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.
@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
@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 firstname.lastname@example.org as well :)
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
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!:
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!
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