How to promote webfiction (2022)A good question, is it not?
When I began publishing my short stories on Tapas, I also began looking for opportunities for promotion and was unpleasantly surprised when I learned how few there were! My list of resources for promoting webcomics is long and full of options but a similar list for webnovels will be very short, I'm afraid.
So, let's take a look as what we have at our disposal.
3. Teksti(a sister site to Piperka that tracks webcomics) - a database of webfiction where people can subscribe and follow your stories.
7. RedditThere are lots of writing communities there but few of them allow self-promotion.
Here's some that do:
r/writing (only in as a comment in a self-promotion thread)
8. TwitterBesides posting links to your updates and just being social:
Add a link to your website to your bio, not just the special field for websites. In bio! This is important because when someone sees your profile in a list, they see only your bio, not anything else, and if the link is not there, they won't see it.
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Accounts to follow:
9. Wiki-type sitesTVtropes
10. ComicAd(banner network for webcomics and webnovels)
You can both earn money and advertise there, plus, there are free options, like banner exchange
More about ComicAd.
11. ForumsWell, it's usually sub-for-sub or read-for-read, but you can give them a go. Almost every writing platform (RoyalRoad, Tapas, etc.) has a forum.
12. SimilyNot just promotion but also monetisation (but for short stories and poems only). Pays 2 cents per view. Simily.com
13. Turn your webfiction story into an ebookYou can do that with Draft2Digital (it's free).
Be sure to add all your socials, links to your website, links to your Goodreads author profile (make one if you haven't already), etc.
Now it's a real book that goes to online shops and has in ISBN and here's what you can do with it:
- Prolificworks (join giveaways)
- StoryOrigin (sell or give away some books through mailing list swaps + grow your own mailing list froms scratch)
Also: make a Goodreads author profile, add your book there, then make a second account and use it to add your book to all relevant lists to get some eyes on it.
If you have an audience already, ask your readers to leave reviews on your Goodread books. --
Hope it helps!