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Author Topic: Etiquette question?  (Read 1720 times)
maryj59
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« on: September 01, 2017, 03:22:07 PM »

Hi! I was not sure where to post this question; please do let me know if there's a more appropriate place. Anyway--

When you've posted some of your writing and invited fellow members to comment, and they have kindly done so, you may rewrite. Should you post your rewritten query/chapter/pages in the same thread? Or should you start a new post with the revised query or pages?

I'm asking this because I recently revised a chapter after some comments from members, and absolutely no one (as far as I can tell) has looked at or responded to the revised version.

Thanks, Patrick, for running a wonderfully helpful site. And happy Labor Day to all who celebrate.
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2017, 04:54:01 PM »

What works for me is:

•  Append the revised version to the end of the original thread, and note the reply number.

•  Go to your original post, select Update, and modify the title to something like, "MY SUCH-AND-SUCH QUERY, REVISED @ #, and include that reply number.

I may not have the terms exactly right, but that's the process. It lets critiquers know that you have a new version, but it retains the original so new critiquers can follow what's gone before.
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2017, 05:37:43 PM »

Thanks a lot! I have not been changing the title, as you suggest, and I guess that's why most readers wouldn't know there have been any changes. Karma!
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2017, 06:06:29 PM »

Longer writing samples, like the full Chapter 1, generally get a lot fewer replies than shorter ones. I noticed that just from looking at the list of Chapter 1 posts. It's probably because people may assume you're looking for a line-by-line commentary and may not have the time/willingness to do that for something that goes on for pages, compared to a query.

For a longer writing sample, I often encourage overall content questions (tone, pacing, character, whatever), rather than a L-B-L, or I let people know a general observation or two would be appreciated, even if they don't have time for detailed editing suggestions.

Also, getting no response on a new post for several days is not unusual, especially with a holiday weekend coming up and people turning their attention to that.
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017, 04:23:36 PM »

Thanks again! You're quite right. I should have noted that I didn't expect line-by-line critique, though, of course, I'm always grateful for help.

I'll be interested to see more of yours when you have it.  Smiley
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