First, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Skye. Though my last name isn't Noir, LOL -- using that as a 'pen' name. IDK, I thought it was interesting. So I've been thinking of doing a serial for a long time. I've been reading them in eBook format for awhile now when I finally realized, like a moron, that they were actually on the internet. What I mean to say is that (because I just realized that didn't really make sense), I realized that not only do people write serials and publish them in eBook format (without posting them on the internet for free) but that that serials were also on the internet for free and in eBook format (some of them). Okay, still not sure that made sense. Wow, I really need to work on that -- the making sense part, LOL.
So I decided, why can't I do it too? I love to write, so why not me?
So I've spent the last few months trying to decide on the idea I want to use to make into a serial, and then planning, outlining, etc etc. I've kind of hit a brick wall though with that because I have 5 big ideas, 4 I'm comfortable with working on right now and I haven't been able to decide on one of them yet. I know, I know --- most people tell you go with your gut, pick the one that calls to you the most, writes the easiest, etc etc but that's just it, they all do. What do you do when that's the case?
Hmm, what else to say about myself? LOL, well IDK, what would you really want to know about me? I'm not sure you want to know about me personally, would you? Like I have 4 dogs I love to read (shocker, I know), write (even bigger shock), and watch TV shows (I have an obsession, weird I know).
I hope you all don't mind but I had a few questions while I had you here (sort of).
1. Do any of you use Scrivener to write your episodes/chapters/arcs/whatever? Or other programs like Aeon Timeline, Scapple, etc? (and if so, what programs do you use and to do what -- I'm always on the look out for new ones!)
2. Do most you who write serials more or less just publish your serial on your own website and/or blog? Or do you try to get the most exposure/fans/etc and post your chapters/episodes/whatever in as many places as possible such as;
Archive Of Our Own (known more or less for fanfiction, but it has an Original Fiction section too)
Goodreads (directory listing - inital post)
JukePop (if you're approved)
Online Novels (directory listing - inital post)
r/Webfiction (not actually posting anything but posting a link)
Tuesday Serial (not actually posting anything but posting a link)
Twitter (#tuesdayserial & #fridayflash)
TVTropes (directory listing - inital post)
Although, if anyone has any other places I missed, please please suggest them.
3. I know this, too (like the above question), has been asked many times before on the forum but... what do you usually do for advertising? (and I don't mean like posting links to places like above but like, actual ads or exposure in
other ways besides the above). For example;
Facebook Ads (ads)
Fiverr (ads, and many other things)
Project Wonderful (ads)
Word of Mouth
4. I've often wondered, how do you know if your idea is 'serial' friendly, as in, can be serialized? I always believed anything could be serialized really, it was all in the writing, so even the oddest things could, you just how to figure out a way to make it work in a serial format but I wondered what others thought?
5. What do you think an approx word count would be good for a weekly serial? I've read a lot of posts already on the forum (I've been a lurker for about a month I think) and most of the people in previous posts on this topic usually state you should go with whatever works for your chapter/serial/you. I personally totally agree and would give that advice to others as well, if asked. That said, I'm still asking, because I'd like to know if people have an approx in mind for those that have serials already and a kind of I don't know, understanding? of readers of serials. I know a lot of times whether it's a book you're reading (paperback or eBook) or content on the internet, people have a short attention span so I was trying to get a fix of the serial readers attention span, especially the ones that usually read weekly. Is it 1,000 words? 1,500? 2,000? 3,000? etc... So, anything would be helpful Not that I still wouldn't go with what fits the story and myself best, but I'm still interested in the 'stats' as they were, so to speak.
I have tons more questions, but my mind suddenly went blank, LOL. So I'm sure I'll be back.