Writing, Critique Partnerships and Other Stories

From a community of writers, critique partners and beta readers.

Sep 14, 2020

Agent Spotlight Series: Danya Kukafka

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A warm welcome to literary agent Danya Kukafka! Danya is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized study, and the author of the novel Girl in Snow. She began her publishing career at Riverhead Books as an acquiring assistant editor, where she worked with authors like Meg Wolitzer, Paula Hawkins, Lauren Groff, Brit Bennett, Emma Straub, Gabriel Tallent, Helen Oyeyemi, Maile Meloy, Sigrid Nunez, and many, many more. Released in 2017, her debut novel Girl in Snow was a national bestseller.

Sep 8, 2020

Agent Spotlight Series: Melissa Edwards

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A warm welcome to literary agent Melissa Edwards! Melissa joined Stonesong as a literary agent in August 2016. Previously, she was a literary agent at the Aaron Priest Literary Agency, where she managed the foreign rights for a forty-year backlist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School, Melissa began her career as a litigation attorney before transitioning into publishing. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and a constant partner during the publication process and beyond. Melissa also acts as a contract consultant for authors and agents under the business MLE ConsultingShe can be found on Twitter @MelissaLaurenE, where she often tweets her active Manuscript Wishlist requests under #MSWL.

Sep 1, 2020

Agent Spotlight Series: Andrea Somberg

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We are thrilled to kick off our Agent Spotlight series with Andrea Somberg, a literary agent for almost twenty years. Ms. Somberg’s books have been NYTimes and USABestsellers, winners of ALA’s Alex Award and the Nebula, nominated for The Edgar Award, The Governor General’s Award, the Lambda Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, the Ohioana Award and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and named best books of the year by NYPublic Library and Book of the Month Club. Ms. Somberg also teaches courses for MediaBistro and Writers Digest on topics such as middle grade, nonfiction, memoir, mystery and thrillers, fantasy and sf.

Aug 20, 2020

Author Interview Series: Emma Dhesi

CritiqueMatch: A warm welcome to writer and writing coach Emma Dhesi! Thanks for joining us on our blog. Let’s start off with your background. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you decided to become a writing coach.
Emma: I’ve been writing, on and off, since I was a child. Over the years I’ve attended lots of workshops, evening classes and seminars. I’ve read the books and watched the YouTube videos. I’ve poured over author interviews looking for that secret formula, but it wasn’t until I was in my forties I discovered the secret! 

Aug 10, 2020

3 Common Errors when Critiquing Someone’s Work.

Does a slow sense of dread crawl up your arms at the thought of offering critical feedback to another writer? Do you question your critiquing abilities, thinking, what do I know that the other writer doesn’t? Do you wonder if you crossed an invisible line by that one particularly problematic area you pointed out? Was your feedback too little? Too much? Too harsh?

Just know that you’re not the only one asking these questions. Giving honest feedback can be hard and does require a touch of diplomacy so as not to crush your partner’s creative dreams.

Here are 3 things to consider when exchanging feedback.

Aug 3, 2020

Author Interview Series: J M Lasley

The CritiqueMatch contest coordinator “sat down” for a virtual chat with J M Lasley, the winner of the 1st FictionFive Contest.


CM: Congratulations on being the winner of the 1st CritiqueMatch FictionFive Contest! Tell us, what emotions are going through your head right now?

JML: Honestly, the first thing that went through my head when I got the announcement was, is this real? I had to reread the first paragraph a few times before it sunk in what it was saying. I honestly could not believe that I had won. It is such a great feeling! With all the chaos of this year, it was exactly the kind of good news I needed. I’m surprised, pleased, grateful, humbled, and excited for the future.

Jul 31, 2020

FictionFive Contest - Results!

We are thrilled to announce the results of the 1st CritiqueMatch FictionFive Contest!

And the winner is… drum roll please…