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I'd like feedback on my Hub: Writing Your First Book: 10 Tips to Help You Publis

  1. mrwilson1216 profile image70
    mrwilson1216posted 13 months ago

    Hi Hubbers,

    I'd like some help with passing the Quality Assessment Process. Will you please give feedback on my Hub Writing Your First Book: 10 Tips to Help You Publish Your First Novel (must be signed in to view). What can I do to improve? And how do I change the url from My Debut Novel to Writing Your First Book?
    Thanks!

    1. Jason mackenzie profile image50
      Jason mackenzieposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Hi, self promotion could be an issue, because other than that I found your hub to be quite interesting. Maybe you could go through and correct one odd sentence like this one - When I first started writing my first novel, I started out in so many different directions, I didn’t know...

      The word 'started' appears twice and can be replaced by a synonym in at least one case. Thanks, regards...

      1. mrwilson1216 profile image70
        mrwilson1216posted 13 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you. I'll make the modification.

  2. Marisa Wright profile image99
    Marisa Wrightposted 13 months ago

    You can't change the URL once you get past that first page where you create your Hub. 

    The big problem with this Hub is that you're using it to promote your book.   The tips you give are very basic indeed, and all of them need to be explained in a lot more detail (for instance, you suggest hiring an editor but that shouldn't be until the book is nearly ready, and then only if you're planning to self-publish). So it's pretty obvious that you've simply jotted down a few simple ideas to fill in the space but the main purpose of the Hub is to mention your novel.

    Blatant self-promotion is not allowed on HubPages, so that is not going to work.  Also, you can't place a link in a Hub unless it's directly relevant to the main topic of the Hub.  The main topic of your Hub is tips on writing:  a link to a specific novel isn't relevant to that. You could link to a book that gives more tips on writing, that would be relevant.

    If you want to publish your first chapter here as a teaser, then you need to categorise it under Creative Writing.  Then you can simply publish the first chapter and have a link to the rest of the book at the end.

    1. mrwilson1216 profile image70
      mrwilson1216posted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Excellent advise. Actually, giving advice has to come from someone with some credibility (been there, done that). Famous novelists, such as James Patterson, can give advise because of who he is. No one knows M.L. Wilson so I have to add my experience. If I take the article as-is and use the Creative Writing category, do you think it will be approved?

      1. theraggededge profile image98
        theraggededgeposted 13 months agoin reply to this

        I'm pretty sure that the creative writing category is for creative writing. You probably should put into 'education'.

        1. mrwilson1216 profile image70
          mrwilson1216posted 13 months agoin reply to this

          I did publish in creative writing. Let's see what happens. Thanks.

          1. theraggededge profile image98
            theraggededgeposted 13 months agoin reply to this

            But it isn't creative writing it's educational, isn't it? There's a difference. Poetry and fiction goes into creative writing; your hub is neither.

            1. mrwilson1216 profile image70
              mrwilson1216posted 13 months agoin reply to this

              I'll try it. Thanks.

              1. Marisa Wright profile image99
                Marisa Wrightposted 13 months agoin reply to this

                It all comes back to the same thing:  the link to your book.

                If you want to write a Hub with a link publicising your book, your ONLY option is to publish a chapter from your book with a link to the book.  That has to go in Creative Writing.

                If you want to write a Hub about helpful tips on publishing a book, the rules prohibit you including a link to your own book - no matter what category you try putting it in.  But it does not belong in Education, it belongs in the section on Books. Literature and Writing.

                1. mrwilson1216 profile image70
                  mrwilson1216posted 13 months agoin reply to this

                  Thanks. I'll give it a shot.

  3. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 13 months ago

    You should probably specify "self-publish" and put the steps in some kind of chronological order.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image99
      Marisa Wrightposted 13 months agoin reply to this

      Very true.

 
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