How to get more readers on Movellas
So how about them readers, huh? Readers are like the currency on Movellas: We all love reading and writing, but the best feeling in the world is to get feedback from someone who read your work and liked it.
Luckily there are quite a few things you can do to get more people to read your work. And by the way, please leave a comment if you think of more ways!
1) Take the time to create a really awesome cover. The objective is to make it attention-grabbing and at the same time convey the idea of your story in one single image. Not an easy task, but it pays off. I did a blog post about how to create the perfect cover a little while ago and asked some various experts: one from the art world, one from publishing and one from the advertising industry. LINK.
2) Come up with a great title. No easy task either, but well worth the trouble. Some of my favourites: For Whom the Bell Tolls, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Where the Wild Things Are, The Devil Wears Prada and one that is almost a poem in itself: The Sound and the Fury.
3) Work on your description. Once the title and the cover has gotten the reader interested, the description is what is going to make them stop browsing and read it. Make it clear and interesting – and try letting it end in a small cliffhanger.
4) Engage! Join the discussions in the forum and let others know your opinions and what you are passionate about. Read other authors’ stories and give them encouraging and constructive feedback (don’t just ask them to read your story in return). Once you’re a ‘familiar face’ on Movellas, more people will be curious to read your work.
5) Enter our writing competitions. Lots of people on Movellas don’t write, but just enjoy reading the stories, and they often find the next thing to read by going through the competition entries. And the other contestants like to check out their competition as well.
6) Share on Facebook and Twitter (and Pinterest and Tumblr and Google+ and whatever you use) Post a link to your new story on our Facebook wall or your own, tweet about it and let others know that you have a new story out on a topic they might like. If it’s about vampires, you can find vampire-fan groups on Facebook and post it on their wall. There are lots of ways to find readers on the various social media platforms.
7) Make a book trailer. This is a new feature on Movellas: You can put a link to a video on Youtube, and it will show in a small player next to your movella.
8) Create or join a group and connect with others who are interested in the same stuff that you are and arrange to read each others’ stuff and give some feedback.
That’s it! It’s still a little bit of work to promote your work, but it really pays off. The best reward is reading all those comments on your stories and connecting with your readers and finding interesting things to read yourself. That’s what we’re here for!
The really good news is that you don’t have to limit yourself to the bestselling genres, like you do in print. Examples? How about this poem which has been read more than 2000 times.
Or this guy getting girls to read sci-fi? His sci-fi story got more than 2500 readers in a really short time.
I love both, by the way. And this job!
PS: I’m curious: What are your favourite book titles?