It’s been a crazy couple of weeks as of late with plenty to do at the day gig. More than anything this has put the screws to my writing time. That said, I was able to get another short piece submitted.
I have also been fortunate enough to get spam and even my very first troll over here at the blog. It seems that everyone is a critic.
Speaking of critics… Besides the regular group of folks that I work with, Critters is my favorite place to get feedback. I haven’t submitted anything to them in a while, but plan to once I get some more lengthy pieces ready to go.
The first big benefit of the site is naturally the community supported critique system. You get in line and submit your work and when it’s your turn up, you get a broad spectrum of feedback. I’ve received about 15 different perspectives on one piece that I submitted to Critters, and, while I didn’t use all of it, it was all done with a constructive tone. The challenge is that it took about a month for my turn to come up. There are ways to jump to the head of the line (i.e., by providing a significant number of substantial critiques back to others), which is something to keep in mind if you’re looking to make the most of the site and optimize your time.
The other big benefit is the Critters Blackhole. This sections of the site gives you an overview of the turnaround time for the fantasy and sci-fi markets.