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digilady

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Read Hitch's post about writer's groups - Could we somehow create one?
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 1:21 PM
 
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I don't know of any. Only ones I joined were rather, erm, snotty to newbies to the group.

Wish to hell we could start one for Indie authors (though if you wrote a hard/softback as well you'd be good to go.)

I of course am clueless about starting such a thing: I imagine you'd want to restrict admission somehow (I don't want to read a bunch of crap, content or formatting-wise: could just be me, though.)

So is there a way to do such a thing? (The monster could use more eyes, as could my next completed novel - though it may be published.)

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Re: Read Hitch's post about writer's groups - Could we somehow create one?
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 2:22 PM   in response to: digilady in response to: digilady
 
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[ So is there a way to do such a thing? ]

Sure. Google and Yahoo both offer free web and mail-list groups. Delphiforums has good web-based forums, some of which are free but they want you to upgrade. I've made several but never followed up on them much. It's a lot of work maintaining a forum and I had other things to do, mostly maintain my website.

Generally, I've found that you need some kind of special draw to make a forum successful. That can be paying for a professional platform, being in business like Amazon or putting in a lot of free content.

Here's my group on brewing real ale -- https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups#!forum/rawbeer
Click on More (in the upper right of the google page) then groups, then "Create a group" and follow the prompts from there. Good luck.
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Re: Read Hitch's post about writer's groups - Could we somehow create one?
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 2:36 PM   in response to: o0charlotte0o in response to: o0charlotte0o
 
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"It's a lot of work maintaining a forum and I had other things to do, mostly maintain my website. " You and me BOTH - my sites take a lot of time, as does writing.

I was thinking more of a self-policing group. Someone sets the thing up - others join, then "You do mine I'll do yours" type of thing.

"...some kind of special draw to make a forum successful." Draw would be experienced eyes going over your material - even if it's only, say, the first chapter. hmmmm what else could a draw be? Perhaps an invitation to the thing itself could be a draw. Pick only those with good reviews? Dunno. Too new at this.

A draw for me would be books to read! I never have enough, ever. I read like a speed freak.

I wouldn't think we'd upload anything whatsoever - we'd share books via email. (Gotta be safety-conscious) Any old free forum would do really. Delphiforums? Will look into (if there's any interest.) Would rather someone else did the setting up - but I'll do it if need be. Again, depending on the interest - which we'll see by responses here.
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