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 10 Apr 2014, 23:26 #178757 Reply To Post
Many congratulations to Vanessa who emailed the following publishing news. For your interest, below were Vanessa's youwriteon scores minus the one in five removed reviews. The highest score possible for a review is 80 and Vanessa's scores are in the same league as other members who have achieved mainstream publishing deals..

So thank you to all her reviewers, you will recognise some reviewers, and as you can see you are in the majority a consistent and fair bunch and contributed to her novel success.



I'm pleased to tell you that my novel, 'Summertime', has been picked up by Orion in a 2-book deal, coming out in Jan 2015 View bookseller article It was called 'Summer in Heron Key' when I used youwriteon. The feedback from the reviewers was so helpful. It made me reconsider some of the characters, and improved my submission to publishers. Please pass on my thanks to the community. I'm proof that it works! Best wishes,
Vanessa Lafaye



206106 11 Sep 2012 HerOn7 78 notleyab
206226 13 Sep 2012 Review of Summer in Heron Key 70 LeanneLeyland
206390 17 Sep 2012 Gators and Cobblers 69 Cinnamon
206647 22 Sep 2012 Close to perfect 71 AlfFry
206966 28 Sep 2012 Superb! 80 elsieeff
207070 29 Sep 2012 Summer in Heron Key 75 flossy
207171 01 Oct 2012 Summer in Heron Key 69 TimF
207271 03 Oct 2012 summer in heron key 65 kathye
207338 04 Oct 2012 This is great 61 ocope515
208045 19 Oct 2012 Heron Key 64 bobmays
208312 25 Oct 2012 Very good writing 68 Miro
208472 29 Oct 2012 Mazza 80 Marrow
208575 31 Oct 2012 Summer in Heron Key 67 B
208700 02 Nov 2012 Summer in Heron Key 59 colindavy
209034 10 Nov 2012 Summer in Heron Key 64 Thomas
209482 22 Nov 2012 Summer in Heron Key 63 davidllewellyn
209599 25 Nov 2012 a good read 76 degs
209648 27 Nov 2012 Magnificent 78 Palache
209837 30 Nov 2012 summers in Heron Key 80 katarina66
210013 05 Dec 2012 Summer in Heron Key 73 dennis421
210174 09 Dec 2012 If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 62 donkeyjacket
210265 11 Dec 2012 I want to know who's telling this story. 74 akisdad
210517 17 Dec 2012 Fish are jumpin' (and gators, too) 72 Pat Hilyer
212092 22 Jan 2013 Free Will Review FW 100 dragonista
pipio
 26 Jun 2014, 00:16 #180941 Reply To Post
Congrats to Vanessa. One can find her mini crit from an unnamed critter here:

Yes, freddo, I always wonder about that. Perhaps they include the genre scores too, although I can't think why, as not every reviewer is a genre fan. Hopefully, some nerdhead or master of sockery will enlighten us on the morrow.
I'm sure you'll join me in wishing Vanessa good luck tho.
This post was last edited by pipio, 26 Jun 2014, 00:54
... an honest insult is so much better than an insincere flattery...
gyjcg
 26 Jun 2014, 06:23 #180944 Reply To Post
These are the weighted scores. Namely, the average weighting is 2. Some categories will only be weighted 1 others more than 2, but the whole thing adds up to 80.
pipio
 26 Jun 2014, 15:51 #180965 Reply To Post
Quote: gyjcg, Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 06:23
These are the weighted scores. Namely, the average weighting is 2. Some categories will only be weighted 1 others more than 2, but the whole thing adds up to 80.


Sorry, Julian, I am particularly dopey today. If a score is weighted shouldn't it be just one or two points higher?
EG a 4 for story is really worth a 5.

Or are you saying a 4 for story has an additional 5 added to the first mark, making the total 9 for story.
... an honest insult is so much better than an insincere flattery...
notleyab
 26 Jun 2014, 17:07 #180971 Reply To Post
Only just noticed this thread.
I'm pretty sure some categories are worth 3:1, say 15 for writing & 5 for scene..
I know from my own scoring code tt I gave 39, which doubled to 78 (7X5 + 1X4)
Anyway, big congrats to Vanessa for her deal...
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gyjcg
 26 Jun 2014, 18:30 #180984 Reply To Post
Quote: pipio, Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 15:51
Quote: gyjcg, Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 06:23
These are the weighted scores. Namely, the average weighting is 2. Some categories will only be weighted 1 others more than 2, but the whole thing adds up to 80.


Sorry, Julian, I am particularly dopey today. If a score is weighted shouldn't it be just one or two points higher?
EG a 4 for story is really worth a 5.

Or are you saying a 4 for story has an additional 5 added to the first mark, making the total 9 for story.


The weighting is a multiplier. If you score a 4 in a category with a weighting of 2, it becomes an 8 (2x4). If you score a 3 in a category with a weighting of 3, it becomes a 9 (3x3).

As the max mark is 80, this means the average weighting is 2. Namely, score 5 x categories 8 x average weighting 2 = 80.
fhebbert
 26 Jun 2014, 18:57 #180986 Reply To Post
Quote: gyjcg, Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 18:30
Quote: pipio, Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 15:51
Quote: gyjcg, Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 06:23
These are the weighted scores. Namely, the average weighting is 2. Some categories will only be weighted 1 others more than 2, but the whole thing adds up to 80.


Sorry, Julian, I am particularly dopey today. If a score is weighted shouldn't it be just one or two points higher?
EG a 4 for story is really worth a 5.

Or are you saying a 4 for story has an additional 5 added to the first mark, making the total 9 for story.


The weighting is a multiplier. If you score a 4 in a category with a weighting of 2, it becomes an 8 (2x4). If you score a 3 in a category with a weighting of 3, it becomes a 9 (3x3).

As the max mark is 80, this means the average weighting is 2. Namely, score 5 x categories 8 x average weighting 2 = 80.

This makes sense.

It doesn't of course mean that the multipliers are whole numbers. Settings might rate 2.2 whereas Pace might be 1.8


gyjcg
 26 Jun 2014, 21:30 #180992 Reply To Post
Quote: fhebbert, Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 18:57


It doesn't of course mean that the multipliers are whole numbers. Settings might rate 2.2 whereas Pace might be 1.8




Possible. However, Ted has given us example scores of quite a few reviews, and they've always been integers. That suggests the weights are integers too.
pipio
 27 Jun 2014, 00:52 #180999 Reply To Post
I think story is the highest as it has jumped the most places when ranked highly, in my experience, if that means anything to anyone.
This post was last edited by pipio, 27 Jun 2014, 00:53
... an honest insult is so much better than an insincere flattery...
fhebbert
 27 Jun 2014, 09:55 #181011 Reply To Post
Quote: pipio, Friday, 27 Jun 2014 00:52
I think story is the highest as it has jumped the most places when ranked highly, in my experience, if that means anything to anyone.

I've had two books that did quite well. Both scored worst in pace. Does that mean pace is well-weighted, so the poor scores didn't matter so much?

On the other hand, they both scored highest in language and settings. Did that mean that these were well-weighted, negating the slow pace, which has possibly a poor, and thus not influential weighting? I'm getting confused around here.

Jenny Blackhurst's "Cradle", which did well on YWO, and went on to be picked up by an agent, scored best in Theme and Story, but worst in Settings.

I think we're pretty much whistling in the dark (good name for a book if not already taken - like that berk who stole my title "Treasure Island").

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