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PostPosted: 13 Aug 2012, 00:51 
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Posted here and below are several links and page excerpts from the Algonkian Author Salon, and below that, dialogue with a few of the writers. However, more unique and funky writer blather can be found here.

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ABOUT THE ALGONKIAN AUTHOR SALON

The Algonkian Author Salon and its companion Algonkian Novel Writing Courses evolved out of a desire on the part of the ALGONKIAN WRITER CONFERENCES and NEW YORK PITCH FACULTY to create a comprehensive, hook-to-denouement program that would methodically take writers and their novels-in-progress to the next level, i.e., assist with the creation of quality literature in all genres, then work towards commercial publication in a realistic manner.

But first, a considerable amount of new construction was necessary. Algonkian was tasked with providing a storehouse of advanced and pragmatic craft technique, a step-by-step novel writing process at an affordable cost, appropriate writer forums (with realistic critique rules) nested in an interactive website that can be utilized efficiently by writers as well as literary agents, and finally, a comprehensive review of the novel by Algonkian editorial staff with a focus on market positioning, necessary platform, narrative execution, and commercial story premise. And now, between Algonkian Author Salon (AAS) and our AAS NOVEL WRITING COURSES, we've covered all the bases.

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PostPosted: 13 Aug 2012, 00:54 
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"If the work isn’t ready, the writer takes additional feedback and keeps developing the material ... Easy? Not on your life, but this rigorous assessment is what differentiates AS from Yet Another Display Site. Also, you never upload your entire manuscript to the site and all of your work remains your own. The Terms of Use state that the writer retains ownership of her material.

The primary attribute required to be successful on the site is a desire to get better at what you do, no matter who you are and where your skills sit on the continuum of experience and ability. The second attribute is an open mind and a thick skin. You’ll receive critique with greater depth than the typical MFA workshop."

Martina Newhook

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The Ongoing Participation of Literary Agents at Algonkian Author Salon

AAS has invited literary agents from quality agencies, and in various genres, to appear in AAS Author Connect pitch forums. If you think your project is ready, and at the appropriate time, you will post your (novel or NF) pitch. The agents will schedule a time to log into the forum, read your work and comment. Our hope is that relationships will be established that lead to representation and publication.

That is the ultimate goal. If you succeed, we succeed.

In order for writers to qualify for the pitch sessions they must receive appropriate review by Algonkian Author Salon staff, members or faculty, in a pre-pitch review forum. And why? We want you to be prepared, your pitch to be artful, and your novel as competitive as it needs to be.

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"Now that I told you what Author Salon is, I can tell you what it is not. It’s not a writing circle or review site for people who are tinkering with the idea of becoming writers. This is for serious work-to-publish authors. It’s for professionals; those who don’t follow the rules are shown the door. It is also not for the faint-of-heart or thin-skinned. Your peers and the site facilitators will be blunt. If you do not heed their advice, you don’t move up the tiers."

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THE ALGONKIAN AUTHOR SALON THIN SKIN TEST

What type? To put it succinctly, writers who are serious about honing their prose and narrative skills, as well as evolving their current ms into a publishable ms. If this sounds like you, take time read the PROFILE GUIDE and CRITIQUE GUIDE before joining, just to make certain we share common goals. Only strong and supportive community, combined with rigorous critique from qualified peers and professionals active in writer workshops, enables a productive online environment for writers seeking a state of publication.

In case you're not sure if your skin qualifies, we've developed a few skin test questions below you must ask yourself. We know they will dissuade certain writers from joining, and offend others, but we dearly hope to offend the right people. We desire to work exclusively with writers able to take fair and direct critique from their peers and the professionals at Author Salon, and we also wish to avoid time-wasting instances of Offended Writer Syndrome (OWS) which often take place in writer workshops all across America.

Time to take THE THIN SKIN TEST:

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"I've met friendly, creative, determined writers on this site. Their critique comments are well thought through and demonstrate how seriously they take the process and how much they have engaged with my work. Every genre is represented here: young adult, middle grade, fantasy, sci fi, narrative nonfiction, general nonfiction, fiction (women’s upscale, literary, historical), thriller, mystery, detective, romance, paranormal romance. I know I’m missing some. Whatever you write – it's in here and there are plenty of other people in your genre ready to sign on to work with you."

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THE PROJECT PROFILE ON THE AUTHOR SALON

Your project profile at Algonkian Author Salon contains all the information about you and your novel, or nonfiction, an agent needs to know in order to take you seriously as a potential client. But just as importantly, it cajoles you into a process that will assist you in evolving your work. The mere act of addressing the various nuances inherent in your novel or nonfiction while completing the project profile serves the purpose of enabling you to more fully understand what it really takes to envision, structure, write and edit a manuscript that agents and publishing house editors will take seriously. You will come to understand the necessary considerations and edits that will make your work more competitive in the commercial marketplace.

And at such time you critique your work, or work written by your peers, we want you to wear the hat of an agent or editor in this business. See it from their standpoint, not from the standpoint of the average workshop writer. Will you put your career on the line for that novel?

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"And I’ve joined what is a promising venture, the on-line book clearinghouse Author Salon. The idea behind Author Salon, which debuted late last year, is to provide agents and editors information on strongly conceptualized and carefully vetted book projects. To have a project up on Author Salon requires it go through three phases of peer review and critique. Then “marquee” projects become available to the agents and editors (and film people) who enroll in the site. In a sense, it reverses the current paradigm, which forces authors to do the searching."

The process so far has proven enormously useful in helping me to conceptualize the novel and talk about it coherently.

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THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF CRITIQUE ON AUTHOR SALON

Author Salon exists for all those aspiring authors who take their work and time seriously enough to engage in an ongoing and productive evolution of their manuscripts, as well as their prose craft, regardless of whether they intend to become published by a major house or an independent press. Appropriate and honest utilization of AS critique criteria (noted below) in our writer workshops enables a writer to develop a keen editorial sense when it comes to reviewing the work of others, thus making it possible for them to edit their own work in a more productive manner. It also prepares them for the task of effectively communicating with business professionals on the site (editors and agents) regarding any matters or issues associated with the proper rendering of character, narrative, plot, story premise, and all else.

General rules, notes and criteria as follows. Please read the Author Salon STEP BY STEP GUIDE before you read this page.

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"Editors and agents know that by the time writers are sitting in front of them to pitch their work, the facilitators have slapped them into shape; they are ready. So this is an online version of a pitch conference – an ongoing one – but with many added features and in-depth analysis of each author's work.

Through the process of putting the aspects of one’s book into the various categories and elements on the site, one is reminded every so often, that if you don’t want to do the work, this isn’t the place for you. They aren't "nice" but they are clear. Only serious and dedicated writers are welcome."

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"This is why I included the word "serious" in my post title: unlike the label "Author Salon" suggests, this website is NO day at the spa. I could immediately tell that the experts who put the concept together wanted to weed out writers who were not prepared to go the distance with their work. This produces a great side-effect; those that remain are pretty high quality writers, and therefore are able to provide high quality feedback in the peer review process.

And then there are the experts. I never would have expected or asked for this, but some of the administrative staff of the website (experienced editors, published authors, agents, and the like) occasionally take the time to engage Author Salon members in one-on-one discussions about their work-in-progress. Like, in depth discussions. The type of advice that I would have paid real money for if someone had offered me the chance to spend it! I cannot say enough about how great that has been for the progress of THE PROVING."

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"So I was excited when a colleague introduced me to Author Salon, a new initiative aimed at helping authors prepare to pitch and market their manuscripts. It is a win:win community wherein the author is able to hone their work, while agents and publishers can delve in knowing these writers have done their due diligence.

When you sign up for Author Salon there are a lot of questions about your work. Often these questions make you look at your manuscript through new eyes. This is essentially the idea, that you see it not as the writer, but as the agent or publisher."

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PostPosted: 25 Aug 2012, 06:50 
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L,

I thought this was worth mentioning. I finally got to level three of the Welty-Ray narrative tier.

Does anyone know the identity of the author on level two? It looks strangely familiar.

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PostPosted: 02 Sep 2012, 09:10 
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You haven't guessed yet? It's none other than Orson Scott Card himself.

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I'm not surprised. Put his imagination and storytelling art together with Bradbury-like prose and you've got an SF superman.

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Where are you guys with this? http://www.authorsalon.com/craft/view/95/

I'm working to level 3.

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I'm still in transition from Level 2, weeding out "was" and more, but did you see this?

http://www.authorsalon.com/craft/view/105/

We have to reference this from now on once we're in peer groups. It's daunting, but I like.


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Writing a successful first novel is daunting. The second one can be even more daunting. Utilizing your craft properly makes a huge difference. Huge.

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More dialogue going on over here: www.the-writers-block.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=5921&p=25099#p25099

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The Author Salon has undergone a transformation into a publication engine of sorts. Michael told me they're adding lots of agent pitch forums on Author Connect. Novels and pitches will be screened then writers given a password to post.

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