The free website to help new writers to develop, and to help talented writers get noticed and published Books


Terms & Conditions
Privacy Policy

Web Design by Zarr

About Us << Back

YouWriteOn - Developing Your Writing & Feedback From Leading Publishers 

YouWriteOn was established in 2006. Leading publishers such as Random House and Orion - who publish world bestselling writers such as Dan Brown Dan Brown and James Patterson – provide feedback to's highest rated writers. YouWriteOn is free to join and use.

YouWriteOn Members have been discovered and achieved book deals as a result with publishers such as Random House, Orion, Penguin, Harper Collins,  and Little Brown. These include a six figure book deal for youwriteon member Doug Jackson and his novel Caligula with Random House, & The Legacy, by YouWriteOn member Katherine Webb which became a Amazon top three bestseller after being discovered on by Orion.           


YouWriteOn's premise is simple: members upload opening chapters or short stories and the YouWriteOn system randomly assigns these to another member to review. You then review another member's story excerpt - assigned to you at random - each time you want to receive a new review back in return. After 5 reviews a story enters our chart system. See further below for an example of how after 5 reviews you can view an indepth breakdown of your ratings.

Feedback can be diverse, but the experience of the site over its history has been that collective feedback from a range of reviewers helps writers to get a collective viewpoint of what works well and what needs developing in their stories. The result has been that the majority of stories are higher rated as a result of revising their writing through feedback.

Join YouWriteOn for Free - Click Here

Examples of Previous YouWriteOn Writers & Winners who have achieved Mainstream Publishing Success

Example of the ratings breakdown you see after five reviews for your story

Leading Newspaper On One Writer’s Experience on the YouWriteOn feedback process and their success

The Scotsman's Literary Editor, Scotland’s leading newspaper, writes about YouWriteOn and about YWO member - and now Random House author - Doug Jackson:
.. for the very best there's the reward that induced many writers to submit their stories to the English Arts Council-funded site in the first place: the chance of their work being critically assessed by an editor at a major London publishing house.

That's what happened to The Emperor's Elephant (now entitled Caligula). And as
told me about it, I became fascinated: this, I could see, was a publishing innovation that even many people in the industry hadn't latched on to. Because it's all done on the internet, and because restrained criticism seems to desert us in cyberspace, appraisals can be raw and often hurtful, but a good story can find itself propelled up the site's popularity chart by equally uncompromising raves.

Here, for the first time,
found himself learning from other writers. So they thought his opening 10,000-word submission didn't live up the book's title, didn't get to the meat of the plot soon enough? Very well, he'd rewrite it and submit it again. The second time, it worked: he was rewarded with a trail of five-star reviews. YouWriteOn put him in touch with Sarah O'Keefe, an editor with Orion, who read the whole novel.

O'Keefe liked it, but wanted still less of a linear structure and even more detailed plotting at the novel's core. It should not be just one book telling Rufus's life story, but at least two. For the first, he should concentrate on the Caligula years, showing how Rufus finds himself in a maze of conspiracies, unable to work out whom to trust.

If had crystallised what the book should be about, O'Keefe's advice focused it further. Essentially, she was outlining a different book entirely . It had to remain a page-turner, but a more complex one: readers had not only to feel they were in
Rome, but feel an edge of fear as Rufus found himself enmeshed in political intrigue against a psychopathic emperor, set to end in a grisly death.

By this stage,
had acquired an agent, who set up an auction for the book – now called Caligula – with seven publishers. A pre-emptive bid by Simon Thorogood of Transworld won the book for them.

Publishing may be a gambler's industry, but it's not altogether insane. To understand why Thorogood bet so heavily on
Jackson, you have to understand that Caligula is a rare beast: a book written with irresistible pace but also a slowly growing sense of unease. For the nearer Rufus gets to the psychopathic heart of imperial Rome
, the more he has to guess whose side he should take. The wrong choice – or in Caligula's corrupt, compromised, paranoid court, even the slightest suspicion of the wrong choice – would prove fatal."

View Complete Article

Feedback from Doug Jackson:, for example, I just stumbled on when I hadn't a clue about where to go next with the book. They gave me the breakthrough and taught me how to take criticism. It's as if a switch has been flipped. I know that I'll write from now on .. Then that took me to the next step, and if anyone knows anything about historical fiction, it's Sarah O'Keefe at Orion. I remember when she told me I needed to rework the book that I wasn't sure if I could do it, but I knew that if I could it would take me to a completely different level as a writer."

Join YouWriteOn for Free - Click Here

























Adverts provided by Google and not endorsed by