Update-We now have 8 people so I'm locking the group now. Sorry for anyone else who wanted to join! I really don't want this group to get too big! Phil the Drill JCFarnham Reaver Muqtada Steerpike sashameridith San Cidolfus Benjamin Clayborne What does everyone think of the idea of trading stories or chapters and discussing them privately? I know the Showcase is already used for that, but I'm hoping to get some more intensive feedback on several chapters I have written. Also, I understand some people don't like sharing their incomplete material, which is why I don't use the Showcase often. I really love it and I think it works for a lot of people, but I guess I prefer my critiques a bit more private. So my idea is offering critique for critique. You critique something of mine, I critique something of yours. I want honest feedback, but that doesn't necessarily mean brutal. Meaning, yes, I want you to tell me what didn't work or what needs fixing, but no need to just completely bury me. I like to follow the philosophy of tell me what didn't work first, then tell me what you liked next. I like the bad news first! I'll do the same for you. If anyone is interested, I'll develop a sort of "Critique Form" which you can fill out that way I can get a clear idea of what is working and what isn't. It will also make it easier to critique that way (when I was a small press editor I enjoyed those because it helped structure things so much easier). However, I don't want to read whole WIP novels. I personally don't have time for that, but I would be open to read in-progress stories, or several chapters. It's all negotiable (up to 30-35 pages?). Pretend I'm a busy, yet conscientious editor if you'd like! Also if several people are interested, we could form a small critique group, for those that prefer private critiquing. Anyone interested? Send me a private message. And please, no one too thin-skinned.