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No Names, No Jackets - What is It?

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I took a week's vacation to the Midwest and have been digging out since getting back last Sunday. Hopefully, no one missed me!

Last year, I blogged about Page99Test, a website where writers can get feedback on page 99 of their novel. I recently discovered what appeared to be a similar site called No Names, No Jackets.  Using information supplied on their FAQ, I've tried to distill the essence of the site below (and in the process, discovered No Names, No Jackets is quite different from Page99Test).

No Names, No Jackets (3NJ) describes itself as a "blind taste test for books, backed by a StumbleUpon-style lucky dip system and a total and deliberate lack of star ratings, likes, and reviews." 3NJ allows readers to browse chapters from random books and follow updates by RSS. The site is currently free to use and to submit to, but may turn to a fee-based system for submissions to cover the costs of hosting/time.

To submit a chapter of your work to 3NJ, you first need to re…

Literrater--What is it?

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In mid-July, I saw a post on one of the excellent Google Plus writing communities I frequent (Writer's Discussion Group) from a website called Literrater, who described themselves as a social reading and writing platform. It sounded interesting (among other things), so I decided to investigate.

Initially, it reminded me of Wattpad, because of this quote from the Literrater page: "We’re improving writing by letting readers edit and provide feedback as the story is being written, this helps writers knows what they need to change to make their stories successful." Literrater allows readers to "rate characteristics like romance, action, mystery, sex, language etc. instead of a 5 star rating which is often nearly meaningless." However, Literrater claims to be more than just a public showcase and sounding board for your work.

Conceptually, the premise sounds like it may have merit, although getting readers to provide feedback has so far proven problematic for many in…