Looking for feedback? Join Critshares!

Created almost 2 years ago by P.H. James with 15 comments
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428313 265782713496947 10458611 n Lemery.Logan · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Just signed up to try this.
Jebnbubl P.H. James · Author · added almost 2 years ago
@See Gull  Ahhh... I thought something was up, Sorry to hear that happened. It must’ve been jarring to say the least. I discovered that your account had been deleted when you left the group, as you mysteriously disappeared right after you got your 3 spotlight critiques.

It seems as though you missed one of the more important terms of service. Which is easy enough to do. 

Naming and pen names are taken quite seriously on Scribophile. You have to have a legitimate, or at least legitimate sounding name to have an account. This is not unreasonable. Changing to a separate pen name is a feature only available for premium accounts, with the following stipulations. (taken from the FAQ) 

"We can change your pen name for you only if:
1. You have under 100 reputation points, and
2. Your new pen name sounds like a real name (though it doesn’t have to be your real name), and
3. You haven’t changed your pen name before in the past.
If you meet all three of those criteria, drop us a line.
We can’t change pen names otherwise; it’s very confusing for everyone else. There are absolutely no exceptions! Don’t email us asking for an exception, we’ll be sad when we have to turn you down."

Trying to use a free account with an obviously fake (what most would reasonably assume) name like "See Gull"is clearly going to raise a giant red flag. That’s not discrimination or rejection. Just the consequences of trying to use a witty account name on a site that doesn’t allow for that sort of thing. If I had tried to roll up in there with the name "Dee Tox" I would have been deleted without warning too.   

Alex is the site creator and pretty much the sole admin. He’s actually quite fair and reasonable (I’ve dealt with him several times on different issues) How to deal with anything that appears to violate terms of service is strictly his call, which is bound to involve some subjectivity. One can see how he may not want to dedicate the time to engage in a discourse over what appears to be an obvious violation of the terms of service... Now, if for some reason your name is actually ’See Gull’ then I’m sure Alex would reconsider if you flashed him a scan of an I.D.  I would certainly ’card’ you. 

So again, sorry that happened to you. I’m glad you got some good feedback first. I look forward to having you back in the group at some point. We’ll be around. 


Auk word icon Charles Gull · Author · added almost 2 years ago
@P.H. James thanks for the support in setting up my Scribophile account and getting me into the critshares group. After commenting on other peoples’ work I got some feedback on my own first chapter. All good and thoroughly constructive comments. Happy Me!
However, the Scribophile site admin took objection to my name. He claimed it was not ’real’ enough so he deleted my account. He was unable to describe the criteria or thresholds employed to make this decision. It appears to be purely arbitrary based on his personal opinion, and I had assumed the days of discrimination and rejection had been left behind at school!
Ho hum.
For the moment I shall concentrate on my raw writing so as to get the body of my book finished in un-revised babble. Once this is done I shall look at setting up a new Scribophile account with a made up name. As soon as this has been done I shall again ask to join the critshares group.
Many thanks for the continued support.
Jebnbubl P.H. James · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 2 likes
Critshares is now 12 members strong! The group currently has 12 posted chapters with a total of 30 critiques between them. 

I want to thank our founding group members:

Each new member who has posted chapters has received several detailed and thorough critiques from the Scribophile community (most within 2 days of posting). I’m sure they’d agree that this feedback is already helping them improve their current Inkshares projects, and their writing overall. 

The bonus Karma has been claimed, but we’re always accepting new members. So if you’re looking for honest feedback, or know an Inkshares author who is, come join the fun or send them our way.  

HOW DO I JOIN?
1. Sign up for your free account. https://www.scribophile.com/join
3. Use the ‘send me a message’ link beneath my profile picture to request an invite to the group. You can also send me a PM here once you’ve created your Scribophile account.

Thanks so much for your interest. 

Jebnbubl P.H. James · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 3 likes
Only 1 free Karma point left!  

HOW DO I JOIN?
1. Sign up for your free account. https://www.scribophile.com/join
3. Use the ‘send me a message’ link beneath my profile picture to request an invite to the group. You can also send me a PM here once you’ve created your Scribophile account.
Pakk! Jacob Zoller · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 3 likes
Joined the site, offered some critiques, posted my chapter one. 
Jebnbubl P.H. James · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 2 likes
Well that was fast. Critshares has 5 new members and 1 of the 5 free Karma points has already been claimed. At least 2 of the new members are working on their first crits so they can claim their free point.  Don’t miss out.  Join Critshares today!
Profilepic Sam Fellows · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like

Thanks very much for the tag and the recommendation - I’m all over this! Look forward to getting some feedback and, hopefully, some more followers.

Sam

Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 2 likes
@Luke Fellner - I highly recommend scribophile. The quality of the critiques I have been receiving from the community has been very high, and the community has been very positive and supportive.
Jebnbubl P.H. James · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 2 likes
@Luke Fellner I’ve laid out a lot of the basics in the first post at the bottom of this thread. 

As far as benefits go, the obvious one is getting feedback and detailed critiques on your work. Many authors struggle with getting the type of feedback you can get on Scribophile. You don’t have to solicit the feedback from individuals. You just post, and the critiques come rolling in from the community. It’s a great way to get feedback on a draft before posting it here, or to clean up what you’ve already made available on Inkshares. 

It’s also another way to gain exposure and build an audience.  

In terms of privacy, there are a variety of privacy settings available for the work you post and your personal profile activity.  

Information about copyright protections and other details are available on the Scribophile FAQs page:

http://www.scribophile.com/help/faq

Hope that helps. Feel free to PM me with any questions you don’t feel comfortable posting here. 
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like
@P.H. James I’m concerned about the privacy of scribophile and how it’s used/what benefits it would bring me. Could you go more in depth for me? Feel free to DM me if you want to be more direct.
Me J. Graham-Jones · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I’ve just signed up and sent through a message to join the group. Thanks for the recommendation, it sounds like this will be invaluable.
Me J. Graham-Jones · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 2 likes
I’ve just signed up and sent through a message to join the group. Thanks for the recommendation, it sounds like this will be invaluable.
Iys qkgj alex maher · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 3 likes
Would just like to say welcome to Scrib PH. and to second what he has to say. I’ve learnt so much by hanging out over at scribophile for the last couple of years.  It’s pretty safe for me to say, that without the good folks over at scrib, I’d be producing utter crap, rather than the mediocre crap that I produce now. ;-)

Cheers
Al
Jebnbubl P.H. James · Author · edited about 1 year ago · 11 likes
Lots of folks have been soliciting feedback on the forums for a few weeks now. As an Inkshares Drafter myself, I know firsthand how hard it can be to get feedback here. So I decided to do something about it!


Critshares is a private group I’ve created on the online critiquing community Scribophile. Critshares was created to address the needs of Inkshares writers looking for detailed feedback on their work. The goal of this group is to help Inkshares authors put their ‘best foot forward’ in order to increase their chances of funding success. 

WHAT IS SCRIBOPHILE?
Scribophile is an active, online social writing workshop and writer’s community. It’s an incredible way to get detailed feedback on your writing, learn how to critique, make friends, and build an audience. The site also contains forums, public groups, and contests. I cannot stress enough how great it is, especially for new writers. And it’s free! FAQs here.

HOW IT WORKS
Scribophile works on a ‘credit’ system, where you earn credits to post your own work by providing critiques on the work others have posted.

Critiquing earns you “Karma Points” (the site’s system of currency) which you use to pay for submitting. Once you’ve accumulated 5 karma points, you can post a work on the site. Each work ‘costs’ 5 points.

Upon posting your first chapter, your work will go into the public ‘New Member Spotlight’ to help you get noticed and get your first critiques. Your work is guaranteed to receive 3 critiques from the community-at-large before leaving the spotlight. Critshares members are also guaranteed an additional critique from a group member once their work leaves the spotlight. 

Typically, it takes 2-3 critiques to get enough Karma to submit. You get more Karma the more detailed your critique. This is quite easy to earn, but…

NEW MEMBER BONUS KARMA!
As an inaugural bonus, I’ll be gifting 1 Karma point (from my own Karma pool) to the first 5 new group members who join after the posting of this announcement and complete one critique. Scribophile gives you 2 points right away when you sign up. So you’ll be that much closer to posting your work and getting critiques!

MEMBERSHIP
Scribophile is free to join and use. There is a premium option which gives you access to additional features. Premium members also get a discount on a Scrivener license! 

HOW DO I JOIN?
1. Sign up for your free account. https://www.scribophile.com/join
3. Use the ‘send me a message’ link beneath my profile picture to request an invite to the group. You can also send me a PM here once you’ve created your Scribophile account.

PLEASE NOTE: You have to sign up for your free account before you will be able to see any content or group pages on the site.  

So if you’re serious about getting feedback and improving your work, come join the party!  Please feel free to PM me with questions, or post them here.
Big shout out to @Billy O’Keefe for the logo, and @alex maher for referring me to Scribophile.

DISCLAIMER: Inkshares and I are in no way officially affiliated with Scribophile. Inkshares is not formally affiliated with this group. I receive no form of compensation from either Scribophile or Inkshares for running this group, or soliciting members at either membership level.