DLC and Inkshares present: DraftFest

Created over 1 year ago by Rebekka S. Leber with 47 comments
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Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
I followed all of the winners of a signed, low numbered, 1st edition, 1st printing hardcover, collectible copy of Journey, A Short Story.

Congratulations again and thanks for participating in DraftFest!

Please DM me on Inkshares with your exact name and mailing address along with instructions on how you would like it signed.

@Christopher Lee Eichenauer

@Duncan Rafferty

@P.H. James
Jebnbubl P.H. James · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 4 likes

Gratz to all the winners!

1. A big thanks goes out to Christine and Rebekka (and anyone I’m missing) for putting this together.  This had to have been a lot of work.  

2. Thanks to everyone who provided the prizes.

3. Thanks to everyone who participated.

I would love to see this wave of providing feedback on drafts continue past the event.  I was fortunate enough to receive some really useful feedback both on my draft and directly.  As a new author, it has been INVALUABLE.  I’m actually using it to revise the 2 chapters I have up, and for the rest of my novel as I write it. 

If you have any reservations about leaving feedback on drafts, DON’T.  If you’re concerned about publicly posting something critical, just send it in a kindly worded private message.  If you have something good to say, post it.  You will make someone’s day. 

For my fellow Drafters, remember, if you’re concerned about critical comments you receive on a draft, you can always note them, apply them, and post the draft again with any changes to remove them.  But critical feedback, no matter how much it hurts, is only going to help you. 

I really want to encourage everyone to take advantage of the draft phase, and make it a habit to leave comments on drafts.  Don’t underestimate your power to have a positive impact (even with criticism).  Inkshares provides a unique opportunity for all of us to help each other grow as writers.  We should all take advantage of it as much as possible.  Plus, I’d rather get ripped apart here first, rather than on Amazon or in media reviews if the book ever comes out. 

Thanks again to everyone who participated and made this happen.  

Victorianphoto1editauthor2 Christopher Lee · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Richard Saunders,
I’ll need you to follow me in order to PM you!
Vvrmleq2 Whoa · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 6 likes
Happy to see that so many were rewarded but more importantly that so many people got involved in Draftshares. Everyone should be watching their podcast here is it always interesting and helpful.
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 2 likes
Congrats all!

PM me on Inkshares if you won a signed, low numbered, 1st edition, 1st printing hardcover, collectible copy of Journey, A Short Story.

I’ll need the exact name and mailing address along with instructions on how you would like it signed.

If I don’t hear from you in three days, I will hunt you down!
Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 3 likes
Yes - congratulations to the winners and THANK YOU to everyone who were giving such great suggestions and feedback.
Mafyrtqv Landon Trine · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Congrats everyone! I see a lot of familiar names :)
Victorianphoto1editauthor2 Christopher Lee · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Congrats to all!
0p1gr07j Smith Ellis · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 4 likes
Yay!  My mom always said I was a winner.
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 6 likes
Thanks again to everyone - the participants, the supporters, the prize donators, @Avalon Marissa Radys , @Thad Woodman , @Matt Kaye , & the rest of the Inkshares gang!

Here’s a list of the prize winners:

@Austin Ives  - $25 in Inkshares credits


@Christopher Johnson  - Deus Hex Machina swag (Church of Technology pendant and shirt) and cover design by @Elayna Mae Darcy 


@Christopher Lee Eichenauer  - hardcover copy of Journey, A short Story and video editing by @Yicheng Liu 


@Chris Young  - order of Bones of the Past


@Duncan Rafferty  - hardcover copy of Journey, A short Story and an order of Proxy


@Jaclyn Young  - copy of Asteroid Made of Dragons + swag


@Jeremy R. Strong  - guest appearance on Drinkshares: Last Call


@Ken Lindsey  - signed copy of Ageless


@Lauren Drube  - signed copy of Five Minutes + 5 art pieces by @Tabi Card  and $25 in Inkshares Credits


@P.H. James - hardcover copy of Journey, A short Story, copy of Shadow of the Owl, and an original drawing by Jack Katz (donated by @Matthew Isaac Sobin)

@Scott Carss  - copy of Asteroid Made of Dragons + swag, order of Dax Harrison, Ladies of SciFi poster, Mix CD set, and an interview on The Warbler


@Smith Ellis  - copy of Asteroid Made of Dragons + swag



We will be in touch soon to coordinate delivery of the prizes, but if you’d like to beat us to the punch, you can email us at drinkshareslastcall@gmail.com as well :)

Dragon Nell Walton · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Thanks for your work on that!  Great job!
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 4 likes
Don’t forget to tune in to the live broadcast, starting in just a little over an hour -
https://youtu.be/82ged3xwwew

Prize winners to be announced, and lots of shoutouts and fun ^_^
0love edits 0031 copy T. Darren Love · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
This is last second but I just put up my idea. I’ve tweeted to be included but thought I’d also ask here for some feedback on Ufologists Anonymous: 

https://www.inkshares.com/books/ufologists-anonymous

(Might need to change the title. At first glance it looks a little too much like Urologists Anonymous, which would be less funny and slightly uncomfortable to read

At this point I’m curious if this idea would be interesting enough. I’ve got some other humor/scifi ideas but thought I’d give this one a go first. Thanks! 

Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · added over 1 year ago
Hi all - I’m new to Inkshares and have a question about drafts, new versions, and comments. I’ve already received some great feedback and comments - thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my work and provide feedback. What is the accepted etiquette regarding posting updates of chapters after receiving feedback? 

I haven’t played with this yet, so it may be self-explanatory when I do. However, I wouldn’t want to upload a new version of one of my chapters and erase the great feedback and conversation that is happening.
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 3 likes
Today’s the last day to give feedback that qualifies for prizes, so let’s make the most of it! 

If you’re looking for more Drafts to check out, head on over to The Warbler for some wonderful suggestions: 
http://www.thewarblerbooks.com/draftshares-humor-nonfiction-other/
Dragon Nell Walton · Author · added over 1 year ago
If anyone wants to critique/comment the video I posted for Dragon Siege it would be great.  I love doing cartoon shorts and this one is entertaining, if I do say so myself.  Thanks.
Picture Glenn McDougall · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
https://www.inkshares.com/books/slice-a-story-of-awfulness-and-depravity

Just realised it might be prudent to add a link...




Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · added over 1 year ago
I’m a little later to the party, but I’ve put up the first three chapters of my draft for "Human Resources" (near-future sci-fi) and would be happy to accept hard critique’s that help me improve the technical quality of my writing, as well as soft critiques regarding the story itself. https://www.inkshares.com/books/human-resources
Lb1kpikm Kebra McKenzie · Reader · added over 1 year ago
can I get a place on the list?
Twitter profile pic Richard Saunders · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
This thread was created 27 days ago and had 27 comments. I just ruined the symmetry!

I thought this would be a good place to point out that the Earth In The Year 10,000 Anthology Draft includes a $100 Royalty advance for the winning authors.

So if you stop by to leave a critique comment, consider also submitting to the contest!
Picture Alexandra McKenzie · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 3 likes
I tweeted but want to cover all my bases. I’d love a soft critique on the prologue and the first 2 chapters of my project, "Sacrificial."

https://www.inkshares.com/books/sacrificial

I’ve been struggling with making time to work on my draft lately, so hopefully some feedback will help push my back in the right direction! :-)
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · added over 1 year ago
Caught up to here. Thanks everyone!
Mike hollywood med Mike Donald · Reader · edited over 1 year ago · 2 likes
Welcome dudes...welcome aboard.
Cdmklxo Thornton Brothers · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 2 likes
Hey guys, tweeted but don’t see ourselves listed on the google doc yet. Just in case, we’re looking for hard and soft critiques of our novel PRODIGAL SON:

https://www.inkshares.com/books/prodigal-son

Definitely gonna check out the list and offer up some thoughts as well!! New to Inkshares but loving the communal vibe thus far!

Chris & Jay Thornton
Kevin profile inkshares Kevin O’Coffey · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Please everyone check out my freshly added draft: Kingdom of Dreams.  I have thick skin, so feel free to punch away! (I might also have mithral on under my shirt, one never knows!)  

Okay, I finally tweeted to the right place as well, I think. #welcometothe21stcentury!
Picture Glenn McDougall · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
I think a soft critique would be more useful to me at this stage as I’m well aware of my many typos :D and hopefully all the glaring plot holes well be filled in by future story events.  Thank you.
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · added over 1 year ago
Of course, @Glenn McDougall ! Just let us know if you want to be signed up for a hard critique or if you’d prefer to stick with soft critiques.
Picture Glenn McDougall · Author · added over 1 year ago
Hi there :) How would I request a critique without a twitter account? 
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · added over 1 year ago
Hi @Christopher Johnson - You’re on the list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QP0JPCCsijyIFIa0YKk4ZdQjHJPFW3mqtVvyOpNO3x4/edit?usp=sharing

To clarify, this is not a competition. The goal of the event is to encourage collaboration between the readers and authors, and to bring more attention to the Drafts. The prizes are being raffled to those that give feedback to the Drafts.
Ww 2 7kl johnsoncm · Author · edited over 1 year ago
So I tweeted The Lion in Darkness to the Drinkshares account and sent it to my readers in an update, but I’m not sure if my draft is in the Draftshares competition.  Can you tell me if I did this wrong?
The draft is at: https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-lion-in-darkness

I’d gladly take any kind of critique if it’ll get people to look at it and give me some feedback.  Thanks.
390 521575197599 9596 n A.C. Weston · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 3 likes
Here’s a quick little guide that anyone interested in amplifying the event updates can send out to their followers:

How to Get Entered into the Raffle for Draftshares:
1. Check the spreadsheet for drafts that have requested hard or soft critiques, OR search the drafts on Inkshares.
2. Go to the drafts that interest you and open up the excerpt by clicking "read more" at the bottom of the excerpt on the project page.
3. Read through the excerpt. Highlight phrases and leave comments to compliment and critique.
4. Each comment you leave will enter you into the raffle for prizes!!

Thanks!
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · added over 1 year ago
@Mike Donald  & @Suaine  -  To critique a Draft, pull up the full excerpt by clicking on the "Read More"  - then you can highlight sections/words with your mouse and comment in the margin. Let me know if you need any step clarified once you try it :)
Mascot eyes Scott Carss · Author · added over 1 year ago
Just so everyone knows my draft The Adventures of MONOMAN says hard critique char/story dev, but that’s only because I’m most concerned about that. If there’s any grammatical errors or other things I would love to know about them.
Mike midshot Mike Donald · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Glad you posted that...I thought it might have just been me that had no idea where to post the crits. 

Lj icon me Suaine · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
So, if I want to join the fun (okay, yes, I have my eye on an author prize), how do I go about properly delivering those critiques? Yes, it is embarrassing how little I know about anything, I will definitely hide in a hole for a few minutes after writing this comment.

Especially if I should find myself doing hard critique for whatever reason, I don’t want to put them in the wrong place. Do I email the authors? Mark up stuff in the draft page? And how is that tallied in the end?
Jeremy edit Jeremy R. Strong · Author · added over 1 year ago
Hey everyone, my novel Reset the System is a go for hard or soft critique, whatever suits your style best. I’m hoping to reciprocate with many of you as well, happy draft-sailing everyone. Woot!
Dragon Nell Walton · Author · added over 1 year ago
O_O
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · added over 1 year ago
Yep, you nailed the execution @nell walton :)
Dragon Nell Walton · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
well I hope I did it right!  I struggle with twitter sometime - I don’t use it that much.
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Thanks @Mike Donald ! You can actually critique any Draft you want. The list we’re supplying is a starting point - drafts that either voiced their interest in the event or came recommended by a syndicate or mod - but Soft Critiques given to any of the other Drafts on the site will still count towards the prize raffles :)
Mike midshot Mike Donald · Author · added over 1 year ago
Right...I think I have tweeted to the correct area, with links etc...re critiquing other drafts this week...I assume we critique samples from the list of  names in the email?   
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 2 likes
Hey All! We have a Facebook event up now - If you’re so inclined, please RSVP and share with your circles: https://www.facebook.com/events/1697918070475329/
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 2 likes
Works in progress is a good way to describe it, or maybe projects in progress. The draft stage lets you post your excerpts and synopsis so you can get feedback and reader engagement before you start funding. It’s a great opportunity to tweak your project page to best effect so that you don’t have to sweat over that stuff while crowdfunding.

And there probably will be some beers, lol!
Dragon Nell Walton · Author · added over 1 year ago
I am new to inkshares and still finding my way around.  I guess drafts include works in progress?  (when I first saw the term DraftFest I thought it would be a big beer party - which of course it could be also! :-p  )
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
@Zyle C C William @Bryanne Green @T.L Godfrey @M.R. Laver @Alex Bittner @Usagi Kita @Jon Roe @Matt Harry @Lauren Drube @Louise Lindell @Stephanie Bryant @D.R. Ransdell @Mike Donald @Leah Holden @Danielle Mohr @Virginia Spotts @Jessica Cole @Jeremy R. Strong @AJ Buckman @Byron Diffenderffer @Brad Leclerc @William Harms

^ If your name’s in this list it’s because you’re on the chart of "Drafts Asking for Critique" and we need some info from you. (If you’re not sure how you got on this list, chances are a Syndicate recommended your Draft.)

Please read the event details below and let us know if you want to be signed up for a Soft or Hard critique.

Thanks!
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 8 likes

Get ready, because Draftshares is about to begin!


When: May 30th - June 4th


Readers: Check out as many drafts (projects currently in the Draft stage) as you can during the week of May 30th - June 3rd, and participate by opening and commenting on your favorite drafts’ excerpts.


Why: To encourage community engagement...and, PRIZES!


Prizes you say?: Yes! For every Draft (or synopsis*) you critique, you will be entered into a drawing for the following:

Prizes for Anyone

  • Three sets of a copy of Asteroid Made of Dragons, button, and shirt

  • Signed copy of Five Minutes + 5 exclusive art pieces by Tabi Card

  • Church of Technology/Deus Hex Machina swag (pins and shirts)

  • Copy of Shadow of the Owl

  • Signed copy of Ageless

  • Three hardcover copies of Journey, A Short Story

  • Order of Dax Harrison

  • Order of Bones of the Past

  • Order of Proxy

  • Original drawing by Jack Katz

  • Ladies of Sci Fi poster from A.C. Weston

  • Mix CD set with custom cover art by C. Brennecke

  • $25 in Inkshares Credits


Prizes for Authors

  • Video editing by Yicheng Liu

  • Cover design by Elayna Mae Darcy

  • Interview on The Warbler

  • Guest spot on Drinkshares: Last Call

  • $25 in Inkshares Credits


Drafters: Let us know if you’d like to receive a soft critique or a hard critique by messaging a member of the DLC cast or tweeting your project link @drinkshareslc with either the #critiquemekindly or #critiqueme hashtags. If you want your synopsis critiqued, include the hashtag #critiquemypage too.


Soft Critiques (#critiquemekindly): This is the default critique if the author has not specifically requested a hard critique. The tone should be supportive and curious. Point out things you like, comment on the broader story ideas, and ask questions.


Hard Critique (#critiqueme): Only give a hard critique if the author has specifically asked for one. This is where grammatical errors, typos, and oversights can be pointed out. It’s best to include elements of a soft critique too, but you can unleash your inner editor a bit more here.


*Synopsis Critique (#critiquemypage): Interested Drafters should create a thread in the Inkshares forum ( https://www.inkshares.com/forum_threads?topic=promo), linked to their book draft, titled “Synopsis Edits: [Book Title Goes Here].”

Throughout the week, fellow authors will browse these threads and offer help with editing and improving your project page synopsis so you’re better prepared to switch over to funding with a fantastic, compelling, error-free introduction to your book!


Not sure where to start? Check out these Drafts first!:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QP0JPCCsijyIFIa0YKk4ZdQjHJPFW3mqtVvyOpNO3x4/edit?usp=sharing


Watch: Tune in at https://youtu.be/82ged3xwwew on Saturday, June 4th @ 4/3 Central to watch us discuss the drafts and announce the winners!


Good Luck & Great Drafting!

Picture Rebekka S. Leber · Author · edited 11 months ago · 9 likes
Hello, Writers-*
Happening in just three short weeks, from May 30-June 5, we (​Drinkshares: Last Call* and the ​Inkshares* staff) will be co-hosting an event we have affectionately deemed _“DraftFest”.


The purpose of this week long event is to highlight drafts that show great potential, but have not received the attention they deserve because they are not yet in the sales campaign portion of their project. The goal of this fest is to generate buzz for these projects by following, reviewing, commenting, and recommending these projects on Inkshares, Facebook, and Twitter. All Inkshares authors are welcome to participate by submitting their drafts for review, but we will be making a special effort to bring special attention to new and undiscovered talent, as well as bringing new readers to Inkshares to check out these projects. On  Saturday, the last day of the event, DLC will air a special livecast to talk about drafting


Many authors have totally bypassed the draft portion of the project stage, jumping straight to the pre-sales campaign with a manuscript, work in progress, or as little as an idea. While this works well for some, the draft stage of the process is a valuable stage of the publishing process, allowing you to flesh out ideas, get feedback, and most importantly, generate exposure for your project without the stress of having to push sales.


Even if you don’t have a draft, but have an idea for an upcoming project (or, dusting off an old project idea), we encourage you to create a project page and enter your idea for review by our community.


If you would like to enter your draft into our pool of projects to be highlighted, please tweet us ​@DrinksharesLC with the project title and link to the project page, including ​#amdrafting​. (Hint: If your link is waaaay long, use Bitly to shorten your link to a tweet friendly length :wink: )


If you don’t have a draft or an idea ready to draft, but you would still like to participate, please feel free to take this week to check out the projects and authors on our list and help them by following and giving feedback.
We are lining up several cool prizes which we plan to use as raffle prizes for participants, both readers and writers. If you are interested in donating merch, books, or services as prizes, please tweet@rebekkaleber or DM me on Inkshares.


Please join us May 30-June 5 for what we expect to be a fun, productive, and fulfilling week!