I’ve been on Scribophile for maybe a month now. My book being in the early stages, as it is, definitely needs some criticism.
Scribophile is a great resource for developing a book. I plan on having a series with the different critique sites as I go. Hopefully this information will help people make a decision as to where they may want to workshop their book.
How it Works
Scribophile has a “karma” system. Karma points are like credit and you earn the points by critiquing other people’s work. It’s been great seeing other people’s work because sometimes you find new writing you like or make a friend.
There are also reputation points to rack up depending on your involvement in the community. And it is worth it to be apart of the community.
How to Make It Work for You
There are writers that send their submissions out into the ether space of the Scrib universe. The most helpful thing I’ve found are the groups and forums.
Target audience advice has been the most helpful for me in this process. I appreciate when random people with different tastes critique for me. They usually have some good insights I hadn’t thought about but it is incredibly helpful when someone reads my book that would read my genre.
Scribophile has groups for all manner of genres and writing goals. There are even features within the site that allow the writer to post their work only for the groups they are members of and offer karma points to those groups respectively and exclusively. This feature would be helpful if you want to see the reactions of those within your genre.
The forums are another pot of gold altogether. I’ve made friends and heard interesting insights. I enjoy the fact that if I have a writing question, I can post it on the forums and watch a discussion on my quandary unfold. I’ve made new friends this way as well.
There are writing contests that offer cash rewards or karma points. Most of them are sponsored by groups or members within Scribophile.
There is also a blog and “academy” page. The blog is full of writer interviews, contest winners, job offers, site changes and more. While the academy page is a great resource for writing advice and questions if you don’t feel satisfied by the answers you receive in the forums.
Membership vs. Non-Membership
There are some things that are frustrating with being a non-member. Your inbox is limited to 10 messages at a time so you can’t save conversations on your account unless you are a member.
Your critiques follow similar logic and disappear after a set amount of time. (I’m not sure but I think it’s 30 days) You can’t keep an unlimited amount of posts up on your account unless you’re a member.
A powerful feature that’s making my consider membership is the ability to see stats on your posts and even analytics.
They also offer discounts on Scrivener (20%) and Grammarly (40%) to their members.
I haven’t gotten a premium account yet but there are plenty of incentives to do so. I’ll save that decision for after I shop around and find a critique site home.
You can still do plenty without a membership though which is why I haven’t fully decided to make the commitment.
All in all, I am impressed with Scribophile’s layout and features. And I’ve quickly become addicted to hanging out in this community of writers.
This has made me very curious to see how the other sites stack up. My next adventure in this critique world will probably be Scriggler.com. It seems like a very different world. I’ll keep you posted!