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Introducing the Official Building a Better Community Day!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on September 18, 2010

Are you an un-selfish swapper? Are you someone who would like to see more of a community around inkPop? Are you a supporter of the November Revolution, with the motto of, Read for Fun? Would you like to get to know your fellow Inkies? If you answered yes to any of these, then come participate in Building a Better Community Day!

Originating from the mind of inkPop’s very own Donut (theliving 2.0), this day would bring a sense of a caring community to inkPop. Many members have complained about the selfishness of Inkies today, whether it’s with swapping or forum clogging, etc, and this will bring a close to all selfishness, and help build a stronger community.

What is this day all about?
At the end of every month, on the day the Top 5 gets pulled off and everyone celebrates, many Inkies will refrain from swapping, from character chatting, from posting non-writing related threads (e.g. about your boyfriend), from complaining. And they’ll join each other in building their writing skills and reading just for fun. This means no asking for swaps, no reading for swaps, and no agreeing to swaps. No character chats. No promoting for yourself. No complaining. No disrespect. For one day only.

And that’s not all. In addition to not swapping, we ask that you read at least one project that has been recommended on the forums. Whether it’s a short story, a poem, or a book. And leave a comment! Maybe even make it the most detailed comment you can. Show the community that you care about the writing world. Show the community that you’re proud to be a writer and to have a place to interact with other writers. Show that you’re proud to be an Inkie!

So come join us!
Build more friendships in the forums.
Find amazing projects that you wouldn’t have found otherwise.
Read something just because you’d like to.

For one day, join us!

And remember! That night…the party is always on!

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inkpop Glossary of Terms

Posted by inkpop on September 29, 2009

INKPOP PEOPLE 

inkpop Member: Anyone can sign up to be a member of the inkpop community. When you register, you’ll create a user name. Be careful when creating this user name — it’s a multipurpose moniker that will be used on your profile, as a byline (in the case that you submit writing projects), in Forums, and as the name you’ll use to provide feedback to inkpop authors.

Trendsetter: inkpop Trendsetters make the site go round and have the ability to become the most influential members of the inkpop community. Any inkpop member can become a Trendsetter — Trendsetters actively read inkpop projects, provide constructive feedback to authors, and select their favorite projects by adding them to their Picks lists. The key to becoming a Trendsetter is being a pioneer — if you select a popular project before it becomes popular, your Trendsetter ranking rises. Each month, the inkpop blog profiles a top Trendsetter.

Editorial Board: The official crew of HarperCollins editors who read and provide feedback on inkpop’s five Top Picks at the end of each month. Visit the inkpop blog to read profiles of Editorial Board members.

INKPOP TOOLS

Blog (you’re on it!): The inkpop WordPress blog includes teen publishing news and trends, valuable advice from published authors, and profiles of rising teen talent and inkpop’s top Trendsetters.

Full Pitch: The longer version of the Short Pitch, the Full Pitch can be a maximum of 200 words and appears on every project’s page. Think of the Full Pitch as the compelling description you’d find on the back cover of a published book.

Pick: a writing project that you like and have selected from inkpop’s submissions, which include books, short stories, essays, and poems. Each project page includes an “Add to My Picks” button located in the right-hand toolbar. You may have a total of five Picks on your Picks list and may change your Picks as many times as you like. The only catch is that once you have made a Pick, you must wait 24 hours before you may remove it from your Picks list.

Project: an inkpop submission, which can be a book, short story (fiction), personal essay (nonfiction), or poem.

Rank: Every project is ranked in the inkpop system and depends on members adding it to their Picks lists. The more people recommend a book and the greater those recommenders’ Trendsetter ranking, the higher the project ranking it will achieve. When you visit a project’s page, below the project’s cover image, you will see the word “Rank” followed by two numbers. The first number refers to a project’s ranking on the Top Picks chart, measuring its all-time popularity against other projects on inkpop. The number in parentheses refers to how far the project has risen or fallen since this time last week.

Short Pitch: The blurb or tagline that each project’s author writes to entice readers to review his or her work. A Short Pitch is usually a couple of sentences (no more than 25 words) that summarizes or describes the project and surfaces in keyword searches related to the project.

Tags: Keywords that describe the content and themes of an inkpop project. Tags have been entered by the project’s author and help inkpop users to find projects based on topics of interest.

Top Picks: The top five most popular inkpop projects. At the end of each month, each of the five Top Picks will be read and reviewed by the inkpop Editorial Board.

Watch List: Think of your Watch List as your inkpop “to-do” list. Use the Watchlist to store projects that you want to make note of and come back to later or re-read. Each project page includes a “Add to Watch List” button located in the right-hand toolbar. You may store up to 30 projects on your Watchlist and, if you wish, you may promote any project from your Watch List to your Picks list. No one can view your Watch List but you.

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Welcome to inkpop, the new voice in teen publishing!

Posted by inkpop on September 28, 2009

How can you not feel inspired by J.K. Rowling’s and Meg Cabot’s experiences of turning rejection into triumph?

Rowling, the first billion-dollar author, was rejected by nine publishers before her debut Harry Potter novel was released in 1997. Cabot, author of some 50 books including the Princess Diaries, keeps a postal bag full of rejection letters as a trophy for persistence. After three years of diligently mailing query letters just to find an agent, in 1998, her first book, Where Roses Grow Wild, was published.

Before her work was finally noticed by the publishing industry, there’s no telling how many slush piles (publishing houses’ stacks of unsolicited submissions) Cabot’s work sat atop virtually untouched and ignored.

So what does all this “fighting the good fight” stuff have to do with inkpop?

inkpop aims to change the old way of doing things. Far too often in the traditional publishing system, aspiring authors mail their manuscripts to agents and book publishers only to wait in anticipation to hear something … anything. Unfortunately, very few blind submissions actually get read because book publishers are overloaded with submissions. Landing an agent can significantly increase your chances of getting published, but it’s not a guaranteed road to success.

inkpop throws the slush-pile system out the window, focusing instead on what the community thinks. Which is not to say that inkpop makes book publishing an easy-breezy process — there’s no such thing. inkpop still believes in the Talent Bottom Line — that publishable works must be good works — inkpop just makes the submission process more accessible.

In a nutshell, here’s how inkpop works:

• Authors register as inkpop members by creating a profile and uploading their writing project(s). By posting their work on inkpop, authors are inviting the world to read their work. (As a protective measure, members shouldn’t use their real names — they use cool aliases.)

• Other inkpop members, who must also register and create a profile, read the authors’ projects, submit constructive comments about the work, and cast their Picks (essentially votes) for their favorite projects on the site. The feedback-generating members are incredibly important contributors in the inkpop community because they are the forces that drive projects to the Top Picks chart. The members who are the pioneers in spotting the best works become inkpop’s Top Trendsetters.

• At the end of each month, inkpop’s Editorial Board — a team of HarperCollins editors — reads Top Picks, which are the five most popular projects on the site. The Editorial Board will provide additional feedback for the authors of the Top Picks and will be on the lookout for finding publishable works. The best inkpop writers have the potential to land every author’s dream: a publishing contract.

All in all, talent development is a collaborative process at inkpop. Readers are talent scouts and critics who become community leaders in their search for standout projects. In turn, writers get to load up on valuable feedback from a target audience and make their projects the very best they can be.

HERE’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

• High-quality writing (fiction and nonfiction) for a teen audience, written by teen authors and adult authors.

• Books, short stories, personal essays, and poetry.

• Original stories, compelling narratives, fresh voices.

Whether you’re an up-and-coming writer, an ambitious literary critic, or a fan of teen lit who just wants to peruse the site, we welcome you to the inkpop community. Taking a nod from Meg Cabot, you’ve got nothing to lose … in fact, you might help discover the next big things in teen lit in the process.

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