Sadly not one review of new work

Created over 3 years ago by Bryn Hagan with 6 comments
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Ww 2 7kl johnsoncm · Author · added almost 3 years ago
That’s part of the kicker I think.  My honest to God opinion is that there should be a few tweaks to the process.  It seems that the Contests take A LOT of focus away from books that aren’t in that particular genre.  Don’t get me wrong, if you are IN that genre - it’s a Godsend, but if you aren’t, that uphill climb just got a little steeper.  Plus most of the folks on this site are other authors so you’re trying to sell your work to others who are trying to sell their work to you.  I can’t count the number of "I’ll gladly order your book if you order mine" or "Pre Order Swap?" emails and DM’s I get.  And Neil said it pretty well too.  Many of the successful funders on Inkshares are: 1. existing authors with a following, 2. Screenwriters, playwrights, comedians or actors, 3. have massive social networking clout.

Though in fairness - how does one draw in readers, just readers?  It’s tough to get people to part with their money, and many folk don’t like to pay for something that they won’t get for a while.  Just think about when you order something on Amazon and it takes 2 or 3 days for you to get that "Order Shipped" email - makes you mad, right?  And that’s something you can track or know you’re getting in a few days or weeks.  The book you paid for might be three to six months in the making.

The credit system was a nice touch.  But I wonder if it wouldn’t be more successful if Inkshares rewarded Readers with just a little more of a credit or some other tangible upfront.  Maybe like an Ebates thing where instead of Credits toward other books, they got a form of compensation that they could use wherever they wanted?  In theory, the actual amount of loss to the company would be the same, though the way they do it now - it’s just moving numbers around on a spreadsheet and they can still hold the money they get from pre orders in some sort of interest bearing account. 

Still, the alternatives are rough too.  I went to a few publisher sites and they wanted a market survey big enough it would put a phone book to shame (and as a new author, I don’t have the info they want - "Who’s going to buy your book if we publish it?" "Uh...my mom’s good for a few copies....?") and when you self publish on Amazon, you’re literally competing with over a million other titles.

Just keep at it and keep writing.  Time and patience and determination.  Pound for pound, Inkshares is still the less painful option by far, and the friends you make here are priceless. 
Dragon Nell Walton · Author · edited almost 3 years ago · 1 like
Something to be said for name recognition too!
Picture Brenda Ratnoff Lindemann · Reader · added almost 3 years ago
Great advice. Kendra Namednil is working hard everyday at getting ing published on Inkshare. Thanks for sharing. It helps me understand better.
Picture Joseph Asphahani · Author · edited almost 3 years ago · 5 likes
Yeah, @Bryn Hagan , look - it’s totally NOT that your writing is boring - so don’t assume that about yor work. Take some pride in the effort you put into it. 

@Richard Heinz is correct. I, for one, am bombarded on a daily basis with chapters, updates, etc. etc. If I took the time to read every word that’s sent to me, I would lose roughly 2-3 hours of my day. (I do open every reader update, though, and at least glance at the subject matter to see what’s going on.)

Don’t take it personally if people don’t click Like or leave comments or anything - whether a chapter or an update. Just the other day I made a reader update that had nothing to do with my actual book on inkshares - I just wanted to share something else I’d worked on before just for the hell of it. I’m about 100% sure that only like 2% of my hundreds of readers might have read it all the way through, and even less than that probably clicked the link to actually check out the thing I was sharing. And that’s okay. 

I think more or less... Sharing updates and chapters isn’t about getting people to read your stuff, it’s more or less a way just to let people know you’re still out there working. It’s a flare gun - it catches their attention and then fades into darkness. It should not be one of those bi-plane banners that circles a beach twice every ten minutes.

Anyhow, KEEP WRITING! :D  Back ta work!!! 
Picture Rick Heinz · Author · edited almost 3 years ago · 8 likes
Or you’ll come to the conclusion that most of us know already: Only about 1% of your followers will actually read your updates. Inkshares is pretty spammy. They notify you of EVERYTHING via email. Someone likes something, you get an email, someone looks in your direction, they send you an email. 

I remember people in the first Nerdist contest emailing Inkshares telling them to stop, until they finally installed a "opt out feature". Even still, that’s not the default setting. 

Basically, don’t expect your followers to read, or comment, or even do anything more than maybe press "Like".  Heck, even getting followers is awesome enough. 

The people that go out of their way to review, or highlight excerpts are really taking some extra, above and beyond time for a book that may not even get published. So thank them profusely. Otherwise, be happy with followers and: let people do things at their own pace. They will come in time. 

Don’t rely entirely on Inkshares as your sole marketing platform. Their intent, is to be there eventually, but they aren’t yet. There still needs to be a larger amount of readers who are coming to support upcoming works. As the author, you have to draw new blood to the site. Get some loyal fans of yours to leave a review, and then others, and more will come. 

At least... all of this is my opinion anyway. So, take it or leave it. I tend to be a bit harsher on the reality of crowd funding than others. If you want to get a sale, it’s not going to be by releasing chapter contents through the updates. You are pitching a book concept that may be 1 year out from being in print. I would try other hooks. 

Imho, you should only release enough of your book to draw people into your world, show off your writing and initial ideas, then do other things. Look at @John Robin and his Maps, or @Joseph Asphahani and his updates, or @Janna Grace with her crazy bone auction. 
Userphoto6 original Bryn Hagan · Author · edited over 3 years ago · 2 likes
So I posted some new material ’Mr Rodgers’ it was titled. It’s an damned good chapter, with some subtle humour thrown in, but none of my 40 or so followers bothered to comment. 

So either all the people who say great things about my work are just being nice, or it’s simply boring. 

I know it’s not. But if I can’t even get a review, how on earth will I get a sale?