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May 25, 2021

Book Reviewer Spotlight Series: Lili from Utopia State of Mind

A warm welcome to Book Reviewer Lili from Utopia State of Mind! Lili, tell us a bit about yourself. 
Lili: I am a scholar at heart, obsessed with SFF and always carrying a book wherever I go (including to the top of a dormant volcano and mountain for Instagram photos). I am obsessed with enamel pins, discovering new tea flavors, and dabbling in makeup. I am committed to celebrating diverse books and using USOM to champion books I feel deserve more praise and attention.

May 24, 2021

Author Interview Series: March 2021 Contest Winner Julie Weaver

The CritiqueMatch contest coordinator, Mary, “sat down” for a virtual chat with Julie Weaver, the winner of the March 2021 FictionFive Writing Contest.

CritiqueMatch: Congratulations on becoming the winner of the 3rd CritiqueMatch FictionFive Contest! What were your expectations when you entered the contest? 
Julie: Thank you so much! This is my first contest win, and it’s such a thrill. 

I didn’t know what to expect from the contest, but the primary reason I entered was for the feedback. I enjoyed creating my characters and liked how the first chapter turned out, but would others agree? There was only one way to find out. 

Being new to CritiqueMatch, I also thought this was an excellent opportunity to discover what type of feedback I could expect from its members. And I have to say, I was impressed. The judges’ comments were encouraging and useful. Exactly what I’d hoped for.

May 21, 2021

CritiqueMatch is featured in Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers!

We are delighted to announce that CritiqueMatch has been named one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” for the second year in a row!

We would like to thank our members who joined our community, trusted our mission and nominated us to Writer’s Digest! It’s our members’ passion for writing and their willingness to help each other that are the building blocks of our global platform. On our global platform writers connect and exchange work with critique partners and beta readers, using our technology which is uniquely focused on the writers’ privacy and intellectual property.

May 19, 2021

Book Reviewer Spotlight Series: Annie Cathryn

A warm welcome to book reviewer and writer Annie Cathryn! Annie recently signed with a literary agent and is in the process of editing her debut novel. She has a degree in journalism and master’s in communications from Marquette University. For eleven years, she worked in corporate marketing for a Fortune 500 company before starting a marketing consulting agency. She lives with her husband and daughter outside of Chicago.

May 18, 2021

March 2021 - FictionFive Contest Results!

We are thrilled to announce the results of the March 2021 FictionFive Contest!

And the winner is… drum roll please…

May 12, 2021

Book Reviewer Spotlight Series: Alex from Likely Story

I’m Alex, a 23-year-old soon-to-be law school graduate. When I am not studying for classes, I am usually reading, playing video games, painting, or finding the best Thai restaurant in town. I started Likely Story to share my love for books with the world and inspire others to discover theirs. I wanted to create a space where reviews did not use some sort of scoring system and where readers could browse for a new book without writing them off simply because it didn’t get 5 stars. What started as a small, private hobby has blown up much more than I ever thought it would and I am eternally grateful but, at the end of the day, if I can help just one person find a new book to love, I will have done what I set out to do.

May 5, 2021

Book Reviewer Spotlight Series: Abigail Kincer

A very warm welcome to Book Reviewer extraordinaire Abby Kincer! Abby is a twenty-something living in Houston, Texas. Abby is a lover of reading, cross stitching, cuddling dogs, and sipping on a good cocktail. You can find Abby reading, reviewing, and recommending books of all kinds on Instagram @bookmarkedbya.

May 4, 2021

5 Tips to a Successful “The End.”

By: Jaelle Keyes

As an aspiring new author, I’m sure you’ve read the dismal statistics on actually getting to the words “The End.” If you haven’t, don’t. Statistics are great for a lot of things, but self-motivation isn’t one of them. 

I’m an aspiring author too, and until five months ago, I was one of those statistics that never finished what she started writing. 

Yup. You read that correctly. You might ask, “Why would I take advice from you then?”  My answer is, “You don’t have to.”

May 3, 2021

Book Reviewer Spotlight Series: Heather Youse

A very warm welcome to Book Reviewer Heather Youse! Heather lives in PA with her hubby of 20 years, her 2 loveable daughters and her 2 four-legged kids. She likes Sunday afternoons lounging in her comfy clothes while enjoying a great book or taking a hike at the local state park. She started the blog NightlyReading in 2011 and although the blog has changed its look over the years, her taste in books has stayed the same. She is always looking for her next favorite read!