Wednesday, September 14, 2011

HASA news - reviewed stories

Since the previous Bulletin, 3 stories have been reviewed and there are currently also 6 stories in review. Make an author's day and review a story!

As I type this, there are 6 stories waiting for your review (remember to log in before you follow the link).

Member participation is crucial for reviews. The more people are involved in reviewing, the more different opinions are represented. Just as importantly, having more people involved means that stories pass through review more quickly - which is good for everyone. If you are an active reviewer, why not go and check out a story?

Or, if you are a writer, take the plunge and submit a story for review; and when you do, remember: Put one in, take one out.

By submitting a story for review, you are asking nine other members to read and evaluate it. So why not do for the other authors who have a story in review what you'd like other reviewers to do for you: check out one of the stories already in review and give it a read.

Becoming a reviewer

If you're not an active reviewer, but think you can spare a bit of time... – even if you just review one or two stories in a month, every review is welcome. If you are logged in, you can sign up here if you've been a member of HASA for thirty days or more.

Daunted by the idea of reviewing? Don't worry, reviewing at its simplest comes down to asking yourself: "Would I recommend this story to someone?" Then, whether the answer is 'yes' or 'no', you can make a choice from the capsule reasons to clarify your decision. If you want to, you can add a few more words to convey what you (dis)liked about the story, but just the capsule reason is perfectly fine as well.

And remember: even if you think you're too critical or not critical enough: your review is only one of nine, and all points of view are welcome. Not every reviewer has to review every story and in the end it does all level out to a balanced judgement.

Reviewed story spotlight

These stories have passed through review since the previous bulletin. Congratulations to all authors; well done!

Empty Handed by Larner

Rating: General
Genre:  Humor
Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Summary: Although she claimed to have come for reasons of charity, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins had hopes of something for herself when she went into Bilbo's study--until that faunt spoiled it all!

Needle-Point by Wheelrider

Rating: General
Genre:  Romance
Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War
Summary: It's a long ride back to Edoras.

Battle upon the Quays by Imhiriel

Rating: General
Genre:  Action
Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Summary: The last thoughts of the Captain of the Havens of Umbar. Drabble. MEFAwards 2008: Nominee – Races: Men: General Drabbles

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