Forum Suggestions Box

New member introductions, suggestions for the Forums, questions about posting, and important announcements.
Post Reply
User avatar
Nathan Bransford
Posts: 1372
Joined: December 4th, 2009, 11:17 pm
Location: New York, NY
Contact:

Forum Suggestions Box

Post by Nathan Bransford » February 8th, 2010, 7:57 pm

Hey all, now that we've had the forums around for a couple of months I thought I'd check in to see if you have any thoughts/questions/suggestions on how to improve the forums. Do you like the subcategories? Think we need more/less? Any features you'd like to see?

Thanks so much for participating, I'm really enjoying reading all of the different topics each day. Fun fun!

User avatar
charlotte49ers
Posts: 281
Joined: January 14th, 2010, 7:35 pm
Location: Georgia
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by charlotte49ers » February 8th, 2010, 8:09 pm

I'm really liking the forums so far! Really nice addition. :-)

I can only think of a few suggestions. You might want to end up separating the agent and query stuff (I know you kicked this around). I'm afraid questions will eventually get buried in the mass of query letters as your forum grows.

Also, this is an actual forum option that I'm not even sure is possible with what you've used (I'm only familiar with vbulletin's inner workings), but you know how you can hover over a topic and get a short preview? Is there anyway to do that with this? I'm just lazy, really. So if not, it ain't no thang.

Thanks for creating this for all of us. :-)

User avatar
JustineDell
Posts: 293
Joined: January 15th, 2010, 11:38 am
Location: Indiana
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by JustineDell » February 8th, 2010, 8:13 pm

Ditto....totally LOVE the forums. I really spend too much time on it though (laughing at myself).

Unless I'm totally stupid (which is entirely possible) I haven't figured out how to delete a post I started. Is there a way to do that? I guess I was thinking that maybe once something ran it's course, it could be deleted? I realize that there are new members joining everyday and they may want to go back and look at all the old topics, so I guess I am thinking more along the lines of the query topcis we start. Once our queries are done, is there a way to take them down? If not - can there be?

Much thanks for the forums Nathan!!!

~JD

http://www.justine-dell.blogspot.com/

"Three things in life that, once gone, never return; Time, Words, & Opportunity"

User avatar
christi
Posts: 166
Joined: January 31st, 2010, 3:54 pm
Location: Texas
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by christi » February 8th, 2010, 8:16 pm

I don't know if it needs to be a subcategory or not, but it might be if a lot of people want to do it: There's a lot of us helping with queries and also PMing for review of sections and chapters we want opinions on/tightening up suggestions, that sort of thing. Maybe a subcategory for posting this sort of thing would be nice, and cleaner if it were separate from the usual forum traffic.

I also concur that we are doing a lot of query stuff on the 'Agent' section, so it might need to be separated to avoid burying needed help too quickly. I love this aspect of your forum, btw. It's amazing how easy it is to help others when compared to writing your own!
Would you sign my story for a Klondike bar?

http://christigoddard.blogspot.com/

User avatar
Holly
Posts: 500
Joined: December 21st, 2009, 9:42 pm
Location: Gettysburg, PA
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by Holly » February 8th, 2010, 8:54 pm

I love the friendly tone of the forums. My suggestion: add subcategories under your five main topics before the forums grow into a Baby Huey.
Last edited by Holly on February 8th, 2010, 8:59 pm, edited 1 time in total.

r louis scott
Posts: 118
Joined: December 14th, 2009, 7:36 pm
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by r louis scott » February 8th, 2010, 8:55 pm

I'm enjoying the forums quite a bit. I wish I was a little better at keeping track of which ones I had read and posted in though.

User avatar
Seamus
Posts: 67
Joined: January 5th, 2010, 12:56 pm
Location: Rockville, MD
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by Seamus » February 8th, 2010, 9:08 pm

I am enjoying the forums and checking them entirely too often. Does anyone else think there is room for some modest critique. Nothing as high-commitment as critiquing chapters -- maybe no more than 400 or 500 word jags. You'd have to figure out how to make that day's writing sample all there is to talk about that day.
J. Seamus Welsh
welsh.john.seamus@gmail.com
Blog (a playful place to experiment with character voices): http://oh-thereyouare.blogspot.com/
Website (shameless self-promotion): http://www.inwrittenform.com

User avatar
Jaime
Posts: 159
Joined: December 7th, 2009, 7:00 pm
Location: Australia
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by Jaime » February 8th, 2010, 11:52 pm

Ummm, maybe make them less addictive? Ha! No, seriously . . .

I think Seamus made a good suggestion about possibly having a writing critique section, and I agree that maybe there could be a sub-category for query critiques.

I was also wondering how you would feel about a competitions section? I don't read every blog under the sun, but I stumbled across an agent blog last week by chance, announcing that they are having a submissions pitch this week which suits my manuscript perfectly. Maybe it would give your followers (and I mean that in a non-Simpsons' 'Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na- Leader' kind of way) more opportunities to put their work in front of agents - especially in categories that you don't rep??

And, Nathan, thanks so much for making these forums. I finally have a place where I can talk to other writers!

User avatar
Dankrubis
Posts: 99
Joined: December 11th, 2009, 3:48 pm
Location: Irvine, CA
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by Dankrubis » February 9th, 2010, 2:20 am

I agree, I'd love to critique! Have a forum where people post not only their queries, but excerpts, short stories, first pages, first paragraphs, etc. Hell, if a query is good enough, I wouldn't mind critiquing an entire manuscript.

Bron
Posts: 71
Joined: December 21st, 2009, 6:21 pm
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by Bron » February 9th, 2010, 6:29 am

I don't have any ideas of my own, but I wanted to second a few. I like the idea of having sub-categories, especially on the Finding an Agent section. I also like the idea of being able to critique people's first pages, etc. And the Ask Nathan thread is very interesting!

User avatar
Dankrubis
Posts: 99
Joined: December 11th, 2009, 3:48 pm
Location: Irvine, CA
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by Dankrubis » February 9th, 2010, 5:01 pm

Another suggestion- A TV Subcategory. It is a bit of a running theme on your blog.

User avatar
Mira
Posts: 1354
Joined: December 7th, 2009, 9:59 am
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by Mira » February 10th, 2010, 11:22 am

Oh good, a suggestion thread. I always have suggestions. For what they are worth. :)

Here's my suggestion: I'd love to see two more categories. An "All about the forum" catagory, and a "All about critique" catagory. I know you want to keep the category numbers down, but two more would still keep it pretty small.

The agent thread is just getting lost in all the queries. There are lots of interesting things to talk about regarding agents and it would be great to have a space devoted just to that. And no, I'm not going to use this forum to rant about the industry - that's not my motivation, it's not appropriate here - it just would be nice to talk agenting. And an 'all about critique' thread, or whatever you wanted to name it, opens the door for critique of queries, first pages, etc., all of which would be interesting to folks, I think.

The nice thing about a category devoted completely to the forums is it builds community. You can have a suggestion thread up at all times, explanation threads, welcome to newbies thread, etc. It also gives a chance for informal leadership to develop. Informal leadership on forums is part of what builds them; when you have people taking ownership, welcoming newcomers, telling them the 'rules', developing connections.

Anyway, those are my suggestions, thanks for giving me a chance to suggest them. :)

User avatar
marilyn peake
Posts: 304
Joined: December 7th, 2009, 4:29 pm
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by marilyn peake » February 10th, 2010, 3:14 pm

I love these Forums, Nathan. Thank you so much for creating them, and for asking for suggestions!

I love Seamus’s suggestion for a critique section where individual samples could be critiqued for an entire day.

I also love Jaime’s suggestion for a competitions section.

And I’d love to see a section where Forum members could post excerpts just to share without asking for critiques.
Marilyn Peake

Novels: THE FISHERMAN’S SON TRILOGY and GODS IN THE MACHINE. Numerous short stories. Contributor to BOOK: THE SEQUEL. Editor of several additional books. Awards include Silver Award, 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards.

User avatar
Nathan Bransford
Posts: 1372
Joined: December 4th, 2009, 11:17 pm
Location: New York, NY
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by Nathan Bransford » February 10th, 2010, 8:43 pm

Thanks so much for the suggestions, everyone! I created a new forum specifically for All Things Feedback - query critiques, first pages, etc. Hopefully this will leave the Finding an Agent forum clear for questions and will clarify things. I went ahead and moved all of the Feedbacky things into the new forum. Let me know if I missed anything.

User avatar
Mira
Posts: 1354
Joined: December 7th, 2009, 9:59 am
Contact:

Re: Forum Suggestions?

Post by Mira » February 11th, 2010, 1:50 pm

Nathan - thank you! :)

Much prefer the term 'feedback.' :)

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest