Friday, September 20, 2013

Where's your Rating?

With the additional email volume we received during the last submission window, please give us until sometime in October to return submissions. Thank you! Feel free to send us Birthday wishes if you'd like, too (Our 2nd birthday is October 1).

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rate Your Story New Membership Options - Let's Hear From You!

Dear Rate Your Story Fans,

I can't believe how quickly the time has gone. Rate Your Story is turning two years old on October 1st! With that announcement, I bring a few tidbits of exciting news.

As you know, we've read and rated thousands of submissions since we first opened. I have been so grateful to the volunteer judges who spend hours each month reading and rating your manuscripts, and offer free advice to guide you on your path to publication.

Many of you have expressed sincere gratitude and enthusiasm for the service we provide. Many of you have emailed us to share good news about your work that was once submitted to RYS. Others have said that the revision suggestions offered have shaped and guided your next drafts.

My hope is not only to keep the site operational, but to expand our offerings. In order to be able to continue pouring in the time and effort to run a site whose submission numbers are increasing each month, we are excited to begin offering New Membership Options. These reasonable fee-based options will give our users the chance to let Rate Your Story provide an even more customized service and additional services we haven't offered before.

These may include:

  • Priority Inbox Treatment
  • Multiple Submissions Per Month
  • Open Submissions Window
  • Referrals to Literary Agents and/or Editors
  • Reduced Fees for Professional Critiques
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Annual Writing Contest or Rating Face-offs w/Prizes
  • Additional Guest Blog Posts or Interview/Videos from Agents, Editors, and Authors
  • Market Guides / Call for Submissions Updates/Links
  • Non-anonymous Judging
  • Invite to Private Writing Retreats or Workshops (online or on-location)
  • Less Stringent Submission Guidelines
  • Pitch or Query Contests

Before we post the official New Membership Option choices, we want to hear from YOU. Which of these elements is most important to you? How can we shape our Membership options to fit your needs? What services should we keep?

Please email us at RATEYOURSTORY@GMAIL.COM with the subject header MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS to let us know what elements or services would solidify your decision to become a member at Rate Your Story. Before we decide everything, we need to know what you're looking for.

When I began this site, I never imagined we'd be getting the volume of submissions that we do. I've poured my heart and soul (and a good portion of my writing time!) into running it. My hope is to find a model whereby I can continue to provide this service for you.

Thank you for all of the wonderful comments over the past two years. I ask that if this site has helped you in any way, to begin sharing it and helping others find Rate Your Story. With our New Membership Options, it is my goal to continue meeting and exceeding your expectations as we move into a new era of providing services for writers.

Miranda Paul

P.S. Submissions are open until September 7th. With the additional email volume expected this month, please give us until October to return submissions. Thank you! Feel free to send us Birthday wishes if you'd like, too!