Frequently Asked Questions Answered Below
Where writers learn to balance craft with market and become published.
How do I get started? Must I Apply First?
To begin, go our INTRODUCTION AND FIRST STEPS page. You have options. In general, you endeavor to fill out your bio and project profile (fiction or nonfiction) in all categories. All writers remain in "Pending Status" until such time their bio and project profiles are reviewed and approved. In most cases, a decision is made within 48 hours.
What Kind of Writer Are You Looking For?
Serious and dedicated writers who have reached a cognizance of their need for productive and methodical critique, advanced craft technique, and professional review. In short, we're looking for the type of writer who can become a commercially successful author.
What if I am Already a Published Author?
It makes no difference. If you believe AS or our Algonkian Novel Writing Program can help you, feel free to sign up.
Do You Address the Needs of eBook Fiction Authors Also?
In truth, it makes no difference, eBook or otherwise. The many and various craft skills required, the art of good storytelling, as well as the support mechanisms and market smarts (knowing what your particular reader craves), apply to writing any type of novel-length fiction. Just because you wish to publish or self-publish an eBook shouldn't disallow or prevent you from learning how to write well in the first place.
What About Self-Published Authors? Is This a YADS?
Many self-published authors are good writers, but why is it that so many appear to eschew craft, market, and the art of good storytelling? If you are a hobbyist, we're not for you, but if you really wish to compete, we're here to make you as competitive as possible. As such, Author Salon classifies as a DEEP ("Display, Educate, and Evolve the Project") website, rather than an ineffective YADS ( "Yet Another Display Site").
What Forms and Genres Do You Work With?
All fiction genres including mystery, women's fiction both serious and light, upmarket/literary, thrillers and detective, SF/F, YA Fantasy, erotica, YA, urban fantasy, and the romance genres. Non-Fiction projects including memoir and narrative nonfiction.
What is The Author Salon Profile Anyway?
At first glance, the profile visually resembles a CLASSIC SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE profile with photo, writer peer friends, email, chat link, etc.. It consists of several categories divided into multiple pages that address not only your bio, but all important matters related to the market, structure, and composition of your fiction or nonfiction project. The AUTHOR SALON PROFILE was designed, tested, and approved by professionals in the business including authors, agents, and editors. We know it performs magnificently when it comes to showcasing your project. Just as importantly, the very nature of it cajoles you into making important realizations about your project in terms of its quality on all levels.
What if I Have More Than one Project?
That is fine. You'll need to create one profile for one project (fiction or nonfiction) and a separate profile for a second project (fiction or nonfiction). Limit two projects. You do not have to pay for a second project profile. Once you initiate the signup process for a second time, complete the process but simply do not pay the membership fee at the end. Contact us using the CONTACT FORM, note your current user name, and we will verify, then approve you.
The Cost to Join This Project Development and Network Site?
Upon acceptance following PROFILE APPLICATION, annual membership to the Algonkian Author Salon website is $50.97.
How Do I Get Agents or Publishers to See My Work?
You get them to see your work by joining Author Salon, but we don't wait for them to leisurely find you. We keep them updated on promising projects and alert them when top-notch work is ready to be read. Also, agents and editors can do general searches, browse, but they connect more frequently with our writers who by definition are the most accomplished authors and writers on Author Salon; however, other agents, especially those relatively new in the business, sometimes wish to make a connection with an up and coming writer if their works-in-progress appear high concept and their prose promising. In either case, if a professional wishes to read the ms, they will request a partial or full submission from the writer via the site using their own account.
The following is a sample of film producers, literary agencies and publishers, with presence on Author Salon and/or communicating with Author Salon regarding nascent authors and marketable commercial projects extant on the Author Salon website: ANDREA HURST AGENCY, LARSEN POMADA AGENCY, KIMBERLY CAMERON AGENCY, GAIL ROSS AGENCY. THE RIGHTS FACTORY, ATCHITY ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL, SANDRA DIJKSTRA AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE MANAGEMENT, WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY, FINE PRINT LITERARY AGENCY, RANDOM HOUSE, PENGUIN GROUP USA, TOR BOOKS, ST. MARTINS, HARPER COLLINS, HARCOURT BRACE JOVANOVICH.
Is My Work Safe? Can Anyone View My Project?
Your profile and project are not visible to those who are not registered members of the site (whose records are available to us), and your manuscript never appears on the site, but might be requested by editors or agents. Screenplay writers make their projects available for producers and studio execs every day on websites like INK TIP and others. If you're concerned, keep in mind that 99.99 percent of writers are too egoistic to pinch ideas in the first place, and even if one was low enough to "steal" a story idea or a fragment of plot, it would still take them years to produce a complete book-length manuscript (if ever), and anyone who would do something like that is a lazy writer by definition and therefore demonstrates an innate inability to compete with the source writer supported by the resources of Author Salon who has the real passion and will to write the work to successful completion.
However, if you remain concerned we advise you register your relevant work with Writers Guild of America, and you can do this via the WGA WEBSITE. The cost is $20 for non-members, $10 for members. You can register electronically or send them a printed copy in the mail. You can also register your story concept.
Does Author Salon Offer Courses?
Yes. We have developed a comprehensive 16 module commercial novel writing program. We feel it is one of the best programs out there, if not *the* best, but we are naturally biased. You can find at ON THIS PAGE.
Is There a Guide To Assist With Profile Completion?
Yes, and you can FIND IT HERE. You must review it carefully before, during, and immediately upon completing your bio and project profile. A proper review will make the difference between success and failure.
What is The Critique Process?
For details on our critique criteria and the process of forming effective writer peer groups on Author Salon, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
What Are the Tech Benefits to Joining Author Salon?
A list and explanation of the tech benefits can be FOUND HERE. They include live chat, email, crit space, advanced social media forums, and more.
We do not share your private information with third parties, or even second parties for that matter. We share it with no one. Also, unlike Facebook, only members can read your profile.
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