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Introducing Drabble Hippo

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Offline Jonathan Hill
11 Jul 2017, 06:27 PM | Post: #4601

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Just moderated a drabble - I say drabble - I mean a book blurb.
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Offline Anna Faversham Reading
12 Jul 2017, 05:21 PM | Post: #4602

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Ah...

Yes, I've had to explain about drabbles.  I've just had a thought Idea I'll go and drop a few hints and hope people take up the idea of writing a drabble. Must feed the hippo.
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Offline Rosen Trevithick Reading
03 Feb 2018, 01:33 AM | Post: #4603

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

I notice there are a lot of drabbles in the queue, including many from some of my personal favourites. Thank you!

Just wondering, are people still happy with the process? i.e. submitted drabbles are moderated and those that aren't selected simply aren't selected?

There's been a comment that people might feel aggrieved if their drabbles are rejected without feedback, but we discussed this on here when we first brought in moderation and people felt they wouldn't be honest if they knew their comments were being fed back to the writers. That's not to mention how much manpower is involved in collating and emailing feedback.

From my personal point of view, I've seen what happens when you notify people that submissions need attention, and it's not pretty. I piloted emailing people when their daily offer submissions needed attention (not even rejected, just needing alterations) and I got so many over-entitled replies that I stopped giving feedback for my own sanity.

On the one hand, I want people to know that their contributions are valued, but on the other hand, I might not be able to run the drabble slot at all if what's required is individual feedback.
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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

I think you have a fair process. I agree that commenting is a mine-field, even when done tactfully. It's like telling someone their baby is ugly!  You could do a list of various reasons for rejection (we can help compile it) and send that out instead of personalising it.
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Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
03 Feb 2018, 09:51 AM | Post: #4605

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

This post was last modified: 03 Feb 2018 10:08 AM by Kath Middleton.
I submit in the knowledge that 'your submission is being considered for publication.' Happy to have anything seemed unsuitable or sub-standard rejected. I'm not paying for critique! That would cost a lot. We're lucky to have a platform like BookHippo.
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03 Feb 2018, 10:25 AM | Post: #4606

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

A list of reasons for rejection is a good idea - make it non-personal.

Kath, that's a good point about critiquing - critiquing is a service in itself.
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Offline Jonathan Hill
03 Feb 2018, 12:33 PM | Post: #4607

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

I'm happy with it as it is. People submit with the disclaimer that there is no guarantee their drabble will be featured. Offering feedback/suggestions is too time-consuming and spoon-feeding people unnecessarily. People need to realise they aren't entitled to be featured automatically and that they have to work for it. If they aren't featured, they need to reflect as to why and work it out themselves. It should be obvious, surely...

Is it a story? Yes.
Is it well-written? Yes.
Is it 100 words? Yes.
You'll probably be featured.
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03 Feb 2018, 12:44 PM | Post: #4608

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Thanks for the encouragement folks.
I think the person in question was just upset because she hadn't been notified that her work hadn't been approved. Unfortunately, I've learnt the hard way that notifying people leads to questions, which lead to irate replies. This writer may have been perfectly lovely, but I've had my fingers burnt too many times.
I've suggested that, if it's feedback and a nurturing space she's after, she should try KUF.
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Offline Jonathan Hill
03 Feb 2018, 12:49 PM | Post: #4609

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

(03 Feb 2018 12:44 PM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:   
I've suggested that, if it's feedback and a nurturing space she's after, she should try KUF.
Maybe I should delete my above post then! Big Grin
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03 Feb 2018, 03:37 PM | Post: #4610

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Rather than send out individual reasons, which must be time-consuming, perhaps you could add a couple of sentences to the text we see when submitting? Something like: Although we're grateful for submissions, we can't guarantee to feature them all. Sorry, but we can't offer individual feedback on reasons for selection, but the list above gives a good idea of what we're looking for. If your drabble isn't included, don't be downhearted! Please keep submitting!

That may be a bit long, but you get the gist.
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