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Michael Gleich December 17, 2012 - 3:10pm

I've been looking for a place to post my work, having been disappointed in other sites as to the quality of the critiques. I have two books published, Jawbone, a thriller is the recent one that came out in June of this year. I think it's doing well, I'll have a better idea at the end of this month when the royalty payments come out for the quarter.

I hope to meet other serious writers here. I don't mind giving critiques, I have a history of doing a good job on other sites with them. If someone could answer a question I have, I would really appreciate it.

If I have it right, it costs 15 points to submit work. No matter how long or short. But it can't be over 8MB, I think that's what I read. I'm not a computer guy but that's sounds big to me. I work in W.C.

What is the average w.c. submitted?  I read from one of the posts that the fewer words, 2,500 or so get you the most reviews and as it gets higher it becomes less. Do I have that right? To me, when doing a review of someone's work with a high w.c. makes it difficult to do a good job. I'm surprise the system is set up that it costs the same amount of points to submit a short piece as it does a long one. 

I'm working on a dark comedy right now, about a family of witches that have a very successful organic winery in Sonoma. But they come under suspicion when their wines win all the awards, they are not bothered by pests as the other wineries, and their strange lifestyle.

Well, that's about it for me, outside of my writing, I'm an old fat man with an organic vegetable garden, chickens, a mean spirited Chihuahua and a cat I wouldn't know how to live without. I'm married, my spouse, Wally has vascular dementia and with the help of a caregiver, we get along as best we can.  Say hello if you like, I don't bite unless you taste good.

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Seb from Thanet, Kent, UK December 17, 2012 - 3:42pm


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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 17, 2012 - 3:48pm


With the talk of vegetable gardens and chickens, you made me hungry. I'm off to make dinner now.

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly December 17, 2012 - 3:50pm

JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life December 17, 2012 - 3:55pm

Welcome to the LitReactor! I don't know what the average word count is for workshop pieces, but it's very likley less than 5k words. As you read, too many words = not many reviews. Unfortunately you are correct, it costs 15 points to submit a piece, regardless of length. On the bright side, only 5 reviews nets you 15 brand new points! Assuming youre reviews are rated as Very Helpful, which is pretty easy to accomplish.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 17, 2012 - 5:05pm


You'll receive the most reviews from pieces 3k words and under. Most of us here like to LBL, and that can be time consuming, but a great learning experience nonetheless. Myself and several others tend to dig deep when reviewing, going in depth, which lends to more time. But, if you do have a piece that's longer and you see no way to break it up, by all means post it. Also, if you establish yourself as a 'regular' in the workshop, your review count will go up. Those of us who've been here for awhile tend to get more reviews, too. But, reciprocation is key. Someone reviews your work, return the favor. If that person likes your work, you'll find that everytime you post something, they'll usually be one of the reviewers. There are a few people who do that for me, and there are few people whose work I will always review. It's kind of a silent agreement between us. I understand their style and they understand mine. You'll probably also find, after awhile, one or two people whose reviews and comments you really trust. Again, it comes down to that person really understanding your work. I don't know what sites you've been to in the past, but from my experience, this is the best workshop site on the web. The reviews here are top-notch and only one that I can think of off hand was no good to me. That person hasn't been here in quite some time now.

Jump in, get your feet wet and I hope to see you around.


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Michael Gleich December 17, 2012 - 8:06pm

I got my questioned answered and feel right at home. My kind of people. I think I'm gonna like it here.

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines December 17, 2012 - 8:26pm

How much for the organic chihuahua? 



Welcome, Michael Gleich! 


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H.I.Marcuson from Toulouse is reading a book on spelling December 18, 2012 - 7:16am


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Michael Gleich December 18, 2012 - 9:25am

Drea: Buster, Wally's chauhaua, won't leave his side. I do believe he is organic since anything that falls from Wally's lap is eaten. The vacumm cleaner died years ago and has not been replaced. No need with the organic chauhaua who has downed chicken bones whole when I tried to snatch them from him. I've left the side yard opened in hope he would look for a new home but to no avail, the food that falls has made him so rolly-polly he can't leave. He guards Wally like a North Korean soldier, even I, in caring for Wally, have to appease the dog in some way to get near the man. In the appeasment process, he has grown in size to a Macy parade balloon.

Millie, our cat, on the other hand has only one request. Cantalope. She can smell cantalope before I take it out of the bag and when I grow them, she lays among the leaves, rolling in anticipation for the day they are ready. I know when the melon is ripe for plucking, Millie is there sniffing the melon and meowing for a slice. I'd take her to the store so I could easily find a ripe cantalope, but I'm afraid she wouldn't leave.