Is it just me, or does everyone struggle with this?
I’ve tried joining sites like Scribophile and Wattpad but I’m still searching.
Actually, I did have a wonderful CP a while back and I found her on Wattpad. She was encouraging but she wasn’t afraid to hurt my feelings when it came to something she didn’t think worked. She helped me shape my first novel into something that looked remarkably like a book (with a plot, character arcs and everything).
However, her popularity has risen to Wattpad superstar levels and between writing, taking care of her family, work and ever other demands she (understandably) doesn’t have the time anymore. I get that, and I’m incredibly grateful for all the hardworking and time she’s already given me.
But there’s also this niggling worry. What if that isn’t the reason she’s not reading my work?
You see, I’ve sent the sequel to three people now and non of them have offered any feedback. I know there are a whole array of reasons as to why this could be, but I can’t help thinking it’s because it’s so bad they don’t know how to tell me.
Oh the irony.
I tried to explain that I want to know if they hate it, and that I need to know why in order to improve. And yet still, nothing. Maybe they got bored. Maybe they couldn’t make it past the first chapter. Maybe they just don’t have the time anymore. All of these are fine if only they would tell me.
Perhaps it’s just me. I’ll be the first to admit that sites such as Scribophile scare me. I’m afraid that I’m not in the same league as the other writers there, but that didn’t stop me from posting. And I got some great feedback but I don’t think it’s the right place for me.
I want someone who will read my book, not just dip into a random chapter and critique my grammar or similes (don’t get me wrong – that is a helpful critique but it’s not exclusively what I’m looking for).
So how do you find a trustworthy, knowledgable CP? How did you find yours?
Currently I’m searching through Goodreads, and I’m trying to stay hopeful, but in the meantime I would love to hear how you found your CP’s!