with the people who killed her father in order to save her magically enslaved brothers.

    I’m looking for someone to read my second draft once it’s finished and provide feedback on big picture issues like story and character arc, where it felt flat or the story dragged too much, and so on. I expect to finish the second draft at the end of March, so I don’t need a buddy straight away, but I figured I should hop on now 😀

    This is my third full novel. None of my novels have made it to print so far, but I have published some short stories in Dutch and English (I myself am Dutch – my novel is in English though). I have professional experience in editing non-fiction.

    I write adult and YA sciencefiction and fantasy, and those are the genres I’m best at. I’m not a good match for middle grade, comedy, literary fiction, or mystery, since I hardly ever read those and don’t know the genre conventions. Other genres are fine, and like I said, I have some professional experience editing non-fiction so that’s fine too.

    If you think we’re a match, contact me at esther.scherpenisse [at] yahoo [dot] com.

  116. Fantastic idea KM and clearly there’s a LOT of interest! Hope to hook up with a few of the awesome folks on here.

    Genre: Speculative Fiction, Dystopian Thriller
    A short summary of your current story:
    It’s 2138, 60 years after the world went dark and society is reforming itself in Western Australia under the inventive technology and leadership of the Company.
    Employed as a Psi, Jatz comes home to find his father murdered, and as he hunts for the killers and his telepathic powers grow, he’ll find more questions than answers about an inner cabal within the Company.
    Doing hard labour for a crime he didn’t commit, Dukan is a dangerous pawn in a bigger game.
    During their quests for revenge, both will uncover the truth about the Council, and themselves.

    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing): 25+

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: Manuscript swaps with like-minded individuals. Even if you’re not finished, if you’re willing to share and willing to read mine, I’d love to offer my thoughts on your work and would welcome your feedback on my stuff.

    Ideally, we could inspire each other and be a fundamental part of each other’s journey toward publication and, hopefully, success!

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

  117. Genres written: All across the range of speculative fiction, both adult and YA/NA. Current WIP is adult space fantasy. My work usually involves queer relationships and often explores disability and chronic illness.

    Current WIP:

    In the far future, old Earth is uninhabitable, and humanity has colonised the stars. Annie is an acolyte priestess of the Order of the New Earth (ONE), a religious order which believes that when humanity has done penance for the sins they committed in previous lives on old Earth, the Mother will show them the way to New Earth.

    In ONE, bloodlines are of the highest value. Unlike the rest of her cohort, Annie’s bloodline is broken, her mother severed from her vows. When a series of Trials are announced, the acolytes to be tested in body, mind and spirit, she knows that she’ll have to work harder than anyone else, all the while hoping that no one discovers her secrets: the illness she’s been hiding, and the feelings she’s developed for a sister acolyte.

    Level of experience:

    I’ve been writing on and off for several decades, but have been getting serious about learning my craft over the last few years. I’ve had short stories and novellas published, and have won several Australian speculative fiction awards (including one for the novella that is a prequel to my current WIP).

    What I’m looking for in a writing buddy:

    I value people who are serious about learning craft and constantly improving. I’m a mother of two, and live with several chronic illnesses, and write as “full time” as I can around these constraints and commitments. I’d love to connect with some other parents, but it’s not something that’s necessary. Would also love some fellow Aussies, but happy to connect with any time zones!

    Email address:
    stephanie.r.gunn [at] gmail [dot] com

  118. Katie,
    I’m in pretty good shape for this at this particular instant in time, but I wanted to say what a wonderful thing I think this is you are doing! Please consider dropping something like this periodically to catch people in different places in their process. I’m going to go back through this throughout the week and see if there are people I can torture, err assist. Right now, that stupid day job calls.
    Bless you,
    Andy

  119. It looks like I’m a little late to the party, but I’m happy to be here! I see some fellow literary/contemporary fiction writers in the comments but thought I should post a bit about mine to see if anyone might resonate with the subject matter before we try to match.

    My WIP (about 2/3 finished?) is focused around faith, but looking at it from the angle of someone seriously questioning hers. It will contain some real critique of Evangelical culture and won’t end with any conclusions about what is true and correct to believe. So it’s very much centered on Christianity, but is not a Christian book, if that makes sense. Also very much focused around marriage, parenting, and relationships with parents as adults.

    Jac Schaeffer hasn’t told her husband of twenty years that she’s felt her faith slipping away. She faking her way through church by the time his father Lee comes back to once again lead the minor megachurch they attend. Lee installs a new youth pastor, Tanner Grant and, at Lee’s urging, Jac’s daughter Anna becomes involved in the youth group. When Jac’s own dad gets a terminal diagnosis, Jac’s sister Robin flies in from London to help out. Robin’s objections to the service she attends bring Jac’s doubts to light. Jac’s marriage, already strained by this revelation, is further tested when she angers Lee by taking the side of Anna’s friend who accuses Tanner of coming on to her.

    This is the third novel I’ve written, though the first two were definitely just for practice! I’ve been writing all of my life (I’m 45) though I’ve only published a few magazine pieces along with blogging for many years. I’m currently teaching middle school English in Okinawa, where my husband is stationed with the Navy. I’d love to find someone to exchange pages with and for accountability. My goal is traditional publishing. If I haven’t made my book sound horribly boring to you and you think you might be interested in partnering up, let me know! My email is lorisingaraju [at] gmail.

    • Aaron Bartholome says

      I also dabble in Christian fiction. I’d be happy to take a look at your stuff. E-mail me at aftrgdsownheart [at] yahoo

  120. Aaron Bartholome says

    I like to try my hand at many genres, current WIP, “The Greatest American Novel”, is historical fiction/Orwellian dystopia.

    When President Rory Finch emerges from the White House bunker after many years, he finds the US forgotten and replaced with a social dystopian order.

    I’ve been writing almost all of my life, but I’m finally getting serious about being a novelist.

    I’m hoping to find someone with a good eye for literature and editing, and who will encourage me as I seek publication.

    You can find me at aftrgdsownheart [at] yahoo [dot] com.

  121. Your genre: Historical Fiction

    A short summary of your current story:
    Frank Powell was an idealistic and honorable young man who was born into a remote life in the mountains of Montana. His life and experiences on a large old family horse ranch instilled in him a deep commitment to family responsibility. In his naivety, family and country were synonymous and he felt it is his destiny to leave his legacy by leading the Powell family into the next generation. Against his father’s wishes and his brother’s warnings, he enlisted in the Korean War to prove his commitment. His deep values and belief in the good of mankind will be put to the test and possibly destroyed when forced to face the true nature of humanity and its willingness to fall to cruelty, given the slightest opportunity amidst the corruption and moral destruction of war. Faced with the horrors of battle and the hypocrisy of political zealots on both sides, his moral fabric begins to unravel. Will he survive the annihilation of his vision of the world, and if he does, what kind of man will he be when he returns to his home?

    Your level of experience: I am retired but spent many years as a technical writer. I have been published three times in The Machinery’s Handbook. I have been writing fiction seriously for about eight years. I have taken several online writing courses and read numerous books on writing craft. Many of them by K.M. Weiland, our wonderful host. I have completed the second draft of the first book and I am over half way through the first draft of the second. I have had one beta reader complete a read through of the first book and edited it to the best of my ability.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: I am looking for an experienced, published writer to accompany me through the three possibly four books of the story of Frank Powell.

    Your email address: b_dulin@hotmail.com

  122. Hi! I’m M. C. Kennedy. I write YA Fantasy from an evangelical Christian worldview. My current series is a set of blended fairy tale retellings, including Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, and Snow White. I’ve been writing seriously for about five years now and am about to re-release my debut novel.

    What I’m looking for in a writing buddy is someone to give me feedback about my drafts, both what they liked and didn’t like. It would also be great if my writing buddy would be able to share about my stories on social media; we indie authors need all the publicity help we can get!

    My email address is mckennedyauthor[@]gmail[.]com.

    • Hey M. C. Kennedy! My pen name is M. C. Furgal! I have some, (emphasis added) experience as a writer. However I am currently studying to be an editor. I would love to help you by giving you feedback with your drafts and share them on social media as often as I can. I like the genre of fairy-tales retold sort of thing, which your work sounds like it would be. Congratulations, on your debut novel by the way. Hope to connect soon!
      My email is: mctfurgal@gmail.com

  123. Tia Cannon says

    Hi! I’m Tia Cannon. I usually write sci-fi/fantasy, but my current WIP is a coming of age YA story. It is about a young girl, Tasia who moves with her family from San Francisco to a rural, Appalachian town in Kentucky. Tasia makes friends with the local hooligans and they help her connect to music and nature in ways she never has before. All the while, Tasia is dealing with secret crushes on two of the friend group’s members, Fletcher and Blu.
    I have been writing all my life, however, this is my first non-sci-fi/fantasy novel. I’m looking for a buddy that will give me honest feedback. My goal is to traditionally publish the novel once complete, so I would like a buddy with an eye for editing, if possible. Most of all, I looking forward to becoming part of a writing community!
    My email address is cannon.tial@gmail.com

  124. Micah Pirikisi says

    Hi there!
    I’m Micah, and I’m currently working on a dark fantasy novel with post apocalyptic elements. It’s intended for adult audiences, mostly due to its depiction of violence (I hope it resembles The Last of Us in that sense, in how the action is more disturbing than titilating). The first in the trilogy follows a young and hopeless woman who finds herself with a power that could keep her loved ones safe, and possibly save her broken world. I’m currently unpublished, but I hope to make this my debut novel. I’m look for a writing buddy who’d be willing to offer their critque and advice on my work, as I will do the same with theirs. Hopefully whoever that is would be willing to geek out over some other stories every once in a while!
    If you’re interested, please contact me at: micahpirikisi@gmail.com
    Thanks, and cheers!

  125. Hello, all! My name is Ceara Nobles, and I’d love to find a writing buddy. I have six (soon to be seven) books published and I’m looking for a partner that I can bounce ideas off of and who would be willing to read and critique pieces of my work and be my best friend for all things writing and publishing. 😉

    I’m currently working on a YA fantasy series about a street-smart teenager from Seattle who is kidnapped to the world of Faery. At first she only wants to get home, but then she realizes that Faery is the home she’s never had. The series follows her as she grows from a distrustful homeless teenager to the queen of the entire kingdom of Faery. There’s found family, slow burn romance, magick, and tons of action.

    I’ve been self-published for 3.5 years now and I’ve got 6 books out in the world. I’m happy to share whatever knowledge I have!

    Feel free to reach out to me at cearanoblesbooks [at] gmail [dot] com! 😊

    • Lari Brandt says

      Hi I’m Lari Brandt Pronounced “Larry,” I am looking for buddies who would like to work on their writing projects no matter the experience. I have been working on a humorous Memoir written in essays for the last two years. Somewhere between Sedaris and Irby. I am retired and available for most writing activities you like to work on. This is sounding like a job interview. In conclusion I would like to hear from you. Feel free to email me at mrsbrandt1@yahoo.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  126. Hello, I would love to have a writing buddy or buddies. I am a new writer and would like to exchange ideas and support my buddy. My genre is picture book writing. I want to exchange manuscripts as well and help out one another. It would be nice to get together at least once every two weeks to check or even sooner.
    My E-mail is cassia (dot) cello (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Cassia, I’d love a writing buddy, too! I’m sending you an email.

    • Cassia, I’d love to bounce ideas back and forth! I wrote children’s books.
      I will email you!

    • Hi Cassia
      I am interested in kidlit!
      I am a new writer but I would love to give you feedback and connect with somebody interested in kidlit.
      I am an illustrator, but I wanted to tell longer stories so I have been trying to learn writing specifically for children’s category. I am currently working on my first YA story, but I have stories for MG and Children’s that I would like to make someday too.
      I am moving very slow with my work because it’s all very new to me, so I don’t think I could do a biweekly swap of pages but I would be happy to give feedback or bounce ideas with you.
      I will be sending an email soon
      Mariana

  127. Hi, I’m a day late! I’m looking for either an accountability partner or someone who is in the beginning stages of writing a novel. Due to a lot of trials (including my son’s long battle with a rare neurodegenerative disease and death last April), I’ve found it difficult to sit down and write.

    I’m had a project in the works for many years but haven’t done much with it. I like to describe it as Pilgrim’s Progress meets the Chronicles of Narnia. I hope to take on the antithesis between Christian and humanistic worldviews with a theme of God’s sovereignty woven throughout.

    You can reach me at inspiredhome @ gmail dot com

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Just thought I’d comment that although my current WIP is a completely different genre/topic (historical fiction, 17th century Amsterdam and Japan), I actually wrote a completed Narnia story (novella) for my BA in English Lit and Creative Writing, for which I got a distinction (my theme then was idolatry and, like you, exposing human tendency to put faith in deceptive thinking, etc) – I do mean to return to it at some point and revise (and hopefully publish) it, but am far too busy now with present project. Meanwhile, I certainly know Narnia and Pilgrim’s Progress well and as a Christian am intrigued with your ideas; if you ever want to discuss these, give me a shout at janecahane1@hotmail.co.uk. All the best!

      Jane

  128. I write in several genres, including literary, sci-fi and soft horror. Currently, I am working on a horror story set in New York that has touches of magical realism.
    Semi-retired in the Dallas area, I began writing fiction about ten years ago and have published ~30 short stories to date. In particular, I would like honest feedback on plot and story. Is the story clear? Did it hold your interest? How would you improve it? Any glaring grammatical errors? Will provide whatever input you would like and will read just about any genre (short stories or novel chapters).
    I am John. My email is 6unamuno5 [at] gmail [dot] com.

    • Todd Anderson says

      Hi John, My WIP novel is a mashup of the modern thriller and the fantasy genre (including sci-fi) with bits of humor. I like different but believable: think Theodore Sturgeon’s “More than Human” meets Michio Kaku’s “The God Equation.”
      I’m semi-retired in the Atlanta area. I’m a voracious reader, have been writing for three years, and belong to several writing groups, so feedback on plot and story is something I’m comfortable providing.

  129. Ronald Holla says

    Genre
    Adventure Romance

    A young woman, desperate and angry at how her father wants to force her to marry a man of his choosing, goes out into the bush of Northern Ontario to get away from it all. Only her canoe is wrecked, and she is seriously injured with winter coming on. She is rescued by a recluse trying to get away from it all, and they are snowed in together as winter socks them in early.
    Will they be able to overcome their own obstacles and help each other heal? Spring is six months away.

    Level of Experience
    I’ve been writing fiction and speculative fiction for over ten years.

    Accountability, feedback on writing, iron sharpening iron.

    Rholla7263 [at[ gmail [dot] com

    • Northern Ontario huh? Can I assume you know the region? If not, I’m from Ontario so I could help you with that setting. If you do know it then I’m from Ontario also so I’ll understand the ramifications of that setting in winter. Also I’m intrigued by a guy writing adventure/romance – more adventure or more romance? I’ll email you.

  130. Today I’m writing a UK-oriented, Action-Thriller trilogy (could become longer, maybe). Completed draft of Book #1 been read by some alpha readers. Book #2 is current wip.

    In the book #2 story, a female ex-Special Forces soldier, now co-opted to MI6 after the closure of an “off-the-books” unit, is attempting to stop attacks by a group of international terrorists who have been manipulating world events since the closing days of WW2. As she and her colleagues follow a trail of cause & effect, they race to prevent a mini-nuke attack on London and reveal treachery at the highest levels of government.

    I’ve been writing fiction for about 15 years, had a couple of shorts published (not very interested in that form) and indie-published 2 sci-fi novels & a shorts collection. Just published 21 articles about the Cold War on my website which will be collected into an e-book (and maybe small paperback) later this year.

    I’m hoping that a writing buddy could help me to review first-draft chapters for all the usual errors/oversights, as well as suggest ideas on what could enhance the writing. I would not want to get involved in UK vs USA debates. I’m focussed on indie-publishing and have no strong desire to seek trad-pub contracts.

    My email address is leerussell403 [at] gmail [dot] com)

  131. I’m Crystal. I have always loved writing and making up stories, and took a few creative writing classes in college which were basically critique group style.
    I see most of you have something published, but that is definitely not me. I only technically have one completed draft that I don’t really count from 2019’s Nanowrimo. It has lots of placeholders, came out way less than 50k words, and I have completely ditched that plot for the characters.
    I have been trying to focus and learn the craft of writing for the past few years. I am fairly confident I understand a lot of the theory, but I have yet to see if I can properly put it into practice.

    I’ve been bouncing between five (yes, 5) WIPs in an effort to maintain my sanity as I struggle to figure out what happens in my plots. (We’re talking like majority of the outlines are question marks). I tend to feel like I’ve gotten most of it figured out and then realize it’s all wrong for some reason or other.
    I’m still trying out different things to learn what process works for me.

    I am currently determined to have an outline nailed down for the one I am focusing on at the moment (I currently have like 3/4s of it so far, assuming it sticks) and ideally a first draft complete by sometime springish (I seem to like quarterly goals).

    My current project (all of them really) is fantasy.
    Three years ago, lockpick Reaper accidentally fled to another world to escape the slaughter of her friends and trained as an assassin so she could kill the men responsible. Three years later, and with no idea how to find her prey, she has all but given up and has retired from assassin work. When an entertainer with bells on his boots, who she suspects to have a bloodier past than her own, delivers a letter that the man she is seeking has been seen, Reaper finds herself flung even deeper into the web of worlds she stumbled into three years ago, along with magic lineages and dark pasts.

    I’m still working on the best description for the story, but its central theme deals with our relationship with the mistakes of our pasts.

    What I’m looking for mostly is probably as simple as a writer friend(s). (I’m not the best at making non-writing friends, so this post is a big leap for me) Someone to bounce ideas off of and brainstorm with, along with sympathizing and providing encouragement through the writing and outlining process. Preferably someone who can either tolerate my constant change in direction for my stories, or can tell me that it was fine how it was and make me prove it needs changed (if it really was fine). I have a nine-month old and a day job, so my writing time is whatever I can find.
    I have a thing against voice and video chats apparently, so text-based communication would be preferred.

    You can email me at crystalmanthe at gmail (you know the rest) if you are interested.

    • Hi Crystal, I’m always looking for “writer friends”. I have four books on my wishlist for my summer holiday (I’m at the bottom of the world, in Tasmania, Australia). BUT there’s a few things I had better tell you before you get too excited: I’m in my sixites, I work as a primary school chaplain, and I currently have 11 self-published books on my shelf. My first published manuscript was 130,000 words and still counting when I reached out to a book coach/professional editor. She told me what I needed to do and eighteen months later, it was cut back to 73,000 and published. And I’m a genre-butterfly. I write under a pen name but this is my artist handle: bookwormstobutterflies [at] gmail.com

  132. Amy Rosborough says

    Genre: cozy mystery
    A short summary of your current story:
    Beetrice Hive recently purchases a house in her friend’s neighborhood and ends up finding a dead buried in back garden. On top of this excitement, she loses her job and needs to adjust her career options. She could look for a lab job but decides to explore the possibility of making a living off a blog.
    Experience: <1 year
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy:
    I am looking for a person who can provide guidance with dialogue. I enjoy coming with clues and how to connect them but I really struggle with the dialogue part.
    Email address: amytheknitter [at] gmail [dot] com

  133. Maryn Boess says

    Exciting to meet you all! I’ll post my info here but scroll back through to read everyone’s posts and see what happens!
    GENRE: Short and long fiction that draws on myth, metaphysics, Jungian archetypes, and the mysteries of the human spirit – with a strong throughline of magic, allegory, and the Divine Feminine. I’m fascinated with word alchemy, and I love language that seeps into the psyche and effects a “stealth transformation” without the reader even knowing it
    CURRENT PROJECT: “Mask of a Thousand Angels” – (completed, in final revision)
    Set in 1999, this novel of metaphysical suspense is a cross-genre blend of contemporary gothic and revisionist myth-telling, with a strong Divine Feminine throughline. Once a passionate and promising young artist, Paul Jeffers, 42, has worked hard to bury memories of a tragic past by constructing a simple, superficial life. He has wrapped himself in a series of undemanding jobs in a quiet university town in the heart of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, and taken refuge in a loving, undemanding marriage to Mercy, an archaeological restoration specialist and fortune-teller’s granddaughter. Now, the carefully woven fabric of Paul’s quiet existence is about to come unraveled, with the discovery in a nearby cavern of an ancient obsidian mask, and the appearance of a mysterious, elusive and dangerous woman named Lethe Craig. Lethe’s call draws the reluctant hero through layer after layer of mystery and silence and darkness and into the depths of his own soul – the belly of the beast. And in the year ahead, Paul will be challenged to overcome his own demons and go deeper still into the past of humankind itself, where he will discover powerful connections with covenants entered into thousands of years ago and must confront the ancient evil that destroyed his mother, threatens his wife, and holds his unborn child hostage from a waiting world.
    ABOUT ME: I’m about to turn 70 and have been writing since forever. Absolutely enthralled with gorgeous mythic language and rich archetypal storytelling. “Mask” is going through a fifth full revision which will be complete in January. (Also needs cutting, from 135,000 words down to about 120,000.) Next up: Taking it out to AgentWorld – and choosing my next project. Prospects: Either a historical fantasy (with strong magic/allegorical threads) OR a follow-up to “Mask of a Thousand Angels.” My best Buddy will help me brainstorm!
    WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR IN A WRITING BUDDY: I would love (yet) another set of eyes on “Mask” before I send it out via query. It’s a serious, deep book that I hope will both challenge and reward the patient reader. Best of all? A buddy who has already successfully navigated the agenting process and can bolster my spirits as I head out on my own agent-finding adventure! I’m an avid reader and am happy to offer my own fresh eyes and encouragement on your WIP. I love brainstorming, and I’m also a trained editor/proofreader so if you’d like helpful feedback on technical fronts I’m happy to oblige!

  134. Maryn Boess says

    REPOSTING to include email (at end)
    Exciting to meet you all! I’ll post my info here but scroll back through to read everyone’s posts and see what happens!
    GENRE: Short and long fiction that draws on myth, metaphysics, Jungian archetypes, and the mysteries of the human spirit – with a strong throughline of magic, allegory, and the Divine Feminine. I’m fascinated with word alchemy, and I love language that seeps into the psyche and effects a “stealth transformation” without the reader even knowing it
    CURRENT PROJECT: “Mask of a Thousand Angels” – (completed, in final revision)
    Set in 1999, this novel of metaphysical suspense is a cross-genre blend of contemporary gothic, speculative fiction, and revisionist myth-telling, with a strong Divine Feminine throughline. Once a passionate and promising young artist, Paul Jeffers, 42, has worked hard to bury memories of a tragic past by constructing a simple, superficial life. He has wrapped himself in a series of undemanding jobs in a quiet university town in the heart of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, and taken refuge in a loving, undemanding marriage to Mercy, an archaeological restoration specialist and fortune-teller’s granddaughter. Now, the carefully woven fabric of Paul’s quiet existence is about to come unraveled, with the discovery in a nearby cavern of an ancient obsidian mask, and the appearance of a mysterious, elusive and dangerous woman named Lethe Craig. Lethe’s call draws the reluctant hero through layer after layer of mystery and silence and darkness and into the depths of his own soul – the belly of the beast. And in the year ahead, Paul will be challenged to overcome his own demons and go deeper still into the past of humankind itself, where he will discover powerful connections with covenants entered into thousands of years ago and must confront the ancient evil that destroyed his mother, threatens his wife, and holds his unborn child hostage from a waiting world.
    ABOUT ME: I’m about to turn 70 and have been writing since forever. Absolutely enthralled with gorgeous mythic language and rich archetypal storytelling. “Mask” is going through a fifth full revision which will be complete in January. (Also needs cutting, from 135,000 words down to about 120,000.) Next up: Taking it out to AgentWorld – and choosing my next project. Prospects: Either a historical fantasy (with strong magic/allegorical threads) OR a follow-up to “Mask of a Thousand Angels.” My best Buddy will help me brainstorm!
    WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR IN A WRITING BUDDY: I would love (yet) another set of eyes on “Mask” before I send it out via query. It’s a serious, deep book that I hope will both challenge and reward the patient reader. Best of all? A buddy who has already successfully navigated the agenting process and can bolster my spirits as I head out on my own agent-finding adventure! I’m an avid reader and am happy to offer my own fresh eyes and encouragement on your WIP. I love brainstorming, and I’m also a trained editor/proofreader so if you’d like helpful feedback on technical fronts I’m happy to oblige!
    EMAIL: maryn (at) grantsmagic (dot) org

  135. Your genre: PARANORMAL EROTIC ROMANCE
    A short summary of your current story:
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing): BEEN WRITING SINCE 2010
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy AN ENCOURAGER, AND TO ENCOURAGE, AND TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR
    Your email address (I recommend formatting it as follows to avoid risk of spam: kmweiland [at] kmweiland [dot] com) jadewillowauthor@gmail.co

  136. Pamela Payne says

    Thank you so much, K.M., for doing this! I’ve been in search of a writing buddy! I’m a fairly new writer and I’ve written flash fiction (published twice) but looking to tackle serialized fiction and novellas and would love to partner with someone to write in a “shared” fiction world…at some point.
    • Genres‒horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism
    • Starting Premise‒When Ingress Hill becomes one of many unlucky small towns visited by alien doors, five strangers, including one reluctant stay-at-home-dad, discover they all have one unfortunate thing in common…they’re the only ones with keys!
    • Experience‒3 years
    • What I’m looking for‒ Someone that can help me stay motivated and produce words, critique partner, and maybe someone to collaborate with on some project in the future. In return I will do what I can to meet the needs of my partner. I’m incredibly open-minded and flexible. Don’t mind trying new methods, experimental writer.
    • Email address‒ PamelaPayne [at] iCloud [dot] com

    Cheers!

    • Pamela,
      If you can be patient with my response time, I’d be happy to partner with you. I work in fantasy as well. I have a novel I’m querying, and a few drabbles published. I write a short story a month and will start working on my next novel soon, but it’ll be a long time before I start looking for input on novels. I’ll mention that I’m part of an online writing community (fantasy-writers.org) that’s always open to new nmembers.
      Email – theandyclark [at] hotmail [dot] com

    • Audrey Felter says

      Just realized I spelled my email wrong. It’s PamelaPPayne@icloud.com. Sorry, anyone who got a “undeliverable” notification. Cheers!

  137. dixieleighfranklin says

    Hi everyone,
    I’m from Western Australia and looking for a critique partner(s).
    I have had experience in critique groups before and using track changes. I’ve been writing for quite a long time but stopped with illness in the family and now nearing retirement I find I have more time. I’ve written three books before this one but none were anywhere near good enough to publish. Now I believe my writing has improved enough to, hopefully, publish this one when it’s finished.
    The other thing I’m looking for is friends. The sort of friends that will be there to cheer each other on and not just for their own purposes. I’m in this for the long haul and writing can be lonely. Hope that makes sense.
    I tend to write in either Cozy/Thriller/Historical genres, but no sex scenes. I’m not into horror as it gives me nightmares, Stephen King is not for me. I did, however, adore the Odd Thomas books from Dean Koontz. There will be elements of faith in my work but they will be subtle and not overt.
    Genre: Cozy Mystery.
    A female PI has to solve a murder before her sister is jailed for the crime.
    I’m hoping to make this a series and really enjoy writing it.
    My email is dixieleighfranklin [at] gmail dot [com]

  138. -Fiction/Fantasy (This my current but I have plans for cozy mysteries and soft sci-fi novels. I’m an avid reader, so I like many different genres.)
    -Broken: A Broken Realms Novella is how the realms came to be, changing the Sun and Shade Realms for centuries.
    -I have been writing since 2015, published my first book in 2018, working on finishing a novella and two novels in the Broken Realms series.
    -I desperately need someone who understands writing and can give me genuine feedback in a timely manner. I cannot tell you how OFTEN I ask for someone to be a beta reader, and they don’t really give me the feedback I want even though I ask specific questions; or it takes too long to hear back or not at all. I understand life gets in the way, but you would not believe some of the excuses I hear. Don’t agree to help me if you can’t follow through! (Sorry, really frustrated over here.)
    -tj [dot] fisher [dot] writer [at] gmail [dot] com

  139. S Schencker says

    This is a test. I’ll post once it goes through!

    • S Schencker says

      Great! It went through.

      I live in TN and have written a couple of novel length books, unpublished. One was a middle grade adventure, and the other a crime novel for adults. Lately I’ve been focusing on short stories. This year I plan to send out stories for publications. I need a buddy with whom I can be mutually accountable because I tend to slack off. I want honest and good feedback and I will do the same.
      When I have a minute, I’ll look at the previous entires to see if there is someone else out there that would be compatible.
      I have heard that a good buddy or two can be the difference between being published or not. I have been in groups before where one or two of them broke out, but sadly not me. Also, the groups weren’t very good in many ways. Thanks for reading

      email is moreskog at gmail dot com

  140. Dixie-Leigh says

    Hi everyone,
    I’m in Western Australia and I’m looking for a critique partner or partners. I’ve been involved in crit groups before so understand track changes.
    I’ve written three books but finally at the stage where I think my writing is on the track to being publishable. I like historical, cozy, thriller, fantasy but not horror not sex themes. Stephen King gives me nightmares but I did love Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz.
    I’m looking not only for crit partners but also friends who are also cheerleaders and in it for the long term.
    My writing has faith elements which are subtle and not overt.
    My current WIP is a cozy mystery.
    A female PI needs to solve a murder before her sister is convicted of the crime.
    If you think we may be a fit my email is dixieleighfranklin [at] gmail [dot]com

  141. Hi. I’m an older writer. Well, I’m an older human being–63 that writes. I write contemporary scifi with and without infused romance. Occasionally some dystopian thrown in for good measure. I’ve been learning the craft as I write for the last 18 years. My current story summary: Lily’s husband never returned after going out to forage supplies before they were to flee west to stay ahead of the advancing alien invaders. She’s trapped in PGH PA. After 3 days, she sends their young daughters on one of the last government busses heading to Alaska–a place where the aliens have shown no interest in. She joins the doomed ragtag resistance, and within the first couple chapters, she and her dog are captured and taken aboard an alien ship that is transporting this group of prisoners to an intergalactic auction. It’s the story of her fight to survive, to get back home to Earth.
    I’d like a writing buddy to bounce ideas off of. To exchange chapters or book sections for honest but kind critiques. Someone, as KM says, “To ping…” when the pursuit of writing gets a wee bit too solitary. Hopefully a patient buddy–because sometimes it can take me a couple of days to respond.
    Please reach out to me if you think I’m a good fit. Thanks. 🙂
    E mail: cypherbuss @ yahoo dot com

    • I *think* we might fit well – same age, both female and both writing sci-fi – with or without romance. My current WIP is distant future, but we’re both dealing with aliens.
      From my blurb – (posted on Nov 9 at 5:45ish pm):
      Genre: Current WIP is soft science fiction. I have written in other genres, but science fiction holds my attention currently.
      Short summary of your current story: I am attempting a police procedural in space. Time period would be similar to Star Trek TOS – so mid 2200s. I’m using similar technologies but nothing else of the Trek universe. Takes place on Earth’s first space station positioned at the edge of the Milky Way – includes a military installation. Main characters are Charlotte Wells a specialist in exo-forensics and Wick Sullivan, the head of station security.

      • Hi June,

        Your story sounds intriguing. Captain Kirk and I go way back. (He’s not aware of that–it was pretty one sided) lol. I do like the universe Star Trek was set in and the technology in the series.

        I write soft sci-fi, too. Although I greatly admire the authors who write hard scifi, and I like to read it, I can’t imagine ever successfully writing it.

        I think we might be a fit. 🙂

        I’m cypherbuss at yahoo dot com

        Teresa

    • Derald L Richards Jr says

      We might be a good fit. Check out comments. I would send it to you but I am at work and away from my computer.

  142. Cynthia Godwin says

    • Hi, yes I’d love a writing buddy. What a wonderful idea. Thank you so much!
    • My genre is science fiction, the relational kind heavy on character, not the gadgets and idea type told from a Christian worldview.
    • I’m currently working on re-editing two novels. One is about a people battling the empire that has taken over their planet but with a secret weapon the bad guys know nothing about which tends to hamstring them on a regular basis.
    • The second novel is about a spy planted in the office of the general who took over the planet. The general learns who the spy is but plays the long game while he decides what action to take with her.
    • I’ve been writing for many years and was a member of a writer’s group where we helped each other hone our craft.
    • I’m looking for someone interested in character-based science fiction who can help me hone my writing and I can do the same for you.

    • My email address is ivyoak6@gmail.com

  143. Hello! Thank you so much for this! I’m a 12 yr old (hope that’s OK 😄) and I really need a writing buddy cause my bro cant anymore since he will be busy. I’m still a noob but I want to learn.

    Anyway this is what we used to be working on.

    Genre: Monster horror (i guess) since there’s monsters and stuff.

    So here’s the story:
    ———————————
    Lylac, A loner who was chosen to save the world from a future terror was thought to be crazy and is bullied by her peers after her attempt to receive her passing of rites in a forest near her all girls school.

    With her destiny put on hold because of all the rumors, she was finally given another shot when the two new students in her class was planning to enter the forest. With two more teens joining them a little later, some arguing, and the other teens becoming paranoid, she managed to finally receive her rites, bathed in light by the same entity that had showed her her destiny. When it ended, it was anticlimactic.

    Nothing changed. She didn’t get any powers. The world isn’t being attacked by monsters. No new visions. Nothing. Was she just crazy after all?

    Lylac’s life was still normal, but the other teens with her in the forest, Jence, Arbine, Esfaun, and Valerie was not so lucky.

    What was Lylac’s destiny really supposed to be..?
    ———————————

    Fun fact! This story is actually based on a nightmare I had (or at least some of it that I managed to jot down) That’s why I need someone to help me to polish parts of it because dreams can get pretty random.

    ———————————

    So yeah. I’m looking for someone who:

    -Can help me with ideas to make sense to some things in the story. I kinda need help outlining the story, too.

    – Will check my grammar or suggest better ways to word a sentence if I get too wordy or unclear. 😅

    -Can be honest but gentle with me (I can be weak hearted sometimes, sorry)

    -Will also check up on me from time to time to encourage me to write. 😁

    I guess that’s all. Thank you for taking the time to read this!

    Here’s the gmail my bro let me borrow:

    Nviro33@gmail.com

  144. Thank you so much K.M.!

    It can be so hard connecting with other writers.

    Your genre
    Contemporary romance (current project somewhat steamy not graphic).

    A short summary of your current story.
    It’s a series of interconnected stories with a bit of a soap opera family centered vibe.

    Falling in love with a real charming prince was the easy part. The fitting into his royal world part, not so much.

    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing)
    10+ years previously with trad pub and larger e-presses (now gone).

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy
    Someone to trade pages or scenes with.
    I generally offer big picture comments, mention anything that pulls me out out of the story, and I always comment on story elements and characters I enjoy. I like to receive the same while lately I seem to need the “Need more introspection here” nudge. ^_^

    Your email address
    bsheridanauthor [at}gmail[dot]com

  145. Krys Plate says

    I write children’s picture books, among other things. My current project is a story about a young boy who sees dinosaur characteristics in his new baby brother. I have been writing for several years over many genres. I am looking for a picture book critique group. I need people who are willing to be honest and offer positive feedback including criticism, and I would love to do the same for you.

    • Hi Krys, can you add your email address? I wrote children’s books! Or send me an email marshawcarroll [at] me [dot] com

    • Krys Ann Plate says

      Marsha- so sorry! Not sure what happened to my email there. krysplate[at]gmail[dot]com.

    • Hi Krys
      I would love to be your critique partner.
      I am new writer, but I have been learning about writing, specifically in the children’s category (children’s, mg, and ya).
      I got interested in kidlit writing because I am an illustrator, but I wanted to be able to tell my own stories too, so I decided to try to write my own, but it doesn’t come as natural to me as drawing, so it is a slow journey for me.
      I am currently focused mostly on a YA coming of age with some magical realism story that I want to turn into a graphic novel so my format will be script. However I also have some ideas for other future stories. For now I just have the outline and some notes and some scenes but nothing polished, however I would be happy to give you feedback.
      I will be sending an email soon
      Mariana

  146. Hi everyone, I’m Aki!
    Genre: Speculative fiction and adult fantasy/Sci-fi. I usually prefer works focused on inner conflicts and I think the common theme of everything I work on is ‘finding the courage to be who you are/live as you must to be happy’. My main characters are usually gay and sexuality is part of this, though I rarely write about teens or men/women having to come to terms with their sexuality. Romance is always secondary in my stories.
    Short summary of current WIP: A hardworking omega vocalist, Sasaki Kiyomi, determined to become a successful musician despite his gender status, is confronted with the limitations of his gender and forced to correct the expectations imposed on him by everyone, including himself, to become a new voice for gender equality.
    So yes, I hail from the lands of fan-fiction (j-rock), and yes this is set in the omegaverse. This started as a challenge to myself to write a story I would like in a trope that I couldn’t stand. Now it has become my story structure practice piece, and I quite enjoy it.
    After this I hope to return to a shelfed project in dire need of structuring and re-plotting. A story about the outbreak of war between humans and something looking an awful lot like vampires in a post-apocalypse, dystopian world. So, a lot more adult, dark fantasy like.
    I also have a shelfed story about a group of desert pirates losing one of their members into covert slavery on a distant desert planet, and their fight to get him back while unravelling a corrupt system. A bit more action-oriented than my usual stuff.
    Level of experience: I have been writing since the day I could, I was definitely the most active in my teens and early twenties, and had a long break in my late twenties and picked it up again now in my early 30’s with a renewed interest in story structure. Never officially published anything other than concert reviews.
    Looking for: I am super into story structure, working with Weiland’s books and posts as main guidelines, and would love one or two writing buddies who would like to get geeky about this and also see themselves enjoying and matching what I write: MM or FF, contemporary, speculative, sci-fi, adult fantasy.
    I am in a plotting stage and barely writing yet, so an ‘outlining buddy’ would also be great!
    I offer: An accountability buddy, an outlining buddy with a pretty firm grasp on story structure, a personality psychology geek of rather huge proportions (mbti and enneagrams) and a friend to push you along. A positive realist 😛
    Finally, hoping we can be friends and get to know each other, too!
    E-mail: aborghus [at] gmail [dot] com

  147. Hi. What a great idea. Thank you, K.M.!

    I’m Teresa. I write contemporary scifi romance, dystopian with scifi elements, second chance romance, and dabble in space opera. I have three shorts published in the second chance romance genre). I’ve been writing for almost 20 years, learning the craft as I go.

    I think a book buddy for exchanging writing pieces, accountability, or just a voice in the darkness would be great.

    Current WIP is alien invasion/abduction scifi.

    If you think we’d work okay together, leave a comment or email me. 🙂

    cypherbuss @ yahoo dot com

  148. I’m Norm, and my genre is non-fiction & self-help.
    My current MSS are: Nature Mindfulness guide book for the Mojave Desert; and Get in Charge of Your Life — a Strategic Guide
    I’ve had 10 non-fiction articles published in the Training & Development market, and in Education.
    My writing buddy and I would exchange critiques and suggestions about short chapters; and be a sounding board for effectiveness of the writing of highlighting the intended message. They would also be an accountability partner for writing goals.
    My email address is: wngus [at] hotmail [dot] com

  149. Samantha Hammond says

    Thanks for posting this topic! It is great to find new writers to work with.

    Genre: Fantasy… I work in multiple subgenres. My most recent and where I seem to be finding my niche is Historical Fantasy. I have written monster fantasy, dystopian fantasy, sci-fi, YA fantasy, etc.

    Current WIP: Taking a break from the Cowboys, Indians, and Magic series, to edit a YA Adult light-hearted fantasy.

    Beth is the last of her kind, a rock witch. Always few in number, her teacher has entered her final rest in a citrine crystal. Beth must now go to the Council of Witches at the stonehenge and be approved and appointed as the next official Rock Witch.

    Troubles and friends abound. Beth’s eagerness is balanced by the older witches. Kendra, the kitchen witch, takes a dislike to Beth’s cheerfulness and a challenge is issued.

    Looking For: I’m flexible. Someone to ‘ping’ when writing/editing is tough. Accountability. Share critiques, beta reads… I am open to making contacts and building my writing friends/allies.

    watkinswhimsy (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Hi, Samantha. Your YA fantasy novel sounds fun. I’ve also written some historical fantasy, including the current story I’m outlining, which is set in a fantasy world inspired by the 19th century American West, and a story I’m trying to revise inspired by Norse mythology. If you’d like to connect, it’s thedogstarsirius [at] gmail [dot] com. If not, no hard feelings. 🙂

  150. It looks as though this buddy group is not for me. Although Katie has been a great help while I was writing my manuscript, the vast majority of writers on here are, understandably, writing fantasy and I’m not. I described my genre as grounded historical science-fiction and I’ve not had any appropriate contacts in almost a week. I’ll give it a few more days before bowing out, in case there is a match out there somewhere.
    For my original post see below:

    I have just produced a complete manuscript for my debut novel. It’s cross-genre, and I can only describe it as grounded historical science-fiction.

    In my story, a brilliant young student experiences terrible tragedy and becomes obsessed with changing the past after reading the works of Albert Einstein. Over more than thirty years, he discovers he is not the only one and meets historical characters such as Einstein, Tesla and Churchill. Along the way, he encounters a kindred spirit who changes his life in unexpected ways, before being confronted by an unimaginable disaster that threatens the entire world.

    I have been writing seriously for the past five years.

    As far as a writing buddy is concerned, I guess I’m looking for someone who is writing in a similar genre (but definitely not science fantasy). As long as they are honest and constructive, it will probably be someone who I get on with and who feels like a good fit. After five years, I’m not sure I could face another complete rewrite of what is, at 168,000 words, a long novel, but I would like to know from someone I trust and respect. At the moment, family are telling me it’s great, but then they would, wouldn’t they?

    TIA. I can be contacted at ianrbowley [at] gmail [dot] com.

    • Ian, I just got around to opening K.M.’s email and working my way through the list. My blurb is below. I’ll send you an email and we can chat to see if there’s a match.

  151. Hi everyone!

    I’m Kevin and I write short fiction, novellas, and novels. I enjoy writing across different genres: SF, Horror, spec fiction, historical fiction. I’ve been writing seriously for three years but have yet to break through with any publishing creds.

    WIP #1: Historical fiction.
    In the summer of 1959, ten-year-old Paulie Winter falls in love for the first and second time. He falls in love with feeling weightless as he rides The Rabbit, the rollercoaster at his father’s amusement park on the Cape May coast of New Jersey. He also falls in love (though he doesn’t know it yet) with Junie Peters, the daughter of the park’s mechanic. This is the story of a boy coming of age in Wildwood, NJ through the 1960s. As the country around him changed, he struggles to honor his father while holding on to his dream of flying in space. And it’s about what happens when our dreams come crashing back to Earth. This is written in a similar structure to Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles – short stories as chapters covering different time frames (only without the sci-fi).

    WIP #2: Soft SF, time travel.
    It was supposed to be a quiet life. Buy a house somewhere warm, retire. Play some golf, meet some new people. But when Barb and Larry Birnbaum have to replace their water heater, the last thing they expected was to get a time machine instead. Between Barb’s online knitting shop and her days teaching German to her fellow retirees, she can’t fit time travel into her busy schedule. Larry, though, has a secret. He’s a self-proclaimed Nazi Hunter who’s never caught a whiff of a war criminal. But now, he thinks he’s found one of the last Nazis living, and it’s his desire to bring the man to justice. Except he needs to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the old man in the thick sunglasses is really the Hammer of Chelmno.
    This sounds “soft”, or almost “humorous”, and there is humor in some parts, but it’s not at all my intent to make light of the underlying subject matter. This is the first book of three, which will take the pair back to Germany of 1943 and will cover some very dark and serious issues. However, I hope to capture moments of joy, hope, love, and humor among the horror of history.

    Writing Buddy: Writers who enjoy reading, love writing, and have similar goals of publication to exchange critiques, ideas. Hopefully someone who brings stories of their own that I can provide feedback on (I find I learn more from reading other WIPs than my own). I often bog down during the editing process, struggling with whether I’m making this thing better or worse. Content edits or beta readers, primarily, but more than anything honest and helpful folks who are looking to make progress together.

    Email: kmwest422[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Phillip Holt says

      KM:
      Both WIPs sounds fascinating to me, right up my proverbial alley. My sensibilities and lust for characters rather than just plot, may just be the catalyst that’ll make us a successful pair. Plot needs character and characters need plots. Maybe we can work something out together?
      I’ve been thinking about writing a memoir in the form of a collection of short stories, one per chapter. I’d be interested in your ideas in #1 as well. Write if you’re interested.
      Email phillipholt[at]me[dot]com

  152. I’m Ashley, and I have two writing projects: 1) humorous nonfiction (Erma Bombeck-eque) and 2) romance.
    #1 – I am combining & rewriting my previously published humorous essays and adding story structure and character arcs to create a humorous memoir (as opposed to unrelated stories).
    #2 I have drafted a romance trilogy.
    I’m in my 50s and have been writing consistently since high school. I’ve written everything from legal briefs to marketing copy to short stories. I have tutored on writing and grammar, and have been in numerous writing groups. I’m in Birmingham, Alabama.
    My priority is ACCOUNTABILITY – I work so much better with a deadline, even if it’s imposed by a stranger. I’m also interested in exchanging chapters. I’ve been delving into indie publishing, and want to get at least one work finalized and published this year.
    My email is umbach [AT] gmail [DOT] com

    • Corine Hines says

      Hi Ashley – I’m wondering if we might make good writing buddies? Check out my post which is a couple of entries below yours. I won’t be terribly offended if you reject me…

    • Hi I’m Maria and I write sci-fi fantasy, and fantasy. I also write short stories. I have many written. The book I am working on deals with a girl who has schizoaffective disorder and her bully being brought to a fantasy world and their trials trying to get back to Earth.

      What I look for in a partner: I’m looking for several things. A good cp who can help me shape my book, a writing buddy who will write with me and keep accountability a brainstorming partner because this is a series but most of all a good friend who won’t put me aside once they finish their book and I’ve helped them accomplish their goals. I’ve been used one too many times and i.m not even that good lol.

      I’ve been writing since I learned to string words lol but I took it seriously for about six years now. I have never been able to edit a book. I have a mental illness and it impedes me greatly for writing some days and I’m various other ways
      My email is mmojica86 (at) hotmail(dot)com

      • That was way too depressing a start lol. I’m battling depression right now due to my illness. What I want in a partner is someone I can brainstorm with. Someone who won’t mind my scattered brains lol and basically a friend and cp I can count on. My novel is about a girl with schizophrenia and her school bully Jonah which get taken to another fantasy realm and have to save it from destruction from a council of leaders and get back home to Earth the original goal. I’ve been writing seriously for five years in which I’ve written three books Sapherine being one of them. I have never been able to edit a book at all but short stories are game which is why I write those too. I have plenty of material if someone wants something different. I write Sci-fi fantasy and fantasy, ya and new adult.

        • Todd Anderson says

          Hi Maria, I really like your premise. Coincidentally the female protagonist in my WIP post apocalyptic mashup descends into madness, possibly schizophrenia, I’ll have a better idea after I finish reading Elyn R. Saks “The Center Cannot Hold.” I’ve been writing for three years and enjoy brainstorming. Also, I want to commend you for being brave enough to put your mental illness in a public forum–and your words touched me, so you can write. I’ll follow up with an email.

        • Hello Maria
          I am interested in your story. I will be sending you an email

  153. Lisa Miller says

    I would love a writing buddy. I’m a newbie when it comes to writing. I have read a lot of how-to books.
    I’m dyslexic and not the best with grammar. I’m also a care giver to my mom so I can only write a little each morning so it’s takes me longer to write.
    Most of my story ideas have sci fi and horror aspects. With a pulp approach.
    My current writing project is a fun Halloween short story about a half-fairy witch who must retrieve a bottle of monster alcohol that she accidentally sent to the human world before it starts the apocalypse. It’s I rather silly story but I’m having fun writing it.
    My email address is
    Campyhorrorartist(at)Gmail(dot)com

  154. Corine Hines says

    Hi everyone,

    I’m writing a novel and running out of steam so really want a writing buddy to share the highs and lows and keep me motivated towards a (pretty pathetic) word count target.

    My genre: Contemporary/cozy mystery/sorta funny (is that even a genre?)
    A short summary of my current story:
    In desperation, Irina joins The Marvellous Mistakes Self-help Club and unintentionally reveals she’s the victim of an online love scam. As each member blindly rushes in to rescue her, she realises she alone must defeat the real enemy, her abusive husband, Ray.
    My level of experience: I’ve been writing for several years and completed an MA recently.
    What I’m looking for in a writing buddy: Someone who is pushing the words out and will inspire me with their productivity. Or someone who is also struggling but is determined to write more words.
    Your email address (I recommend formatting it as follows to avoid risk of spam: corine[at] visibly-different[dot] co.uk)

    • I just wanted to say that “The Marvellous Mistakes Self-help Club ”
      would be a fantastic series title. It have a feeling it would definitely capture the attention of readers, agents and editors

  155. Donna Chung says

    Looking for LITERARY FICTION writer to critique each other’s chapters with attention to story structure, character arc, story arc, a balance of tension vs success for protagonist
    Revising with intention of sending to agents/ traditional publishing
    Interested? Hawaiimakai1234 at Gmail.com

  156. I’ve been a writer all of my life. After college, I worked briefly for a local newspaper and have done freelance writing and editing off and on since then.

    I’ve published short memoirs and travelogues and a YA sweet romance short story in an anthology, but I’m getting back to writing the third book of my women’s fiction trilogy (contemporary/small town). I published the first two books back in 2013 and 2014, but I could never write the third one for some reason. Right now, I’m rereading through the first two books to remember their stories. I had briefly thought about rewriting them, but I don’t think I want to do that. I just want to write the third book so I can move on.

    The first two books were about a woman in her 30s who went through a divorce and then a long custody battle with her abusive ex. In the third book, much time has passed, and the woman’s children are grown and gone. Now it’s time for her to find herself as a single woman and maybe even find a new love. I’m not sure of the story yet, but I have ideas rolling around in my head.

    After I finish this third book, I’d like to explore another genre–either YA sweet romance or small town romance (maybe the beach?).

    At the very least, I’d like to have someone for accountability–to help me keep my deadlines–but if we work well together, I’d be fine with a good beta reader or a critique partner. I’ve never had a critique partner, so I’m not sure what to expect there. If you’re interested, my email address is michele [at] michelemathews [dot] com.

  157. I’ve been a writer all of my life. After college, I worked briefly for a local newspaper and have done freelance writing and editing off and on since then.

    I’ve published short memoirs and travelogues and a YA sweet romance short story in an anthology, but I’m getting back to writing the third book of my women’s fiction trilogy (contemporary/small town). I published the first two books back in 2013 and 2014, but I could never write the third one for some reason. Right now, I’m rereading through the first two books to remember their stories. I had briefly thought about rewriting them, but I don’t think I want to do that. I just want to write the third book so I can move on.

    The first two books were about a woman in her 30s who went through a divorce and then a long custody battle with her abusive ex. In the third book, much time has passed, and the woman’s children are grown and gone. Now it’s time for her to find herself as a single woman and maybe even find a new love. I’m not sure of the story yet, but I have ideas rolling around in my head.

    After I finish this third book, I’d like to explore another genre–either YA sweet romance or small town romance (maybe the beach?).

    At the very least, I’d like to have someone for accountability–to help me keep my deadlines–but if we work well together, I’d be fine with a good beta reader or a critique partner. I’ve never had a critique partner, so I’m not sure what to expect there. If you’re interested, my email address is michele [at] michelemathews [dot] com.

  158. Thanks for this, K.M.

    Hi. It would be great to find some writing buddies. Don’t see a lot of contemporary/book club fiction but if you have any interest in sharing the load I’d be happy to meet up.

    genre – contemporary / book club fiction

    summary – Thirty-eight year old Alisa Ratree, is a hard grafting, conscientious funeral director. Just like her father was. Her life is the job, which is how it was for Daddy. Until the day she realises the body she’s preparing is her old school friend. Forced to reflect and worried that her life among the dead has kept her from living, she sets about working to turn it around.

    The setting is England.

    experience – I’ve been writing for twenty years and I’m still learning every day. I’ve written four novels – 3 x contemporary fiction and 1 x fantasy – and one nonfiction account of my grandmother titled One Hundred Years of Attitude. I’ve queried all of them though the traditional publishing routes but remain unpublished – which probably speaks to the still learning part.

    Looking for – I’m currently finishing the 2nd draft of this book. I’d like to find an experienced beta reader, someone comfortable hitting me with the hard truths. I have pretty thick skin and my main goal is to have the best manuscript for the next round of querying. My critique group here was great but it just dissolved during Covid and never really got back up again.

    Please get in contact if you have any interest

    email – burkeandbest@gmail.com

  159. Hello,
    I’m Graydon.
    Genre: Sci-Fi Space Fantasy/adventure.
    Short summary of current WIP: John Murdoch thinks he’s done with derring-do’s and risking his life for someone else. Beth Langdon has a secret but is she running away from it or towards it? Destinies collide when Murdoch gives Langdon a ride home through the aptly named Hades system where they will have to outrun a mad space pirate, dodge deadly asteroids, avoid hungry Apex predators and escape a singed and molten planet to survive.
    Experience: I’m an older writer. I have authored many technical documents but now enjoying creative writing in my [early] retirement. I’ve been learning as I go over the past six years.
    Buddy: More of a development reader… checking my ideas are sound… I guess I do suffer from lack of confidence, but I’m doing this for fun and enjoyment. And to keep the ‘little grey matter working’ – figuring out how my hero will improvise, adapt and overcome anything my antagonist can throw at him/her/them. I like to read other’s work, and offer support where I can, though I am a slow reader!

    graydon63[at]gmail[dot]com

  160. Ellwyn Autumn says

    Hi, my current WIP is the sequel to my middle grade novel Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission. It’s a children fantasy about Santa’s elves.

    Here’s a synopsis of the first book: When eleven-year old Patty Pringle answers a help wanted ad, she has no idea that she will be embarking on an adventure that will change her life forever. Patty and her younger brother Sean go to the mall to meet Santa, which is when Sean steals some of the letters that children have sent Santa. Determined to return the letters to Santa, Patty teams up with an elf named Agent 12-25, who takes her to the North Pole. At the North Pole, they discover that it is too late for Santa to deliver the toys that the children asked Santa to bring them. Hoping to save Christmas for these children, Patty and Agent 12-25 set off on a mission to deliver all the toys by midnight on Christmas Eve.

    In the sequel, Patty and the CKC are searching for Agent 12-25. He’s been taken by Senator Claudius.

    I need someone to help me make sense of everything. The beginning of the story isn’t too bad, but the rest needs a lot of work.

    My email funnygirl277@aol.com.

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  162. Hi from Tasmania, Australia. My name is Christine, but I self-publish using a pen-name Chrissy Garwood to keep my professional life (I’m a primary school chaplain) separate from my creative writing.
    My genre: I’m a genre-butterfly. Romantic Suspense, Fantasy, Soft-Sci-fi…
    As a child I would read anything – yes, the cereal box was on my reading list. I fall between the genre-cracks. I write from a Christian worldview but I try not to preach. My non-Christian are no saints, and my Christian characters make terrible mistakes and often have to deal with the consequences. There’s usually prophecy, miracles, and the kind of coincidences that drive my sceptical non-Christian characters crazy. My non-Christian readers seem to cope with that okay. I specialise in unexpected twists – my faithful readers are never quite sure if their favourite character is either going to turn out to be the villain, or if they will even survive to the end of the story. I break strong characters, using their weaknesses to transform their lives. OR throw my weak characters into the storm and have them emerge unbroken and the hero.
    A short summary of your current story (I’m sharing 2 of the 4 at the top of my wishlist)
    RW7 – end of series -standalone story, tying up all the loose ends. (Romantic Suspense) Who Pays the Piper? Piper is the commander of a paramilitary organisation that operates behind the domestic security agency he owns. He has been protecting his secret niece, Evie, since book 1 . He’s an outspoken sceptic who refuses to admit that Evie’s prophecies are getting to him. He’s seen how she transformed her new husband Romano from a hardened ex-convict into a prayer warrior who no longer has revenge as his motivation. And Evie’s constant prayerful reminders have changed Jenny, Piper’s trusted second-in-command. Jenny and Piper are sparring partners in the gym, and Jenny’s the only one who can outguess Piper in any situation…
    I’ve been stuck for a while, writer’s block hit in October 21, but I’ve written a few thousand words since then and I have readers waiting. I have the key incidents in my head, but there’s still too much to unravel before I get to blow up the piano that changes Piper’s destiny.
    PQ3 – another end of series – YA fantasy novella trilogy (because my primary school kids wanted something to read) Now that Phoena has chosen her companions, she’s about to be introduced to the king. Each companion represents a power domain important in that world: Karilion is a member of the King’s Council, a champion swordsman and a magic user (Light), Oramis is a dragon shapeshifter and a spy (Fire), Baraapa is now a giant with metal working magic (Earth) and Nessandra is a challenging young woman with bright blue hair who always wanted magic and Phoena’s powers obliged (Water). To balance the group there is Yiana (Wisdom and Common Sense).There’s an ancient prophecy to be fulfilled. But Phoena’s supernatural powers are still awakening. The enemy everyone thought was defeated in the previous episode is coming back.
    I’ve had this book parked with Phoena on top of a cliff, suspended in mid-air in a magic bubble, while her friends bicker about who will be the most useful on her Quest.
    Your level of experience (i.e., how many years you have been writing) I stopped writing when I left school in the seventies, picked it up again for about six months in the late eighties (3 unpublished manuscripts in the filing cabinet), and then again in January 2018. I had just finished my mature-age-student University degree (BA Fine Arts/Visual Culture) and was praying about my next challenge.
    My first book was self-published June 1, 2019, and there have been a few since then:
    6 in my Romantic Suspense River Wild series, 2 YA fantasy (Phoena’s Quest), the first in my Romantic Suspense Billionaire’s Jeopardy series releasing in a few weeks, AND I’ve compiled and edited 3 children’s anthologies written by my students from school.
    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: I’m looking for Beta Readers for my own work – I’ve had a few, and unfortunately, after a couple of manuscripts they go from painstakingly pointing out all the plot holes and other issues to “Hurry up with the next book.” I can see where the turning point is because they speed read past the critical incident and there are few comments or questions. I’m also looking to be a supportive listener/reader for other writers who know they have more than one story locked inside them. I identify as having ADHD/ASD and my mind likes novelty without too much gore. I’m in my sixties and raised conservatively, so no graphic sex scenes please.
    Your email address: bookwormstobutterflies [at] gmail = if you’re sending me an email, put Writing Buddy in the topic line so I don’t think its another spammer…

  163. Genre: historical fiction and historical fantasy.
    Summary: The Light God imprisons a race of Dark magicians underground for millennia as punishment for their war with the human Light magicians. The Dark King, Surna, plots their escape through reincarnating as a human called Sky; he also discovers that the present is now the year 1890. Few humans, including the Queen, initially take the threat seriously, despite warnings from the Light priest. But the Light seal over the Dark magicians’ prison continues to weaken, and Dark magic continues to grow stronger as the winter solstice approaches.
    (I have been working on this idea for several years now, off and on, and like the characters but am not sure of which direction to take the story. I have considered ditching the fantasy and making it straight historical fiction and vice-versa.)
    Experience: I have been writing about 12 or 13 years.
    Buddy: Mostly I’m looking for someone to help determine if the story ideas are sound or not. I’m a pantser and an underwriter and would also appreciate help with outlines and fleshing out and adding scenes.
    Email: thedogstarsirius [at] gmail [dot] com

    • I thought I’d add the other projects I’ve been working on: a retelling of Norse mythology through the perspective of Sigyn, Loki’s wife, and a retelling of Arthurian legend (set in 6th century Britain) through the perspective of Mordred. Both need revisions and fleshing out so they feel more like stories and less like long outlines.

  164. Thanks KM for the opportunity.
    I wrote a long post this morning, but it seems to have disappeared into the ether, so I’m trying again with a shorter one.
    My name is Christine, but I write using the pen name Chrissy Garwood. I live in Tasmania, Australia. I write long, but have learned how to chop, chop, chop. I’m a child of the 60’s, but prefer closed doors and slow burn. I focus on characters, and my stories have lots of twists. I write from a Christian worldview, I identify as being ADHD/ASD, and am a genre butterfly (Romantic Suspense, Fantasy, lots of other ideas simmering). I’ve self-published 8 novels, plus I run a children’s creative writing group at a small primary school. I’ve compiled and edited three annual anthologies (stories by children written for children).
    What I need in a Writing Buddy: Someone to talk to about the tricky challenges in my stories, someone who can give constructive feedback without focusing on my inherent inability to know how to use commas – I have a paid editor who takes care of that for me 🙂 I’m also interested in helping unpublished writers unlock the stories they have in their hearts and work with them through the process.
    bookwormstobutterflies [at] gmail

    • That worked 🙂 So here’s a little detail about my main WIP (I have four underway) : The final book in a Romantic Suspense Series. The seventh, where all the loose ends tie up. I’ve known since June 2019 the key points, but I hit a snag at the end of October 2019 and I couldn’t pick the story up again. I had a couple of tries before I accepted that I was suffering writer’s block. The title: Who Pays the Piper? It should be about 85,000 words but I’m only at 1900 at the moment. Piper is the commander of a clandestine international organisation tracking a cartel that traffics in people with a side-line in experimental drugs. Throughout the series, he’s narrowed down his search until we now know who the main players in the cartel are. Piper is in the firing line, and he’s making plans to protect his friends before his enemies attack. His second in command is Jenny, the only person who can get inside Piper’s head and predict what he’s about to do. Except he’s acting out of character and pushing her out. This is a standalone story, so there has to be enough backstory for the side characters and it has to fit within the series timeline. I’m joining the dots, and then when I have enough character detail, I’m going to blow up a piano, and disrupt everyone’s careful plans. There’s a prophetess who annoys Piper because she seems to know everything ahead of time, and a cast of secondary characters who have grown and changed, who have key roles in unravelling the chaos when Piper is no longer calling the shots. There’s going to be a happy-ever-after for Piper and Jenny as a couple, but not until the closing scenes.

  165. Hi All,
    I know these things get buried in the bottom of the list, I thought I would refresh it and try again.

    Your genre: Historical Fiction

    A short summary of your current story:
    Frank Powell was an idealistic and honorable young man who was born into a remote life in the mountains of Montana. His life and experiences on a large old family horse ranch instilled in him a deep commitment to family responsibility. In his naivety, family and country were synonymous and he felt it is his destiny to leave his legacy by leading the Powell family into the next generation. Against his father’s wishes and his brother’s warnings, he enlisted in the Korean War to prove his commitment. His deep values and belief in the good of mankind will be put to the test and possibly destroyed when forced to face the true nature of humanity and its willingness to fall to cruelty, given the slightest opportunity amidst the corruption and moral destruction of war. Faced with the horrors of battle and the hypocrisy of political zealots on both sides, his moral fabric begins to unravel. Will he survive the annihilation of his vision of the world, and if he does, what kind of man will he be when he returns to his home?

    Your level of experience:
    I am retired but spent many years as a technical writer. I have been published three times in The Machinery’s Handbook. I have been writing fiction seriously for about eight years. I have taken several online writing courses and read numerous books on writing craft. Many of them by K.M. Weiland, our wonderful host. I have completed the second draft of the first book and I am over half way through the first draft of the second. I have had one beta reader complete a read through of the first book and edited it to the best of my ability.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy:
    I am looking for an experienced, published writer to accompany me through the three possibly four books of the story of Frank Powell.

    Your email address: b_dulin[at]hotmail[dot]com

  166. Hello! I’m Alyssa and I have self-published many short stories and articles over the last decade or so. I am now breaking into longer projects, with my first YA novel published last year.

    I am currently wrapping up edits on the next book in the series. A whimsical YA high-fantasy action-adventure about mermaids, magic, mischief, and monsters.

    Edits are a slog for me and connecting with another writer or two interested in the same genre would help on so many levels.

    Is there another YA fantasy writing buddy that is interested in weekly check-ins for accountability?

    Let me know! alyssacastobooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  167. Shawna Lynn Freake says

    Hello all!! Nice to be here!
    My name is Shawna Lynn Freake (haha yes, Freake) I hail from Newfoundland, Canada and I’ve been writing since about oh… 1985… I was born in 1982 haha but was writing and reading by age three. To date, I have 2 children’s books that have been published as well as several adult fiction novels, over several genres. I currently have three stories on the go haha and could REALLY use a Writing Buddy to help streamline me and keep me honest with my writing habits. My current WIPs are in the genres of Fantasy Satire, and two works in the same series of Historical Faction/ mystery/ LQTBQ+
    Please feel free to touch base/ send an email/ smoke signal – whatevs!!

    S.L Freake

    • Hi Shawna! I’m Galen, but I write M/M romance as Sionnach Wintergreen. I’m a trans man living in Austin, TX, US. My husband and I have considered escaping to Canada because the climate for trans people in TX is pretty toxic.

      I used to write fantasy. Now, I blend fantasy, mystery, and/or historical with mm romance. I just finished a PNR and my next WIP is the third in a series of mm paranormal mystery romances set in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Basically, a disabled medium and a lawman solve mysteries in Texas in the late 1800s.

      I realize you don’t write romance, but it would be fun to have a writing buddy who writes LGBTQ+ fiction and to hold each other accountable.

      My email address is: authorsionnach [at] gmail [dot] com

  168. Grant Vincitore says

    Your genre: Mostly, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, horror, science fantasy, and mixtures of all of the aforementioned. I am mostly influenced by pulp writers of the early 20th century (Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. P. Lovecraft, Edmond Hamilton, Robert E. Howard, Lester Dent, etc) and their 19th century progenitors (Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, etc). I also want to eventually write mysteries (mostly in a 1930s pulp style).

    A short summary of your current story: A WWII soldier is supernaturally granted the ability to single-handedly win a battle… for a price.

    Your level of experience: I’ve been writing on and off since childhood, but haven’t published any fiction yet. I’m still a beginner when it comes to writing with the intent to publish.

    What you’re looking for in a writing buddy: I’d ideally like someone with a similar wheelhouse to mine (fiction inspired by 20th century pulp and/or 19th century writers such as those that I mentioned), so that he or she and I could each help each other in the process of writing those types of stories.

    The person doesn’t have to necessarily write exactly the same types of stories as me or be as strongly influenced by past styles as I am, but it would be ideal if it was someone who has a good feel for the types of stories that I write and finds such things interesting, and who writes stories of a type that I similarly find interesting.

    Email address: gvincitore [at] protonmail [dot] com

  169. Hello,
    Aspiring Author seeking Writing Buddy

    –Genre: Middle-grade contemporary fiction (i.e. not historical, fantasy, or sci-fi). Working on Book 1 of a planned 9-book series.

    –Blurb: Fun-loving fifth-grader Pudge Amazon never shies away from a harmless prank. But when the principal unjustly accuses him of vandalizing the school’s beloved Ostrich statue, Pudge is determined to hunt down the real culprit to clear his name and escape months of detention.
    
    –Experience: I have been working on this manuscript for 2 years. I have taken writing courses in the past.

    –What I’m looking for in a buddy: Consistent exchanges of chapters. E.g. each week we exchange a chapter for high-level comments on pacing, structure, character development, etc.

    –Email: john.krause.1 {at} outlook [dot] com

    John Krause

    • Darlene Elder says

      Hi John, I also write middle grade and would love to exchange chapters on a regular basis. Your story sounds fun and perfect for middle grade. I posted on the first day this opened so I’m sure my post is way back in the weeds now. Here’s my email if you want to talk more about working together: darlenelder1@gmail.com

  170. I’m writing mostly crime fiction. My WIP is a ripped from the headlines legal drama involving a lawyer who must overcome his own perceived weaknesses in order to defend a woman accused of murdering her husband after writing a book, How to Murder Your Husband. I’ve been writing for decades and recently self-published the entire lot. My crime novels are on allauthor.com under my own name: David T. Wolf They’re also all available on Amazon. I’m in a writing group, but we only meet monthly and I’m looking for faster feedback because of the topical content. Any takers? Dave@authordavidwolf.com

  171. Hi!

    Genre: I write NA and adult fantasy romance. (And sometimes I branch into paranormal and sci-fi.) I prefer a slow burn and low steam though, so don’t expect a lot of spice 😉

    Experience: I have been writing on and off since college and have one short story published. I was a line editor the past 5-6 years, but had to stop as it killed all my creativity – leaving me with NO motivation to work on my own stories. I have over a dozen ideas, including a paranormal trilogy that is roughly 85% done, but haven’t been able to get myself together. Accountability would be a huge help – I get more done when I know someone expects something from me 😉

    What I’m looking for: Someone who has some experience and wants a buddy to talk about all the ins and outs of writing: brainstorming, character arcs, world building, plot holes. I want someone to share my stories with – someone I can encourage and be encouraged by.

    What I’m NOT looking for: Someone who only wants a beta reader or someone to critique/edit their work.

    Paranormal trilogy blurb:
    Vance, a man, with paranormal ‘abilities’, has spent the last half of his life searching for the vampire who killed his parents. Unable to face that kind of loss again, he tries to keep what remains of his family at a distance – believing they are all safer if he does. Underlying his fear, is a healthy dose of shame and guilt. . . Why did he get invo