Cheryl Hagedorn mentioned Youwriteon.com a few weeks back in connection to a blook. She gave the site high praise and got me interested. I've tried a few different critiquing sites: Critters.org and Hatrack.com primarily. I thought I'd give this one a shot.
But it didn't work. I tried to join YouWriteOn.com, but kept getting, "Sorry, there was a technical problem adding your Registration. Please try again later." The site won't currently let me look at their forums because they seem to only allow access at certain times, which seems a little odd, and the hours allowed are a little odd. Like right now it is almost 9:30am UK time on a Tuesday. Well, the forums are down from 9am-1pm on Tuesdays.
Oh well, I'll try back on another day. I'd like to see how it works.
I'm assuming people outside the UK are allowed to join. I mean when I picked the USA as my country, the form reformatted to allow me to put my state in, and on their About Us page, it says, "YouWriteOn is free to join and open to writers of all nationalities." I think it means I don't need to be in the UK to join. But it could mean I don't need to be a British citizen, but need to be located in the UK.
I wish they were a little more explicit on that. I wouldn't blame them if it was exclusive to British web surfers. I'd just like to know for sure whether I should keep checking back and trying to register.
Follow-up: Yay, it worked!