Oops! Just saw that the message wasn't about literary agent news, but something else. I've dug this out for you.
Below are some helpful hints that Ted has thoughtfully included on the website:
Tips for getting more/faster reviews:
1) Your Genre - Occasionally some genres can hit unlucky stretches for example, fantasy, romance or other genres. For the purpose of trying to obtain more reviews, you may want to click the edit button on My Page and make a story look less genre specific to try to avoid any preconceptions assigned readers may, for example, bring to the fantasy genre, and, for example, change the genre to general fiction, make the synopsis look less genre specific and more mainstream, etc. It's not an ideal option, but reflects how, for example readers in bookstores might browse and be encouraged to open a book with as few biased preconceptions as possible.
2) Read Feed - Click edit next to your story title on My Page and add a paragraph of text from anywhere in your story. The aim is to help entice the reader into reading more along with the synopsis when they are assigned a story.
These tips may assist .. "THANK YOU, for your assistance and for the helpful suggestions, too--did drop all but one listed genre on your advice, and also added a "read feed" and--what do you know--a review just came in! YAY."
3) Your Reading Test - Is your Reading Test correct/is it too complex? Remember that readers are not as familiar with your story as you and will generally notice big events that occur throughout your story, and not minor details such as what a character is wearing, or, for example, the colour of eyes. Consider your Reading Test from the viewpoint of a first-time reader and set questions that the reader will generally notice as they read along. Make sure that all the answers to your test are contained within your sample extract, especially after you edit your story test. To edit your Reading Test, login and then click on the pen symbol next to your story title on your My Page.
4) Your Synopsis/Story Opening - Look at your story synopsis and opening and consider it from the point of view of a browser in a bookshop. For example, compare your story's immediate appeal with other stories on site that have received a lot of reviews. As with book store books, often a story's immediate appeal may draw the reader in. If your story is very genre specific, for example, a romance story, consider making the synopsis less genre specific so that it will appeal to a wider variety of readers.
5) Your Text Layout - So that stories can be read across a variety of Internet browsers, you should paste your stories onto the site with no indentation at the start of each paragraph and a line of space between each paragraph. If your text is all 'clumped' together in long paragraphs, this will affect the amount of readers you will receive. To edit your text to the correct format, login and click on the pen symbol next to your story title on your My Page. This will will take you to a page where you can edit your text. Edit your Reading Test first before you edit text to ensure that the Reading Test is still relevant.
If a member feels their story may assist from a new version being uploaded and starting afresh with reviews and ratings, they can upload again by clicking the button to upload a story on My Page.
This post was last edited by mkrobinson12, 13 Feb 2011, 19:55