Hello and welcome. The idea for an online writing group came to me as I walked my dog around the park (as good ideas often do) on Sunday 6th January 2013. I’ve recently set up a Feedback section on my main (Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog) blog but that’s just a list of readers / writers willing / offering to provide feedback and they then go off and talk amongst themselves. But I know from my now-weekly Red Pen Critique slot how useful open critique is to other writers.

Within a few hours I’d set up Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group and Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group then thought that a novel writing group was the next step. I also set up Facebook groups for them and there’s one for this group too!

If you’re on Facebook feel free to join us.

The plan is for me to post your novel extract (with a short synopsis) on the home page then list them within the relevant genre heading.

For this site, there’s no lower word count limit, but because of my existing workload (stupidly busy) I am asking for a 1,000-word upper limit (because I will be reading everything I post) but if the natural break is a bit longer, that’s fine.

There’ll be no payment for the stories put on this blog because it’s all about feedback. They will also count as being published so bear this in mind when planning to submit to competitions etc.

Each extract can carry below it a 250-word max third-person biography of the author, one contact link (e.g. their website), one photograph of themselves (if they wish to include one) and a cover of their latest (or favourite) book (if they have one). To submit your extract, see Submissions.

There is no limit to the number of extracts you submit or how often, but they should be reasonably family-friendly, i.e. not overtly gruesome or sexual.

Each new posting is advertised on my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Yahoo profiles so it is a chance for extra traffic to your website too. 🙂

There will be no payment for any content posted on this sites and I do reserve the right to decline your extract if I feel it is inappropriate (i.e. too graphic).

morgen - logo (med)I shall be monitoring comments so please leave positive / constructive feedback. Anything spiteful will be removed (or not approved in the first place).

Thank you for taking part and I hope it proves useful and enjoyable to all concerned.

Morgen With An ‘E’

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Morgen: Does this phrase really apply?
    “They will also count as being published so bear this in mind when planning to submit to competitions etc.”

    I can see where it applies for the short story group, of which I am a ‘member’ but for a novel excerpt I’m not sure. It would certainly make me worry about which novel pieces I would post, because I would hope to have all my novels published someday and not knowing whether that will be through publishers or not yet… well… clarification?

    I’d love to post some extracts, as I’m just now working my way up to a novelist, and feedback would be great. But now I’m a-feared!

  2. Ah… I think you’re absolutely right. There are sites such as You Write On, Authonomy etc. which encourage novel extracts so I would say it doesn’t count (I copied / pasted / tweaked from the short story’s About page). Besides, most authors have the first chapter on their sites as a taster so I would say it is actively encouraged.

    I have recently started http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/novel-nights-in which does run the whole novel in c.10,000 instalments so that would count as publishing. I can’t see any publisher having a beef with a portion being shared, especially if it was to glean feedback that will improve it.

    So, sorry for the confusion, thank you for raising the subject, page amended, and I look forward to receiving your extract. 🙂

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