Writers' Exchange Bulletin
No. 60            Published by Joy Beeson for the National Fantasy Fan Federation  November 2002

Default Rules

Note that rule #2 has changed.

0. Every reader is entitled to make up his own rules.  Reader's rules supersede the rules below whenever there is a conflict.
1. When you need an opinion about a manuscript, select a W.E. member and ask him or her to read it.
2. If writing by snail, enclose the manuscript with the request to read it unless the reader's description says that he requires notice.  If writing by e-mail, do NOT attach
anything without permission unless the reader's description states that he does not mind attachments.
3. Enclose a stamped and addressed envelope for the reader to return the manuscript in.  If the ms. crosses a national boundary, enclose an addressed envelope and loose stamps for the reader to use on his own SASEs.  (To fit a #10 envelope into a #10 envelope, fold it in thirds.  To put a 9 x 12 envelope into another, fold it in half.)
4. If you know that the reader does not like to comment directly on the ms, you may ask him to discard it, but you should normally provide for its return.  Expect it to be marked up.
6. Writers who want more than one opinion at a time may ask the reader to mail the ms. to another reader instead of returning it.  Enclose a stamped, addressed envelope for each reader and one for return.  (Each reader on a robin should use a different color of ink to mark the manuscript.)
7. Don't send more than 40 pages without prior consent unless the reader's entry in the membership list states that he doesn't mind long manuscripts.

8. Early drafts need not be in the standard format you would submit to an editor, but they must be easy to read.  Note:  the standard manuscript format is designed to be easy for a typesetter to copy.  When you vary from the standard format, you are saying "I don't expect this version to be printed."
8. Single spacing and typing on both sides are presumed acceptable.  (If you expect lots of marks, leave room for them.)  Print single-spaced mss.in two columns to make them easier to read.  Assume that mss. must be on paper unless the reader lists the formats that he can read. 
9. You may write to a W.E. member even if you are not a member.  W.E. accepts members whose addresses are not listed in WEB.
Comments and suggestions for improving these rules are welcome.

Check Your Listing

Is your advertisement accurate and up to date?  Is your address current?  Do you have an e-mail address to add to your listing?  Do you have a Web page?

Is your phone number present or absent?  I don't include your phone number unless you specifically request that it be included.  if there is a phone number in your listing, it will remain until you specifically request that it be removed, or send a change of address without it.

Ditto for your e-mail address.

Corrections will be printed in issue #61, except that information you didn't want printed will be deleted from my files and otherwise not mentioned.