Five 5 W's of Feedback
is the coin of the realm for fan fiction writers. It is pure gold for
those who receive no other form of payment.
you should send feedback to authors:
you liked the story and want to encourage the author to write
you read something particularly thought-provoking and want to
comment on it or discuss it
you saw an error and want to alert the author to it so she/he
may correct it. It is best to send these privately.
you haven't sent feedback to authors:
it takes time to go back online to send feedback after you've
downloaded the story and read it
you didn't like the story
you don't post, preferring to remain anonymous and lurk
other than "Loved the story", you can't think of any
superlatives that could possibly cover your emotions
you've read others' comments on the story and are afraid yours
are not clever or witty enough
many have already praised the story, so you figure that is enough;
more might encourage the author to consider abandoning her/his day job
to pursue a writing career <g>
to send feedback to the writers:
after you read the story at the Channel QOS-VS site, click on
the author's email address at either the top or bottom of the story.
This opens your email composer program and you can write your message
on the Channel QOS-VS Forum, click in the New Message button
and compose your comments
go back online before you forget, go to your email composer or
to the archive and write a nice letter to the author.
authors like to hear in feedback:
the story worked and many people liked it. The only way to know
this for sure is from what people tell you about it.
there were some errors that need fixing.
if there was something that the reader didn't like in regard
to the story or the writing. These comments are usually very welcome
when stated politely, with suggestions for improvement (technical aspects
only) and not in too much detail (An author may write back to ask for
more. This could be the beginning of a beautiful beta friendship) And
with something nice before and after to take the sting out.
something about the story really "clicked" with the
reader and he/she wrote to tell you about it
the reader enjoyed the story but has teased you about some aspects
of it. Feedback doesn't always have to serious or declaiming wild praise.
A little joshing is also fun for both author and reader.
not to put into feedback:
personal attacks on the writer... or the characters. The characters
are alive to writers, that is how they can bring them alive for you.
You don't have to like them or how the author has portrayed them, but
treat them with respect.
comments that have no purpose but to pick apart the story. If
you are not going to suggest how it can improved, it is unhelpful to
send a list of its failings.
suggestions not to quit your day job. We all know that already.
to send feedback about a story:
the best time is as soon as you have read it. Otherwise, you
might forget and lose an opportunity to make someone's day with a gift
anytime at all even months later, authors appreciate that
you remembered the story or just found it and took the time to write
to thank them for it.
put yourself in the position of the writer, you might think differently
about sharing your thoughts and comments on their stories. Imagine spending
hours writing a story, summoning up the courage to post it in a public
place, then waiting for the response. It is quite daunting, even for
veteran writers to put their work in a public place to be discussed
or dismissed. It is especially disappointing for new writers who are
nervous anyway about posting for the first few times to receive no feedback
on their efforts. How can they improve, or will they even try again,
if no one tells them they liked their work?
enjoyed bringing these new stories to you for the Queen of Swords Virtual
Second Season. We would love to hear what you think of our efforts.
Please send our authors feedback.
Maril - Eliza
- JoLayne - Terry
- John - Adrian