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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2007, 11:00:36 AM »
Hello, I clicked on this because Iím a member of youwriteon and I find it very worthwhile. Iíve done nearly 50 reviews so far and Iíve got two stories and two novel openings loaded so far. Got as far as number 10 but only stayed there for one day so alas I wonít have my literary agent review this month, lol. Iíll have a look at Foxyís work when I can.

Oh dear Allie, I havenít failed a reading test yet but this sounds like a pain in the neck! Hope I donít get that assignment. I had an interesting one the other day in that I spent a lot of time writing a review of a childrenís book narrated by a frog. I scored quite low but explained in depth why I had and tried to give as much constructive feedback as to how it could be improved. I posted the review, then went back half an hour or so later thinking Iíd read the other reviews (which is what I do sometimes just to check that Iím not wildly out of synch with other reviewers). The book had been deleted! Couldnít believe it. It made me feel like all the hard work Iíd put in giving feedback wasnít worthwhile. I do tend to give a lot of feedback, more than the minimum 100 words, because I try to be as useful as I can.

Reviewing other peopleís work is as much about honing your own skills as an editor as it is about reciprocal feedback. Since joining the site Iíve found that I can look at my writing much more objectively, and that can only be a good thing.
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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2007, 11:17:16 AM »
Hello Josie, good to see you here.  :)

You've already reviewed one of my books, and a very encouraging review it was too.
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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2007, 12:26:33 PM »
Actually, Josie, I was very kindly given the credit for it anyway when I moaned about it. Maybe because I was new, I don't know. Foxy has been a great help to me with my membership of YouWriteOn also, as he's been there for so much longer. I've started to get feedback of my own now, at last (as you know). For a while there I thought everybody would be chickening out from reviewing them. :)

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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2007, 01:48:04 PM »
Yes Foxy, I realised you're the same person when I just looked in my emails and saw the one from you the other day saying thanks for the review!   ::) lol, my head is bursting from all these different reviews. I loved Trinity, thought he was a fab character, can see why you're in the top ten.

How's the weather up there in the heads of the valleys?  8)

Josie
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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2007, 04:57:04 AM »
Hi,
    I've also joined. I don't think its a scam at all. Its more like a reviewing site, where other writers review each others work. Each time you receive a reviewing credit, your work is put up for review t someone else.

I have already received some very helpful advice, and that is what I'm there for. To improve my writing and learn from others.  I like the fact that you can edit your work and then put the revised version up for review gain. It lets me know that I am working in the right direction. It is true that only one person will win the competition, but that's true with any competition.

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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2007, 06:16:15 AM »
Iíve just seen the Ďtop tení today because I was watching out to see if mine got in after I had a favourable review and deleted an unfavourable. Saw that Trinity was at number 6! :o Iíve been keeping an eye on the list over the last few days and saw Trinity in the top five a few times. Foxy you must be gutted. Mind you, once those five get shunted over to the bestsellers thatíll make you number one!  ;)
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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2007, 06:36:57 AM »
Hi Josie, yes, you could say I am a little disappointed. I've been up and down the top ten like a yo-yo all month with seven being my lowest position and three the highest. I can't help wondering what would have happened if the two members who have had my chapters for the last five days had got their reviews in yesterday...Oh well, I guess that's the way it goes.

I don't think I can stand the tension for another month. I think it's time I started submitting to agents.  :)
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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2007, 06:45:01 AM »
Yes, that's hard luck, Foxy. The trouble is, even if you submit to agents now, you probably won't have heard by next month's ratings. At least, that's my experience with agents. They take their own sweet time. What I'm finding it that it's taking ages to get reviews, even though I attach lots of credits to my stories. Am I the only one who does an assignment on the spot, the minute I'm given it? I can't stand to have something hanging around waiting for me to do it. :)

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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #23 on: May 01, 2007, 07:04:45 AM »
Allie, I print mine out and usually get it done within a day or two. I once did one in an hour, but that was because it was only two pages long, lol. Some of my reviews have come back quick and some slow. I've got four uploaded, two books, two short stories, so I go on a sort of rota system. Do you only have one book uploaded? If that's the case then I'm not surprised you get a bit tired of waiting. With Leif, my most dense book, I can wait all week for a review and then sometimes it drops off because the person has just not done it within the maximum time. So I get the credit back and it goes out to someone else. V frustrating, but it is probably an indication that I need to do some editing.  :'(
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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #24 on: May 01, 2007, 08:21:29 AM »
I have two uploaded, Josie. I'm going to upload one of my short stories as well later. I'm a voracious reader and working in my own time so that's probably a help for getting them done quickly. Did you know there is some kind of bonus credit system? It's not mentioned anywhere I can see, but they just gave me three extra credits. When I queried if it was a mistake I was told it was because it's a 'reader-led' system. :)
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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2007, 01:17:22 PM »
To Josie,
             Hi, you reviewed my book today. I just wanted to say thank you. Yours was the most helpful review that I have received so far. I've made a few changes after your suggestions and it reads much better for them.  :)

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Re: The X-Factor for Writers?
« Reply #26 on: May 01, 2007, 02:44:49 PM »
Josie reviewed one of mine a few days ago, too, and I found her comments extremely constructive and helpful. Thanks again, Josie. :)