Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Chat with folks from The Knight Agency

Hi, everyone! I believe Deidre mentioned this somewhere in the last few days, but for a while now we've been contemplating adding a chat room feature to our offerings. The idea is that from time to time we will host special chat sessions on a range of topics, from Q&A sessions discussing what we as agents are looking for, to changes in the publishing industry, to evenings with guest authors or editors providing yet another perspective on writing. Everyone will be welcome to join in, whether to ask questions or just enjoy the discussion from the sidelines (though we hope you will be brave and participate). We would like these chats to become an extension of the lively debates that have been taking place here on the blog and to help solidify what is becoming a wonderful writers' community.

So, keeping all of this in mind, we have set up a chat function as part as our already existing Knight Agency Yahoo Group. The group itself is open to anyone, and is used to send out newsletters and occasional announcements about the agency and our writers, with only the moderators being able to post. The chat, however, will be open to all, and that is where our scheduled discussions will be taking place. If you are interested in participating (or lurking) once the chats begin, please join The Knight Agency group by following the instructions below. You will then be able to access the chat room from the lefthand navigation on the group's Yahoo page. Actual e-mails will be minimal.

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We will be announcing topics, dates, and times for all chats both through the Yahoo Group and here on the blog. These formal chats will be moderated by one or more of the members of the agency, but the chat room itself will always be available for informal, unmoderated chats. Please feel free to use it to continue your discussions about writing, authors, publishing, etc. We ask only that you are considerate in your dealings with each other, as you are here on the blog.

Stay tuned for more information, and to find out the identity of our special guest for the first chat!

14 Comments:

Blogger Ellen Fisher said...

Cool. I'm there, Nephele. I don't know if you guys have used a Yahoo chatroom before, but if not, you should know that they tend to be horrifically unstable. If you get more than about twenty people in at once they tend to start kicking people out on an annoyingly regular basis. I haven't used one recently, and I suppose the software might have been upgraded, but the last time I was in a Yahoo chat I wound up frantically trying to get back into the room... and growling a lot of epithets under my breath:-).

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 4:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Nephele Tempest said...

Thanks for the tip, Ellen. We're probably going to look around at other options as we go forward, but Yahoo seemed the most accessible way to start given that many chat rooms require you to download special software and some people are hesitant to do that. Definitely open to suggestions though, particularly if these chats prove to be popular.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 4:17:00 PM EDT  
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Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 4:23:00 PM EDT  
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Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 4:59:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

I'm all signed up and looking forward to some great sharing of information.

I don't have a blog, and "other" doesn't seem right, nor does "anonymous".

Nancy Frost

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 5:00:00 PM EDT  
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Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 5:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Nephele Tempest said...

Hi Nancy,

I know it looks strange, but the "other" option just lets you fill in a name that will appear instead of anonymous at the top. The only difference is that your name won't turn into a link to your blogger profile. But thanks for signing up, and we'll look forward to seeing you at the first chat.

Nephele

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 9:11:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Thanks Nephele. I feel better having an identity!!!

Nancy

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 9:28:00 PM EDT  
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Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 1:40:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Natalie Damschroder said...

I have a chat room on my web site. It's a free-level chat room that occasionally bumps someone out (but I've never been in one that didn't) and overall it functions pretty well. You just paste some HTML onto your web page and can use your own URL to access it. Mine is viewable at www.nataliedamschroder.com/chat and the URL to get the account is http://www.sigmachat.com/index.html

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Nephele Tempest said...

Natalie,

Thanks so much for the info! We'll definitely check into it.

Nephele

Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 12:07:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Marley Gibson said...

We use SigmaChat for the Chick Lit chapter as well and it seems to work just find. Just have to have the most current version of Java Script to make it work best for you -- and a current browser.

Marley = )

Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 6:47:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lis said...

FYI on the yahoo chat room. It tends to bump people 45 minutes after they log in to it.

Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 6:55:00 PM EDT  

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