Friday, November 9, 2012

Writing Websites



This is a continuation of a series of posts about finding place to get feedback on your novel.
A quick search of the internet will lead you to a ton of writing websites. Everything from http://querytracker.net/forum/ to http://www.hatrack.com/  You can find websites based on your genre or your location or your love of writing plus cats (I’m sure that’s out there somewhere). On most of these websites, is a place to ask for feedback. Some even have specific places to post query letters or the first page of your book.
With writing websites, you can get a lot of feedback fairly fast. Since most of the time, these people aren’t familiar with your book, it’s a great way to get a first impression. Also, as you get to know people, you may form a formal critique group (see last Wednesday’s post) or at least close writing friends.
The downside to getting feedback from writing websites: Not everyone is on equal ground as far as writing experience, so not all of the advice you get will be sound. Also, with a lot of feedback comes a lot of conflicting opinions, so you will have to shuffle through to decide what you want to do.
Tips for getting editing help from writing websites:
1.      Be careful where you post and who you communicate with. This is on-line and not everyone is as honest as they say. Be sure not to give out personal information.
2.      Give more than you get. If you help other writer’s with your work, when you need help, it will be there. Plus, like with critique groups, sometimes you learn more by helping others than you do by having someone critique your book.

Tune in next time for the last installment of this riveting three part series on where to get critique help!
Happy writing.

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