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  1. Reaching out to Myr, I’m wondering where I can find these stats. I’m still confused about the way the numbers are presented. Some examples comparing a story similar to mine in length: the other story has twice as many views as mine and yet, the other story’s chapter views are considerably below mine. My chapter 1 views are much higher than the subsequent chapter views. I can understand that. But, why does one chapter in the middle have way more views than adjacent chapters? And, who and why are people making comments? It seems as if some are serial commenters because I see them making comments on several stories. Forty different people, so far, have reacted to one or more chapters. Is this a meaningful stat? Inquiring minds want to know.
  2. Taking a random look at published, publishing (ongoing) stories on the site, you can't help but reach the conclusion the number of readers is very small. The best an author might hope to achieve, is 1000 page views per chapter. Certainly, when you look at these numbers casually you see some large numbers, but look a little closer. A series author jdonley has written over 800,000 words in four books over several years and the number of readers is around 1000 page views per chapter per year. The numbers only look big over time. Take a well know author personality, Comicality, the numbers are ten times smaller and he has been writing online for over twenty years and writes about writing. I suppose if you add up all the numbers multiplied by the number of stories, you get some high figures, but divide them by chapters, by years, and it's miniscule! One book, on going, over ten years achieves 100 page views per chapter per year. Conclusion, the site online community is very small in terms of readership per author per book, what it achieves in site numbers overall is through the number of authors publishing as displayed on the front page. 100 page views per story chapter multiplied by 100, 200, or 1000 stories adds up, hence the site can support itself, advertising and premium membership. For the author, you need to be realistic, you may receive several chapter comments and a few (not very balanced for the most part) reviews, if you complete your story. You can have some contact with other authors and readers, which is not to be underestimated and can be valuable, but if you are thinking you will achieve any sort of real readership (as in a print addition from a publishing house) you are mistaken. In brief, being realistic, it is a lot of effort, hours of writing, a big investment, for very little return. Of course, nobody will tell you this and you can convince yourself you will get, or have, a large readership, but the numbers tell the real story.
  3. Recently i came across a story on a different site and liked it so i started reading more from the author. The site on which i was reading was a free site that operates on donations. When i reached a certain part in a story, it asked to go to the authors site for a special chapter. I did so. When i wanted to read the special chapter however i found out you had to be a member of the site. I went ok lets see if they offer free membership, turns out they dont. So i figured the special chapters probably has no bearing on the story. However as i started to read the next chapter it referenced a key event that happened in the special chapter. At this point, as a reader, i became a bit angry as if youre going to tease an special chapter you should tell us if it has any influence on the story. I felt cheated because it involved the engagement of two major characters and the next chapter its like oh yeah they got engaged. They also had a crossover between stories and would just say after so and so happened. They would make these allusions to events in the first chapter in each story involved after the special/cross -over happened. My question is as an author do you feel that it is right to do that to a reader just for the sake of money? And to readers how would you have reacted?
  4. Ok, I'm posting this here because I'd like other ideas and opinions. Over the past couple months I've been approached by two authors for not continuing to comment on their stories. These stories are stories I liked... It was authors actions that turned me off. If you choose to interact on this site. You choose to interact with your readers. When you interact with some of your readers, shun others... That's just rude and obnoxious. As an author. I respond to any comment, PM, or mention anywhere on the site. When you alienate your readers... Don't expect them to support your work. The way I was approached, the authors seemed to be more upset their wouldn't be a like and a comment. How do you interact with readers on cite? Do you play favorites?
  5. I read a writing tip today that seems sort of obvious... "Try to leave out the part readers tend to skip" (Elmore Leonard). But what part is that? It had to vary, but there's probably an overall consensus about the types of scenes or story elements that readers gloss over, skip past, or just stop reading. So share your thoughts to help GA authors improve our craft!
  6. I’m experiencing a whole new type of excitement from my writing, which I wasn’t at all expecting. When I first post a story, it’s very gratifying to see it being read, to see the ‘likes’ being clicked, and engaging with the comments from readers. As has been covered elsewhere, I’m sure that this is one of the things that contribute to why I write and post my stories online. But then the story ends, and the comments trail off, and the general sense of my story being a ‘live’ thing seems to shift rapidly towards it just being ‘a thing’. In short - the buzz is quite short term. I still see myself as being very much new here, and I only have a couple of stories posted, but the experience has been similar in both cases. Whilst it being a seemingly predictable outcome, I’m aware that I miss the sense of people engaging with my work. And I can deal with that, maybe it even prompts me to continue writing new stories, who knows. But now, something new is happening. For the first time I’m experiencing people finding my ‘old’ story (yes I know, it’s hardly old by any standards as I’ve only been here a few months), and enjoying it, and even making contact with me about it. For me it feels like re-discovery, but of course for them it’s the first time, so it’s actually a discovery, and I’m realising that there’s an enduring quality to this writing thing. It’s pretty awesome isn’t it? Anyway, that’s all, no deep and meaningful questions posed, I just wanted to share how much I’m enjoying this Have a great day. Sam
  7. Hey all I just rediscovered GA after years and years away. I used to spend countless hours here in late high school and college. I loved sci-fi stories by the likes of dkstories and Christopher Lydon - especially Mists of Fate/Shapers Chronicles and The Falcon Banner (thought I’ve read all of them). Any recommendations for new writers here who are carrying that torch? Also does anybody know what ever happened to Dan and Christopher?
  8. The Author/Reader relationship is important. Symbiotic in many ways. There’s no content for readers without authors. There’s no feedback and audience for authors without readers. We all know it’s a balancing act. On GA stories I love to see engagement. On characters, plot and anything in between. You sometimes see things you missed. There can be a downside... The dreaded Spoiler! Often just a lucky guess. As a writer, Does it frustrate you when a reader foresees plot course? Do you feel the need to rewrite? Are you pleased to see the guessing? As a reader, Do you guess a possible future for story? Do you only comment up to current chapter?? I have seen some good guesses recently. It got me thinking! *no wisecracks from peanut gallery*
  9. Recently, there has been a heated debate in the other writing community I participate in about what should and should not constitute a happily ever after in a romance novel, and whether a novel should NEED a happily ever after to be considered a romance at all. The response has been overwhelmingly "Yes, a HEA is needed for a novel to be considered a romance", but that response has largely come from an overall homogeneous audience with a very small handful of writers/readers disagreeing for varying reasons. For full disclosure, I will say the overwhelming response of "yes" has come from readers/writers who identify as females and the few responses that have said "no" have come from readers/writers who identify as queer males. I don't want to bring the women vs men argument into this particular topic because it got very unfriendly on the other board (and in social media), and I do feel like it's irrelevant in the long run because different people have different perspectives regardless of their gender. However, I bring it up because GA is MUCH more diverse as far as gender and orientation, so I'm curious as to what the results of this question would be here. Please satisfy my curiosity by answering the poll? Pretty please? What do you consider a romance when you are writing? Do romance novels need a happily ever after ending to be a true romance? 1) Yes. At the end of a romance novel, I need to know that the main characters will be together indefinitely. 2) Yes, but I am also fine with a "happy for now". No need for a life-long promise of commitment officially stated in the text. 3) No. I think a novel should still be classified as a romance as long as it contains a strong love story and romantic arc, even if the MCs have to part ways or if one of them dies.
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