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Natalia Batista shares a few great pointers on how to get your work published!
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"Relic Blade" by mangalphantom is a shining example of how to tell a story the right way. There's no rush, no forced attempt at trying to grab the readers attention just for the sake of it. Instead, you get focused and expertly structured introduction to all the important characters and just enough information about their motivations and backgrounds to get you hooked.
The first chapter is quite extensive at a length of 82 pages, but if you're anything like me, you'll be done in no time. Let's hope for more to come soon...!!
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MangaDojo got a new feature: A star-rating that allows viewers to see the popularity of every manga at a glance.

Curious as to how it works? No problemo, here's the gist of it: The unique page views, favorites and votes are used in order to calculate a popularity score for every manga.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that favorites in this calculation are considered more valuable than views and votes more valuable than favorites.

The most popular manga is used as the benchmark and every other manga is compared to it in order to receive its star rating.

But don't worry, nobody "chooses" the benchmark, there's no human decision-making involved here at all: the whole process takes place in milliseconds; all the time.
So depending on the visitors activity, ratings change constantly (although slowly).

Sounds pretty simple, right? But actually, a lot of thought went into designing a rating system that attempts to be fair and objective...!

There are many difficulties and concerns associated with any kind of rating system.

For instance, I for one am not a big fan of traditional rating systems; you know, like the one on IMDB or the old days of YouTube, where every visitor gets the chance to submit their own ranking.

This system is problematic because every item is ranked independently of everything else. If the audience is critical, a more popular item can get a lower score than an obscure one whos viewers are more forgiving.
An even bigger issue is the fact that this kind of ranking is extremely subjective; It constantly happens that very popular items get a bad rating simply because the people who rank it "disagree" with its presentation or content.

Of course there's value in an opinionated review, but let's be honest: The goal of every manga is to attract an audience; to be popular.

To put it bluntly: It doesn't matter how you get there; You can break every rule of storytelling, art and design there is - so long as your fans love what you do, it doesn't matter!

The opposite naturally applies, as well: You can be an expert with a deep understanding of the theory and create a work that is a complete masterpiece - but if people don't read it, none of that matters...

That's why the opposite rating system - one that is relative and objective, rather than absolute and subjective - seemed like a much better choice.

There's no direct way to rank a manga on MangaDojo. Rather, the ranking is a result of each visitors actions. And as we know, actions are usually more honest than words (or at the very least more statistically accurate, hence objective).

But there's another issue associated with ranking systems: Although we love rankings, we usually hate to be ranked ourselves.

However, if you think about it, there's really no reason to be afraid. First of all, no one is actually ranking you. The stars are simply a reflection of how popular your work is compared to everything else.

Secondly, you need to know how popular your manga is if you want it to be successful. It's easy to become frustrated because no one "gets" your creations, even though maybe the few readers you have really dig it.

In this case, a weak ranking can help you to become aware that you need to change something in order to attract more fans.

Let me put it this way: The star's aren't there to judge you from above - they're supposed to guide you.

By the way, did you know that all japanese manga receive a weekly rating by their readers? Those are some pretty harsh conditions; If you don't get enough votes, your series will be cancelled sooner or later.

But this is precisely what causes the quality of japanese manga to be so damn high.

And that's ultimately the goal of the MangaDojo: To help you in creating really popular, kickass manga, and nothing less!

What are your thoughts? Do you like the ranking system? Do you think it's terrible? Share your thoughts!

And remember, nothing's set in stone! I'm always open to good ideas and arguments :)
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