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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Refer people who ask questions that have been discussed over and over again to this topic.

Then post a link to at least one of those discussions with the discussion subject or the frequently asked question as the first word or sentence in the posting.

Examples:

Point of view

link #1

link #2

link #3


why only 13 lines?

link #1

link #2


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POSTING 13 lines IN FRAGMENTS & FEEDBACK

Although there are a number of places that discuss the 13-line rule, it seemed like it might be easier to just stick a synopsis here rather than link to one, since such discussions tend to be buried among critiques.


* How long is 13 lines?

This is measured by how it looks, not in your browser, but on a printed page (or in your word processor) in manuscript format. This means 1" margins, and a 12-point non-proportional font, like Courier (not Times Roman, or Arial, or even AmericanTypewriter, all of which are proportional, meaning that different letters take different amounts of space). If your story is already in manuscript format, you can just copy the first 13 lines and paste them into your post. If it isn't, convert it first. (It's all right--encouraged, even--to add an extra blank line between paragraphs when posting, since paragraph indents won't show up. These extra lines do not count toward the 13 line limit.)


* Why only 13 lines?

Two reasons: 1) On a properly formatted manuscript, with your address and wordcount at the top, and the title and author a third of the way down the page, the first line of text should start in the middle of the page. That means that 13 lines will bring you to the end of the first page. Many editors use the "first page" rule to decide whether to read on, or to reject the manuscript. So that's how long you have to convince a reader that he wants to turn the page. 2) Posting too much of your story on any publicly accessible internet site (like this one) counts as publication. Since most magazines only buy First NA Serial rights, that means that if you post too much of your story here, it will be ineligible for publication anywhere else (except in one of the rare, and generally low-paying, markets that accept reprints). Therefore, the 13-line limit protects your rights.


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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How do I delete something I've posted?

How do I delete a topic I've started?

Answer: the software for this forum is set up so that only I can delete posts or topics.

So, if you need something deleted, please feel free to email me about it.


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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How do I put something I want quoted in that little indented space with the lines above and below?

Answer: put the word QUOTE inside of square brackets [ ] at the beginning of what you want to quote and then put /QUOTE inside of square brackets at the end of what you want quoted.


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Is there a way to look at the posts in a topic while I am replying to that topic?

Answer: if you will scroll down below the reply box, you will see a box that contains the page showing the topic you are replying to. You can use the scroll bar on that box to allow you to see any part of the topic you wish.


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Question: How do I fix it so that I don't have to type my username and password in every time I want to post?

You can have the Hatrack web software save your username and password for a year at a time by selecting "preferences" (the middle choice between "register" and "faq") under Hatrack River Writers Workshop near the upper right hand corner of each page.

Near the bottom of the preferences page is
quote:Store Username & Password in browser memory for 1 year (otherwise you will have to type your username and password once per browser session) with a "radio" button to the side that lets you choose Yes or No


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Question: Is there anyway to find all my old posts?

If you will click on the search link (under the words Hatrack River Writers Workshop near the upper right hand corner of each page), you can specify that you want the website software to find all the posts with your username (it's one of the choices near the bottom of the list of search options).

The software will give you a list of the topics in which you have posted.


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Not frequently asked questions, but similar types of things that I wish I had noticed early on.
  • How do I see all of today's posts in all groups?

    Go to the main page (here), and look under the Ultimate Bulletin Board logo. Click where it says, "Click Here To View Today's Active Topics (all public forums)".

  • I like the way you embedded that link around the word "here" in the bullet above. How did you do that?

    To see how anyone did anything, you can click the "edit post" button (the paper and pencil) as if you were editing your own post. You'll see everything the poster did. You won't be able to change it, because you won't have the password, but you'll be able to see what she did, copy and paste, etc.

  • How do I get back to the main page quickly?

    Click on the Ultimate Bulletin Board logo on any page.

    [This message has been edited by oliverhouse (edited January 20, 2007).]


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  • bro-k
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    With regards to the 13 lines.
    I have a prolog that kind of sets up the world, giving background that i feel is helpful, I personally like books that take time to do this, might be a mistake I'm not sure. Then I have chapter 1 where the story takes off.
    Can I post 13 lines of the prolog to see what people think and then 13 lines of chapter 1 where the character is actually introduced?
    I'd like feedback on both but don't want to go bending rules.
    thanks

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    Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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    Yes, you can post the first 13 lines of the prologue in one topic, and the first 13 lines of chapter one in another topic.

    Why we have the 13-line rule:

    http://www.hatrack.com/forums/writers/forum/Forum6/HTML/000001.html


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    Phillip L
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    Just curious, when does the "New Member" change to "Member"?
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    Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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    quote:
    when does the "New Member" change to "Member"?

    After nine posts.


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    Phillip L
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    Thank you
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    How do I make things bold? Italicized?
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    Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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    quote:
    How do I make things bold? Italicized?

    The same way you put something in a quote box.

    For bold, you put the letter b inside [ ] at the beginning of whatever you want in bold, and /b inside [ ] at the end of whatever you want in bold.

    For italics, you put i and /i in [ ] at the beginning and end (respectively) of what you want in italics.

    You can see how I've done it by clicking on the edit icon (the little pencil and paper icon--the third of three icons next to the date and time of this post) above this post.

    Edited to add:

    to the left of the reply box (that you get after you click on "Post a Reply")

    under the words "Your Reply:"

    are these words:

    *HTML is OFF
    *UBB Code is ON
    [IMG] UBB Code Not Allowed!

    Smilies Legend

    *UBB Code is ON and Smilies Legend should be underlined, meaning they are links.

    If you click on those links, they will take you to pages that will show you how to do fancy things in your posts.

    [This message has been edited by Kathleen Dalton Woodbury (edited April 24, 2008).]


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    quote:
    If I tell someone to send me their story, how do they get my email address?

    Every time you post, unless you have indicated in your profile that you don't want to show your email address, there are three icons to the right of the date and time of your post.

    The first one is a rectangle with a question mark in it. That's a link to your profile and your email address is part of that.

    The second one represents an envelope, and that's a link to a page that shows just your email address (with a link that will let someone send you an email).

    The third one represents a pencil and paper, and that's the edit link so that you can edit your posts if you need to.

    If your email address is not available, the envelope icon will not show when you post, but if it's there, then people should be able to send you their manuscripts in email.


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    Why do topics disappear and have to be "bumped"?

    Because of something you set in your preferences.

    Near the bottom of your preferences page, there is something called the Default Topic View. It's a drop-down menu that lets you choose how long a topic shows on your screen. You can select anything from "show topics from last day" all the way to "show all topics." Mine is set at "show topics from last 45 days" and when I can't see important topics any more, I "bump" them.

    If you want to see older topics without changing your preferences, you can go into the topic list for an area and look under the "Post New Topic" button. The same drop-down menu is there, and you can use it to see all of the topics or just those from a given number of days ago, up to 100 days, or up to the last year.


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    posting so this topic will be visible
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