Posting Your Stories Online – Tips (For Writers)

Before we begin today’s topic, I just want to thank everyone who has been coming to my blog. For the past two days, the number of hits has been insane! The highest it’s ever been, actually. I guess it’s because I posted a note about chapter 19 of Clash of Tides.It makes me so happy that readers are still interested in the story. I’m finishing up the chapter now, so I hope to have it posted in the next few days.

Ok..let’s do this!

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In today’s world, the internet is king. Without the internet, I wonder how people would live. I mean, do we even remember how to navigate with a paper map? Honestly, I don’t know how. O_o

Anyway, yes, so, the internet is king. There are so many opportunities for writers now than there ever was before. With that being said, more and more writers are posting their stories online. So as you probably guessed by today’s blog topic, I’m going to provide tips for posting your work online.

When posting your stories online, I’ve learned the following things:

Check Out the Website and Community First – Sometimes it bothers me when new users contact me and ask, “How can I get popular like you?” or “How do I get reads here?” Honestly, after writing online for so long, I’ve learned it’s important to search the website you are interested in first. For example, if you want to go to a certain college or buy a house in a specific neighborhood, you read reviews and visit the places first.

The same applies to a writing community. Do some post in the threads, read some of the stories that are popular to see what readers like on the website, and try to get a sense of the site. Every writing community is different, and depending on your genre, certain sites may work better than others.

Try To Only Post Completed Stories – Ok, to be fair, I don’t do this, but I really should. If you want to get a good following online, it’s best to stick to a schedule. Often, readers don’t like to wait for updates, so if you already have a completed story to post, use that. Trust me, do it!!

If you don’t, you may end up like this:

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Yeah…sometimes I wonder if my readers for Clash of Tides think of me like that…(if you haven’t noticed, it’s a Game of Thrones gif day^^)

Lastly…

Don’t Get Emotionally Invested – Before I post my thoughts on this, please don’t think me mean or cruel. However, it’s important to remember most readers won’t care about you. Now, you are probably wondering why I say this? Well, let’s say you get hurt or sick and can’t update, more than likely, those readers will probably move on to other stories and forget about yours. So, if you do post a chapter and notice a lack of reads and comments, it’s nothing against you. The best thing you can do is keep posting your story and not get upset. If you do have loyal readers, they’ll return to your story and continue reading. I hope this was helpful!!

Now writers… go and

conquer!!

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Do you have any tips for posting online?

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11 thoughts on “Posting Your Stories Online – Tips (For Writers)

  1. I really like the idea of posting my fiction online once it’s finished, but I’m scared to do it because I read somewhere that novels put online are unlikely to be offered a traditional book deal, since many publishers consider such a book to already have been ‘published’. Do you think this is true?

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    • Thanks for stopping by, and I’m sorry you didn’t you felt that I didn’t have enough tips. I try to keep my blog post under 600 words, so that’s why this was short. I’ll do a follow-up post to this one that has more tips.

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  2. That bit about posting finished stories is super true. Now that TSATO is closer to being done I definitely see more people reading the whole thing all at once than checking back in regularly for updates. For my next two books I’m planning on waiting until they’re finished before posting anything online.

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    • Thanks for commenting^^

      It really is true! A lot of writers online I know that are popular said they completed their stories first. When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Generally, we don’t self-publish or publish works in progress, so the same would be for first drafts we post online.

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      • When I started posting TSATO I approached it from a TV or webcomic perspective – people tune in regularly and look forward to updates. But, let be real: people would much rather be able to binge on what they enjoy than have to wait for it in instalments!

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  3. Pingback: Posting Your Stories Online – Tips (For Writers) — A.M.Bradley | Arrowhead Freelance and Publishing

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