recent Writing Wednesday posts… it’s all about publishing online. So naturally,
that meant a post dealing with the biggest fear that goes with posting your novel
online: what if nobody reads it?
fear. That honour might go to ‘but what if people leave horrible reviews and
hate my work?’. If that’s worrying you, I suggest checking out this post on howto deal with criticism of your novel – and if you’re still worried after that,
drop a comment or Tweet me @Reekles, and I’ll do a Writing Wednesdays about
reading your book.
this post with two very, very blunt words.
reading your book because you haven’t shared it anywhere. So if you now go away
and post it online somewhere and nobody reads it… you haven’t lost anything.
Sure, you haven’t gained anything, maybe, but there’s no harm done.
mean people don’t like it. Sure, of course, someone might read your story
description and think ‘Nope, this isn’t what I’m looking for right now’ and not
click your story. But they can’t judge it as a bad book simply based on those
couple of lines you’ve used to hook potential readers.
Remember that. It’s important. There’s a big difference, and it matters.
The next thing I wanted to talk about is
what do you mean by ‘nobody’?
with me. Are we literally talking zero here, or do you mean ‘nobody’ in a
broader sense – maybe 50 reads is ‘nothing’, because it’s not what you were
expecting, or it’s not what you’re measuring yourself against.
that means people didn’t read it. It doesn’t mean your book was badly written,
your plot massively flawed, your characters flat and grating. It just means nobody
clicked on it.
your book simply because people didn’t find it. Your book might be one of the
best in your genre, and yet it falls under the radar, and people just don’t
come across it. I’ve read some incredible books that have five loyal readers,
and then looked at some books online that are badly written (making them
difficult to read) and yet… they’re massively popular. So your number of reads
isn’t always a comment on your writing ability.
You might also want to look at why you’re
not getting any readers.
added tags? These are all things that will draw people in to actually read your
story. You might like to check out some of the following Writing Wednesday
posts for more help on these things:
- How to promote your book when you publish online
- How to write a story description that will hook readers
- Why your online novel needs a cover
- How to grow your audience when you publishonline
Here are a few closing points I want you to
else’s, so you can’t measure yourself against them. Measure yourself against
yourself. Maybe you started out with three readers, but now you have fifty
readers six months later. That’s awesome! Look how far you’ve come! But if you
then try to measure that against someone who’s posted several books, has been
active for years, and has twenty thousand readers… It’s just not going to work.
first chapters online obsessively, waiting to see if there was just one new
reader recently. It got to a point where I then only checked for every half a
million new reads. But I didn’t start out like that, and neither did anybody
else. And on that note…
1,000 reads in your first week. It might happen, but it probably won’t. Aim for
ten readers. Then fifty, then a hundred, then five hundred. Build up.
Persevere. You’ll get there, but remember that it will be bit by bit, and not
all at once.
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to hear your thoughts on this topic – were you worried about getting readers?
Maybe it’s something you still worry about? Let me know in the comment section