Addendum - So How Do I Share My Story Anyway?

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Maybe you've been reading my guide and found out you can advertise your stories in something called a Share Your Story club, or you've heard about the clubs but aren't quite sure how to go about finding them.  This is a step by step guide that will take you through the process of advertising your stories. 

If you're reading this just to find out how to access the clubs, either on the website or the app, you can find that information in Step 3.

Step 1 – Determining Where You Can Advertise

You're allowed to share your story in any one of the Share Your Story threads whose title matches a tag on your story.  The Share Your Story club is broken down by genre categories, which will make it easier for you to narrow down your search for the right thread to advertise in. 

Step 2 – What Should You Put in Your Advertisement?

Most people put a link to their story, their cover, and the synopsis or blurb, but you don't have to include all of those.  It's your advert and you can put whatever you like in it: an excerpt, pictures of some of your cast, a little bit about yourself or your story.  (Please be aware that once you've logged into the clubs for the first time, you'll need to read different threads for 20 minutes to reach the trust level that will allow you to post links and covers.)

If you want to add a cover, you can upload it from your device or pc.  You can also highlight your picture, and click on the link icon to hyperlink it so when people click on the cover, they'll go right to your story!

Step 3 – Where Are The Threads?

If you're on the website, they're easy to find.  Click on the Community button in the orange bar at the top of the page and click on 'Community' in the drop down menu.  Once there, you'll see the Share Your Story club at the very top of the list of clubs.  The first time you visit the clubs, you'll need to read different threads for 20 minutes before you will be able to post your advertisement, but that's the perfect time to browse the different genre clubs and see which threads are available to advertise in.  You may even find a few stories to read! 

What if you're on the app and you want to access the website?  Right now, none of the apps have access to the forums.  What you'll have to do is to access the clubs using a web browser on your device or download the Discourse app from your app store.  Either way works equally well since the forums are mobile friendly.  The forums are located at https://www.wattpadwriters.com.  If you're on your browser, be sure to bookmark the link to make it easy to find them again.  If you're using the Discourse app, search for wattpadwriters.com

Step 4 – How Do I Place My Advert?

You've found a thread that matches one of the tags on your story and you're ready to post?  Hit the reply button to open the comment box.  Type or copy and paste everything you want to include in your advert.  You'll see a second screen that will show you how your advert looks.  Then press reply again to post it. 

Please do not post that story in other threads too.  You're allowed to post each of your stories in one thread per week.

Step 5 – When Can I Post Again?

Since all the threads are refreshed once a week, that means after seven days the thread will be closed for new comments and disappear, and a brand new one will be made for people to advertise in.  You can post again in that new thread or choose a different thread. 

That's it!  I hope that answers all your questions!  But if not, feel free to ask in the comments below.

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