Yes I agree. I realised I never made a promotion thread to promote my story. Its only in other people’s thread or under share feedback. I feel a little silly at times lolll. But it is exhausting. Since last Sep still less than 1K. Hope to reach 1K by… I don’t know when. 2 contests have pass I’m still less than 1 K lolll. #ItsOkKeepItStrong
But I would say it’s because of Cover and genre. Romance is a big hit. A 3D professional and alluring cover is needed. Just see the featured stories cover. Good marketing strategy. Everyone judges a book by the cover. We are a digital and visual age with so many visual ads around so of course we are attune to our visual senses. This influence us to judge a book by it’s cover.
It helps if big authors help to promote small author’s stories. That one really helps. One in posts not on stories that can disappear each day unless its highlights. Another thing is social media. I don’t have because I can’t manage and that is a drawback… but if not sure what to post and if I create it but never write more stories it also defeats the purpose of having instagram.
For me I purposely made sure no characters are on my cover to keep it a surprise but obviously there is a draw back in that. But it’s for the surprise and suspense.
Some people still havent read R4R… I did 2 Mega R4R lists with over 30 stories…(I can list them out all here to prove it) and thankfully people read but now in the 3rd Mega R4r lists, it’s slowly declining… I wonder why. It’s abit sad. But I think it’s because the stories people have seen many times and are bored of it…so people want something new… this is just my opinion. And even after R4R, either put it on the thread or DM so we would know. But even so this is not done so we would not know if R4R is done or not.
It would be fair for contests…we dont know the name or authors… so it will be anonymous. Some new entries may be better than big authors like plot…maybe directing (with the help threads and tutorials, new authors may have good directing). So at least all stories fair chance. With fanbase of big authors, they will still hit 100 reads mark in shorter time compared to new authors(they struggle).