Getting the story out

5 years ago | J.E.Hixon (Member)

What is the best practice for promoting a new serialized novel? I have submitted my story for review here, and I post my new posts, episodes as I am calling them, to Facebook. What other ways have people been using to get traffic that tends to be successful?

My Story Is at the site below, and any suggestions on it are welcome. There are some amazing writers here, I would value any comments and am willing to make changes to better my writing style.

Author of The Unseen War

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  1. GeneralRincewind (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago
    Previous forum post which answers this question

  2. FrustratedEgo (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Royal Road certainly has a very high visibility - which is one of the top suggestions made by ClearMadness. I enjoy this crowd here because I get to see more data due to hits on the WordPress instead. Royal Road requires you host a version of the stories over there.

  3. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Not to beat a dead horse, but like other writers said in my thread that was linked, and as I have discovered, some of the best promotion is to write like hell.

    If people like your content and you keep it coming, word of mouth will spread.

    I personally have tried actively promoting in a few places, but based on my results so far, there isn't a clear ROI. The only thing I can absolutely be certain of is that I pick up more readers when I write more.

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  4. J.E.Hixon (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Thanks for the advice, and I will take it to heart. I am in the cue to get listed on this site, and writing as much as I can. That's all I am going to do for now, within the next month I would like to have enough to start posting 2 episodes a week. Right now I would burn through my writing too fast doing 2 a week. Thanks everyone for the help getting started, it is awesome having a place to turn that has tons of experience to offer.

    Author of The Unseen War

    Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the story.
  5. Madiha N. Santana (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Another thing you might want to consider is to just contribute to this very community.

    Read other people's stuff, comment on it, make acquaintances, write reviews on here (honest and fair reviews that are helpful to prospective readers), get to know other authors and their work. Participate in the little seasonal events some people host on here some times, like the April Fool's swap. It's helpful and interesting in a lot of ways, but it also has the side effect that people will be curious about your work from seeing you here.

    I got a bump in readership a few months ago beccause I wrote a couple of generally well-received reviews of serials that I had been reading at the time. (Sadly I do not have as much time to do so again.) I'm currently getting a pretty sizable bump in views and readers because I participated in a guest posting opportunity provided by a fellow author on this board. I didn't come here just to advertise anything. I read this forum because I find it interesting to see a perspective different from my personal bubble. But being sociable just helps a lot in general, I've found.

  6. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Seeing as I can't find that other thread where we talked about Royal Road...

    I'm super happy I decided to post Anathema there. Not many followers yet, but now that I'm almost done posting the first five arcs, the follower numbers are increasing quite rapidly. I posted there hoping for more comments, and well, that didn't really happen. BUT I'm getting way more glowing ratings and reviews than I ever did on WFG, and I've gotten something like 5000 views total in just a few weeks. Someone called me their favorite author after Wildbow :O

    Anyway, I recommend RRL to anyone looking for some extra exposure! Once you figure out how to auto-convert HTML to BBcode, the formatting is a matter of 15 seconds.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world.
  7. D. D. Webb (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Hm. I may want to look into RRL, then. How DO you auto-convert HTML to BBcode?

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  8. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    First copy your chapter from Word to here... and 'clean HTML'

    Then copy the cleaned HTML here and post the result on RRL.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world.
  9. unice5656 (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    @Chrysalis, if you're looking for more feedback on RRL, be sure to explicitly as for it in an author's note. Readers there often just read and leave or comment with "thx for the chapter", but if you remind them that feedback gives you the mental energy to write faster (*cough* extortion *cough*), you'd be surprised at how many reviews and comments you get.

  10. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Well... one person mentioned he was too busy binge reading and couldn't stop to leave a review XD so I guess the silence is a good sign?

    Where's the best place to leave an author's note?

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world.
  11. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Try getting onto podcasts or getting guest writing spots. Just today I finished doing a small podcast. If you want to go check it out, go here:

    Also, Billy Higgins did an article for Cracked. I don't know how many hits it got him for his web serial. If you want to see the the story he wrote, its right here:

    "An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
  12. unice5656 (Moderator)

    Posted 5 years ago

    @Chrysalis, I generally leave author's notes at the beginning of chapters and bold them so that it's really easy to skip to the actual beginning of the chapter. It's kind of become part of my fiction's style to have long, rambling author's notes that beg for comments and reviews. I do a lot of weird things in Fantasia, ehehe.

    Alternatively, you can leave author's notes at the end of a chapter, where asking for a comment or a review makes more sense. Other authors also post individual chapters that are just titled "Author's Note" or have a single thread titled "Announcements" where all new posts go.

  13. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Lol, thanks for the promo T4nky! Writing for Cracked was a very rewarding experience, and it did lead to a lot of people clicking the link to my serial. But the reader retention was much better when I guest blogged on Drew's site. I think I might do a stats thread about this, actually. I think I'm sitting on a lot of weird/interesting referral data.

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest
  14. GeneralRincewind (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Hey unice5656, what's the minimum length for posting on RRL? I'm considering but I fear that my meagre word count would be received negatively.

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