Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Member at FanStory.com

For the past few days I’ve been hanging out on this writing site called FanStory.com. I heard good reviews of it from several different trustworthy writing sources (WOW-Women on Writing, C. Hope Clark), and I’ve been hearing repeatedly good reviews for several months. So finally peer pressure kicked in and I thought, hey, I better check out this site.

What is FanStory.com?

It’s a site for writers (and/or readers) to share their writing and read their peers’ stories, essays, poems and book excerpts and give/get feedback. It works on a point system – if you review and rank other people’s stories, you receive points that allow you to post your own stories and receive feedback. It’s a good system because then each person helps other writers and doesn’t just post their own work without giving back to the writing community.

I’ve posted one story so far. I'm not completely sure how it all works yet, but it seemed like I could have spent more of my points to have my story looked at by more people or to be an “active” story for additional days. But I opted for the most basic option – I posted my story for two days at a low ranking position. Even then I still got three reviews.

There are also free contests for all site members – contests that pay in cash prizes and site points. The contests, of which there are several every month, are definitely a perk of the site and great motivation to keep writing and posting work.

As I said above, I'm not completely sure how it all works yet and I'm still exploring the site and learning more about it. But it’s fun to be involved in this little online community of writers and I'm hoping it will motivate me to keep writing on a consistent basis.

Negative Aspects?

The only aspect I don’t like about it so far is that when I want to review stories, it takes me through the list of review options one by one and most of them are poetry. I could review poetry, but that’s not my strong point, I don’t write it anymore, and I’d rather read/review short stories and novel excerpts. But this abundance of poetry is good news for any of you poetry fiends out there.

The Catch?

The only catch is that there’s a small monthly fee. To pay month-by-month, it costs $6.95 per month. If you pay for a year in advance, it’s $3.95 per month. You get the best rate at $2.80 per month if you purchase a two-year membership in advance. I purchased the one-year membership and at came to about $48. That's just a few pennies per day, right?  Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be worth it :-)

Have any of you checked out this site yet? What do you think? Any tips?

Check out my FanStory.com page at http://www.fanstory.com/orange459.

You can also check out my article on FanStory.com in the Examiner.

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