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A Writers' Cooperative - The Redwood Circle - in Personal Development

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    WriterCooperativeposted 4 years ago

    Over the years, I have facilitated cooperative efforts.

    Recently, guided by intuition, I posted a series of questions about writing for a cooperative book.

    As the answers came, the realization dawned in me to start with cooperative hubs.

    Selected entries would be published - three to five entries of about 500 words each - with initialed attribution and a link to the authors' profile pages.

    What I am wondering is, would you write for a cooperative hub on a common theme in the field of personal development?

    1. cam8510 profile image93
      cam8510posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I have written my hub on personal development and am ready to submit it.  Do I publish it on Personal Development or is there another procedure you have set up? 

      Thanks for all the hard work on this.

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        WriterCooperativeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Entries may be submitted through the Fan Mail function at the Hub for now (click the blue feather.) A Yahoo! Group is being set up for the processes.

        A Call for Writers
        The First Theme is: Aha! Moments of Greatness and Wonder

        These can be moments when a person makes a choice for the higher good, when they go through their fears to realize their strengths, or have an aha! moment of realization on the path of personal development.

        Please read and follow the Writers' Guidelines on the hub (blue feather.)

        As the number of entries increase, it is essential to have organized ways of submitting and polling them and communicating with each other. Please include this at the beginning of the entry, in this order:

        Your Hubpages username
        How you would like your initials to appear
        The title of the submission
        The theme of the entry
        Date of entry
        Number of words
        Reference to any image
        and.... may the cooperative facilitator contact you by email with questions, etc. You can stop this at any time, your wishes will be respected.

        <<Thank you cam8510 for writing so I would post this for everyone!>>

        1. cam8510 profile image93
          cam8510posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks for posting the guidelines.  I read them, but for some reason it didn't stand out as the way to submit.  My oversight.

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    WriterCooperativeposted 4 years ago

    No problem. The Hub is still being tweaked. You may have read it before the way to submit was made clear. As comments are made, and processes are developed, I realize what needs to be changed. It is all good.

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      WriterCooperativeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you for your entry. I got the text as needed. You provided all the information needed, and the story is marvelous in my eyes. It is honest, open sharing and right on target with the theme.

      It will be easier for people to make submissions when they see the first cooperative hub. I have a concept in my head but cannot completely convey it in words. Besides, I know that the concept will have to go through revisions as unforeseen issues come up.

      The current concept is that one hub will be a composite of three to five stories. We will have to see what works with photos and videos to end with a hub of readable length.

      I can handle this if I limit the idea to one hub. Where it goes from there is unknown. But one hub is not much risk for anyone involved. It is an experiment to see what can happen.

      The story submitted cannot be published elsewhere or it will be considered by Hubpages as duplicate content.

      We need to have provision so that writers are not stuck with having their story in the cooperative hub when they could benefit more by publishing it as their own hub. Still, allowing writers to remove their stories would decimate the cooperative hub. There have to be processes in place to make it all work. Any comments from anyone?

      1. cam8510 profile image93
        cam8510posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        "We need to have provision so that writers are not stuck with having their story in the cooperative hub when they could benefit more by publishing it as their own hub. Still, allowing writers to remove their stories would decimate the cooperative hub. There have to be processes in place to make it all work. Any comments from anyone?"

        Getting something like this off the ground with participants scattered around the globe is going to be challenging.  You have done well in communicating, and grinding through the process once is going to help identify problem areas on which to focus.  I, for one, believe it is worth it, but then, I am not in your shoes.  One important item will be to have a workable submission method.  I know you have ideas for that, so it should work out fine.  I don't have other input now, but I'm sure as we continue, I will have more insights.  Thanks for the hard work Gary. 

        Chris Mills
        cam8510

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          WriterCooperativeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Chris,

          In the early 90s, when I exclaimed to a business owner that he had an opportunity to be a pioneer in the newly developing market of personal computers, he answered dryly, "Pioneers are the ones with the arrows in their backs."

          It does require some courage and trust to jump into a new idea, especially as most of us have been 'burnt' by past experiences. Still, the potential rewards of grinding through and birthing a new way of creating together is well worth the effort.

          Along the lines of the workable submission method, Sid Kemp suggested to me that we use Yahoo! Groups. As I am typing this post, the message from Hubpages caught my attention - 'promotional posts in the forums will be deleted....'

          I wrote to the HP Team and they responded, but it is still a grey area as to how much I can write about the cooperative without being flagged. Using Yahoo! Groupmail could be a solution for the submission process. I am new to Groups so will appreciate a team of helpers to get it started. I opened a Groupmail account and will send the link and password to any writer who sends a submission and asks.

          1. cam8510 profile image93
            cam8510posted 4 years ago in reply to this

            How about using Google Documents for submissions?  The hubs could be written there.  They wouldn't even have to be emailed because everyone could name you as a contributor and you would have access to the document.  You could cut and paste from Google Docs.  That seems like a lot of work for you though.  But you would only actually be cutting and pasting the three to five hubs to be used, is that correct?  Just a suggestion.  If you haven't used Google Docs, they can be found on the Google search page Toolbar under "more----Even More----Home and Office."

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    WriterCooperativeposted 4 years ago

    This notice just appeared:

    "Please note that forum posts that promote your own Hub will be deleted and may result in the closing of your HubPages account. Do not start threads for the sole purpose of promotion or posting links. Please use the Forums in the spirit of community! forum rules. Please check the HubPages FAQ before asking HubPages related questions in the forum."

    So, to not have issues with violating the rules, which I understand and respect, the discussion needs to be moved to a neutral location. We can use a web site which I earlier set up. It has everything in place - a forum, polls, etc. Click the blue feather and I will give the url. Check it out and we can decide how to proceed.

 
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