I've been lurking and reading through the forum here, especially various threads regarding promotion/advertising. I've been very limited to what I've done so far, focusing mainly on friends and various social networking sites, with the intent of broadening my scope once I'm happy with the "product".
Which is where this comes in. Now, I've got the usual artiste's problem of never being happy with what I produce. That's why it's taken 4 years of work just to get this far! But I have to make a compromise somewhere, and I've decided to ask if anyone has any constructive criticism that might help me.
It's also far easier asking strangers than people you know. That always goes wrong!
So if anyone could be so kind, I would be more than grateful for any critique. Even if it's just a 30-second-this-doesn't-appeal-to-me-at-all opinion! I'm not looking for story/writing critique, though feel free to go that way if you want
There are a few issues I'm aware of:
- The logo/title graphic is very much a stand-in until I can come up with something better. I'm also not too keen on having "an online story" etc. there, but figured I ought to have *something* alerting people to the site's purpose.
- The colour scheme still needs a bit of fiddling with. Mainly the link colours. I want to maintain a "white" theme, but at the same time I need some colour, so I'm torn.
- I'm worried the 'Story' page might be intimidating. There are a lot of pages, and I wanted to include direct links to them as I felt it would be easier for people to navigate. On the other hand, it makes it look like there's a lot more content than there really is. Each page is about 500 words, or thereabouts, as I wanted to minimise scrolling.
- Images. I had this issue way back in 2001, when I last dabbled with web serials. You illustrate a few things, and suddenly everyone expects EVERYTHING to be illustrated! I don't have that kind of time (the chapter covers are at least a few hours of work each - if I used colour for them, triple that) At the same time, though, do you think the 'lack' of images is an issue? Does the site look too plain? Or does it give the impression the story is a webcomic, when it's not? (although I will be experimenting with 'mixed media' storytelling at some points)
Apologies for the overtly wordy post. I have a habit for such things!