"Y'know, I dipped a teeny toe into Wattpad once and then pulled it out because the site felt too heavy on early teen users. They're a barrel of laughs and great energy, but they aren't my target audience. How did you navigate the site? And yes, seriously and by all means, write up an article for it. I'd love to know how many months or years you working in advance.
Also: holy shit (sorry), that's YOUR art? Goddamn, Cloe. I've gotta hire you for something."
There is indeed a lot of teenage audience on wattpad but there are also a lot of people from different age brackets. Unfortunately, you can't go and pick an audience. I am lucky since I don't have a target audience in mind. I am writing Aethernea so it could be attractive to all kinds of different demographics. Both teens and more mature audience, as well as male and female readers. So Wattpad is a great place for me.
How did I navigate the site? I am not sure I understand what you mean by that.
I'll put that article on my todo list
Haha, thanks I don't offer art services, though. Mostly because it takes me a lot of time(that I don't have) and hard work to produce a high-quality art. And because I don't have much confidence in that area as I am just a hobbyist that has no education in graphic design and art.
"As nice as the site looks, it's also rather difficult to navigate on mobile thanks to adverts that keep rediverting me to app stores. You might want to check your ad provider to see if you can block such shenanigans."
Been fighting this for a while, whatever ad provider I try, it ends up pulling redirecting s*** on me. Thanks for telling me this. I just removed the ads altogether for now as the whole point of placing ads was for them to be unobtrusive. I'd rather not have ads than have them negatively impact the reader experience.
"@Cloe Seriously? You drew that yourself? Well, congrats dude. Speaking as a guy who's tried to do that and failed , its bloody awesome. Where'd you learn how to draw?"
Nowhere really. I just used to draw as a hobby when I was bored, like, in classes. I have no education on the matter whatsoever. Just personal experience and more than 20 years of practice. It also helps greatly if I find several awesome reference images e.g. for how I want the ears to look like, etc.
"It has kinda an immense information overload. You're dumping so many terms in the first few episodes, and switching between various time frames and perspectives, and all intrigue has been dumped in the blurb and first episodes. Too much information. I now don't really want to read of the meeting between Kiel and Elaru, mostly because I can guess how it goes, and so apparently most of the second episode hooks are lost. There also appears to be a serious risk of Mary Sueness with the descriptions of the characters in the first episode. They appear to be OP. And OP characters are interesting... They're hard to write, but awesome if you pull it of. If you fail you just generate another Mary Sue/Marty Stu to be assigned to the dust heap. I really hope that the story doesn't fall into this trap."
Thank you for reading!
Aethernea introduces a whole new world with a unique magic system, culture, and lore. So for certain things to make sense, the reader needs to be introduced to them. I am doing my best to avoid an information overload and introduce information gradually. However, it is very hard considering the sheer amount of information I wish to convey. I would be very grateful if you could point out what you found confusing and what made you feel an information overload so I can improve it.
"I now don't really want to read of the meeting between Kiel and Elaru, mostly because I can guess how it goes"
Interesting. I've never thought about this. Can you let me know how you think it goes? If you are mostly correct then I should consider skipping to another point after their meeting and then having a few flash backs later.
The reason why I didn't skip to a later time, when the two were already together, is because this period is extremely important. It introduces several very important plot points and gives Kiel a motive that will guide the story. It is essentially a life-changing event for both of them, and I wanted the readers to start the story from the beginning, instead of feeling like they don't know a lot about what happened.
Don't worry. It won't fall into the Mary Sue pit
I've elaborated this in the comment you left me on aethernea.com