Another 13-Line Guideline

August 30th, 2006

Some submissions have been coming to me with titles and with comments by the authors of the submissions.   I tried posting one submission with the title, but upon reflection, I prefer to post the main slab of story on its own.  If you need your title to explain something about the story, then the story isn’t finished yet.  

 So, if you want to post a title or your thoughts on the segment, please wait until your submission goes up.   Then use the “comments” window to add those details.

 BTW, in case anyone wonders why I keep putting stuff about the 13 Lines Page into general announcements, it’s because there’s no place to do it on the page itself.

10 Responses to “Another 13-Line Guideline”

  1. kateelliotton 30 Aug 2006 at 6:35 pm

    actually, I find these announcements quite interesting as a measure of what’s going on here, and the evolution of the 13 Line Critique section.

  2. Katharine Kerron 30 Aug 2006 at 9:46 pm

    Kate — Oh good. I’ll continue posting them to “general,” then.

    We are certainly getting a good number of story openings.

  3. Kevin Andrew Murphyon 30 Aug 2006 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks for having taken up the slack for the con period, Kit. Though it’s going to be a few more days before I can get into the swim of things. Post con frazzle and stuff-to-do.

  4. Katharine Kerron 31 Aug 2006 at 2:56 am

    No problem, Kevin! I have finally figured out how to do the posts correctly. I may be slow, but I’m not thorough either. :-)

    Which reminds me — I need to send you back-up files of the new book.

  5. Erin Underwoodon 31 Aug 2006 at 8:37 am

    Katharine, you’ve been doing a great job with the 13 line critiques – especially considering that you’ve received a ton of them over the last couple of days! :-)

  6. Katharine Kerron 01 Sep 2006 at 6:55 pm

    You know, we could use a few more professional voices in the critiques — Sherwood has been heroic, and Mad as well, but it would be nice if we got some different views than mine and Kevin’s and the aforementioned Sherwood and Mad.

  7. Erin Underwoodon 01 Sep 2006 at 10:53 pm

    A note to people who are submitting 13-line critiques:

    – Leave out the tabs/indents since they tend not to come through when the text is posted.
    – Keep your paragraphs single-spaced, but add an extra blank line between the paragraphs since this will help readers differentiate one paragraph from the next when reading your submission.
    – I’ve noticed that when I send submissions from my hotmail account the line breaks get a little messy. I’m not sure why this happens. However, remembering to put the extra blank line between paragraphs helps to reduce confusion when the line breaks go wonky.
    – I just discovered this one myself… If you really need to set off a word/fragment/sentence in italics you can put an _underscore mark_ before and after the text in question to signify italics. (Maybe one of the DG authors should verify that this is ok to do before people starting using underscores to set off text.)
    – “13-Lines” does not mean 13 sentences. It means the first 13 lines of text on the page. I think Katharine explains in detail why 13 is the magic number in the submission guidelines, so I won’t do it here.

    … and I think that’s all of the un-asked-for helpful advice that I can muster at the moment.

  8. Luther Knoxon 01 Sep 2006 at 11:28 pm


    I think some of this is directed at the opening I posted late last night. I broke a couple of the rules by mistake and one of them was the Subject Line which you have clearly explained on the main page but above it is a hyper link (submission guidelines) which I clicked on automatcially. On that page, I did not see anything about puting specific text in the subject line.

    The other was the italics I cut a pasted from an RTF document.

    Again, it was late and others in my workgroup have been buzzing about this helpful service for a couple of weeks now. I was excited about fresh feedback and didn’t search out the required details before hitting Send.

    Thank you for your patience and attention. Should I try to resubmit the “In Their Image” beginning?

  9. Katharine Kerron 02 Sep 2006 at 2:56 am

    Luther, actually I just finished putting your submission up. See if it looks okay.

  10. Erin Underwoodon 02 Sep 2006 at 6:53 am

    Luther, just so you know, my post highlights the mistakes I made when sending submissions to the 13-Line critiques. I thought it might help other people avoid making the same mistakes. :-)

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