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    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sslafantasie, Oct 6, 2010.

    Hi, I am new, I am here to network and get advice or opinions on my work. I am interested in all kinds of things involving writing. I am a member in my local writing association. Mainly would like critiques on my queries and synopses. I will possibly go into critiquing or having work critiqued in the future.
    ~Sam~:p
     
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    Welcome Sam. :)
     
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    Hello Sam, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Before you can get critique, you must first give constructive critique. This is not just a quid pro quo, it is because improving your critiquing skills is the primary focus of the Review Room workshop. Improving your critiquing skills will improve your ability to find and fix weaknesses in your own writing.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Review Room, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Review Room, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. The Review Room forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Review Room forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    Welcome, Sam. The system here for critiquing/getting critiqued is truly amazing.
     
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    Hi, Sam! Welcome!
     
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    Sweet! Thanks all!
     
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    Hi Sam
     
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    Hi!! :d
     
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    Hi Sam. You're an old hand compared to me. Forgive my ignorance, but I have to ask. What do you mean by queries?
     
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    A query is what you would send to an agent. It is supposed to be a few sentences long and catches the agent enough so that they request a full manuscript of your work. From there, they will read it and then let you know if they think your book is publishable by them.

    Btw, thanks for calling me 'old hand'! Lol. I wish I were, but I am just as new at this as many of us here! I'm glad to have helped you!:D
     

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