As writers, we obviously want active readers who enjoy our work and comment on it. But how can we grow such an audience?
1- Read other people’s work
A good way to gain a new reader and possibly a new friend is by reading other writers’ work and commenting on them, or giving them constructive criticism. However, don’t just comment stuff without actually meaning it. It definitely shows. Comment something genuine and useful for the writer to grow. This way you’re an active part of the writing community and most writers really appreciate when someone comments on their work and gives them tips to improve. Who knows, they might read your work and comment back.
2- Update frequently
This tip only applies to people who publish their work a chapter at a time, like most Wattpad users for example. If you publish your work one chapter at a time, make sure to do it frequently, since readers probably won’t wait for a book that gets updated once every few month no matter how well-written it is. They will probably move on and start reading something else. However, don’t update too frequently to give readers some time to get excited. You could also create a posting schedule and tell your readers about it; that way readers know when to expect the next update.
3- Promote your work the right way
This one can be a double-sided sword, promoting your work can really help grow an audience but it should be done the right way, don’t promote your work anywhere and all the time, it can really annoy people and make them uninterested in your book. Here are some good ways to promote:
- Talk about your book in the right place, like writing clubs and clubs on Wattpad that are meant for talking about your book.
- Don’t talk about your book in random Youtube or Instagram comment sections, this can really turn a person off.
- You could join Writers’ Café discord server and promote your work in the self-promo section!
4- Reply to comments
You obviously don’t have to reply to every comment you get, but try replying to any comment you like or a comment that gave you constructive criticism, and thank them for taking the time to comment. This makes readers feel like they’re closer to you as a person and it also makes other readers want to comment.
5- Have an attractive book cover
We all know the famous saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Sadly, most readers will do that, so take some time to create a good book cover or pay someone to do it for you.
6- Add a good title and story description
Other than the book cover, a good title and story description is what grabs readers attention next. Make your title short and catchy. Your story description should explain what your book is about without revealing way too much. It should make the readers excited to know more.
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