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Bringing together 'Writing Buddies'
How about a Talkback Category called 'Writing Buddies' - or a special Classified Ads' facility - with the aim of making it easy for writers to find a 'writing buddy'? This would be a peer interested in the same genres, who would be willing to co-operate by reading and honestly commenting on their buddy's work - in return for the same service. This would be invaluable for early feedback. (It would also offer successful writers the chance to 'put something back' to help those writers whom they feel have promise.) If this was handled in a separate facility on the website, it might be a good idea for writers seeking a buddy to publish a couple of paragraphs of their work there, with information about their publications success, in order that a potential buddy can assess whether the writer is a suitable peer. Information about their degree of success in the chosen genre should also appear to help potential buddies assess them. Mention of their location would also be good. This could also lead to some great friendships! Or is there a facility like this somewhere else on the web? Anyone know?