Okay. Hubpages is loaded with talented writers. Let me help you get your work out there! Provide me with a link to your best stories (already published), a picture (preferably from your story hubpage) and your profile link.
You need to send me: category (i.e. death, relationships, love etc) with an intriguing snappy description (keep in mind that you want to draw readers to your link – so short, sharp and to the point – no more than 100 words). No copy and pasted content – I want to keep it all original to benefit our readers.
Contact me via the email link on my profile. Lets show the world how good we story writers are at Hubpages and share the loooove!
P.S. Keep this thread alive, if possible, so as others get a chance to see this.
Thanks John. You do need to send these directly to me via email. HP doesnt like us posting links here. Also, I would prefer that you have an Avatar, as this will be shown in the article - it might put people off before they have a chance to read your story.
I want good quality stories, like a page of a book, to showcase. The showcase has to be good quality, like the articles. If you want help, I am happy to assist.
I will do my best, but of course, good content has to be chosen by readers. We are talking short stories here, not articles. Creative writers has problems in getting their work read. Why? Because people arent searching for their unique titles.
(Your tone is not coming over very supportive UH, something that I wouldnt expect of an elite - do you have a problem with writing about good stories?)
Shaz, you shouldn't be feeling that way about my tone. Maybe, it was because I was really curious about the exposure thing and normally people do suggest how they are going to support someone like WE said in the post above how he is going to do that through podcasts and newsletter. Dale Mazurek also suggested his model in the opening post. But thats no big deal if you didn't mention the details initially, all I want to say is I am not being non-supportive.
Also, elite has nothing to do with my forum posts, it is kind of a job and I volunteered for it. I am just another hubber like everyone else and I am not special.
Thank you Ultimate. I am looking for quality original imaginative short stories to create article recommendations.
I guess I am feeling a bit sensitive since the Star-SEO Wars, recently demonstrated in the forums. I really want to make it clear that I will be promoting ethically and am looking for good content to showcase.
I don't actually know how successful this will be, but I feel that imaginative short stories need to be out there to benefit readers. Short stories by their nature are not well optimized, and this is a way of doing it.
Story writers have nothing to lose (except if posting a link and details is too much like hard work) but everything to gain.
I get to develop my skills further - skills in white hat methods of promotion. It is, and has always been, about learning for me and I learn best by experiment. It will be fascinating to see what happens and the possiblities is infinate.
Hmmmm, UH I think HP has a different perspective. Not that you were being snarky, but my take is that we are ambassaors for this community, and as such are expected to conduct ourselves with decorum at all times.
I have guidelines on a recent published hub. Check out my profile page for a link. Here I have provided examples of how the showcase article will look, initally.
I dont know the level of response but I have tested my own stories over the time here and my method seems to gain readers.
What you need to consider is that when we write creatively (stories, poems etc) monetizing is far down the list of priorities, so if you produce this work dont expect to be a millionaire. The aim here is make the reading matter accessible - to be valuable to readers.
We dont know who 'out there' is influential - legitimate publishers etc - but who knows, this exposure might lead to something more at best, at worst - more people will enjoy your work! This is what the Internet is about - good content for people to enjoy!
Shazwellyn, Thanks for putting this together. I have huge respect for your efforts and desire to help those of us who may have a good story that just isn't getting read. Your intent is clearly positive and helpful for all. Thanks again. K9
Hey Shaz, what about comedy peices, not so much short stories but written to give the reader a good belly laugh? Also if I had a few varied stories would you choose your fav or use all of em?
I like the idea, I mean it might not make my views sky rocket but any help is appreciated. I did write em just for fun, not for profit and find that while its fun and enjoyable to have a few followers read and comment the pleasure is short lived, eventually they stop being read
I will not be showing any old content, it wouldnt be good for online reputation or readers, so this is showcasing cream. I am targeting readers who want good imaginative short stories to read. The length has to be around 800 + words.
No deadline - I 'hope' it will be an ongoing project, but that depends on the quality of the submissions. I cant stress this enough. The short stories have to be cream, a read that will benefit readers.
I cant consider stories in parts at the moment, although am open to the future projects and will keep good ones aside. However, I want to showcase SHORT STORIES (approx 800 words - the length of a conventional hub).
That is very true. I wrote most of mine at a writer's workshop where we were only usually allowed 400 words. Re-writing for HubPages with no max w/c was a luxury ... not sure it does the stories much good though.
Well, I call it a poem because that is what it started out as, but it's kind of in the hazy range between story and poem. It's a story written purely in dialoge. I will type it up and send it to you & you can tell me what you think.
If there were a problem with old content, it would only be on the search engine side. Matt Cutts said that regurgitated old content packaged together and re-entered as if it was 'new' content that links from that source would be voided.
However, I cant see showcasing existing good content would be a problem because content is king. It is being showcased to benefit readers.
The reason why I dont think showcasing serial's (or parts) are a good idea at this time, is because readers have a short attention span, generally - there is a good chance that they wont read it through. However, if those 'parts' were on one page, then that is still a short story and people wont need to click away - they have that story in the here and now. People like 'instant gratification' and you have to get them whilst they are on your page!
My 800+ word count criteria for a short story is to enhance the content - search engines like to see substantial content to give the story some value.
On-page optimization - this really is more important than anything else - whether you are submitting a story for me to look at or not, for any chance of anyone reading - your hub page needs to be optimized. There are some good psychological reasons for this as well as SEO. I have a series of hubs on seo and creative writing that people might find useful.
For this to be successful, and looking at it from my angle, my recommendations has an affect on online reputation. We, as writers, are only as good as our last submission - so it is important for us all to be aware of grammar, spelling and on page optimization.
It is a real shame, I have noticed, that when I come across a great story idea, it is let down only by a lack of on-page optimization, grammar and spelling.
Please keep in mind that I am using white hat methods of seo, so there will not be any automation. Submissions will be made with the reader in mind and not to game search engines. This manual method will be time intensive - but genuine.
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