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The Fate of The Houses

Discussion in 'Café Life' started by AgentPete, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. AgentPete

    AgentPete Capo Famiglia Staff Member

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    Now we have the technology in place for Writing Groups, I’m inclined to deprecate The Houses. Any views on this?
     
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  2. Katie-Ellen Hazeldine

    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine Venerated Member Founding Member

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    They arrived amid a flurry of anticipation, but I think they spread us too thin, and some worried about how to share, while protecting their work.

    I did get benefit from them myself, however. Much valuable feedback re novel and and emergent novel 2.
     
  3. Marc Joan

    Marc Joan Venerated Member Founding Member

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    Makes sense to me.
     
  4. Carol Rose

    Carol Rose Venerated Member Founding Member

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    I agree :)
     
  5. Robinne Weiss

    Robinne Weiss Venerated Member

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    Yep, that seems reasonable.
     
  6. Quillwitch

    Quillwitch Venerated Member

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    Sounds logical. But bring back the rapturous dinosaur emoji!
     
  7. Kitty

    Kitty Distinguished Member

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    It makes sense to keep to one critiquing model and the houses have been very quiet recently. However I will be sad to say goodbye to them as I learned a huge amount from sharing my work here on Litopia and the high quality critiques I received. I also reckon I learned at least as much from reading other people's critiques as I did from giving and receiving critiques myself. So thank you to the houses and I look forward to seeing how the new groups evolve.
     
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  8. AgentPete

    AgentPete Capo Famiglia Staff Member

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    Rapts are shy, sensitive and rare, find them where you are able...
     
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  9. Katie-Ellen Hazeldine

    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine Venerated Member Founding Member

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    Oh I see....well so long as it isn't a case of

    The fronds part

    He looks, sees a golden narrowed eye looking back at him

    The alpha raptor

    Clever girl

    he says, knowing himself outflanked; last words, and then

    begins the screaming.
     
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  10. Lex Black

    Lex Black Respected Member

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    For edification, can you lay out in simple terms how a writer's group will work, in contrast to the Houses as they are now?
     
  11. Katie-Ellen Hazeldine

    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine Venerated Member Founding Member

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    As I understand it, The Houses were haunts for writers identifying with a particular genre/market to get feedback from all and any other members of Litopia. Some were sure about their target market, some less so. Some were anxious about revealing/sharing work in progress, even in a semi-private online place.

    The writer's groups will be project/book centred, groups created by individual writers for focus on a WIP, and the writer also controls the audience and reviewers for that project.
     
  12. AgentPete

    AgentPete Capo Famiglia Staff Member

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    Yes, Katie is exactly right.

    There are two roles – Writer and Reviewer. The Writer is totally in charge – s/he creates the Group, and can invite one or more Reviewers into it. I expect that many Groups will consist of only two people, but more is possible. And of course, you can create a Group, work on the feedback, and then create another Group for the same project a little further down the line, for more feedback, from other Reviewers.

    It’s much more flexible. There is no bar to entry, as there was in the original Houses system (which pretty much mirrored the publishing industry as it was then). And the overwhelming emphasis is on developing powerful, effective writing. Whichever route to market you choose, traditional or self-pub, it’s the power of the words that really counts with today’s reader.

    So... more of a laboratory, less of a beauty contest.
     
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  13. AgentPete

    AgentPete Capo Famiglia Staff Member

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    OK, I'll remove The Houses over the weekend. If you have material there you need to salvage, please do it asap.

    They won't be deleted immediately, just removed from view so that people don't use them in preference to the new Writing Groups system.
     
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