Dos and don’ts of critique groups
1. Always start with the positive.
2. Always end on a positive note.
3. Do be honest but tactful.
4. Ensure you are using proper English. The Chicago Manual of Style is an excellent reference book used by professional editors.
5. Ensure your work is fairly clean grammar-wise before submitting.
6. Focus on craft for a critique.
b. Ensure each scene advances the plot.
c. Character arc.
d. Escalating plot.
7. Don’t nitpick. Make your point and move on.
8. Offer to brainstorm with your critique partners.
9. Don’t stay in a group that is overly critical. Writing is subjective.
10. Do look for other critiquers who take their craft seriously and are trying to get published.
Sixteen-year-old Jolie Livingston’s closest and only friend Drew is this really hot dead guy, and it bites that the self-absorbed princesses at school cannot even see him. That’s right she can communicate with the dead. It’s the living she has trouble with. She and her mom inherited this awesome crib in Plymouth, MA. It’s quite a step-up from the homeless shelter in New Orleans, but there’s a catch. They can’t afford the past due mortgage, so Jolie’s working on that.
She starts a ghost hunting business called Ripsters. Somehow she’s managed to recruit Brittany, a glamour SAP smothered in pink, and a techie allergic to ghosts. Brit actually thinks he resembles the R&B singer Chris Brown. All that pink has clouded her vision. They both have special talents Jolie’s hoping will be useful to their venture. Right now, they’re working for a family in need of major therapy due to a dead guy with a hole in his head.
Top 100 semi-finalist of 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel
2008 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Contest Finalist for Ripsters
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Genre - YA Paranormal Mystery, Romance
Rating – PG-13