How to Become the Crit Partner of a NYT Best Selling Author in Fifteen Easy Steps {With Marissa Meyer's Crit Partner Tamara Felsinger!)

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It's always so much fun to go behind-the-scenes and see what makes things tick, don't you think?

Today for A Week of Snow White to celebrate the release of Winter, we have one of Marissa Meyer's critique partners, Tamara Felsinger, ready to tell us all the short-cuts to becoming the crit partner for a NYT Best Selling Author!! ^.~

Tamara previously stopped by A Week of Cinder{ella} to talk about movies,Last year, one of Marissa Meyer's SCARLET beta readers, A Week of Scarlet to dish on her early reactions to the story, Wolf, and Thorne, and joined two other beta readers in dishing on what makes Marissa's work so great for A Week of Rapunzel!

Tamara Felsinger is one of author Marissa Meyer's lucky, lucky crit partners.  She's been through several drafts of the series with Marissa, including WINTER.  

Want to know what it's like to be a crit partner?  Tamara Felsinger chats about the moments that shaped her journey to being one of the lucky few who gets to see everything Marissa Meyer writes super early and help shape it into the sparkling finished copy you get to read!

"How to Become the Crit Partner of a NYT Best Selling Author* in Fifteen Easy** Steps
by Tamara Felsinger

1. Write a lot of stories in high school. 
2. Like, a lot. 
3. Be a fan of something. 
4. Read millions of words of fanfiction. 
5. Attempt to write some fanfiction. 
6. Gather up the courage to create a fanfiction account. 
7. Upload a few stories – they’ll be fair quality due to all that writing you did. 
8. Email/message your favourite fanfiction author, gush about her work, then ask tentatively if she’d be willing to read one of your stories. 
9. Rejoice that she enjoyed it. 
10. Interact with her on her blogging platform. 
11. Continue to write stories, learning about the craft for your critiquing needs. 
12. If she asks for someone to crit her latest fanfic, offer immediately. 
13. Do your very best critiquing, using everything you’ve learned so far, so your feedback becomes invaluable. 
14. Continue to offer her critiques, even on non-fanfic stories. 
15. Sit back and wait for her to become a NYT Best Seller.

*Don’t try to become a crit partner with someone who’s already a bestselling author. Find someone who’s at your stage, or a bit higher, and who you connect with. Even if neither of you become bestselling authors, these kind of friendships can be amazing and worth all the effort. 

**Nothing about this was easy. And really, there are as many different ways to become a crit partner as there are crit partners out there. But being part of a community like a fandom will help your chances. There’s so much talent out there.

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Title:  WINTER
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan

What if Rapunzel was Snow White’s evil stepmother? 

From the author of GODMOTHER and MERMAID, THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL explores what happens when fairy tale heroines grow up and don’t live happily ever after. 

Living in an enchanted forest, Rapunzel spends her days tending a mystical garden with her adoptive mother, Mathena. A witch, Mathena was banished from court because of her magic powers, though the women from the kingdom still seek her advice and herbal remedies. She waits, biding her time to exact revenge against those who betrayed her. 

One day Rapunzel’s beautiful voice and long golden locks captivate a young prince hunting in the forest nearby. Overcome, he climbs her hair up to her chamber and they fall into each other’s arms. But their afternoon of passion is fleeting, and the prince must return to his kingdom, as he is betrothed to another. 

Now king, he marries his intended to bring peace to his kingdom. They have a stunning daughter named Snow White. Yet the king is haunted by his memories of Rapunzel, and after the mysterious death of his wife, realizes he is free to marry the woman he never stopped longing for. In hopes of also replacing the mother of his beloved daughter, the king makes Rapunzel his queen. 

But when Mathena’s wedding gift of an ancient mirror begins speaking to her, Rapunzel falls under its evil spell, and the king begins to realize that Rapunzel is not the beautiful, kind woman he dreamed of.


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