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Student and Graduate Discount

Hi there!

If you've found this page you're probably interested in the student discount. Read on and I'll tell you more about it.

Writing can be a cheap and therapeutic way for students to get a little bit of escapism from their studies, and for graduates who have yet to secure the job they've trained for. However, writing projects can end up so big, unwieldy, deep, or downright complex that you might want help to keep working on it - including the kind of help I offer.

Many students are also under financial pressure, so paying for the services I offer can become difficult, especially if you order multiple consultations over time. That's why I offer a fun way to secure yourself a month-long discount that you can use as many times as you want in return for your help raising The Character Consultancy's profile!


The Overall Idea

Students and graduates are, by definition, well-educated on specific subjects. Worldbuilding is the development of a world that is well-crafted from as many different perspectives as possible.

What I want you to do: Write guest blog entries, discussion board replies, and web site articles in your area of expertise for the online writing community who enjoy worldbuilding, with a link to www.thecharacterconsultancy.co.uk, and have your work posted on any of the below web sites.

What I give in return: A 20% discount on consultations and No Frills. See my price list for the current prices.


Feel like giving it a try but not sure what to write?

Talk about it in my Discord server!


How to Write Guest Blog Entries

  • For guest blog spots, look at the writing style in the examples listed above and try to emulate it. Look at the general style (is it conversational? Do they like to use lists? Do they read more like how-tos? How academic are they? What kind of vocabulary do they use? That kind of thing)
  • Contact the webmaster/mistress and send a brief email. They generally have a lot of emails to get through so keep it short and sweet as this will raise the chances that they will respond positively. Try using this email template, or write something similar in your own words.
  • Suggesting specific topics can catch their attention better than general ones. Instead of saying you're happy to write about biology in worldbuilding, say you're going to write about why bees never evolved to make poisonous honey, about the potential for uneven fat distribution in various alien animal species, or what homeopathy would look like for a species that couldn't safely come into contact with water. You get the idea. Whet their appetites!
  • If you're referencing any academic work, remember to credit as you would if you were writing an academic paper.
  • Include a mention of, and link to, The Character Consultancy in your blog entry/article. This is important as it's the whole reason I'm doing this: to get links to The Character Consultancy on authoritative web sites. Without this, your entry will not qualify.
  • Include the keyword* (or words) I've requested with each web site
  • Only articles and blog entries that appear on the above list will qualify for the discount. Those are the web sites I want back-links** on.
  • If you write an article and the webmaster/mistress doesn't like it, all is not lost - it's always possible to show the same article to the host of another web site
  • Please do not present the same article to multiple web sites. Website hosts like the information they present to be unique. By all means dress similar information up in different ways, but the wording will need to be different for each

If your article is accepted then it is likely that your article will be put in a queue to be posted on the web site on a particular day. If the delay is longer than you would like, feel free to conact me and ask about claiming your discount in the meantime.


Web Sites to Choose From

Please pick from the following list of options.

  1. The Writing Collective
    What is It? A blog that specialises in helping writers to improve their skills
    How To Contribute: Follow their submission requirements. Don't worry, it's not too scary!
    Keywords to Include: worldbuilding
    Example 1

  2. Reedsy
    What Is It? Reedsy is an online community where writers can find the support they need to get published.
    How To Contribute: Join their community and start contributing.
    Keywords to Include: Worldbuilding
    Example 1 | Example 2


Discussion Web Sites (Easier Posting Opportunities)

The following are discussion web sites so any promotion you do there is automatically accepted unless you break their terms of service.

  1. The Worldbuilding SubReddit
    What Is It? A discussion web site for anything and everything related to worldbuiding. People ask questions and anyone can answer
    How To Contribute: Sign in or log on and start answering questions. Take care: Reddit users are a skeptical bunch and do not take kindly to marketing for marketing's own sake. Reply there mentioning my service only if you think it's genuinely warranted. The same goes for each of these web sites but especially so here.
    Keywords to Include: worldbuilding
    Examples are easy to find if you follow the above link. Most replies are very short but if you see a subject you can contribute on, go for it.

  2. The Worldbuilding StackExchange
    What Is It? A discussion web site for anything and everything related to worldbuiding. People ask questions and anyone can answer
    How To Contribute: Sign in or log on and start answering questions. Unlike Reddit, this web site is more subject-orientated than a place to socialise
    Keywords to Include: worldbuilding
    Examples are easy to find if you follow the above link. If you see a subject you can contribute on, go for it.


Pending' I Hope to Add These to the List Soon!
  1. Gizmodo
    [Emailed 01/07/19 to ask if they accept guest blog entries]

How to Claim Your Discount

When the entry has gone up, email me on thecharacterconsultancy@gmail.com with a link to it, and as soon as I've confirmed that I've got it you are welcome to start booking your discounted sessions.


FAQs

"I can't think of anything to write in my area of expertise."

I'm always happy to discuss suggestions with you! If you have a Discord account, why not join my Discord server so that you can discuss potential subjects, either with me directly or with the other folks on the server? We've a friendly bunch!

Discord server invite link


"This sounds like a lot of work."

If you are (or have been) a student then it's easy to think that this is going to be like writing an academic paper. It's not. Most guest blog entries are around 1,000 words long, far less-heavily referenced than an academic paper would be, and are written for entertainment purposes.

So don't be afraid - have fun with writing something fun related to what you're studying!


Good luck, and I look forward to working with you!


For the curious:

* A keyword is a search term; the word or words that people type into search engines to get the results they want. Use them at least two or three times in an article if you can.

**A back-link is a link to a web site on another web site. Google takes into account the number of back-links a web site has and how high-profile the web site is that the link appears on. That is how Google calculates where to rank the web site being linked to. I would like the highest ranking possible.