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2017 - Development Periods and Competition Periods << Back

Date: 01 January 2018

2017 - Development Periods and Competition Periods Leading Publishers Random House & Orion - Feedback for the for New Writers 2018

How YouWriteOn works   - Development Periods and Competition Periods

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 then view indepth how members rated elements such as story and character. See a ratings breakdown example further below.

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 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 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

Examples of youwriteon member success stories

Feedback on YouWriteOn:

'“If you want to get published, your first draft is just one step in the process; the next is getting feedback and really listening it. I found YouWriteOn to be the best critique website and I improved the opening chapters of my novel substantially based on the reviews I received. YouWriteOn helped me get published, no question.” Graeme Shimmin, author of A Kill in the Morning, a YWO Book of Year Winner, published by Transworld, publisher of authors such as Dan Brown.

“It's taken ten years and seven completed novels, but, thanks to YouWriteOn, I have just signed a two book deal with Orion!”  Katherine Webb, The Legacy, a nationwide UK  & Amazon bestseller.

", 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 .." Douglas Jackson, author of Caligula, achieved a six-figure book deal with Random House after developing his novel on

"Thanks to youwriteon, which helped me completely re-jig the start and make it much stronger. I have thanked you and all the YouWriteOn members in the acknowledgements section of my novel."  Michael Logan, author of Terry Pratchett First Novel Award Winner Apocalypse Cow


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