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Ep. 3 Peer & Professional Critique

It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Natalie Lockett from Write Away Pod about peer critique groups. She also interviewed Meg Trast from Overhaul My Novel about professional critiques. If you are a new writer or a seasoned writer with no experience in critique partners, I highly encourage you to check it out!

You can listen to the full podcast here:

You can learn more about Natalie Lockett and her podcast here:

And you can learn more about Meg Trast here:

My critique partner April Jones can be found here:

My critique partner Justin Siebert can be found here:

And my critique partner, Daniel Reece’s short story in Memphis Magazine can be found here:


Write Away Podcast

In the summer of 2018 I participated in #CPMatch, a Twitter event hosted by Megan Lally in which CP-searching writers can pitch to other like-minded authors in an effort to find a perfect critique partner match. This introduced me to several fantastic and up-and-coming authors. One such author I had the pleasure of working with is Natalie Lockett. She recently debuted her Write Away Podcast available on iTunes and Spotify. Her first episode, Braving Querying: Tips, Tricks, & Tech for Querying Writers, delved thoroughly into the querying process with author Patrick Bohan and creator, Patrick McDonald.

Natalie recently approached me about participating in her upcoming podcast, Peer & Professional Critique airing the first of April, in which she will interview me and my regular writing group about the various aspects of both peer and professional critiques. I’m excited about speaking on this topic, having been the recipient of Revise and Resub’s December giveaway of a 10-page edit by professional editor Elizabeth Buege, as well as a monthly critique by my peer writing group.

For more information on Natalie Lockett visit:

For more information about CP Matchmaker visit:

For more information about Revise and Resub visit:

For more information on Elizabeth Buege visit:  

What I Read in 2018


  • 👍 The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • 👍 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • 👍 A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • 👍 The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


  • 👍 A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
  • 👍 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • 👎 Immortal Life by Stanley Bing
  • 👎 Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • 👎 Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  • 👍 Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


  • 👍 Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • 👎 The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
  • 👍 Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  • 👍 Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor


  • 👍 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • 👍 The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater


  • 👍 The Walking Dead Vol. 1 & 2 by Robert Kirkman
  • 👍 Saga Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • 👍 A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • 👎   The Outsider by Stephen King 
  • 👍 Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor


  • 👎 A Feast of Crows by George R. R. Martin
  • 👎 Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • 👍 Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer


  • 👍 A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  • 👍 The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • 👍 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • 👍 Mistborn by  Brandon Sanderson
  • 👍 The Final Empire by  Brandon Sanderson


  • 👍 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
  • 👍 The Hero of Ages by  Brandon Sanderson


  • 👍 Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • 👎 Fallen by Lauren Kate
  • 👍 La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  • 👎 Torment by Lauren Kate
  • 👎 Passion by Lauren Kate


  • 👍 Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
  • 👍 The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman


  • 👍 Dark Matter by Blake Crouch