Default Rules

0. Every reader is entitled to make up his own rules. Reader's rules supersede the rules below whenever there is a conflict.

1. When you need an opinion about a manuscript, select a W.E. member and ask him or her to read it.

2. If writing by snail, enclose the manuscript with the request to read it unless the reader's description says that he requires notice. If writing by e-mail, do NOT attach anything without permission unless the reader's description states that he does not mind attachments.

3. Enclose a stamped and addressed envelope for the reader to return the manuscript in. If the ms. crosses a national boundary, enclose an addressed envelope and loose stamps for the reader to use on his own SASEs. (To fit a #10 envelope into a #10 envelope, fold it in thirds. To put a 9 x 12 envelope into another, fold it in half.)

4. If you know that the reader does not like to comment directly on the ms, you may ask him to discard it, but you should normally provide for its return. Expect it to be marked up.


6. Writers who want more than one opinion at a time may ask the reader to mail the ms. to another reader instead of returning it. Enclose a stamped, addressed envelope for each reader and one for return. (Each reader on a robin should use a different color of ink to mark the manuscript.)

7. Don't send more than 40 pages without prior consent unless the reader's entry in the membership list states that he doesn't mind long manuscripts.

8. Early drafts need not be in the standard format you would submit to an editor, but they must be easy to read. Note: the standard manuscript format is designed to be easy for a typesetter to copy. When you vary from the standard format, you are saying "I don't expect this version to be printed."

8. Single spacing and typing on both sides are presumed acceptable. (If you expect lots of marks, leave room for them.) It's a good idea to print single-spaced mss.in two columns to make them easier to read. Assume that mss. must be on paper unless the reader lists the formats that he can read.

9. You may write to a W.E. member even if you are not a member. W.E. accepts members whose addresses are not listed in WEB.

Comments and suggestions for improving these rules are welcome.

It's Alive!

Well, maybe. I've been asked to try to resurrect the Writers' Exchange.  This time the main action is electronic and snail mail is the optional extra.

To join, post here or e-mail me your write-up.  (Name, contact information, anything else you want new members to know.)

I've been getting spam and don't want to post my address here, but there are mailto links on my web pages.

The default rules are still good.  Instead of a paper newsletter, I'll e-mail the mailing list to new members.  (I will snail on request.)  I can also put notices on the WE Web page at http://n3f.home.comcast.net/~n3f/.http.  The W.E. website is mirrored on my new site at http://wlweather.net/N3F/

It would be good to have a second maintainer so that the Exchange doesn't go down the tubes if I'm run over by a bus or otherwise fafiate.

In addition to the round robins of our paper days, we can have bouncing-robin discussions of manuscripts.  In a bouncing robin, the manuscript is e-mailed to a list, and all comments are also e-mailed to everyone on the list. (Perhaps I should edit the Default Rules to mention this possibility.)

Joy Beeson, WEBhead. (The "B" stands for Bureau.)


Near as I can make out, one can't edit a community posting. (Makes sense, I guess.) Please insert "story" after "5300" in my previous post.


New Member

W.E. has a new member, who has written a 5300 story. He would like to have someone beta-read it before he submits it to the N3F Short Story Contest.

Drop me a note and I'll send you his contact information.

Joy Beeson, W.E. Bureau Head