How to Use Medium Publications to Your Advantage as a Writer.

Using both types of publications and the features you can use to generate followers.

Publications are a valuable asset to any writer. On Medium they can be especially useful, to gain views from readers who otherwise wouldn’t find your work.

Two Types of Publications

Publications for all

The first type, are publications that publish work from a range of authors. The editors for these publications, support your work in their own time. They receive no money from locked posts. They support writers for nothing.

These are a brilliant way to put your writing in front of all the followers of that publication. They can increase your stats hugely.

I have two publications.

Bookworm Stories for everything reading and fiction. I allow published posts as well as draft posts. When you place published posts in a publication, they appear in date order so will not on the first page.

Every Child Matters publishes posts on the topic of family and children. We only accept draft posts.

Both are looking for writers so if you are interested to have a look at the submission guidelines.

Personal Publications

These publications act more as personals websites. They are a place where you can collect all your writing on a similar topic.

The Everyday Writer is my publication where I place my daily journal and writing tips. I don’t accept posts from other writers, this is my personal space.

Publication Tips

Letters

If you are running a publication, my biggest tip is to use the letters function. Here you can write newsletter type posts, delivered to your follower’s email.

To stop these appearing on your profile, as soon as you publish them, press the three dots at the top of the page. You can then unlist your post. Followers will still receive it in their email, but it doesn’t appear on your profile.

Stats

Each publication you run has a separate stats page. Here is a place where you can see what posts work. Which writers are better received. You can also run competitions to encourage writers and check the results using stats.

Links to Pages

Through the navigation tab, you can link your website. It will appear as a length along the top and help generate readers to your other platforms.

My Top 3 Publications

There are three publications I publish to regularly.

Publishous

We want fresh content to help people live healthier lives, help writers, improve productivity, increase faith, and entertain people through creative output all while helping you get published. Most articles aim for 500–1500 words. Art, poems, and short stories are welcome under the Creative category and maybe shorter.

The support that Nicole Akers gives her writers is second to none. Posts are published promptly and always receive good views. Publishous also has a website which further opens your work up to new readers.

The Weekly Knob

The Weekly Knob was created to challenge and showcase creative writers and their stories while building a network of support and encouragement.

These are published every Saturday with three being picked as editors choice. Occasionally, prompts are power prompts, which rewards the editors choice with a monetary prize.

Chalkboard

Chalkboard is the home of what we’ve taken to calling asynchronous collaboration: any form of writing that calls for working with multiple people, but not all at the same time.

Chalkboard offers so much in the way of writing. I only take part in the one-line poetry prompts, but there is so much more they offer. It is well worth checking out.

Remember the Editors

It is important to remember that editors give their time for nothing. Many offer a subscription service, most through Patreon that offers advantages to writers.

If you are making money off other people’s hard work, it is etiquette to join these subscriptions. Don’t be one of those writers that take and gives nothing back.


Sam H Arnold is a writer and mother. Using her 25 years experience in teaching she offers coaching programs for writers. Find her on Patreon for a full list of course or join her email list to receive her social media marketing course for free.

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