Most how-to books on the creative process tell writers to stay far away from the time-suck that is the Internet. But Book Country, a new online platform, lets new writers get exposure, motivation and, most importantly, feedback.
Focused on the genres of romance, fantasy, science fiction, thriller and mystery, members can upload a work in progress, explore and provide notes about work already posted, and participate in discussions about the business and craft of writing.
“Traditionally, a writer has to have a full manuscript before reviews are possible. With Book Country, he just has to upload a few chapters and he will be able to get feedback on his work,” says Molly Barton, president of the site. “It makes the whole process less intimidating.”
Book Country also focuses on reciprocity.? Members are allowed to upload work only after they have provided reviews for three other works. “All the reviews are moderated. And the reviews by more established members will weigh more than reviews by newer members,” Barton says. “This way, a writer cannot ask his friends to join and give his own work a raving review. This maintains the integrity of our website.”