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A year of critiques

June 29, 2009

I just paid for a year membership with OWW, despite my disappointment with the number of reviews my stories have received.  The quality of the stories I’ve read there have been only marginally superior to those at Critters.  I’ve even had a crit-4-crit fail to reciprocate.  But I paid my fare and I’m in.  It’s only fifty bucks (twice what I’m making on my last three sales combined).

So why did I do it?  It’s a way to get feedback, just not as fast as I’d hoped.  Bottom line, I’ll need to do a bunch of reviewing in order to get my stories reviewed.  I have a plan: find writers I like and bookmark them so I can set up a regular crit exchange.  If I review one of your stories, you might feel the need to review mine.  If I do two or three, you’ll probably feel obligated.  Right?

Anyway, it’s an idea.  It will just take more than my free month to get there.  So I’ll try it.  If it doesn’t work out, I won’t re-up.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2009 3:27 pm

    Ha! I feel the subtle guilt now… 🙂 As soon as I’ve finished this current story (hopefully today or tomorrow?) I’ll pay back the crits… you’ve done like 3 of mine now. I’ve been battling insomnia and migraines or I would have already finished this and gotten my crits done. I’ve got you bookmarked…

  2. osomuerte permalink
    June 30, 2009 5:14 pm

    I didn’t mean you! You’ve left me several comments at Baen’s, helpful ones at that. I’m just glad you’ve got some writing momentum. Don’t jeopardize that on my account. i know you’ll get to me eventually.

  3. July 2, 2009 9:08 pm

    BTW, if you don’t have telltales on, Poison in the Walls is now reviewed by me (aren’t you dying of excitement?) 🙂

    • osomuerte permalink
      July 2, 2009 10:01 pm

      I do have telltales on. This was the first time they worked. I read your review. I’m pleased you enjoyed PItW. Your line-level advice is especially invaluable. Thanks!

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