hours of intensive, careful, scientific research seeing what all the authors I follow on twitter do, reading a blog post or two, etc, I compiled the list of following websites and ideas for fellow online authors who want to promote their serial and expand their readership.
Online Fiction Directories
You’ll need to register an account with most of these sites, and then submit your listing. It often takes a few days for your submission to be approved. When it has been, make sure to post your listing link on your story’s website, to encourage readers to rate/review!
Web Fiction Guide — for all sorts of novels, series, blogfics, and more, 310+ listed. listing takes a while, but there seems to be quite a high review rate.
Muse’s Success — a catalogue of freely available webnovels and serials, 266+ listed, review-focused.
Blovel – only for blognovels, so clearly I haven’t used it. If you have, please let me know in the comments what it’s like!
Scifimatter.com — not writing-specific, but they have a subsection for online sci-fi/fantasy writing links. more of a links directory than a review website.
EpiGuide — not writing-specific, it’s a web entertainment forum/community with a directory: make sure your listing is in both the ‘web series’ and ‘online fiction’ categories.
On Your Website
Link to other authors on your website. Some people are happy to reciprocate.
Make your website interactive for your readers with:
• Point / reward systems
Join the webserials twibe on twitter!
Collaborate with other authors via exchange / guest fics so that their readers discover you and yours discover them.
Make story pages on facebook, myspace, or livejournal — I’ve only done the latter, but some do all three.
Being active on the above websites helps, too. At the very least, customize your profile and add a few links to other authors you admire. The downside is that promoting your fiction can be distracting to the point of you not writing anything.
Also, only list your webserial ONCE per website/forum/directory. Spamming these places really is counter-productive. Plus I don’t want a lot of angry people chasing after me with sticks.
Do all the above, in the hope that you gain one more reader. Life is tough, yes.
Anything I missed?