So content and story promotion
Writing is not easy, if it was we would all be top writers in Writer’s Payments
Episode Guidelines are against promoting of toxic topics such violence, SA and others. But the real impact it has on the reader it’s never clear. Misrepresentation can make you lose readers not because you misrepresented but because you wrote about something that maybe you were not sure about and didn’t talk with people or made the proper research.
*How Sexual Assault is Portrayed
*Mental Health by the lovely @_haruka
Proper Gang Representation
Some info about Italy
Writing members of LGBTQIA+ community is not easy not even if you are a member a homosexual may not know everything about a transsexual and that’s okay.
Avoiding some LGBTQIA+ stereotypes
Another good resource is talking with people. Many people in the Forums are open about where they are from, how about talking with them about their country and culture.
There is a charm in having bits of truth of a story.
Whenever you write about some of the topic above it’s important to have Trigger or Content Warnings, sometimes both.
In story warnings
Check threads about pet peeves to see what to avoid to improve your story. Some small things that you never thought about are there and you may not be aware of it.
Also check discussions about Episode, several things that can help you improve your story is also there.
Truth hurts like h*ll, but if nobody tells you what you are doing wrong, how can you move forward?
This leads to the next topic: Story Reviewers and Beta Readers/Proofreaders
I have lost count of the times I checked my stories and I still missed things, silly things
A beta reader can help you a lot by spotting some directing issues that you may have missed, providing an opinion on the content, even on characters.
English isn’t everyone’s first language but on the community there are several users willing to help with grammar and spelling checks.
Bad English will not stop me from reading but there are people who will.
These amazing people will look with critical eyes to your story and tell you what is awesome and what needs to be improved.
The less sugar-coated the best!
But if someone is rude to you, just say “I appreciate the review and the time you have spent.” and remove yourself, if it bothers you.
Later when you are calmer if you were affected, look into the review with objective eyes, and even PM the reviewer if you have questions.
There is no need to fuel unnecessary rifts.
Please be mindful that all the people above have lives outside Episode and took their time to check your story. Respect them even if they took long to review your story. Some of them may even promote your story if they liked it and saw potential on it.
THEY ARE NOT EASY READS
A recent thread that I found
Learn from each other
Getting readers is not easy, no ultimate formula exists, so don’t come at me if you don’t agree with what I am about to say
There are many threads with people promoting their stories and they state on the Title or on the Original Post if they are up to Read for Read or not.
Also, please don’t ask for R4R on someone’s thread, PM the person you are interested in doing R4R with, it’s disrespectful to the OP.
There are many threads with people asking for new stories to read but pay attention to what they are asking if they want LL don’t promote your Ink story and vice-versa, it also applies to genres, if I’m asking for action and thriller, why are you giving me romance?
Threads with great advices, because promoting your story everywhere with paying no attention to the requests as it may make you lose some reads
Read Carefully what the Reader is Looking for
Stop Promoting Everywhere
On another note, here is a thread made to promote stories
Promote your stories
You can always that screenshots, make teasers/traillers and post it here or/and in Instagram
PS: I have no intention of being cocky nor do I know everything. Usually I check what I write but I am on my phone, and I am trying to remember everything.