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Finally wrote that story, poem, or chapter? Now it needs sprucing up,... and feedback!
Editing Checklist:  Some Things to Consider.

*BurstBL* 1. Fix those errors!

         - Proofread several times and catch those errors with punctuation and grammar.  
                   Use spellcheck and read it aloud.

         - Look back over the reviews and consider changes based on the feedback you have already received.

         - Premiums members, check out your "Revision History

*Burstbl* 2. Initial Attraction

         - Consider the title.    Is it catchy? unique? original?

         - What about the description?  Does it leave the reader curious? Does it entice?

         - Do you have a cover image?  Images can spur the imagination, add to the description and attract readers.

*BurstBL* 3. Physical Appearance

         - Do you have appropriate spacing in your item?   Need more paragraphs, or maybe more breaks between lines & paragraphs.

         - Consider using a larger size font.   Some readers would really appreciate it.

         - To highlight or differentiate words or sections, experiment with using a different font.

         - Dialogues should be separated out from the rest of the text.

*BurstBL* 4. Categories          Refer to "Create/Edit a Static Item

         - Pick the most appropriate subtype from the dropdown menu provided. What is its main purpose or design?

         - Pick three genres that best fit your item.    Genre Definitions

"Create/Edit a Static Item   Written by The StoryMistress

"You can select up to three different genres to help define your item. Choosing the appropriate genres could get your item more views from people looking for that genre. In the main navigation on the left side of Writing.com is a listing called Browse by Genre. Choosing the most relevant genres for your item puts it in front of the appropriate readers."

         - List keywords!

"Create/Edit a Static Item   Written by The StoryMistress

"Many people search for desired items by typing selected words into a search window that they think may be related to a specific genre. You can make your item easier to find by adding keywords here that appear in your story or that relate to your genres. You can also use this area to be more specific about subgenres."

*BurstBL* 5. Review Setting

         Make sure the setting on your item is on "Rating Requires Review."
         While in Edit mode, scroll down to ADVANCED and click on it. A dropdown menu will appear with choices.


Attracting Readers

Editing is based on feedback!   So how do you get feedback?

1. Make an item in your portfolio titled ... Please Review. - Feedback Requested - Read Me...   You get the idea.

         Include in that item, links to the stories you would like feedback on.    Provide a variety and choose only a few.
         You could write comments about the type of feedback you want for each item you list.
         Consider sharing some background info about the items listed.
         Maybe include a category of items that you are proud of.
         Always thank the reader for stopping by!

2. Request return reviews in your signature.
         At the bottom your review, post a link to an item that the author might enjoy reading and hopefully provide feedback in return.
         I would suggest using this sparingly & only with items that are similar in nature to what you reviewed.

3. Do you reply to members who reviewed your work?   Do you reward reviewers?

         You should!
         A simple reply, thanking the member for reading and reviewing your work, goes a long way.   They might come back!

         If it is a really good review, reward them with a generous amount of GP's.
         If it is an okay review, still reward them, but maybe with less GP's.

         However, no matter the quality of the review, always acknowledge that you received it, even if you do it super late. *Whistle*

         Click on your Review Tab, and you will see at the top "Pending Response", with a number in red.
         Click on that and it will list the reviews that you never responded to.
         You could list some sample sentences in your notepad to copy and paste if you have a large number to respond to.
         You may also discover that you have a few fans that always review your work. Try to reciprocate.

         Bottom line:   Start responding!   It is never too late to say thank you. Smile

4. There are lots of places on WDC where you can request a review.

         For review request links, and more information about reviewing, go to

Need Help with REVIEWING?  (E)
Links to resources that explain how to review and how to get reviews.
#2091522 by South West Sophie

5. Other strategies

         "Gaining Exposure For Your Items

         "How to get your book chapters reviewed.

Hope this helped!

For more how-to articles, go to

Assistance for New Members  (E)
Navigating WDC & Writing ML
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