Private Critique Group

bestselling author Dan Alatorre

The group is currently FULL.

We cannot accept new members at this time. If you are a former member, please email us to see if we can accommodate you.

We all need input.

Get yours from a bestselling author.

My Private Critique Group is a way for me to work one-on-one with writers and give them critiques just like the ones I do for my bestselling author friends.

(If you entered one of my Word Weaver Writing Contests, you got a sample of the process.)

  • I have 20+ published titles and have been translated into 12 different languages. My writing is enjoyed in over 100 countries around the world.

  • I have critiqued hundred of stories by new authors and been a critique partner to authors of all skill levels and genres, including a New York Times bestselling author.

I’ve made a lot of friends along the way, too, who come back and work with me time and time again.

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bestselling author Allison Maruska

“I won’t publish or query anything unless Dan looks at it first.

His keen eye for effective story elements is invaluable.”

Allison Maruska, author of the runaway bestseller The Fourth Descendant, which has received 600+ reviews and sold more than 20,000 copies in its first year.

In my Private Critique Group, I will guide you towards achieving the dream of publishing your story.

You can submit approximately 3000 words, twice a month, for me to critique. Additionally, we can have one-on-one Messenger conversations or YouTube Live video chats as needed. We will discuss your plans for the story, plus keep you focused and motivated to achieve your goals.

bestselling author Jenifer Ruff

“Dan has great ideas and a real talent for making written work stronger.

His critiques come with his sense of humor, no stress, and a super supportive attitude. I love working with him and always look forward to his suggestions. I wish he was my private editor, available 24/7.”  

– Amazon bestselling author Jenifer Ruff, whose novel Only Wrong Once has received 150+ reviews within seven months of its release.

The big difference between my private group and other critique groups is you are working one on one with a best-selling author and you don’t have to worry about trolls, bad information or negative people. I have 20+ published titles in eBook, audio book and paperback. I’ve been translated into twelve different languages. My writing is enjoyed in more than 100 countries around the world.

I can help you achieve your writing dream because I’ve been where you are.

1. The “Free” Online Critique Group Saga

I’ve joined “free” online critique groups. Most require you to spend lots of time reading other people’s stories before you can ever get feedback on your own, and then it takes even more time and effort to sift through piles of bad information and negative comments to find one or two people who know what they’re talking about – and almost none of them will see your story through to its end, or do it in a timely manner.

The free online groups can take years.

Do you wanna wait that long?

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author J. A. Allen

“Dan Alatorre’s input has become an incredibly valuable part of my writing process.

He’s the first person I ask to check my work. He reads each story carefully, identifying technical writing errors and offering suggestions to improve the story’s pace, structure, dialogue, and characterization.

Dan is a natural mentor.”

– bestselling author J. A. Allen, Old Souls, The Box Under The Bed

2. The Writing Group Saga

Simply put: a chapter a month? And you have to read ten other people’s stuff and give them feedback on it? Who has that kind of time?

In my group, you basically send a chapter every two weeks. I critique it in writing and send it back. You implement what you’re learning into your next chapter.

author Heather Kindt

“Dan has a way of lifting you up

but also keeps it real by helping you with annoying writer habits and major structural changes. 

When I won the Dan Alatorre Word Weaver Contest last July, I had no clue what it took to get a book published. Now, thanks to Dan, I have an author’s Facebook page, a blog, and a Twitter account. The step-by-step guidance he gave me provided the path I needed as a first time published author. His critiques of Ruby Slips and Poker Chips and now The Weaver have been invaluable.”

Heather Kindt, author of  Ruby Slips and Poker Chips

Simple. Consistent. Effective.

If you need to go faster than one chapter a week, we have a Premium Program for that. I’ve completed whole books for bestselling authors in ten days

because unlike people in free online groups, writing and working with other writers is my only job.

I encourage writers of all genres to seize the opportunity and join Dan’s private critique group!

author Anne Marie Andrus

Dan’s critique approach has been a great match for my writing style. He’s honest about what he likes and points out, with constructive criticism, what doesn’t work. For my current WIP, Dan noticed that the balance between dialogue and description was off. Not just the old “show don’t tell” that we authors hear so often…he figured out that this story had too much dialogue. So true…and I would never have recognized that on my own.

Very often, Dan adds his unique brand of humor to his comments and has left me rolling on the floor laughing…several times.

Blending fun with storytelling passion…Bravo, Dan!

– Anne Marie Andrus, author of Monsters & Angels

Most writers find the amount they spend working with me is more than saved when they go to editing because a smoother manuscript costs less to edit.

Members of my exclusive group also enjoy collaborating with me, as well as access to my vast network of contacts, such as:

  • quality cover designers,

  • trustworthy editors,

  • formatting for your paperback,

  • guidance in creating audio books,

  • marketing help, etc.,

plus my connections with people in the traditional publishing industry.

Once you start submitting your story chapters to my Private Critique Group, your writing world changes. You are no longer going it alone, guessing at what to do. You’re not hoping the friend you made at a writer’s conference doesn’t steer you wrong. You aren’t wasting time reading article after article until you are overwhelmed and wishing some of it would work.

You have a coach to keep you focused.

Together we will hone your story to where you want it to go: creating a fast-paced page turner, or a sultry romance, or a nail-biting horror story – whatever your goal is. Your dream is no longer a vague idea, it becomes within your grasp.

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author Laura Holian

“This has been the most amazing experience.

I really enjoyed and appreciated the critique for both of my submittals.  I like your style.  You call it like it is and give helpful examples and insights… It was particularly helpful when you noted your thoughts as you read our entries… you let me know if I had accomplished that or if I needed improvement.  Priceless.

– author Laura Holian


The cost to join my Private Critique Group and pursue your writing dream is $50 per month, with no contracts. That gets you 2 submissions a month of approximately 3000 words each, critiqued by me personally. Simply send your monthly fee to me via PayPal using the email address I send you, and we can start pursuing your writing dreams today.

Many bestselling authors simply refuse to publish their book before they receive my input. My job is to make sure you are achieving the kind of quality writing that you are capable of and that readers expect.

This is the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

Request to join right now.

I will review your information. Access is limited. I do not require a certain skill level but I can only work with so many people at a time.


“Your critique was spot on and helpful.”

– author Jena C. Henry, The Golden Age of Charli series

“I found this feedback very valuable.

I will be making amendments to this story which is a chapter in a larger book. I will also be incorporating this advice into my writing going forward.”
– author Robbie Cheadle, the Sir Chocolate series

“I’m so grateful for your detailed critique of my story.

It’s wonderful to get this kind of feedback, and totally validates all the hours we put in, alone at our desks, writing our hearts out.”
– author Heather Hackett, Restless

“He provided great feedback in an easy to follow format. He was very professional and knowledgeable in editing and story development ideas.

Without Dan’s critique, I probably would not have wanted to publish Meeting Grandmom so soon.”  

– author Jessica D. Adams, Meeting Grandmom 

“I feel as if I’ve found a great mentor,

one who knows where my writing is coming from and hopefully to advise me where and how to get to the next level.”
– author Adele Marie Park

“Thank you for the great critique, Dan.”

– author Debbie De Louise, Cobble Cove Cozy Mystery Series

“I’m so grateful for your time and the constructive suggestions. Thank you.”

– author Joanne R. Larner, Richard Liveth Yet

This is the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

Click HERE to get started right now.