Preparing to Launch

9 years ago | patji (Member)

I took my web serial down a year ago to plan out the story better. I've got a full season of episodes/chapters planned out and before I start posting them I wanted to know what steps are recommended for pre-launch. My previous attempts were to just start posting the parts as I wrote them up, but I never knew how to promote my web serial. And here I am... ready to learn so please teach me.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. capriox (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    There's a couple threads here that already include this information, and there's a number of topics over at that also talk about promoting your story/building your audience. Unfortunately I don't have time at the moment to provide links, but a little hunting around should yield results for you.

    Two things off the top of my head:
    1) get a twitter account and every time you post something related to your story, like when the next chapter has been posted, make sure to include the hashtag #weblit so other weblit/online fiction readers & authors will see it and help share the love.
    2) Once you've got a chunk of story going (I think the guidelines suggest 4000+ words), submit it here on the WFG so readers & reviewers can find it through the listings.

    Strong Heart
    A female mercenary who insists she's a man, a naive young magician, and interesting times ahead.
  2. Rhapsody In Prose (Inactive)

    Posted 9 years ago

    If you want to see the best hard evidence for promotion, check out this thread, towards the end. deals primarily with people who are charging $$$ for their stories and/or sites that are already popular (that is, getting 2000 hits a day). That may or may not be useful to you.

    Before you go and do all that, be warned that promoting webfic is like promoting luxury cars in an economic downturn. Honestly, there's not many readers, and nearly all of them don't comment. You shouldn't expect a large readership even after months, if ever. The only hard evidence I've ever seen (see above) leads to a numerical increase in traffic, which doesn't forecast involvement with the site (i.e. comments). So if you like to have a wide variety of IPs hitting your site, get busy promoting! But I think your time will be more productive if you just write.

    May my words be balm to the hurting, and acid to the tormentors.
    Boring serial fic


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