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?
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...
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.
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?
I'm pretty sure that the creative writing category is for creative writing. You probably should put into 'education'.
I did publish in creative writing. Let's see what happens. Thanks.
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.
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.
You should probably specify "self-publish" and put the steps in some kind of chronological order.
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