Writing Writing Guide Part I: How To Publish Your Own Story

Yorth

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First of all, I'm going to preface this guide by saying that it's for new writers. It is mainly about how work your way through Scribblehub's interface with some advice on how to become popular springled here and there. If you are an experienced writer that is familiar with Scribblehub's interface, this might not be the guide for you.

Hello everyone, Shesmu here. This will be the start of a tutorial series for Scribblehub. For this tutorial, we will see how we can write our stories and submit them, which tags to use and which you shouldn’t. In the next guide, I’ll be talking about how to effectively use the in-built Scribblehub text editor, so stay tuned.

First of all, if you’re a new writer, you want to click on the create tab.

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Add Series.

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You’re now faced with this page.

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Here you can choose the cover of your story.

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It will show a window that would let you look for your image. Just go to wherever you saved your image and click on the file.

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The recommended size for your picture is 250*350. If your image doesn’t match that size, you might want to crop it. For that, just google image resizer, and you’ll find a bunch of websites that you could use to do your bidding. Play around with those, and get yourself a cool ass cover.

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Next would be the title. You want your title to grab attention. In most cases, that means it should be short, curt, and packs a punch. One of the best titles I ever thought of was: When I Was Old. Even though the whole story was trash, I still got props from many authors for the unique title. Think long and hard about your title, as it might be the deciding factor for your popularity.

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Now comes the description. This is the synopsis of your novel. It tells the reader a couple of things. It tells him whether your story matches what he wants at that moment or not, it tells him whether your writing style is something they would enjoy, and most importantly, it tells him whether your grammar is up to par or not. I know that a lot of readers don’t care about grammar as they’re not native, but there is still a non-trivial portion of the reader-base which would mind if you had a typo every two lines. Make sure that your synopsis is clean and represent exactly what your story stands for. Whether it be the themes of your story (nobility, arrogance, god complex) or its tone (dark, light, funny, righteous…), it has to come clear in the synopsis.

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For the genres, there are many different strategies you could go with. You have up to 9 genres you could choose, so choose them wisely. Many readers just scan through the stories until they find the genre they’re looking for. Whether it be LitRPG, horror or comedy, for many readers, they might check your genres before even looking at your title. Now, there are a couple of things you might want to do. Go to the main page, click on view more for the trending tab, and look around to see what the genres of the most popular books are at the time. You might want to take some inspiration from those *wink* *wink*. Why you might want to do this? It’s because of the similar stories feature. At least, as of me writing this guide, the similar stories feature still exist and work based on two factors: Genres and Tags.

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Let’s take Karami92’s World Keeper for example. These are the stories featured in its similar stories tab. Believe it or not, this is a promotion. If we compare these stories to ones with similar chapter counts, the difference you’ll see would be noticeable. At least, for my story, Re: Sword Emperor, I noticed a large surge of views once I was put in The Queen’s Hound’s similar stories’ list. So, try playing around with those and choose the tags that are both popular, and descriptive of your novel. Click baiting will most likely result in a report, so please do not use tags that do not reflect your story.

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For your main genre, I believe that it’s self-explanatory. Just choose the genre which best fit your story and that’s it. As of right now, I do not know whether the main genre has any effect on you being in the similar series’ list. If there is any update, I’ll edit this guide.

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Due to my inability to attach more than 10 files (aka 10 screenshots), I will post the rest of the guide in a comment. Sorry for the inconvenience.
 
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Once you click on the white space, a list of tags should appear. You can choose up to 25 tags. As with genres, your tags would determine which story you’re featured in its similar stories’ list and which one you’re not. So, like before, take go take a look and see which tags are popular. You can find other stories tags by entering their main page, scrolling down the synopsis, and there it is.
Here is an example:

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As with the genres, please use tags that are reflective of your story as your readers are entitled to a report if you do not.

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For the copyright section, my friend Sak-chii explains it in great detail in this guide. Please make sure to check it out.

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If your story contains any of these, you should turn on content warning and specify which one. What falls into what category can be found in the content guideline, just click the link shown in the image above.

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With that, you’re done. Congratulation, you submitted your first story to Scribblehub! Hurray! Now, all you have to do is write your first chapter, and the game is on! However, the first chapters are to not be underestimated. They’re what hooks the reader into the story, it tells them whether it would be worth their time or not, so they should be perfect. And what better way to make a perfect chapter than to fully use all the tools at your disposal? In the next guide, we’ll be talking about Scribblehub’s in-built text editor, and the myriads of features it has. Stay tuned!
 
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This is a weird guide with a lot of problems, mostly with the order that you present information.
  • The title tends to be on the cover, yet you have cover upload before the title. Does not apply in all cases, of course.
  • Choices on tags and genres SHOULD NOT be based on what's popular, but on what is accurate. Sure, it might get you views, but ultimately it is an inaccurate representation of your story. By the time you get to the step of choosing tags, you should have already have all the tags set in stone because you have already written the story, or at least have the story in mind.
  • Writing your first chapter after you have set everything up seems to be counter-intuitive at best.
In the end, this seems less like a writing guide and more like a guide to Scribblehub's interface.
 

Yorth

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This is a weird guide with a lot of problems, mostly with the order that you present information.
  • The title tends to be on the cover, yet you have cover upload before the title. Does not apply in all cases, of course.
  • Choices on tags and genres SHOULD NOT be based on what's popular, but on what is accurate. Sure, it might get you views, but ultimately it is an inaccurate representation of your story. By the time you get to the step of choosing tags, you should have already have all the tags set in stone because you have already written the story, or at least have the story in mind.
  • Writing your first chapter after you have set everything up seems to be counter-intuitive at best.
In the end, this seems less like a writing guide and more like a guide to Scribblehub's interface.
Thanks, axiom for the great feedback. I took what you said into account and made some much-needed changes.
 

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Hi, apologies if I am asking this in the wrong place, from what I can tell, the author is supposed to select the genres and tags BEFORE posting their stories, is it possible to change the genres and tags once I have already created the story? Many thanks.
 

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Hi, apologies if I am asking this in the wrong place, from what I can tell, the author is supposed to select the genres and tags BEFORE posting their stories, is it possible to change the genres and tags once I have already created the story? Many thanks.


You can change the tags and genre after you publish also.
 

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About the image size thing, I made the ratio of my cover to conform, but the size is bigger. I noticed that the picture is still low-rez, even though it is within the file-size limit (barely). Will resizing the pixels down to 250/350 help, or is my cover doomed to be slightly blurry?
 

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About the image size thing, I made the ratio of my cover to conform, but the size is bigger. I noticed that the picture is still low-rez, even though it is within the file-size limit (barely). Will resizing the pixels down to 250/350 help, or is my cover doomed to be slightly blurry?
I tend to scale my covers down to 250x350 and they come out alright. Since I'm on RoyalRoad as well, where they have 400x600 covers, I usually just scale and crop a little to make them fit, and I haven't seen any problems with doing that thus far. My actual covers are much bigger than that in their original size, and they don't blur when I upload the cropped version, so I think you might just have to crop it to meet the size requirements.
 

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I have added a series. But when I look at the latest series section, my novel is not there to be found. Did i miss anything ?
 

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I have added a series. But when I look at the latest series section, my novel is not there to be found. Did i miss anything ?

Has the series been accepted? If it's just new, wait for 24 hours for the admin to accept it. It'll take a while.
 
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Linked your tutorial thread to WelcomeToSH. Helpful for newcomers. Thanks! ;D

Also, fyi (just needed a url to post this snapshot. ). For those asking how come you can't see your story yet.
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and covers.
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Someone help me! Why I can't find my novel on the site I followed all the instructions... but duh, there's no shit about my novel!!! Need an explanation pls
 
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