Monday, April 18, 2011

Critique Partner Auction Blogfest

So its Monday the 18th, and as promised, its Critique Partner Auction Blogfest time!

However, first I have to say something.

I am occasionally, perhaps, a little bit, a teensy weensy smidgen - overambitious.

Yes.  Shocking.  I'm as surprised by this stunning revelation as you are.

But what can I say?  I'm a big believer in HYPE.  Put it out there, in excess amounts of sugar-induced manic glee, and the universe will give you what you ask for, if only to shut you the hell up.  Hey, its worked for me this far.

So this is to say, much as I must accept that my first novel MIGHT NOT BE the 'next Harry Potter', I'm afraid I did not get the scads and hordes and hundred of entries for this that I hoped.  Instead, its a small, humble, but AWESOME start, with a few entries that TOTALLY DESERVE SOME MC'LOVIN and get to horde ALL THE ATTENTION.  All of it!  So yeah.  There's that.

However (I do like my buts NO INNUENDO INTENDED OR IS THEEEEERE?), I still want this blogfest to be all that it can be.  Rather like the army.  I'm all patriotic like that and stuff, yo.  So I'm amending things a bit.  I'm a game changer like that.  What can I say?

At the bottom of this post, you will find one of Mr. Linky's wonderful magical widgets.  There is still a way to partake in the blogfest, if you missed the initial announcement and deadline, or perhaps see someone else with a story you love SO MUCH that you just cant resist jumping in for a chance at critiquing it.  Just sign up in the widget below, link to your blog, and post the first 250 words of your WIP on your blog, along with the other necessary info.  Because we want to get this thing popping, you don't have to do the sample query letter to participate, though I LOVED our entries' query letters and think its totally worth it.  But do include at least some kind of pitch so that people have an idea what your story is about, in addition to your sample page.  If you don't have a blog, but still want to jump in, email me your entry at and I'll put it up as soon as I can.

So there you have it.  I'll begin posting the entries received thus far now, and entrants and everyone else can start going through and seeing what they like.  We're ditching the whole Batch number idea, because like, yeah, that was dumb.  Not gonna work.  But anyways, once something hits your sweet spot, just comment with how many pages you'd like to swap to test things out and where they can take a look at your entry - whether its already up on this blog, is waiting to be added here, or if they've linked to it on their own blog.  As more people (hopefully) sign up on the widget below and starting posting entries on their own blogs, you can click through the links below and search through other blogs for entries you might want to read.

And when multiple people start 'bidding' on the same entries - well, let the games begin!

I will be adding entries throughout the day, as its kinda a hectic time for me, sorry, so please bear with me and be patient, and email me if you sent yours in to be hosted on this blog and don't see yours up by tonight.  This blogfest will run through the weekend, but the sooner you jump in, the more people are going to get a chance to see your stuff, so....have at it!  The original post for this blogfest is here in case you need a refresher in the start of all this madness.


  1. haha, I love reading your blog posts. Regardless of numbers, this was a really cool idea so I hope it becomes something of a recurring feature in the future!

  2. I think your auction was a great idea! I wouldn't give up on it yet. Perhaps try again in December, right after national novel writing month concludes.

  3. hey, just saw this and I love it, too. I would post on my blog, but sounds like you are done with this round? check out my blog anyway:

  4. Hey, nice to meet you! And don't worry, we will be trying this again at some point, just gotta find a better time and work out some of the kinks! I'll pop over and check out your blog later!