RULES for critiques

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RULES for critiques

Postby Brad R. Torgersen » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:00 am

Please be aware of the general rules of the Contest before engaging in critique exchange. Ergo, no part of your story, nor its title, nor your name being attached to the story or the title, must be revealed publicly, otherwise you risk disqualification. WOTF is a "blind" event in that stories arrive at the judges' in-boxes with names stripped off.

Therefore...

1. You cannot mention anything of the story you need critiqued if it is an entry or potential entry for the Writers of the Future Contest.

2. You must, basically, initiate a call for critiquers to look at your story via a post with your e-mail and any other contact information they want to share.

3. Critiquers respond to the writer via e-mail or Bulletin Board Private Message. Not through the forum itself.


Fairly simple. But if I see people posting actual story content to the forum, I'm going to delete it.
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Re: RULES for critiques

Postby MJNL » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:54 am

Wow, it even gets its own sub-forum. Awesome! Thanks, Brad.
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Re: RULES for critiques

Postby Brad R. Torgersen » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:56 am

Thank WriteToLive, as it was his (her?) idea.
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Postby MJNL » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:07 pm

Yes, thank you WriteToLive! :D
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Re: RULES for critiques

Postby WriteToLive » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:03 am

I am a mystery, wraped in an enigma, wrapped in a puzzle, wrapped in a dodecahedron, wrapped in a candy bubble gum exterior...

I guess I never posted my name on here when I introduced myself, did I ^_^;

My name is Michael, so I am a him.

And it was nothing. I just figured I wouldn't mind you guys taking a look at a each other's works. It always makes the next work better, after all.
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Re: RULES for critiques

Postby kyle » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:26 am

WriteToLive wrote:My name is Michael, so I am a him.

Just for the record, I do know a Michael who is a her. Yes, it's on her birth certificate that way. To make matters even more confusing, she married a Michael who is a him.

This is why I always address my cover letters "Dear editor's full name:" and not "Dear Mr./Ms. so-and-so:" Even names that are dead giveaways of gender aren't.

Obviously, I believe you when you say you're a him, but I wouldn't have assumed that. :D

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Re: RULES for critiques

Postby gower21 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:08 pm

ohhh going to stretch my legs out in the new forum!! Thanks Michael for getting it started and Brad for putting it up.

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Re: RULES for critiques

Postby Pensake » Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:47 am

I was to meet a friend for lunch and he was bringing an old friend with him. He told me his friends name was Lynn. I thought "OK, he's bringing a date." NOPE... was an old college buddy of his. So yeah, good idea not going with gender specific salutations.

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Re: RULES for critiques

Postby Kary English » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:42 am

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Re: RULES for critiques

Postby emilymccosh » Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:46 pm

I'm going to sound extremely paranoid so nobody hate me... wotf001

I'm extremely reluctant to put any of my work online without it being copyrighted, and obviously it won't be with the critique exchange... Is there some way to ensure nobody is going to plagiarize your work when you do the critique exchange...?
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Re: RULES for critiques

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:47 pm

emilymccosh wrote:I'm going to sound extremely paranoid so nobody hate me... wotf001

I'm extremely reluctant to put any of my work online without it being copyrighted, and obviously it won't be with the critique exchange... Is there some way to ensure nobody is going to plagiarize your work when you do the critique exchange...?


Emily,

You're not the first to ask. No one will hate you. We don't do hate here!

Let me start with my standard disclaimer. I'm not your lawyer, nor anyone else's. Never take legal advice from strangers you meet on the Internet, even friendly strangers. This is the situation as I understand it, but you should research for yourself. (Start with The Copyright Handbook.)

Now that I've given the disclaimer... Assuming you're in the USA (and most other countries, but you'll have to check), anything you write is immediately copyrighted as soon as you write it. Copyright registration (which I assume is what you're asking about) allows extra damages if you win an infringement suit, but it's generally unnecessary until your work is actually published.

There is, sadly, no way to stop plagiarism, here or anywhere. You have to decide who you'll trust. No one else can decide that for you. Hang around a while and decide if we're trustworthy. I wish there was a better answer.
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Re: RULES for critiques

Postby Brydar » Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:53 am

emilymccosh wrote:I'm going to sound extremely paranoid so nobody hate me... wotf001

I'm extremely reluctant to put any of my work online without it being copyrighted, and obviously it won't be with the critique exchange... Is there some way to ensure nobody is going to plagiarize your work when you do the critique exchange...?

Sorry about the long reply...
I broached this same subject and The Copyright handbook is a great place to start. As stated once you have penned the work (so to speak) it is yours. I would still save it to your hard drive and perhaps on a flash drive as well, so you do not lose your work. Also be advised I already asked the following question; your book title is not copyrighted. There are books out there with the exact same title which is acceptable so long as they are not plagarized work. I presently am working on getting an artist for the cover of a novel I have which has the exact same title as a non fiction work from the late 60's (a text book in fact - weird).

I was thinking of something else that might alleviate your concern about this issue and it seems to me that sending it out to multiple people at one time in one e-mail, PM, or as part of a group story exchange cements your work as yours. Unless someone is on here as a multiple personality if you send your story or anything else out to a bunch of people at once (as opposed to one person) you have more people who then know it is your work. Based upon that premise it is highly unlikely statistically that you would encounter more than one unscrupulous individual. Quite the contrary; I have found everyone on here so far to be helpful, considerate, honest about my failings without being insulting, supportive of my successful writing aspects, altogether a fine caliber of forum folk. On a side note the word brooch (the ornamental pin) lost me the 5th grade spelling bee. I spelled it broach - D'oh. wotf027
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Re: RULES for critiques

Postby Brydar » Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:57 am

WriteToLive wrote:I am a mystery, wraped in an enigma, wrapped in a puzzle, wrapped in a dodecahedron, wrapped in a candy bubble gum exterior...

I guess I never posted my name on here when I introduced myself, did I ^_^;

My name is Michael, so I am a him.

And it was nothing. I just figured I wouldn't mind you guys taking a look at a each other's works. It always makes the next work better, after all.

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