writing tools and story submissions

3 years ago | gardenvariety (Member)

Hi- I’m a new member interested on submitting stories and I’d like to understand the process better as well as hear some suggestions for production software. If there’s a related forum thread somewhere, I'd appreciate t.

1. Stories are submitted with online links and formatted for web browser, correct? Wordpress and blogspot seem to be popular for hosting. Most content I see is very 'serialized'. Is this necessary?
2. Length! I read on the ‘acceptable length constraint’ thread that 5000 words is max. Where does that number come from? Is that a scrolling constraint or what?
3. I do all basic writing and formatting in Microsoft Word. I integrate some graphics, a lot of text formatting and I set it up to make visual sense for pdf format. How do I translate this to web content? (MacOS recommendations please)

thanks for any help and suggestions

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  1. ElliottThomasStaude (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Now, I am not a Wordpress user myself, but the standard approach is to gear one’s production toward browser reading. Most of the material you’ll thusly find is serialized, but there is at least one notable among the writer souls here who actually completes a whole book before publishing it in its entirety. A popular trend, not a necessity.
    Also, the “constraint” thread of which you speak was one where I was hoping to get some guidance on “how much is too much for consumption.” There are a good number of people who consider 5000 words to be over their average installment size, and a few who consider it to be under. Whatever size you want is technically acceptable, but if your parts start getting too long then it might be a good idea to divide them up somehow (try putting in breakpoints, that sort of thing).
    Sadly, formatting is an issue upon which I have very little advice that should be followed.

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    If you've a dislike for lengthy names, I'm so sorry.
  2. gardenvariety (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    thanks ElliotThomas for the reply and advice.


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