Featured website: storiad.com

Although Storiad will eventually become a paid service, membership is free for the beta period, which is going on right now. So if you’re interested in joining this community, getting feedback, and putting your work out there for the eyes of media professionals, go ahead and sign up as soon as you can.

What makes Storiad different from other writing sites is that it allows you to integrate your account with other social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), media professionals (agents and the like) can seek out projects they like, and it includes a blogging service. It’s not like FictionPress, Figment, WattPad, etc. where you just post your work.

So if it interests you, join. 🙂

7 thoughts on “Featured website: storiad.com

  1. Maggie, as always, I am interedted in the sites you ferret out and present to us. And, as always, I go and visit.

    This one makes me nervous.

    The site LOOKS good at first, but when you start moving around therein, things start to be a bit shakey. For one thing, it is stated that the “service” is free now, but won’t be after the beta period is over. It does not say when that will be, or what the cost will be. A writer not of independent means may put in a lot of time and effort only to find that he or she cannot afford whatever this “service” is.

    The site is slow, sluggish, even, and some of the more important links are dead. The copyright date is almost eight months out of date–which makes me think that the owners have lost interest.

    The site is a navigation nightmare, presenting many small screens with no explanation of what they are for.

    All in all, I’d be concerned about putting too much time into this.

    Please do not take offense, Maggie, as my concerns are not with you, but with the site that you have no control over.

    I would be happy to be proved wrong, but as of today, I’d give this site a pass.

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    1. Quite honestly, I feel the same way about the site. But you never know… and there might be someone out there brave enough to try it. 🙂

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  2. Hi Everyone,

    My name is Ramzi. I am the founder of Storiad. Thank you Maggie for for taking the time to review Storiad. I would like to take a few moments to introduce myself, Storiad, and the various services we offer writers.

    I am a writer living in Pasadena, California. Like many writers, I have been writing for as long as I can remember – short stories, novels, screenplays, blogs. My notebooks are filled with disjointed scenes and sketches that may or may not ever coalesce into coherence. There’s always hope. The queue of unread books is always a few volumes deep. I always try to make time for them. My educational background is in economics from the University of Chicago. A little random, I know!

    The idea for Storiad came to me one night in 2010 as I sat out on the balcony with my wife talking about how difficult it is for an unpublished author to get published. As we talked, the proverbial light bulb began to flicker. What if I built a dedicated online community for writers to network and interact with one another like, say, Facebook or LinkedIn? To make the site even more useful for writers, what if I also built a online marketplace that gave writers the option to upload, describe, tag and broadcast their written projects? That way, writers can design for themselves a comprehensive and scalable online presence to more effectively manage their artistic and business objectives (that’s the econ-side speaking).

    Fast forward a year, lots of team work, and even more trial and error (technology development can be like that!), and Storiad is ready for its debut. For the first 5,000 members, a lifetime Storiad membership is free. However, Storiad is designed as a subscription-based service. Since we don’t rely on ad-generated revenue related to the sale of member profile information (think Facebook), we instead rely on membership fees to build additional features on the site, all the while continuing to develop collaborative marketing campaigns to get the Storiad story out there. Enhanced Storiad features and informative marketing translates to more options and wider exposure for our members.

    We are a young company. So we definitely appreciate any feedback we get. I will look into the issues Richard highlighted and make the requisite changes. The seemingly out of date 2010 copyright is for legal reasons. That will be updated in August. We have received lots of great press reviews (including on forbes.com), great user feedback and lots of membership sign-ups. As writers ourselves, we are always eager to work with writers to improve the site.

    Anyway … Sorry for such a long posting …

    Please join us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/storiad) and/or Twitter (www.twitter.com/storiad) for the latest on Storiad and the writing world. Then, when you’re ready, pop on over to http://www.storiad.com and start getting your story out there.

    If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at ramzi@storiad.com.

    Thank you for your time.

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  3. No worries at all! It’s always helpful to get honest feedback. Did you create a Storiad account? If so, what is your user name? I will friend you so you can start building your writers network. Plus, coming soon, we will have several publishers and producers on the site looking for certain types of projects to develop. Needless to say, we are very (very!!) excited. We will keep our members posted via Facebook & Twitter. Thanks again for the review. I hope to see you on Storiad soon!

    Have a great weekend!

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