{EXCITING NEWS} critique services + the future

HELLO MY FRIENDS. Today I have a TON of exciting news and updates to share with you…so much that I had to put it into a blog post rather than a P.S. or a newsletter. A lot of this has been brewing in my busy little mind for a while and I’m SO PUMPED to finally tell you what’s happening.

 

Thus, I’m going to spend this whole post talking about 1) my exciting announcement *distant shrieking* and 2) my hopes/dreams/plans for this blog + my writing + life stuff because part of this blog is to share my journey with you all <3

 

 

So…Critique Services? What’s That About?

 

I have a confession to make:

 

I love editing.

 

Yes, I might be crazy. And no, I don’t shriek with delight when I have to implement edits into my own stories. My love for editing lies mostly in the area of finding the things that need to be changed to improve a story.

 

Thus, over a year ago, I was naturally drawn to this thing called beta reading. I’ve beta read half a dozen novels and novellas since December 2016, and I LOVE IT. I love reading unfinished stories and finding areas that can be strengthened or working with other writers to find solutions to the things that don’t quite work in their stories.

 

As I did this more and more last year, an idea popped into my brain.

 

What if I could become a freelance editor one day?

 

My little entrepreneur mind really liked the idea. After all, what’s the next best thing besides writing your own stories? —> HELPING OTHER PEOPLE WRITE THEIRS. And to be an independent author and a freelance editor one day? It made me giddy.

 

As I pondered how to do this one day, I kept coming back to the idea that people were critique partners or such before they were editors. Beta reading is akin to critiquing, so I figured I should do more of that. I usually do a lot of beta reading (I think my last break was in October…no, July? xD), but that’s usually just from writers I know well. So I thought…what if I publicly advertised that I want to beta read for people?

 

And so my idea of free critique services was born. I critique peoples’ novels for free, gain experience and credentials, and eventually become a paid editor.

 

If you can’t already tell, I’m ridiculously excited about this! This is a big step toward something I really want to do and absolutely love doing already. So if you have more questions or a novel that needs critiquing, head on over HERE

 

1. The Future Of This Blog

Since September, I’ve been slowly working on making my blog more “professional”—custom domain, email list, and soon, a home page. I’m also working on tweaking my header. Just a little bit though, since I got a ton of positive feedback on it during my end of the year survey 😉

 

Will I be changing the content of the blog? No. I’m going to try and stick to what I’ve been doing—one inspirational post, one writing tip post, one “writing life” post, and one whatever-I-want post every month. Just because I want to go “more professional” doesn’t mean I won’t keep using caps and emojis and run on sentences (and parenthesis). It’s part of my blogging style and feels more authentic to you guys, I think.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’ll be taking down the RSS feed redirect from Blogger—meaning, if you followed my blog via blogger, posts will no longer show up in your Blogger feed in a few weeks. You can get all my posts via email by signing up HERE

 

 

 

2. The Future Of My Writing

aka, what I think about 24/7 (heh)

 

So…I obviously want to get published—independently, at that, unless I have a radical change of heart. The big question is: when?

 

And the big answer is: I don’t know.

 

I don’t know because I don’t have a novel anywhere near ready for publication. I have a little goal in the back of my mind of fall 2019, but last time I made a plan like that, life squashed it in a matter of months.

 

But I will be publishing one day, even if I don’t know that day. I firmly believe that God has put stories on my heart with the purpose of getting them out into the world. While I may not be able to do that in a matter of months, I can keep refining what He’s given me. I can learn more about character, plot, theme, prose, beats, etc. I can keep getting feedback on my writing and growing my platform.

 

 

3. Just The Future

Nope, this isn’t the part where I tell you my life plan, because—spoiler alert—I don’t know it. It would be cool if I did…but I don’t.

 

But I will add really quick what my vision is: to use the talents God has given me to reveal the beauty of His love and the brightness of His Light. That’s what I strive to do with my words, and I’m hoping to add on to that—become a freelance editor, mentor other writers, do graphic design on the side (completely self-employed…I blame my dad for inspiring that mindset 😉).

 

I can’t wait to keep sharing my journey with you all here on the blog. Thank you for reading and following along with me!

 

<3

audrey caylin

 

 

What are your dreams? Where do you want to go with your writing/whatever you’re good at? (and do you have a book that needs critiquing? 😉) (and make sure to follow my blog via email if you haven’t already!!!)

 

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Faith/Florid Sword
    February 3, 2018 at 4:11 am

    This is so cool, Audrey! It’s awesome that you’re so eager to use your talents to help US. <3 You rock, gal.

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 3, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      Aw, thanks, Faith! <3

  • Reply
    rileyalinewrites
    February 3, 2018 at 6:20 am

    EEEEEEPPPPP. AUDREY, I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU! This is all so awesome, and I cannot wait to see how God is going to use you now and in the future!!
    ~ riley aline

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 3, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      AAAAHHH I’M KINDA FREAKING OUT MYSELF XD Thank you!!!

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    Jonathan // Fishing For Ideas
    February 3, 2018 at 7:56 am

    WHAAT SO MUCH EXCITEMENT. *fist bumps* If I had a novel ready for beta readers, than I would 100% use you. *nods* And yes, I definitely agree with all those people who told you your header is awesome. (Maybe I’m one of those people? MY MEMORY IS FAILING ME.)

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 3, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks, Jonathan! Just let me know 😀

      Haha, same. xD Thanks!

  • Reply
    haileyhudson
    February 3, 2018 at 8:36 am

    So much exciting stuff! I actually am finishing up my dystopian novel, and I was thinking that I needed to find some beta readers–so I’ll definitely be checking out your critique services.

    Hailey
    http://www.haileyhudson.wordpress.com

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 3, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      Yay! I’d definitely love to help out 😀

      Thanks for reading!

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    Catherine Hawthorn (Farm Lassie)
    February 3, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Wow, that is super duper exciting!! I may be requiring your services later on….LOL.

    I’ll have to get on the email thing, since Blogger is how I get your posts….

    Awesome post, Audrey!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 3, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks! I’d definitely love to help 😀

      Thank you! The blogger redirect I have has been acting up for a while. 😛

  • Reply
    S.F. Dekreel
    February 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    GAH! YES! I desperately need someone to critique my stuff! I looked at that page, and unfortunately the only thing I have that is currently more than ten pages long is the KPA 😛
    And WHY would I want to show you that?! Unless you can keep it a secret for several weeks. I mean, you can tell people you critiqued it, but don’t tell them what it’s about ;P

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 3, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      I could definitely help, if you’d like 🙂 And I wouldn’t tell anyone. My lips would be sealed 😛

  • Reply
    Julia Ryan
    February 3, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU GIRLIE. and plus am sooooooooooo proud to of known about this beforehand XD XD XD CANT WAIT TO SEE WHATS IN STORE <3

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 3, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      AAAHHH THANK YOU. Yes, you got to know early 😉

      thanks! <33

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    Chelsea R. H.
    February 3, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I’m so excited for your debut novel!! And critiquing services too!! AMAZING!!!! I’m super excited and don’t know what to say!! I’m looking to pursue publishing with my current novel, so once I have my second draft finished, I’ll definitely consider getting you to have a look!!! And critique it thoroughly, which I’ve never had done before, so that’s a bit nerve wracking 😀 But good on you! God bless 🙂

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      Eeeep thank you, Chelsea!
      Yeah…I still freeze up when I have to get feedback on my own writing. I guess that helps me know how to best critique other people’s work 😉
      <3

  • Reply
    Jane Maree
    February 4, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    AHH I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU, AUDREY. This is so exciting and I love how you’re doing all this and I’M SO PROUD OF YOU. xD

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      AAAAAHHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH JANE <33

  • Reply
    Amanda Fischer
    February 4, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Very exciting, Audrey! Congratulations on those cool things coming up! I LOVE your blog design, by the way. The header is cool, the Instagram border at the bottom of the site is amazing, and the theme looks very professional! 🙂

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you, Amanda! 🙂

  • Reply
    Hannah White
    February 4, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Ahhhh so many changes! So much to look forward to! ALL THE EXCITEMENT!! *hugs* I’m so happy for all these new streams you’re picking to row down, and the rapids you’re braving. You’re amazing and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you! <3

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 4, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Hannah! *hugs back* Your comment really made me smile <3

  • Reply
    Nabila
    February 5, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Ahhhh excited for you audrey!

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      February 6, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks, Nabila! <3

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