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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things February 19, 2013 - 7:48pm

I'm pretty sure I made that word up, but you all are writers. You can figure it out.

I'm considering joining up with the writer's workshop, but am curious as to how posting material might affect the story's viability as far as being published is concerned. It seems that once a story is out on the Internet for free, getting someone to pay to run it for you becomes more difficult, which kind of defeats the purpose of getting it refined and critiqued in the first place.

I don't know much about the site yet, so any help in figuring this out would be appreciated.

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Carly Berg from USA is reading Story Prompts That Work by Carly Berg is now available at Amazon February 19, 2013 - 8:01pm

No, stories posted in the workshop are not considered "published." The workshop is behind a password and therefore not accessible to the public. That's what makes the difference.

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La Emme Nikita from Los Angeles is reading A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin February 19, 2013 - 8:20pm

Welcome, Nathan!

I'd add that poetry and shorts posted in the threads or classes aren't considered published, either. I've sold first rights to things that started here in the Flash Me! and Rough House threads, as well as the monthly flash smackdown, and I've submitted poetry from Plight of the Poet—as have others here, I know.

The standard for "published" on the web is the Google search. Most people have a username other than their given or pen name, and often the work is untitled or under a working title.

Posting in a workshop, where the object is improving through feedback, is clearly different from posting on a blog or social media site in order to obtain readership; publishers recognise this.

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abuzzinid from Boise, ID is reading working my way through my TBR piles February 19, 2013 - 8:28pm

Sweet explanations. Thanks! Clarity appreciated.


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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things February 20, 2013 - 11:17am

Sounds good to me. Thanks for the explanation. I'm thinking of sticking around...