This group is for writers who are working on novels, have an understanding of the basic concepts of fiction writing and who want to give and receive honest and detailed feedback. If you are a member of WVU and interested in joining the group, please contact Enza at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an agent and have changes to the agent listing, or have a general question about the website, please email Kathy at: email@example.com.
Your First Novel: A Published Author And a Top Agent Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream
In the book Your First Novel by agent Ann Rittenberg and writer Laura Whitcomb, P&P's website is recommended as a great resource for novelists.
"Persist and Publish (www.freewebs.com/alabamaworley). A self-described 'study groupof novelists who are committed to getting published,' this site offers a wealth of helpful information, such as articles on 'Etiquette in Contacting Agents' and 'The Steps in Finding an Agent,' as well as links to articles on writing cover letters and synopses. An excellent and frequently updated resource."
To keep our group vibrant, the facilitators adopted the following rules:
RULE 1: You
working on a novel. Short stories may be posted on our board since
many novelists also write short stories, since many of the skills
required to write a short story also go into the writing of novels,
and since publication of short stories can help with credits when you
are seeking representation/publication of your novel. We assume that
you are a serious writer aiming for commercial publication, and
expect to see postings relative to novel work periodically.
2. NUMBER OF WEEKLY POSTS: Posts of writing are limited to one per week. It doesn't matter if it is a scene, a rewrite of something already written, a short story or an exercise. A post is a post. Exception to this is on the week we have prompts. We will be scheduling monthly prompt (one week in four). All members are encouraged to participate in organizing the prompts. Maximum length for prompts is 500. Feedback on these is voluntary and limited to general comment. These are not expected to be polished because of the one-day turn around.
3. DEADLINES: The week's post must be done between Monday and Thursday or you lose the right to post for the week. This provides one day for feedback catch up (Friday) and the weekend between the weekly post. Exception will be made for special circumstances.
6. NO THANK YOUS. There will be no individual thank you messages, but you may exchange opinions or ask questions of each other. We want to protect your time for writing.
7. DISCUSSION: There are no limits on discussion of craft or related writing issues.
8. PARTICIPATION AND LEAVES:
In the future, leaves will be granted for six weeks only with the possibility of one extension. After six weeks, people on leave need to check in. If we don't hear from them, then we assume that they're no longer in the group, although they can reapply.
If you are not on approved leave, be advised that these are the minimum participation requirements to keep your spot. These are:
1) Unless you are out of town or have an emergency, you must check in with the board, either by giving one feedback, participating in a discussion, doing a prompt or a weekly progress report. Failure to do this could result in your being dropped from membership.
2) You must post from your WIP at least once a month even if you don‘t want feedback, and you must give feedback as required by the rules that week.
9. EXERCISE AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Anyone may develop exercises and propose special projects. Consult the facilitators if there is something you feel would benefit the group.
10. CARDINAL RULE 2 RESPECT: Everyone will treat everyone else with respect. Differences will be settled by following the agreed upon procedure.
The WVU policy for study groups will be followed. It is:
The WVU freedom of speech policy for study group members:
freedom to grow as writers
freedom from personal attacks
freedom to have a good time.
This is the procedure to be followed by any member who has a problem with a post by another member. We post this with the caveat that no one should object to the content of another person's post. Disagreeing with the religious slant taken in a novel or with eroticism in an article or with any belief expressed in a novel is not a legitimate source for complaint. Simply stop reading if you object to content or if it makes you uncomfortable and don't comment on the writing since you will not have read it. If however, you feel you are belittled or you have any problems with the way you are treated by another person, these are the steps we recommend you follow to maintain the health of the group.
1. Contact the person privately by e-mail. If that doesn't work,
2. Contact the group leaders. If that doesn't resolve the problem,
3. Contact the study group coordinator
4. If the problem continues, by all means feel free to raise the issue politely without name calling on the board.
Although we have facilitators, this room belongs to all of us.
Everyone has an equal right to input into how the group operates.
This study group belongs to all of its members. The operating rules and guidelines are established by mutual consent to make the room work smoothly. We are setting this up in such a way that all members assume ownership of the group for as long as they are members. Everyone is expected to participate in coming up with ideas for readings and exercises. We can establish some parameters for exercises as we go along and as they are needed.
The emphasis of this group will be on craft and on helping each other problem solve when we are stuck or unsure about something. Therefore, we propose that there be regular exercises aimed at furthering our novels and making them the best that they can be. But we also would like people to be free to post scenes periodically.
Because writing time is so precious, we propose that people not write thank you messages to every feedback.
Exercises can usually be done in 500 to 1000 words. Scenes from novels may require more. We are proposing a 2,000 word limit as a starting point. If we get too many members we may have to lower it. We do not believe, however, that the success of a study group is the same as size of a study group. We will not be beating the drums for members initially. We would rather concentrate on quality. Please let us know if you have different thoughts on a 2000 word post limit or guideline.
The deadline for posting is Thursday. That means the week's post must be done between Monday and Thursday or you lose the right to post for the week. We are doing this in order to make it easier for everyone to get their feedback in before we move on to the next week. This will allow one day for feedback catch up. Exception will be made for special circumstances. This is a proposed plan of operation. If you have problems with it or different ideas, please post your questions or comments to the board, preferably under this thread so all thoughts are together.
Alabama Worley (Patricia Arquette) was the wife of Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) in the movie True Romance, written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott. This movie is a romance, an action movie, a gangster movie and a comedy all rolled up into one! Alabama is my favorite character of any movie, and thus why I named our group website “Alabamaworley”. I didn’t realize that our web site might attract the attention of other writers, no less Ann Rittenberg, the highly regarded agent who added us as a resource to her book, “Writing Your First Novel”.
Freewebs doesn’t allow users to change the name once it’s picked, and now we have our web site out there, so Alabamaworley it remains!
"...and I feel really goofy saying this after only knowing you one night, and me being a call girl and all, but I think I love you."
-- Alabama Worley