Feb 01 2009

Review Forum Information

Published by at 12:10 pm under Review Forums

Hi, I made this list of questions to help writers get the most out of their review forums.  If you have a review forum or would like one, I’d recommend answering as many of these as you can.  Just post your answers in a comment and I’ll place that information in your forum. Thanks.

1.  What are you trying to write?

  • A novel? A comic book? Something else?
  • Genre?
  • Could you describe the plot of your work in a sentence or two?

2.  Do you have a target audience in mind?  This will help readers offer better-aimed feedback.

  • Age?
  • Gender?
  • Fans of a comparable work?

3.  How thick is your skin?  This will help reviewers offer thorough and polite criticism.  For example…

  • “I’m not that experienced, so please go easy on me.”
  • “Don’t sugar-coat it, but please try to be polite.”
  • “I want to get published at all costs.  Spare nothing.”

21 responses so far

21 Responses to “Review Forum Information”

  1. Ragged Boyon 02 Feb 2009 at 3:14 pm

    1] I’m currently writing a sci-fi comic book. The plot is about a young actor from the hood named Adrian, who is plunged into the middle of an intergalactic contest/ experiment. He dons the identity of Showtime and fights his way the through the contest and faces a team of mysterious villians.

    2] My target audience is the usual 16-25 males for comic books. I’m not sure of comparable works.

    3]”Don’t sugar coat it, but try to be polite. I can only take so much before I get snappy.”

    4]I’m not really sure of other works. Suggestions for sci-fi novels would be vastly appreciated.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Holliequon 02 Feb 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I can help a little with sci-fi novels. You could go for classics – Arthur C. Clarke, H.G. Wells (the father of sci-fi!) and Isaac Asimov. Or more modern ones, like Michael Crichton’s books (although I hear that the science in many of those is a little iffy, they’re still enjoyable) and the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. My Stepdad is a big fan of the Hitchiker series but he reccomends to listen to the dramatised version. He says that it doesn’t work as well as a novel. Above all, he says to stay away from the new film version that came out not too long ago.

    I think that Hitchiker is more in the style of your comic book. It’s a pretty insane comedy, but I feel it still fits better than the other, more serious, works. It probably barely counts as a sci-fi novel at all, haha.

  3. Ragged Boyon 02 Feb 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I’ll look into H.G. Wells and Hitchiker, they sound interesting.

  4. Holliequon 02 Feb 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I’d recommend giving Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (and the sequel) a go too, if you have the time ever. I really love those books, dodgy science or not. 😉

  5. B. Macon 02 Feb 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Ender’s Game and maybe Shadow of the Hegemon.

  6. Ragged Boyon 02 Feb 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I’m changing my number three. “I want to get published at all costs. Spare nothing.”

  7. Anonymouson 03 Feb 2009 at 3:47 am

    Heeeeeere’s ReTARDISed Whovian! Haha.

    1. I’m trying to write a novel but I’m a bit stuck. I’ll sort it out soon.

    It’s a bit of a cross between superhero and typical teenage rants. “Some people at school seem to hate me”, “I despise my teachers”, “My girlfriend is full of herself”.

    Mine is about a boy named Isaac. He has foster parents and was abandoned at two weeks old. His own species sent him into a parallel universe (our world) as a test subject. At age five he discovered his abilities, and at sixteen he saved a girl’s life, becoming the world’s first superhero. Under enormous pressure, he continued to do so. The girl he saved figured out who he was, stealing his diary to become his girlfriend. Isaac had to stop an impersonator who is endangering his relationship with the city and media while preventing his girlfriend from revealing his biggest secret.

    2. My target audience is from 12-16 year olds, but I’m not really writing for any gender. I have moments for the girls (a bit of romance and some “aaw” moments) and some for the guys (fights, showdowns and tension). I think it would attract new people to the genre, as well as people who’ve read similar things before.

    3. I’m a bit experienced at writing; I’ve been doing it roughly five years (though the first three years produced nothing but crap), so I’d be “Please be polite, but I can take a bit of criticism.” I’m extremely reluctant to change big details like twists and characterization.

    4. Mine could be compared to Maximum Ride and maybe Daniel X, both of which are my favourites and the only ones I’ve read.

  8. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 03 Feb 2009 at 3:51 am

    Whoops, forgot to type my username. Oh well, you all know it’s me.

  9. Ragged Boyon 03 Feb 2009 at 8:57 am

    Hey, welcome back we missed you.

  10. Holliequon 03 Feb 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Welcome back, RW! I just realised that I should probably do one of these myself.

    1. Fantasy novel. Two teenagers from our world – Victor Coburn and Zoe Stockton – are somehow transported into another. Whilst there, they find themselves on a quest for forbidden knowledge, mixed up in a war, and ultimately called upon to help save all creation. (That sounds really bad written like that. I’ll think about it a bit more . . .)

    2. I’m not aiming at a specific gender right now. Age range is probably something like 13 – 16.

    3. Spare nothing, but try to be polite about it.

    4. My favourite works in Fantasy are probably The Belgariad and The Mallorean by David Eddings, but I’m pretty sure I’m writing for a younger audience, haha. Least favourite work . . . I’m probably going to get lynched for this, but the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkein. Only because I felt the narrative was a bit of a drag and a lot of the characters (particularly the women) were a bit flat. All that said, I loved The Hobbit.

  11. The ReTARDISed Whovianon 03 Feb 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Good to be back! I’ll be here a lot less though, because of all the assignments and stuff. It’s only the second day back and I already have two!

  12. Wingson 12 Mar 2009 at 11:09 am

    (Please put what is below on my review forum, B. Mac)

    (1) ‘Sup. I’m Wings, a Californian, a student, and a scatterbrained little writer. I came to Superhero Nation for help with my superhero novel The Special, and its sequel, Doomsday.

    I’m still working on getting the plot summary up, but here’s a little: From the outside, nothing seems unusual about remote Visvires Academy. However, the students beg to differ. Between fighting hypnotized students-turned-supersoldiers, outwitting a villainous principal, learning more about their powers, and keeping their grades up, Meg, Connor, Ian, and Darren have a helluva lot on their plates. And to think you thought high school was stressful before.

    For more, it’s probably best right now if you read old posts by me. You’ll catch up to the plot and characters best that way.

    (2) My target audience? I’m pretty flexible. However, for violence and several dark scenes, the over-thirteen range. I have a little romance and some tearful moments for girls, and PLENTY of violence for guys (and, if you’re a girl like me, girls too).

    (3) We fanfiction writers are notoriously light armored, but I’m tougher than most. Just try to be nice, ‘kay?

    (4) The closest thing that I’m reading to a superhero work thus far is the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. It’s rather confusing, but laugh out loud hilarious, especially in the last few books. I read almost all fantasy (anything with the word “dragon” in the title usually gets me) and I agree with Ragged Boy about the LOTR books, I didn’t like them much (though I might have enjoyed them more if my seventh grade teacher hadn’t made me read them).

    You like? Then help!

    – Wings 🙂

  13. Sandmanon 08 Jun 2009 at 8:58 am

    Ah just found this section, so could this be put at the top of my forum instead. Man, I’m really working you this week. Sorry B. Mac
    1-Novel about a teen called Jack who discovers he can become invisible. He discovers that others have superpowers too and stumbles upon a plot to spark a global war. With a ragtag team of fellow superteens he has to save the world.
    2- Target audience is probably guys 15 or 16+. And girls that like some violence with their plot.
    3-I want to get published at all costs. Spare nothing. Whatever you say, I can guarantee my friends have said worse. [Man that’s really sad when I look at it]
    4- Comparative works? Probably Heroes and X-men.

  14. Ghoston 26 Aug 2009 at 8:49 pm

    post this at the top of my forum B. Mac. Thanks

    1. My novel is kinda a cross between a dark superhero story and teenage angst. “my father is abussive” ” school sucks” ” i can’t get a date” “I survived a terrorist attack and now the government is hurting me down”. You know, just the typical stuff.
    So the story centers around a small group of teens how survive a “terroeist attack”, only to find out months later that they have developed abilities and the government is hunting them down as a matter of national security. They all become fugitives, banned together, and decide to go on the offensive. Unfortunately, in the process of fighting back and uncovering the truth behind what really happened that faithful day, they inadvertently release the very thing the government was trying to coverup. Caught between the unstoppable force they have released and the immovable object that is the american government, the teens must choose between siding with the government that betrayed them and the monster the made them.

    The teens powers make them super human, but not super powered per se. lifting a thousand pounds, super intelligence, running 60+ mph, rapid healling(not invulnerable just really resistant), and super dense bones(bulletproof and makes for good bludgeoning of things like metal and people).

    Villian has all that and more.

    Kinda a rough idea, but that is the gist of things.

    2. target audience is probably 13+ both male and female(hopefully).

    3. I do want to get published, but as I am my own worst critic be kind or I will spend all my time rewriting and not writing.

    4. Comparative works? HMMM… well something like Crichton meets Dan Brown meets the Dark Knight with a little Patterson’s Maximum ride thrown in for the females. Also Heroes, the first and second season not the third, since the story is more about the people and not the powers.

  15. B. Macon 26 Aug 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Got it.

  16. mnkykingon 10 Mar 2010 at 3:14 am

    Requesting a review forum, please?

    Quill’s Story

    A traditional coming of age story, set in a recognizable fantasy world-but with an Asian flair.
    The story begins with a young boy meeting his first love, who happens to be an elf. Drawn to her by the outsider character that defines their lives, he has his first meaningful positive emotional experience when he stumbles upon the girl in the deep forest. Later in the story (as you might expect) things get quite a bit rougher for the boy, and he must learn martial and magical secrets to not only fight evil, but merely to survive.

    1. What are you trying to write?

    *A short story, with an eye to sequels/spinoffs. Fantasy/action genre with martial arts mostly replacing the “sword” in “Sword and Sorcery” as the centerpiece.

    2. Do you have a target audience in mind?

    *Fans of traditional (Tolkien-style) fantasy, D&D’ers, Martial Arts fans. Generally late teens and older, as I expect to get a little too graphic with the violence for the little ones.

    3. How thick is your skin? This will help reviewers offer thorough and polite criticism. For example…

    * Like a rhino filled with custard. Seriously, though-be as critical as you like, so long as it’s useful in some way.

    The first chapter can be read here:


    Thanks in advance!

  17. B. Macon 10 Mar 2010 at 9:25 am

    Hello. I’ve put your review forum up here.

  18. Kahion 10 Jan 2012 at 10:00 pm

    1. What are you trying to write?

    *At the moment, a novel. Its about a world where superhumans have long been the cause for conspiracy and secrecy, but have recently entered the public eye in the last decade. While the world is adjusting to these superhumans walking among them, a mutant is discovered that has the ability to sense and create oil. The governments of the world all take interest in the mutant, and are prepared to enter into another World War to have such a valuable skill on their side.

    2. Do you have a target audience in mind? This will help readers offer better-aimed feedback.

    I’m not sure what the target audience would be…I’m suspecting male teenagers would be the primary audience for this sort of thing, but there is a chance that an older audience might find it interesting, as well as a female audience.

    3. How thick is your skin? This will help reviewers offer thorough and polite criticism. For example…

    “Don’t sugar-coat it, but please try to be polite.” While this is my first time posting something like this on an open forum, I really want to know what others think about this premise/idea.

    Is it possible for you to edit the post that you make with some extra information if needed? I suspect you can and I can provide some more detail, but I just want to know beforehand just in case.



  19. B. McKenzieon 10 Jan 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Hello, Kahi. I’ve set it up here.

  20. Silverfishon 13 Jan 2013 at 2:44 am

    Hello B. Mac, could I please request a review forum? The answers to the questions above are included below.

    About the author: hello, I’m Silverfish, I’m English, and I am in my penultimate year of high school in Hannover, Germany. I’m interested in various subjects, ranging from psychology to mythology to philosophy. I have been a fan of this website for a couple of years, and I have wanted to try and write a superhero novel for some time. I really hope that I can start to take part in the Superhero Nation community and show how much I appreciate this website.

    What I’m writing: put simply, I intend to write a novel about facing your fears and learning from your past mistakes. The story is told from the perspective of a superhuman with incredible power, but a flawed personality and with much to learn. He is chased by the demons from his past: not only the hauntings from his past mistakes, but also the superhuman cult he has recently betrayed. At least at the start, a lot of the updates on this forum will be character and setting development.

    My target audience: 16-20 year olds that enjoy action with moments of emotional turmoil. This will probably be targeted more towards a more stereotypical male audience, as I do not intend on including a romance throughout the novel, and the violence might be quite graphic.

    Author experience: I have no professional experience in writing, though I definitely need to improve my writing skills as they are, put mildly, bad. Therefore, I would ask that you please be polite, but do criticise my work when needed.

  21. B. McKenzieon 13 Jan 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve set it up here, Silverfish.

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