We have posted a new page on the BRMCWC website, the "2015 Critiques Info" page. You can find a link to it on the tab bar above. What do you need to know about the Critiques service at BR 2015? Well, I'm glad you asked.
1. A critique is a professional review of your work. More accurately, a sample of your work. Many of our faculty agree to review a certain number of submissions and offer comments.
2. This is a paid critique. Those using this service pay $30 to the reviewer (not the conference). For that $30 the reviewer will look over submissions (be it an article, blog post, a set of sample pages of a novel or book length nonfiction or any other of 20 categories. The reviewer will provide notes on the submission and meet with you for a 15 minutes session during the appointment times.
3. During the appointment, you get to sit with the reviewer, listen to his or her comments and ask questions.
4. How do you pay? Another great question. Again, the fee goes directly to the reviewer, not the conference. Once you decide who you would like to review your submission, you contact that person. He or she will give you an address where you can send payment. (We don't like to put personal addresses on the website if we can avoid it.)
5. Here's what to do next: 1) Click on the "2015 Critiques Info" tab above (but not until you're done reading this post). Review the material there. It has step-by-step instructions. Take your time reviewing the information. 2) Choose whom you would like to be your reviewer and follow the instructions.
6. Notice that most of the faculty reviewers limit the number of pieces they will look at. You will see their cut off limit as well as their deadline for submissions. Don't wait until the last minute. Once the reviewer hits his or her limit, we remove them from the list.
Is a critique worth the time and money? Yep. Our faculty has been at this business for a long time. A professional review can help you recognize your strengths and areas that need more attention. So take a look and see what you think.
Alton Gansky, director