Building up steam for your Web serial

1 year ago | tennin_Typer (Member)

Hey all,

So I just recently began a web serial by the name of Veer Zero Saga, (veerzerosaga.com) which I have been working on in-between work where as the first installment after the prelude was around 22,000 words so it took me a healthy while. But I have since finished it, and a couple other installments including the beginning of the first episode.

I am new to this, but I am dedicated to the craft as I write a whole lot already, however I was just wondering for the more knowledgeable- how did you go about building steam for your story? How did you get it out there, and how did you go about getting a following?

I might also add that I already know about social sharing and all that.

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  1. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Hi! I'm new too.

    Some of the answers to your questions were covered in the replies I got to the question I asked about a week ago. http://forums.webfictionguide.com/topic/types-of-exposure-how-long-did-it-take

    The most common advice is just to write like crazy and not give up.

    Visit my site, http://www.blaise-corvin.com. I have punch and pie.
    I also have two stories: Delvers LLC and The Crimson Artifice. :)
  2. tennin_Typer (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    k Thanks!

  3. ClearMadness (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    One thing I may have not mentioned in my other post on that other thread is the importance of motivating and channeling your readers. I'm finding that's having a huge impact towards increasing my viewers. You need to get your readers to help your promote your website. Subtly is not your friend here.

    For instance once you're on TopWebFiction get your readers voting for you! Don't just post a single text link on a sidebar somewhere and hope they click it. The higher you get on TopWebFiction the more readers you get. The more readers you get the higher you can rise. This also applies to other places like RoyalRoadl, TvTropes, facebook,and maybe even Wattpad(I haven't tried yet).

    Author of The Iron Teeth, a online dark fantasy story.
  4. tennin_Typer (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    That makes sense. Thanks

  5. kaleidofish (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    I wrote this thinking that "building steam" was the same thing as "building hype..." Oops.

    What helped me build steam was that I already had a bit of a following from another community. In the months leading to my serial's release, I boosted it on social media and talked about it with friends. I set up a website with a Coming Soon page, a little description blurb, and a Mailchimp Subscription box that said something like "sign up to be notified of when chapters are released." I picked up a decent number of e-mail subscribers from that and was able to count the people who were especially interested in reading it.

    I only just started, but already I'm finding that I agree with the advice given in the other thread. The more content there is, the more people seem to be clicking around on the site's non-update days.

    Redwood Crossing, an interactive serial fiction: http://www.rwcrossing.com
  6. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Wait, I'm supposed to have a following?

    From what I've seen a good referral from other popular stories can help a lot, and otherwise finding groups hungry to read a certain sort of tale that you can drop a link on.

    Something that doesn't apply to you so well, probably, is that I had a bit of a boost beforehand from my commentary on Legion of Nothing and Worm. That said, reaching out and commenting like that could be a useful way to draw attention to your own stuff.

  7. tennin_Typer (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Thanks for the helpful as well advice Kale, and Gecko!

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