So I was surfing the net and a little while ago I came across this great Novelr guest article by Cecilia Tan:
I really liked her idea for inspiring donations from her audience by setting targets for specific storylines and plot twists, so that readers got to get involved in shaping the details of the story itself. That's a lot cooler than just asking for random donations, or just having say a three update a week schedule and giving a bonus chapter.
So for anyone who's following "The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin" I challenged my readers to submit storyline ideas, and after I've had a few I'll do a poll for what the audience finds the most interesting, and set donation goals for that target. The blog about it is here: http://gavinwilliams.digitalnovelists.com/node/805
I think inviting your audience to tell you what they'd like to see in a plot is a little risky, but also fun for interaction -- especially since they're mainly asking for greater detail on things they've already seen hinted at. It gives me as a writer insight into the corners of the story world that I might have a blind spot for, but that readers want to see.
Anyone else have their own ideas on reader interaction? What's working for you?