Tuesday, 12 August 2014

You Write On

Apparently uploading your short story or the opening of your novel to this site gives you the chance of feedback from top publishers.

Anyone tried them?


12 comments:

  1. Yes, I uploaded a short story ages ago. In order to get feedback you must give feedback on other people's work - you earn and 'cash in' credits. The main problem was the quality of feedback was very varied, some from people who had taken a lot of trouble and gave constructive criticism to those who said things like 'I don't like this genre' or made broad comments without giving specifics. In order to attract these, one has to critique the work of others and let's just say the quality varies enormously. I read some superb stories and novel extracts and also a lot of dross. That said if your work is rated well then it does apparently attract some attention fro literary agents. A few people have been published from this site.

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    1. Sounds like it could be good but only if you're prepared to put in a fair amount of time, Lindsay.

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  2. Yes, I have my opening chapters of Hats off to Love on there, and I've had lots of good feedback. You have to read a lot of other people's work, to get feedback on your own, which can take time, but well worth it.

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    1. Hope it goes well for you if you do, Oscar.

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    1. Probably not, Wendy (because of the time factor)

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  5. I haven't uploaded anything for a couple of years, but like Lindsay above I found the quality of feedback variable. You have to invest quite a lot of time reading and critiquing others work - not an issue, but sometimes it felt like what you got back didn't match what you'd put in. Saying that I did get some really helpful comments on the opening of a children's novel I'd written. You have to do a lot of reviews to stand any chance of getting in front of the publisher and then it's all down to the reviews you get on your work. I was a little suspicious at time of 'tactical' scoring ... but again this was several years ago so I can't comment on current practices.

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    1. I did get the impression that getting the story seen by the publisher would involve a lot of time, effort and luck, Tracy - but then it does whatever route we take!

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