Just read and commented. What an incredible story and so well told. Excellent stuff and to be honest, it is too good for Hubpages, and belongs in a book.
Thanks. I'm published in quite a few places but I love the idea of writing online as it's more flexible. I'm aiming to convert my writing workshops to linked hubs and would like to use this story as the case study. Not sure if that will be allowed as it's self promoting, but will see how it goes.
I'd love if someone else would jump in here to comment too, but even if they don't, what I will say at this stage is that a lot of people use Hubpages as either a stepping stone to publishing their own work, or practise ground, and you don't seem to fall into either bracket.
The hardest thing about storytelling/fiction writing online is getting your work found.
Traditionally, anything you write online can only be found by the search engines by their keywords, especially keywords in title.
Keywords are words people use when they are searching for something. You know you might go online to search about a news item, or research another item, but you'll you find a title at the top of search that matches your search terms, and read the article.
How then, does someone find fiction?
They look for 'fiction' I suppose, or 'short stories', or whatever search term they use, and of course if you have written a series of short stories, each by their individual titles, they might never be found.
Unless, you somehow link them into one article, entitled 'short story collection' or whatever.
I am just pointing this out now, and would hate for you, or any other talented writer to feel that you have somehow failed in self-promotion because of a lack of readership.
Self promoting is allowed here, of course it is. You can promote your work ethically where-ever you can (note the use of the 'ethically', because the internet has rules).
I see you are a real life author, as opposed to an internet one, and there are differences.
Hubpages is a very powerful platform. How you use it is up to you, but it will certainly get your work read by a wide audience if you remember to keyword your titles.
On the other hand, you could end up paying homage to the Mighty Google and writing only for search engines. "How to" etc.
I have written hubs on clinical topics from my practice as an occupational therapist. They do not get tremendous traffic or earnings, but I believe they have aided my professional endeavors.
I have presented a number of continuing education courses for my professional organization, and link to my hubs on arthritis, mastectomy, ergonomics, etc. because they are totally relevant. Attendees can refer to them, and print for their clients. I’ve posted some instructional videos on my YouTube channel that I include in my presentations too. My audience can then refer to these later.
I also deliver presentations to the therapy assistants and therapists at the pediatric therapy company that I work for. I post links to my hubs on pediatric topics.
Since you are not likely to get tremendous traffic to this sort of hub, can you point to your hubs in your workshops, or workshop promotional efforts, rather than the other way around (pointing to your workshops in your hubs)?
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