- These rules are not set in stone, and I may change them any time I feel it necessary or appropriate.
- Please send me a polished scene. One typo is understandable. Multiple typos/misspellings/errors in punctuation and grammar mean your scene is not ready for critique.
- Send your scene to me with the text pasted into the body of a plain-text email (in the menu bar up top) with a subject line of: Action scene critique request. Your text should be single-spaced with an extra line break between paragraphs, not in standard manuscript format. Do not send me an attachment or I will delete it unread. You may include a brief paragraph introduction to set up the scene if you feel it is needed. This doesn’t count toward your 500 words, but please respect my request to keep it brief. I will send you a reply to let you know I have received your submission. If you don’t receive a reply within a week, you may resubmit.
- Do not send multiple scenes to me. Once one of yours has appeared in a post and been critiqued, you may send another one. This is to give everyone who wants their scene critiqued a chance. Also, don’t revise your scene and resubmit it to me.
- By submitting a scene to me, you are giving me permission to post it, with my comments, on this site. You also give permission for others to leave comments. I will not moderate comments unless they become rude/trollish/offensive/or unrelated to the post, at which point I may delete comments or switch to full moderation (which will inhibit dialogue between commenters, unfortunately). I will not post your scene with your name attached. If you want to identify yourself, you can do so in the comments. You retain all rights to your work.
- There is no Rule 6.
- My critique is intended to help you improve your action scene and see things you might otherwise not find on your own. Please don’t feel like I am critiquing you as a person; I only want to help you write better action scenes.
- If for some reason, you wish to have your scene deleted after I post the critique, you need to email me with a request to do so. If you make that request, you may not submit a new action scene to me for a period of six months from the date of the original post. This is to keep writers from abusing the privilege of getting critiqued without allowing for other readers to comment. Part of the critique process is listening to multiple opinions, not just mine.
- Please do not email me asking when your scene will post. It may be days, weeks, or months before it does, depending upon how many submissions are in the queue ahead of you. Honestly, I’d like to have the problem of more scenes than I know what to do with, because that means it’s working.
- I reserve the right not to post any scene for any reason.
Finally, please note: I am not an agent. Please don’t query me. I have no power to get you published. I also have a policy against reading your work beyond the scope of your submitted action scenes, so please don’t ask me to.
If you have any other questions, please email me.
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