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YouWriteOn - Developing Your Writing & Feedback From Leading Publishers


YouWriteOn is free to use and run by volunteers. The site began in 2006 and Editors for leading publishers such as Random House and Orion - who publish authors such as Dan Brown and James Patterson – provide feedback to YouWriteOn.com's highest rated writers as outlined below. 


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How YouWriteOn works  - Development Periods and Competition Periods - The aim is to alternate development periods where members develop their writing with competition periods as outlined below.
 
YouWriteOn's premise is simple:
Members upload novel excerpts or short stories.  To receive feedback, you review a  story excerpt - assigned at random – and are reviewed in return.   After 5 reviews a story enters our book chart –  you can view indepth how members rated elements such as story and character.

Development Months:  During January to March each year and July to September all members provide feedback to each other so that collective feedback helps story development.  The top ten results for each month are displayed on the 1st of the month that follows, e.g. January’s results are displayed on 1st February. The development months above are solely feedback by members to members without feedback from Random House or Orion on the 1st of the month that follows them.


Editorial Critique Competition Months   
April to June inclusive, and October to December inclusive, are competition months with the Top Ten from May 1st, June 1st, July 1st read by Random House or Orion who provide free editor critiques to the ten authors from the thirty they consider have the most promise. Similarly, the Top Ten from November 1st, December 1st, January 1st  are read by Random House or Orion who provide editor critiques to the ten authors from the thirty they consider have the most promise.

The aim is to alternate development periods of 3 months where members concentrate solely on developing their writing with competition periods of 3 months




YouWriteOn Leading Publishers Success Stories  As a result of developing their writing through YouWriteOn.com, and receiving feedback from leading publishing houses after being rated highly on our charts, members have achieved book deals with publishers such as Random House, Orion and Harper Collins, examples below.

 



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Examples of Previous YouWriteOn Writers & Winners who have achieved Mainstream Publishing Success




Leading Newspaper On One Writer’s Experience on the YouWriteOn feedback process and their success

The Scotsman's Literary Editor, Scotland’s leading newspaper, writes about YouWriteOn and about YWO member - and now Random House author - Doug Jackson:

".. for the very best there's the reward that induced many writers to submit their stories to the English Arts Council-funded site in the first place: the chance of their work being critically assessed by an editor at a major London
publishing house.

That's what happened to The Emperor's Elephant (now entitled Caligula). And as
Jackson
told me about it, I became fascinated: this, I could see, was a publishing innovation that even many people in the industry hadn't latched on to. Because it's all done on the internet, and because restrained criticism seems to desert us in cyberspace, appraisals can be raw and often hurtful, but a good story can find itself propelled up the site's popularity chart by equally uncompromising raves.

Here, for the first time,
Jackson
found himself learning from other writers. So they thought his opening 10,000-word submission didn't live up the book's title, didn't get to the meat of the plot soon enough? Very well, he'd rewrite it and submit it again. The second time, it worked: he was rewarded with a trail of five-star reviews. The site's organisers put him in touch with Sarah O'Keefe, an editor with Orion, who read the whole novel.

O'Keefe liked it, but wanted still less of a linear structure and even more detailed plotting at the novel's core. It should not be just one book telling Rufus's life story, but at least two. For the first, he should concentrate on the Caligula years, showing how Rufus finds himself in a maze of conspiracies, unable to work out whom to trust.

If youwriteon.com had crystallised what the book should be about, O'Keefe's advice focused it further. Essentially, she was outlining a different book entirely . It had to remain a page-turner, but a more complex one: readers had not only to feel they were in Rome, but feel an edge of fear as Rufus found himself enmeshed in political intrigue against a psychopathic emperor, set to end in a grisly death.

By this stage, Jackson had acquired an agent, who set up an auction for the book – now called Caligula – with seven publishers. A pre-emptive bid by Simon Thorogood of Transworld won the book for them.

Publishing may be a gambler's industry, but it's not altogether insane. To understand why Thorogood bet so heavily on
Jackson, you have to understand that Caligula is a rare beast: a book written with irresistible pace but also a slowly growing sense of unease. For the nearer Rufus gets to the psychopathic heart of imperial Rome, the more he has to guess whose side he should take. The wrong choice – or in Caligula's corrupt, compromised, paranoid court, even the slightest suspicion of the wrong choice – would prove fatal."

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Feedback from Doug Jackson:

"Youwriteon.com, for example, I just stumbled on when I hadn't a clue about where to go next with the book. They gave me the breakthrough and taught me how to take criticism. It's as if a switch has been flipped. I know that I'll write from now on .. Then that took me to the next step, and if anyone knows anything about historical fiction, it's Sarah O'Keefe at Orion. I remember when she told me I needed to rework the book that I wasn't sure if I could do it, but I knew that if I could it would take me to a completely different level as a writer."


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How do I get started on YouWriteOn.com?

Critiques from leading literary professionals   Each month on YouWriteOn.com the top five writers receive a free professional critique from established authors, and editors for leading literary agents and publishers including Curtis Brown, Orion and Bloomsbury, who represent writers such as J.K. Rowling, Ian Rankin and Elmore Leonard. To get started, view our quick guide below.

The Simple Guide to Getting Started on YouWriteOn.com

The aim of YouWriteOn.com is to help all new writers develop and to help talented writers get noticed and published.

To get started simply:

·          Join YouWriteOn.com for free

·          Upload Opening Chapters or Short Stories – novel chapters must be fiction opening chapters between 5,000 to 7,000 words, and fiction short stories between 2,000 to 5,000 words, to qualify for the YouWriteOn Top Ten and a professional critique. You can upload non-opening chapters, but for member feedback only

·          Your chapters once uploaded will be automatically sent out for review to another member. YouWriteOn’s literary professionals have commented on the high quality of stories rated highly by members 

·          You can view your ratings after five reviews. You need 8 reviews to enter our chart system. Once you receive your first review, request a Reading Assignment of another members story on your My Writer Page to receive more reviews. Each story you review will award you a reading credit and earn a review back for your story in turn. Assign your reading credits to your stories by clicking on the 'Manage My Reading Credits' button on your My Page. Each time you assign a reading credit it will automatically send your story out for review  View A Star Ratings Example for a highly rated story on YouWriteOn

·          You can remove a review and its rating every five reviews. A green remove-review button appears beneath each Reading Assignment Review you have received every five Reading Assignment buttons

·          You can edit your story and synopsis as you develop your work through feedback. Click on the edit button next to your story on your My Writer Page to edit your story 

·          You can request 3 different Reading Assignments and remove one Reading Assignment every 24 hours. Click on the remove button next to a Reading Assignment on your My Page to remove it from your reading list - the story will then be sent out to another reviewer

·          Each month the Top 10 writers in our Top Ten receive a free professional critique from editors for leading publishers, including Random House and Orion who publish authors such as John Grisham, Terry Pratchett and Ian Rankin

·          The Top 5 chapters/stories each month enter our Best Sellers Chart. The YouWriteOn Best Sellers Chart is a showcase for the highest rated stories on site. See the Top Ten and Best Seller Chart rules on our Top Ten page for details of the chart rules and how stories enter the Top Ten and Best Seller charts

·          YouWriteOn’s literary professionals decide on the winners for our Book of The Year Award from all the stories that enter the YouWriteOn Best Sellers Chart each year

We wish all new writers every success with their stories.   

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How do I enter to win a free critique from YouWriteOn's editors for leading literary agents and publishers? 

To enter for the chance of winning a critique from the site’s literary professionals, simply join the site for free and upload your chapters to be reviewed and rated. Click here to view The Simple Guide to Getting Started to learn how to get your opening chapters reviewed and rated. 

At the start of each month, the five highest rated authors receive a free critique from our literary professionals, who include editors for leading literary agents and publishers, including Curtis Brown, Orion and Bloomsbury. The highest rated authors in the Top Ten enter the YouWriteOn Best Sellers Chart and are eligible for our Book of The Year Publishing Awards




How does the site help me develop my writing and help me come to the notice of publishing professionals? 

YouWriteOn.com enables you to get feedback from site members to help develop your writing by its simple ratings premise: you review and rate another member's opening chapters and you get your opening chapters reviewed and rated in turn.

The majority of YouWriteOn writers who rewrite based on their collective feedback are higher rated by readers as a result. Members develop their writing most successfully by not just reading reviews for their own stories, but reviewing constructively and thinking about what works wells and what needs developing in other members stories.

How does YouWriteOn help me come to the attention of publishing professionals: Each month, the 10 highest rated new authors receive a free critique from our literary professionals, who include editors for leading publishers including Random House and Orion, who publisher authors such as John Grisham, Terry Pratchett and Ian Rankin. The highest rated stories enter the YouWriteOn Best Sellers Chart, which is a showcase for the highest rated stories on site. Each of these stories is eligible for the YouWriteOn Book of the Year Awards. 

YouWriteOn Book of the Year Awards
YouWriteOn Book of the Year Award winners who have uploaded and developed their opening chapters on site have achieved book deals with leading publishers such as Random House, Orion, Penguin and Harper Collins.

YouWriteOn publishes the winners of our book awards for those that wish to be published by us and gives all winners choice. All YouWriteOn members including our Book of the Year Award winners are free to be represented and published by the agents or publishers of their choice. Our critique system, book awards, publisher and agent affiliations, and the excellent publicity obtained for new writers is intended to be a springboard for writers to use to their best advantage.
We are delighted that several of our Book of the Year Award finalists have achieved success with leading literary agents and publishers.


All our authors can choose to publish their books. Readers who like your opening chapters on the site can order your completed book straight away as a paperback through booksellers such as Amazon - sales made on Amazon will feature on Amazon’s own bookchart. Please view our Publishing Section


 

How do I enter for the Book of the Year Publishing Awards? 

To enter for the Book of The Year Publishing Awards, simply join the site for free and upload your opening chapters. Click here to view The Simple Guide to Getting Started to learn how to get your opening chapters reviewed and rated. 

Entering for the Book of the Year Publishing Award is free. Each month the highest rated stories from our Top Ten enter the YouWriteOn Best Sellers Chart.  The best writers from the YouWriteOn Best Sellers Chart, as decided upon by our
literary professionals, will be awarded our annual Book of The Year Publishing Award.

YouWriteOn Book of the Year Awards 2007 -  One of our finalists has achieved a two book deal with a major publisher after achieving a free YouWriteOn professional critique from a Senior Editor at Orion books – View Details. Other Winners from our first annual Book of the Year Awards are now represented by leading literary agents, including Curtis Brown.  View BBC News Site Story

YouWriteOn will publish winners of our book awards if they choose to be published by us.
The first YouWriteOn winners in 2007 gained some excellent publicity, including on the
BBC
News site. All YouWriteOn members including Book of the Year Award winners are free to be represented and published by the agents or publishers of their choice. We are delighted that several of our Book of the Year Award finalists have achieved success with leading literary agents and publishers. Our critique system, book awards, publisher and agent affiliations, and the excellent publicity obtained for new writers is intended to be a springboard for writers to use to their best advantage. The choice of agent and publisher always remains with the writer.

All our authors can choose to publish their books. Readers who like your opening chapters on the site can order your completed book as a paperback through the above booksellers and, as with our Book of The Year Publishing Award, sales made on Amazon will feature on Amazon’s own bookchart. Please view our Publishing Section




How do I publish my completed book as a paperback available to order through booksellers such as Amazon? 

All our authors can choose to publish their books through YouWriteOn. Readers who like your opening chapters on the site can order your completed book as a paperback, and you can choose this to be from booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, W.H. Smith and Waterstones and most US and UK book stores – earning you royalties for each copy sold. Sales made on Amazon will feature on Amazon’s own bookchart. The site's review system actively gains readers for your writing. Please view our Publishing Section. 




Do I retain all rights to my work and how do I protect my copyright? 

Yes. You retain your copyright and all rights to your work. You can be published and be represented by whom you wish.



How do I edit my chapters, synopsis or reading test? 

To edit your chapters, synopsis or reading test, login and then click on My Page accessible on the right hand column of the home page. Next click on the pen symbol next to your book title on your My Page. This will take you to a page where you can edit your chapters, synopsis, story title and genre. 

Alternatively, you can remove the present version of your story and upload a new version if, for example, you have done a rewrite and want your story to be considered afresh by readers. To remove chapters, please click on your My Page, and then click on the pen symbol next to your book title, at the bottom of the page this takes you to is the button to remove chapters.
 

It's generally very useful to get a range of feedback as this helps point collectively to strengths, and areas that can be improved. Below is some useful advice from the site literary professionals, which can be beneficial for considering reviews:
 

Criticism has the potential to be both inspiring and fatal .. I’d suggest some rules of thumb. Spend a few days mulling on any criticism before drawing conclusions. If a criticism strikes a chord with you, act on it. If it doesn’t, but if several critics have touched on the same thing, consider very carefully whether to act on it. If a criticism really doesn’t strike a chord, and particularly if no one else has picked up on it, probably ignore it. Lastly, you may find critics evenly divided on an issue, as many pro as con. These are the trickiest to navigate: go with what your instincts tell you.
 



How does the review exchange system work on YouWriteOn? 

To get reviews for your story, simply review another member's story on YouWriteOn.com by requesting a reading assignment on your My Page. The system then sends your story out to be reviewed by another member. Click here to view the Simple Guide to Getting Started

The assignment system prioritizes automatically depending on who has the least readers assigned e.g. those with 0 are assigned first, then those with 1 reader are assigned, etc. This is to ensure a fair balance for members awaiting reviews. Once the system has assigned, it is then in readers hands, and the system will automatically reassign if a reader doesn't review. You can view how many readers are assigned your story by clicking on the stats button next to your story title on your My Page.
 

Reviews usually come in quickly, but if you are encountering delays you can improve your opportunities to get reviewed by considering your story's appeal from the viewpoint of a reader browsing a bookstore. 

Consider the immediate 'look' of your story - such as story synopsis, opening - and imagine it from the point of view of a browser that you want to encourage to read further. You should also consider how your story is presented. If you have not left a line of space between paragraphs then your chapters will be clumped together on the site. To edit your chapters, click on the pen symbol next to your story title on your My Page. This takes you to a page with functions to edit your chapters.  

Also, consider the complexity of your reading test - set questions about story events which the readers will generally notice as they go along - remember, they aren't as familiar with your story as you. Questions about character names and places may tend to register less with first time readers of your work. To edit your reading test questions, click on the pen symbol next to your story title on your My Page. If a reader doesn't review after seven days, they are removed which increases the prospect of being assigned to new readers. Each reading credit will lead to a review being received back in turn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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