Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Lost Genre Guild: Discussion Board

Okay, I have to admit that I'm not a great fan of discussion boards. I prefer email discussion groups. You don't have to go anywhere. You are answering your email anyway. Simple. But I have to say the LGG discussion board is great.

First, it is easy to use. So many discussion boards today are tied to social networks so you end up logging in and clicking through a bunch of different links before you get to the board. LGG can be accessed directly at http://www.lostgenreguild.com/phpBB3/index.php

When you get there, you can see all the forums at a glance. You can see which ones have new posts since your last visit and which do not. Simple, right? One click on the forum name and the threads are easy to scan and those with new posts are flagged.

You have a powerful text editor for your posts to make them look pretty. Okay, that might not matter to some people, but others of us like that.

But the attraction of this board is not purely aesthetic. We have a great group of people contributing to forums on science-fiction, horror, fantasy, writing issues, marketing and theology. There's a forum for "Shameless Self Promotion" and two "private" critique forums. The critique forums are password protected so that material posted there is for critique only and not published for the general public. You can request access to these groups.

The depth of experience of the regular posters to the board also make this a high quality discussion. There are many published authors, publishers, magazine and ezine editors, teachers and even a scientist. Lots of good help.

So, drop by. You can read the posts without having to register, but if you are interesting in Christian Speculative Fiction, we invite you to join in the conversation.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Frank Creed said...

Our new discussion-board is quite active, and if I can figure it out, easy to use as well.

Faith,
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Faith,
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December 31, 2008 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Frank Creed said...

The LGG forum has really rocketed to a fine start. The Double-Edged Publishing boards are fairly general, and of course focused on the e-zines.
Gerke's The Anomaly is more about having fun--an approach I really like. That's what fiction is for.
Arjay's, like DEP, is focused on his stuff.

What I like about the LGG boards is how the topics are broken down. It's more about the writing and biz aspects. I could see many Christian writers outside spec-fic being active there. It's a great tool, especially for those learning to promote themselves.

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January 2, 2009 at 12:28 PM  

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