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Fictionpress is a popular website that allows anyone to upload stories, read those stories, and comment. As the site is wide open, the quality of comments varies wildly, along with the quality of stories. Earlier in my life, I frequented the site, but I eventually left, as I wanted more constructive feedback than I tended to get there. It does have the ...


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We now offically allow writing critique questions here: Policy change: Writing critique questions now welcome Provided: It is your actual real world writing You provide context for the writing critique. That is, you must tell us: what you were shooting for when you wrote that piece specifically what kind of critique feedback you are looking for ...


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One of the more popular sites is Critters Writers Workshop. I participated for a year before finding a local workshop, and I found it very helpful. It used to be SF/F/H only, but it looks like it has expanded to include all genres.


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It depends on the purpose of including that URL in the first place. If it is a "here's more info about me" site, I'd say put it with your name, address, and email. If it is an example of work you did for a particular employer, then then that block of your employment section makes sense. If it is for a portfolio site, maybe front and center, under your ...


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If you are writing science fiction, fantasy or horror, then you should check out the Online Writers Workshop specifically for those genres -- Ethan posted the link above. Elizabeth Bear, Josh Palmitier and CC Finley all came out of OWW. If you write erotica, then you'll want to check out the Erotica Readers and Writers Association. They host a Storytime ...


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I've been doing freelance for a bit, and I've found that most of the sites where you have to bid for the work, the wages end up so low that it's not worth taking the project. My biggest suggestion, what's worked best for me, is to create a website. Once you've created a simple, uncluttered website, you can advertise your services on Craigslist or using ...


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Here are a few from my bookmark collection. I don't have deep knowledge of any of them, though I have posted a story on the first one. Online Writing Workshops Authonomy -- Careful with this one. Google it first. It's a bit spammy. Critique Circle


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Answer them now. They have put time into your story, at your request. Do not ask them to waste their time while you decide whether you want them to publish the story that you asked them to consider. This is why most publishers forbid simultaneous submissions. If the publisher in question allows them, give them the courtesy of a prompt reply. It sounds ...


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My resume has, centered up top in the header: my name | email | phone. If I were going to put in my URL, I would add another pipe and put it in, probably omitting the http:// Alternatively, I sometimes put it in my cover letter/intro email if I feel it's relevant. E.g.: Regards, First Last Phone URL


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Scribophile is a nicely organised site with an active community of writers. Its tools for helping with structuring critiques are quite helpful. You earn points to make submissions depending on the length of critiques and whether they are appreciated by other site members.


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If you at all go for a website, please don't go with a free host blog. It gives off the impression of being unprofessional, and is associated with unpublished wannabe writers, which is just not your case. Anyone can have a free blog, but you sir, have a published book. If the marketing and success of it matters to you, there should be plenty of options for ...


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A comic -- web or paper, cartoon strip or sophisticated graphic novel -- is a different medium from conventional written stories. The biggest difference is that it's hard to do exposition; those long explanatory passages that you could slip into a novel don't fit into a few panels. It's also hard to convey nuances like meaningful gazes. So think about the ...


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Generally no, you do not need permission from the patent holder to use text from their patent application. "Subject to limited exceptions reflected in 37 CFR 1.71(d) & (e) and 1.84(s) , the text and drawings of a patent are typically not subject to copyright restrictions." The exception referenced within deals with patent apps which themselves contain ...


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We've had a variety of people here looking for places to find writers, and here's what's come up: In this answer, Crowdspring was recommended as a place to "crowdsource" writing. It's a writing version of 99designs, etc. This question was from a technical person asking for a copywriter. Suggested sources included textbroker.com and guru.com. Obviously ...


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According to these figures, 55% of ebook buyers use the amazon kindle, regardless of their accuracy, the kindle is a very popular device. The (non-drm) format which works best with the kindle is the mobi. Pdf on the kindle is sometimes unreliable. All other popular ereaders I know of support epub, and people on a pc will be fine with html and/or PDF.


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The author mark-up is relatively simple. An example: Written by <a rel="author" href="http://www.example.com/peter-mortensen">Peter Mortensen</a>. This notifies to search engines that the text being linked with is the author, and the URL is the author's page. The author's page must reside on the same website as the author's content. So it ...


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It's a hard question to answer. I've set $20/hr as my personal goal for writing. And I'm making it, but it averages out strangely. I might spend twenty hours on a short story that will only earn $60 because I want exposure to a new market - I'm essentially using the story as an advertisement, not as a tool for earning money. I compensate for that by ...


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Why, wherever writers can be found. :) Various writers' forums will have places for announcements. You could try approaching writing blogs - emailing blogger, asking for a link to your site if they find it useful. There's magazines like Writer's Digest where you can advertise. Here on Writers.SE, the chat room is the most appropriate place. But really, ...


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Don't. If you can't incorporate the keyword smoothly, that keyword is irrelevant to the site, and you're doing both the site and the Internet as a whole a disservice. You will gather more visits - and more negative attention as soon as visitors detect they were deceived. Legitimate business lose customers that way - the very reasonable train of thought is ...


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Ah, the "you can write in one context, so you must be an expert in writing in another context" fallacy. I've been on the receiving end of that too. Being a good academic writer, or engineering writer, or anything else doesn't mean you can automatically write good user-oriented material (or vice-versa). The person asking you to do this is making an ...


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I think the best way to evaluate a freelance site is the same as evaluating any other business: Talk with the people who've worked with them before and see what they think about them, search around for other references to them to see what negative comments they have, and check their local Better Business Bureau for comments. Don't be afraid to ask writers ...


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Check out the question What are the most common style manuals?, find the one that is pertinent to the intended publisher of your piece of technical writing, and look up how they suggest you format a URL. Make sure you have a recent edition, but all style manuals I know of should offer you their canonical way to handle URLs.


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Online forums are a great way to get reviews and writing advice. All forums are different, so poke around before joining and read their submission guidelines. Do a Google search for "writing forums" to find some. Places I've been: Writing Forums The Writer's Beat The Poet Sanctuary Although a blog does seem like it wouldn't attract a lot of ...


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I have always found Zoetrope to be a useful resource for critique. They do Short Stories, Screenplays, Flash Fiction (uber short stories) and Novellas. Novellas tend to have fewer critics hanging around. It's a well known website though so there's always plenty to get involved with. You have to criticise to be able to post and that ensures at least one ...


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Try http://tvtropes.org. It's an exhaustive list of tropes and idioms and written in kind of a smart-alecky tone, but among the snark there's genuinely useful analysis.


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Alex, Alex, Alex, Alex, Alex. Tsk, tsk, tsk. ACCEPT!!! Dale is absolutely correct. You are looking a gift horse in the mouth. You have already committed a major faux pas by submitting your story to more than one market. You have no idea how difficult it is to publish a story in any market at any time. You have no idea how many writers' walls have been ...


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I work with an organization that has an official manual of style regarding the web. They strictly enforce sentence case, even in buttons on a web application "Save thing" instead of the more normal "Save Thing." It comes down to style and standards. It's more important, in my opinion, to be consistent. For myself, I tend to slow down and read all of the ...


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I would look around and see how other web sites in my field do it. If I wrote a political blog, I'd look at the most popular politicial blogs. Difference (from other web sites) is good when it comes to visuals (photography, fashion, design websites etc.), but similarity is better when you provide verbal content (text blogs, news sites etc.). It's all about ...


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In german language kurzgeschichten.de worked well for me.


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Protagonize Protagonize is a community of nearly 21,000 writers and has been around since 2008. We recently launched an entirely new version of the site, to excellent feedback from our members. The site is free to join, has won a number of awards, and has been reviewed favourably in a multitude of publications. The site encourages interaction between ...



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