Writing Schedule and Backlog

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  1. Tigellinus (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I love the detail, you're all so very helpful! Thank you!

    @Mooderino: Sci-Fi. Speciifcally Military Science Fiction. I'm on Spacebattles, but wow, your work just gets swallowed there. Or at least that's how it seems for me!

    @Mathtans: Gosh, thank you for the advice! I think I'll stick with one update a week for now, and promote however I can.

    I'm sorry that you get 'zero view' days with so much work put in!

    You seem very detailed - something that I genuinely appreciate. Do you have any other advice or pieces of wisdom?

    Thanks :)

    @Unice5656: Yeah, I can understand that. After all, you're writing what you wnat to write.
    But occasionally things readers say will be useful. like if they tell me that my lack of descriptions takes away from their ability to 'view' the story.

    thanks for the advice all!

    A Conquest of the Stars: The Heart's Anguish at: https://www.acotsserial.com/
  2. unice5656 (Moderator)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Heh, that's exactly the kind of advice I'd ignore. I generally give very sparse descriptions in my writing, focusing more on plot and the internal experiences of the characters. If I suddenly switched from doing that to spending a whole paragraph on descriptions every time a new person or setting showed up, you can bet my current readers would be less than impressed.

  3. Tigellinus (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    For me, my lack of descriptions is a flaw. I barely describe anything, ever.
    It is definitely something I need to work on.

    A Conquest of the Stars: The Heart's Anguish at: https://www.acotsserial.com/
  4. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Heh, thanks Tigellinus. I am/was secretary on a bunch of committees, I guess detailed comes with the territory. As to "zero views", I just shrug them off now, mostly bring them up here on occasion lest other people think it's a weird thing that's only happening to them. Not sure what other wisdom I can impart.

    Regarding advice though, two things to consider there:
    (1) Were you thinking along those lines even before the reader said something? For me, I'd noticed my parts were getting longer, and thought splitting them might be a good plan. So when I got the comment about remembering things week to week, I enacted the plan (partly to see if anyone would say anything, and no one complained). Sounds like you feel you need to work on description, so as long as that's equally (or more) internal as external, why not.
    (2) Is the reader one of your core viewers? As I say, after years of doing this, I only have a half dozen regulars (maybe twice that, the other six being more silent). So when they say something, I know that they have the context of the previous material (versus someone commenting on part one saying "you shouldn't do x") and I further know that, well, I don't want to lose them as a reader over something I can control. Again, for me, it was one of the people who read, and who didn't comment much, so I decided this was a thing I'd try to do something about.

    There's also a cost-benefit thing. I had one faithful reader remark on the issue of links always being the same colour, whether you'd clicked on them or not. (Handy to know which part you'd last clicked on from the index, for example.) Unfortunately, Free WordPress doesn't give access to the CSS (style sheets) which is where you can tweak that. I did a bit of research, thought I found a workaround, but it didn't work. I communicated my failure, and the reader totally got that (and I hope he was glad that I made an attempt) and he's still around. It wasn't worth it for me to keep sinking time into fixing it. Maybe I've lost people because of it, I don't know, I'll never know, but one can't dwell on that. (Of course, if anyone does know a work around, let me know.)

    All the best!

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  5. mooderino (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    So, I'd say the places you're posting stuff is a good broad mix that will attract readers who might be looking for stuff like yours. Of which there will be some, but not so many, probably. The tricky part is finding the ones who aren't looking, but would be interested if they knew your story existed.

    The way to get to those people is too go looking for them. I used reddit and found a large audience eager to try new stuff (and also eager to tell you what they don't like). Because I write fantasy and I discovered web serials through translated Chinese/Korean stories, I posted chapter updates on r/noveltranslations, which allows original English novels too. The reason I chose there was because the audience is huge. While my story might get a couple hundred thousand views a month, the big Chinese ones get around 10 million/month. That's the English, fan-translated version. God knows what the original Chinese version gets.

    Those readers are keen to find stuff without poor English and bad grammar, but they're also picky about what they like (often immature stuff about OP MCs). There are non-fantasy stories up there, but it would be worth having a look at the EN novels posting on there to see if you think your story might fit.

    And yes, I posted myself. Self-promotion is frowned upon in a lot of places on the web, but those are the places not to self-promote in. Reddit subs have rules and the ones I'm mentioning allow it. You should always check first.

    I also went to places like r/fantasy, and like most of the bookish subreddits it has a special promotion threads you can post in. For you r/scifi might be more appropriate, I know they have weekly self-promo threads. How much response you get will vary, but it's worth having a look. It's easier if you also find the sub genuinely interesting and interact with the other threads. Also r/rational might be worth a look. If your story has a strong rationalist element (people do things in a realistic and rational way) you should make an introductory post announcing the story and then see if there's any interest. Hang out there a bit first to get a feel for the place.

    r/writing and r/selfpublishing also have self-promo threads.

    You aren't going to get a sudden tsunami of readers, but one or two will get the ball rolling. I've now started to get people posting updates of my chapters on r/rational without asking anyone, just because they wanted to.

    Interacting with the people and threads (and they will mostly be relevant to your interests anyway) will work much better than dropping a link and running away.

  6. Tigellinus (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    @Mathtans: Well, it certainly isn't a bad thing!
    On that note; did it take a while for you to get readers and comments?

    (1) Yeah. It's been something that I've been working on in my own time, but when the reader pointed it out I decided I'd try to add more description into the story itself, instead of just practicing describing in a separate document.
    Exactly! Nothing wrong with improvement!

    (2) Yeah, in fact the reader is one of the people who reads pretty much all my works on a different site. So the comment comes with quite a knowledge of how I write.
    Yeah, I can understand that. It would possibly be disastrous to follow the advice of someone who has commented on your first Chapter/Part without them being familiar with your work.

    Sadly I don't know a work around, sorry! My Wordpress site does a fine job of changing links from blue to purple if clicked. (Though it is hosted through Bluehost).

    Thank you! :)

    Ohh, I didn't think about Reddit. Maybe I'll post there sometime!

    Of course. Don't worry, I'll be certain to check the rules, and to not shamelessly promote myself too often.

    Thank you for the advice, Mooderino! It has been very helpful!

    A Conquest of the Stars: The Heart's Anguish at: https://www.acotsserial.com/


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