Hi, I was just wondering if hubpages is a good place to publish short stories? If so, what kind? Would there be an interest in Christian short stories?
If you mean, can you make money writing short stories on HubPages - probably not. Fiction generally doesn't earn well on sites like HubPages.
As for whether they'll be well received by the community - if you participate in the forums and network with other people, you could gather some readers. However, bear in mind this isn't a Christian site, so you have to be prepared for all kinds of comments. There are non-Christians on Hubpages who object to the site being used for preaching or attempts at conversion, and if they feel you've crossed that line, things can get quite unpleasant.
Google "Christian short stories" and you'll find a host of sites which specialize in them, where your stories are likely to be read only by those who share your views.
You can write short stories there's no doubt in that. But I don know if Hubpages will offer you good traffic.
Honestly, Hubpages is a decent place for short stories. Not great, but decent. I find that I get much more hits on Smashwords than I do on Hubpages. But Hubpages is a good place to market other works via backlinks.
What I suggest you do is post your stories up on Smashwords, and then use the articles you write on Hubpages to backlink to your other works.
In fact, I find HP to be best place for putting up all the short stories.
And of course, poems too.
Honestly, I think most all of the hubs on this site are short stories! and some are really terrific! so that makes it a great site for short stories. 'course if you're talking money, well, that depends on how many friends you bring to read and buy your products - and if our short stories are hard to find good ads for, well, then perhaps they're a waste of time, perhaps not! I know that my own fiction hasn't generated even half as much traffic as my more "commercial" stuff. People seem to have more and more time for shopping, and less and less time for reading fiction - and then, again, without going on and on, like I do, it could just be that all our short stories are fiction UNLEZSS they're about buying things. Now, then, short stories ABOUT buyingthings - stopping now to consider writing a hub about this.
I agree with Meag1.
I have posted quite a few short stories here and just completed a 20 chapter Novellette which is doing quite well. All my short stories have done well. When you write your summary make sure to use a keyword from your title in it and also put short story in the summary.
Use relevant tags such as; short story, fiction, short story fiction etc, so search engines will find you.
I agree with the last two posters. I am new to HP, but I have been "hopping" around and there are a bunch of short stories and even novels by chapter. People comment and read the work; most of them are positive comments.
Surprisingly, I have seen a lot of people post hubs that were about Christian topics and even some sermons. I didn't see any negative comments on those hubs, so I think people are pretty respectable about that. I did see that people are a little more confrontational in the answers and forums.
Overall, I think this is a great place to post your stories and I look forward to reading them.
I did about 27 short stories in a series. I had some people follow, but not all that much. I could delete them, but I leave them. I did enjoy writing those, but not much of a draw. People need to understand your writing style, but I doubt they're going to stick around because there's so much other subjects to read about. I doubt I will submit any short stories (fiction) to HubPages, again. Unless, of course, it's a contest. I also found that book reviews were a pretty slow draw,too.
I guess if they like your writing style they will stick around. I have had readers who read my stories from chapter one to the end. My stories seem to do very well here, I guess it has a lot to do with my style and the genre. My two latest stories were romance and the first was 20 parts, while the other 12.
I am writing short stories on here but I haven't had many yet. I haven't had a lot of traffic but I'm trying to get more followers. I think once people do, they can get quite lot of followers. If you like Christian short stories, check out the hubber 'No Body.' Also, anyone who would like to follow me, feel free.
I guess it sort of depends on why you're putting them on here. The ones I've shared have gotten some good reviews from hubbers I respect and (more importantly) some good helpful criticism.
I have on my books shelves a couple of volumes purporting to be short stories. However, on closer examination I find that a lot of them are not stories so much as what I'd call 'snippets of life.' By this I mean where the writer simply portrays a persons character. Such is not a story. A story must have an opening, a body and a conclusion. There needs to be some sort of conflict or challenge to be overcome.
If you want to have you short stories read, I suggest you enter any one of the many creative writing competitions that are held all around the place. You could also try having them accepted by your own place of work's 'in house magazine' if it has one. Or join a writing goup.
But Hubpages? Probably not. You'll get a few people glance at what you've written. Not many will read thoroughly. It's a matter of "Information Overload" With the advent of the Internet, people are just getting too much to ingest nowadays.
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