1. What do I need to do if I want to submit a story?
All you need is a WordPress userid which you can get for free right here. Once you have that all you need do is indicate your interest via the comments section below (once you’re logged in with your WordPress account) and we’ll send you an invitation to the site.
2. How long should each episode/chapter be?
That’s entirely up to you. Ideally you’d like to offer your readers enough meat in each release to justify their investment in time to read your story. Give them something they can get behind so they can care about the characters and have an opinion about what should happen next. If you can do that in 500 words then go for it. If you feel you want to publish longer chapters then that’s fine too.
The goal is to make sure that there’s enough in each installment to have a meaningful question at the end.
3. How often do I have to release a new installment?
Again that’s up to you. I imagine that once every couple of weeks for longer stories and once a week for shorter ones is a good guideline but if you want to be faster or slower then you control your pace.
Remember that the site is aimed to give readers the ability to decide what comes next. So you need to leave enough time between chapters for people to read them and then for you to collect enough responses (in the form of polls) to know what to write next.
4. Can I write about anything?
You sure can. Right at the moment we haven’t got any adult content but if we start to get interest from erotica writers then we will definitely need to put some form of parental controls on things but for now we are open to everything and anything. As long as you have an idea then you’re welcome to share it with us here.
That said, we are not looking for anything that is just an endless stream of profanity. We ask that you tell a story, not spout vitriol.
5. How exactly do the readers get a say in what comes next?
WordPress has a built in integration with Polldaddy which lets you set up simple polls that give readers the ability to choose from a set of predetermined options. At the end of each chapter you set up a poll and when you think you have the answers you get started on the next installment.
6. Who owns the works that have been published here?
You wrote it. You own it. It’s that simple. Story Time is just a vehicle by which you can interact with your audience, nothing more. If you decide that you no longer want your writing published then you can take it down at any time. It was yours when you typed it and we have no desire to steal it from you.