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Guest
Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2014 11:53:33 PM

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How long does it take to get a first story approved?
RejectReality
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 12:00:20 AM

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I don't remember any real delay when I posted my first one.

I imagine it's only a matter of how many stories are in the queue to be approved.

dpw
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 12:06:59 AM

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FourWheels wrote:
How long does it take to get a first story approved?

Mine was out the same day but I think I just struck lucky.
Guest
Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:51:34 PM

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usually inside of 24 hours
TraceyAmes
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:09:51 AM

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My first story, 'Mother and Son' was published the first day I submitted it. It has now been read over 600,000 times. You can all achieve this too.
Milik_Redman
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:16:44 AM

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As a moderator of the site and a story verifier, I can tell you that there are upwards of 40 stories in the que at any one time these days. Lush has grown a great deal in the 5 years I've been here and the waiting time has grown with it.

In order to maintain our quality and to ensure that our guidelines are followed, each and every story is read by our volunteer staff. Sometimes small edits are made, more often a story is judged by its merits. If it passes our quality and guideline review, it is published.

We would prefer to get your stories on the front page within hours of them being submitted and there are some things each writer can do to help this happen.
These are:
Be sure you have read and understand the guidelines. About 5% of the stories I see cannot be published because they violate either the age or consent rules.
Be sure you have proofread your story before submitting. Up to 40% of what we see needs some editing that we can do and then pass, but this drastically slows the process. When it's very busy, we may have to return the story to the writer.
Be sure your story uses proper grammar, punctuation and please, use spell check. Stories that do not fit our minimum requirements are returned. Sometimes multiple times. As you can imagine, this causes delays for everyone. This accounts for at least 30% of submissions.

So, what this means is that we can all help increase the speed at which stories are verified. If we only have to read them without editing or sending them back only to be read again, everyone's wait will be reduced.
HotBttmInBriefs
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:20:29 AM

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TraceyAmes wrote:
My first story, 'Mother and Son' was published the first day I submitted it. It has now been read over 600,000 times. You can all achieve this too.


Maybe in the Incest category can a story get that many views today but many stories never even get 10,000 views anymore.

There are just way more stories to compete with these days on Lush.

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:53:36 AM

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I wouldn't wait online for your story to be published. Just get on with your day and log back in a couple of hours later, or the nex day.

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dpw
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:28:19 PM

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HotBttmInBriefs wrote:


Maybe in the Incest category can a story get that many views today but many stories never even get 10,000 views anymore.

There are just way more stories to compete with these days on Lush.

I'm astounded that mine has been viewed over 6,500 times in 2 weeks. Mind blowing!
Kasey
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:47:31 PM

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6.5k dpw? Cool! Xx


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Dirty_D
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 2:09:19 PM

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dpw wrote:

I'm astounded that mine has been viewed over 6,500 times in 2 weeks. Mind blowing!


Well done indeed. My very first story still has only 18 votes. mourning routine
seeker4
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 2:49:09 PM

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naughtynurse wrote:


Well done indeed. My very first story still has only 18 votes. mourning routine


19 now Whistle

Part of the problem is that older stories like that kind of get buried in the flood of newer material. Also, dpw's story is in Gay Male which, based on my own single contribution to that category, does seem to attract a lot more attention than some other categories.


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Dirty_D
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:35:46 PM

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seeker4 wrote:


19 now Whistle

Part of the problem is that older stories like that kind of get buried in the flood of newer material. Also, dpw's story is in Gay Male which, based on my own single contribution to that category, does seem to attract a lot more attention than some other categories.


Big Hugs thanks!

I agree that different categories attack different interest levels. I personally find the gay male stories very interesting in a they are different then I would normally read way. some day I might try my hand at one, it's definitely on my list of things I'd like to write.
principessa
Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:47:41 PM

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In addition to what Milik_the_Red said above, I would suggest using the Writers' Resources for information that is useful in writing and editing your story.

Do not rely on spell check alone as it allows many mistakes that are words. If spelling is an issue for you, have a friend proofread your work.

As was mentioned before, the story moderators volunteer their time to review submitted stories. They ascertain that the stories comply with site guidelines and are written with a literacy level expected on the site. Incidentally, the benchmark has been raised over the past two years to have more literate stories on the site. While they may do a few minor edits in an otherwise well written story, they are not here to provide proofreading and editing services for members. If there is work to be done on your story, you must put the time in to make corrections to get it published. You will be provided with editorial notes and related information links if and when your story is returned to you.

A good beginning for some information is this general advice:

http://www.lushstories.com/forum/yaf_postst26962_Advice-before-submitting-a-story.aspx

Please do not be like the person who submitted a story that was frankly a mess. She then complained that she had spent fifteen minutes writing it and that we were causing her to spend even more time making corrections. Writers spend days and weeks creating, proofreading, editing, and polishing their stories. Those who do not want to commit any time to this should perhaps reconsider.



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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:40:58 PM

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It also helps to have gold. Just sayin'...


dpw wrote:
I'm astounded that mine has been viewed over 6,500 times in 2 weeks. Mind blowing!

DPW, that is amazing! My Gay story has a lot of views, but not many comments scores. I thought I did really well on it. Embarassed I guess not?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ You Inspire Me Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
dpw
Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:37:56 PM

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Poppet wrote:
It also helps to have gold. Just sayin'...



DPW, that is amazing! My Gay story has a lot of views, but not many comments scores. I thought I did really well on it. Embarassed I guess not?

Yours was amazing!
The writing was so much better than mine, the way you set the scene was superb. The sex scene was really true to life. Incredible when you think that you have never had the experience in real life.
Mine was simply a true description of sex with an ex and a made up beginning to get to the sex scene. If I had put in the more romantic sex that we had, the love making rather than the ass pounding type, then my hits would be halved.
WellMadeMale
Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:29:59 AM

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I've yet to write my first motherfucking story.

Probably explains why I don't have anything approaching the Famous level. That'd be one route to go if I was merely concerned with page views, but I don't like to gross myself out when I'm writing anything, unless it also makes me laugh.



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sprite
Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:39:52 AM

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we try really hard to have an under 24 hour turn around here. it helps when the stories we get have been carefully proofread and edited. obviously, if we have to send it back for corrections, it's going to take longer to get it up on the front page. and yes, as Poppet said, we give priority to gold members - that's probably the main perk of gold membership, besides giving back to the site. :)

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TraceyAmes
Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 8:30:56 AM

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HotBttmInBriefs wrote:


Maybe in the Incest category can a story get that many views today but many stories never even get 10,000 views anymore.

There are just way more stories to compete with these days on Lush.


I can't agree with you on on 10,000 reads for non incest stories. I recently published a story 'Memoires of a Schoolgirl: The Art of Seduction' only 8 weeks ago and that has already got 17,000 reads. Ten thousand is a good figure, but most good writers here get good reads because people like to read good stories.
dpw
Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 1:36:06 PM

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TraceyAmes wrote:


I can't agree with you on on 10,000 reads for non incest stories. I recently published a story 'Memoires of a Schoolgirl: The Art of Seduction' only 8 weeks ago and that has already got 17,000 reads. Ten thousand is a good figure, but most good writers here get good reads because people like to read good stories.

Mm! I think your title certainly attracted the readers, a fantastic choice. It may not be my cup of tea but I might just be tempted to have a read, lol.
Let me know if you do a follow up with a schoolboy!
seeker4
Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 2:29:05 PM

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It might be interesting to pull statistics on stories for a few given (preferably randomly selected) periods and analyze whether category is really a statistically significant predictor of views. I suspect it is to some extent. Alas, statistics and research methods isn't my thing.

My first Lush Stories poem is a competition entry!

Thoughts From Our Old Flat

The April Stories:

April's Secret - A college student learns a sexy secret from his girlfriend's past

The Pastor's Secret - A lonely minister seeks solace from an escort
dpw
Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 3:27:45 PM

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TraceyAmes wrote:


I can't agree with you on on 10,000 reads for non incest stories. I recently published a story 'Memoires of a Schoolgirl: The Art of Seduction' only 8 weeks ago and that has already got 17,000 reads. Ten thousand is a good figure, but most good writers here get good reads because people like to read good stories.

You've published an incest story two weeks ago and it's already overtaken that.
However you have also got incest stories that haven't reached 5,000 so there appears to be no logic to it.
HotBttmInBriefs
Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 6:24:22 PM

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TraceyAmes wrote:


I can't agree with you on on 10,000 reads for non incest stories. I recently published a story 'Memoires of a Schoolgirl: The Art of Seduction' only 8 weeks ago and that has already got 17,000 reads. Ten thousand is a good figure, but most good writers here get good reads because people like to read good stories.


I agree with you to a certain extent, but I have read many stories here that are great stories by very talented writers but have very few views. One I read the other night had been here quite a while and few views, 2 scores and no comments at all. And it was actually a good story too. And I have read some stories filled with errors and bad editing and they have tons of views, and lots of comments.

I read an older story the other night by a girl in the incest category that was a fairly hot story. It had a lot of views. I think it was even a famous story and tons of comments and votes. It was rated something a 4.98. It was proclaimed as one of the greatest stories ever, but it was filled with misspelled words, bad grammar, and the writer changed one of the male characters names twice during the story.

There are so many factors that go into things. One thing is some writers are known better than others and have built up a following.

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