Any article published with a question mark at the end of the title is automatically a "Question Article". This applies to every hub.
Question articles are formatted differently with the comments listed in a "Top Answers" section directly under the main content of the article.
In addition payment works slightly differently as well. The author of the question receives 1/3 CPM, the top answer receives 1/3 CPM, the second answer receives 2/9 CPM, and the 3rd answer receives 1/9 CPM.
This reflects the contribution of the answer authors, and is meant to encourage writers to answer the questions of other writers.
To post a new question you need at least 10 Karma points.
You can earn Karma points by posting answers to questions (4 points for 1st answer, 3 points for 2nd, 2 points thereafter), or voting (1 point) for the best answer to a given question - 1 karma point for each. In addition a karma point is awarded each time one of your answers receives a vote.
Once you have 200 Karma points you can then use them to feature one of your articles (either a question or regular article).
Featured articles are promoted at the top right on each article page and in the email newsletter. Featured articles attract many extra readers increasing your writer payments.
New questions have their own section of the email newsletter "New Questions" which is meant to encourage readers to submit their own answers.
Once a question has 3 answers it is considered "answered" and then goes out in the newsletter as a regular article.
The actual text of a question should elaborate on the question and not contain an answer.
It's fine for writers to submit answers to their own questions - even encouraged. However they should be submitted as actual answers rather than in the body of the question article.
In the author also answers the question they'll receive both the author CPM and the appropriate answer CPM (if in the top 3).
It's not possible to vote for your own answer.
The text of question articles can be very short (one sentence even), however for the moment they should contain at least one image so that thumbnails are available.
Editors are encouraged to ask writers to use the #Question category tag.
For reviews you should give the book a rating out of five stars using black stars like this ★ and white stars like this ✩
See the link below for more details:
You assign your article with categories using a hash tag, eg. #Romance
All categories should start with a capital letter. You should have at least three category tags per article. For review articles you should include either #Fiction or #Non Fiction. For fiction you could add the genre, and for non fiction you could say whether it's a biography, a memoir or some other type of book. If you're stuck, have a look at the existing categories on the home page. The editors may also add categories to your article if we can think of any that you have missed.
Question articles should have the category #Question.
Whatever you enjoy reading. It's probably best to avoid reviewing books in a genre or style you hate because very negative reviews are not as useful to the reader as recommendations of books they might like. That's not to say you can't be honest, just try and find something positive to say if you can.
Popular categories include young adult books, science fiction books about feminism and academic essays about literature or writing.
You might like to check the forum to find out what our current competition is and write an article that is eligible to enter. Previous competition themes have included science fiction, humour, biographies, romance and International Women's Day.
Awards on A Comfy Chair are given as prizes for competitions (check the forum or the Facebook page for details on the latest competition). There are also sometimes bronze editor's choice awards for articles that particularly impressed one of the editors, or for short term promotions (eg. "Bronze awards for the next 5 question articles) which will be announced on the forum.
Each question or article should be accompanied by at least one image. These should be your own original photo, one that's in the public domain (eg. from the Wikipedia) or one that you have permission to use. Please provide the image source or leave a note for the editor if it's your own photo.
Make sure your review is not just a summary of the plot but contains your own opinion of the book, complete with specific examples of what you did or didn't like about it. Try to put the book in context (consider the genre and when and where it was written).