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Critiques - general
A place to read and critique members' work. NB: some of the best critiquing goes on in "Groups". Either sign up to a group that suits you - or set one up yourself. (Click "Create New" in Groups.)
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"Dear Katie, full marks for opening with the MC's name - often newbie writer" - JtF
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Festival of Writing
The place to talk about the York Festival ... the one that's been and the one that's coming.
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"Mozzie - Book Doctors and agents will have printed copies of submissions fo" - Debi
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Coffee Break - Reviews & Other Discussions
Book reviews, chat & biscuits. A general discussion forum.
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"Eyeballs! That's interesting." - Kate
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Writing Techniques
The place to exchange thoughts and ask for help on writing technique
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"'If there's one thing I've learnt in the past 15 years, it's this; that mur" - Catasshe
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Agents and Publishing - and Getting Published.
Penetrate the mysteries of the publishing industry - and read some excerpts from Harry's book on Getting Published.
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"They pay you to Paypal. Amazon pay directly into my bank?  Check th" - GinnyBitters
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Competitions
Our regular Word Cloud comps. For non-WC competitions see News.
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"Yep, that's what I do every time. Still, the odd malfunction now and again " - John Alty
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The Heated Debate
A regular series of debates about topics of importance to writers and the books trade. We invite major contributors and welcome controversy. Let the Heated Debate begin!
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"I wish there was a +1 button here...Does there even have to be a stable end" - A.R. Carpenter
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How to get around on the Cloud
A place to discuss any technical questions about using this site.
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"@John - I feel a bit like that, too. " - Lizzielion
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Self-publishing
A place to chat about all things self-publishing - and a place to seek and exchange advice & experiences
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"Ah yes, they're definitely one of the ethical ones. Good! Your question abo" - Debi
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The Screenwriters Club
Everything to do with film - A nice civilised sort of place where screenwriters can escape from all those horrible novelists ...
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"Ah, that rings a bell, Hil - thanks" - Squidge
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The Great Word Cloud Bazaar
Have you published (or self-published) a book? If so, use the Bazaar to hawk your wares and garner reviews. Just set up a thread, tell us about your work, and remember to include an Amazon link ...
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"Hope your book is doing well. Good luck with it." - Newbie
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Places to Visit
Fun places on the web for writers and language lovers.
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"A site dedicated to stock characters, plot devices etc.Be prepared to lose " - A.R. Carpenter
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