DISCUSSION: How do you prefer to publish new chapters?


#1

Hi everyone,

I’m interested to find out what everyone thinks about this topic…

I know there’s some authors that publish a new episode each week, and I know there’s some who release their chapters in batches, and then there’s some who post one once in a blue moon. So I want to know what you all prefer.

Readers, do you prefer a bunch of chapters all at once, or do you like to anticipate a weekly updates or do you like to be surprised with an update?

Authors, do you do weekly updates (and if so, HOW???) or do you post several chapters at a time or spontaneously update? And are you happy with how you update or would you rather change your publishing style?


#2

I try to publish one episode a week. It rarely works out (lol) although I have one story where I managed to update at least once a week (until the final episode, but that was 11,000 lines long with all the branching and basically no overlap between the different storylines :upside_down_face:).
I start feeling extremely guilty if it’s been more than two weeks with no update.

I rarely do batches. I personally find it works better (for me) to just keep updating one episode regularly. However, because of the way I do my branching and my choices, sometimes I need to post two episodes together so that I can make sure everything works/fits the line limit before publishing.

I wish I could publish more frequently! I envy those authors who can pop out new episodes every few days :sweat_smile:. Unfortunately, I don’t think that will ever be possible for me but if I don’t procrastinate, once a week is definitely doable.
Related note: I tried giving estimated publishing dates once. When I failed to meet one (partly because of backgrounds, partly because of laziness), I got a lot of angry fanmail. So I will never do that again :joy:

As a reader, I am fine with either batches or one at a time. It doesn’t really bother me and I understand authors have lives lol. But I’ll be honest- if it’s been well over a month, I do start to “forget” about the story and I’ll be less likely to read it as soon it’s updated. There are a few stories in my favourites that I’m waiting on to be completed before I continue reading.
There’s one story that I read which updates weekly and I don’t think I’ve ever had to re-read a chapter. It’s amazing :grin:. Massive kudos to the author since I know it’s not easy.


#3

I think estimated publish dates is tricky, especially when everyone is in different time zones.

My question to you is… Say you post the first three chapters published, do you have the fourth one already done and just doing some final editing? Or do you start it after you’ve published the first 3?


#4

Oh the time zone thing doesn’t matter to me. I think most people in Australia (for example) would realise that they could be in a different time zone. I was off by a few days, not just a few hours :sweat_smile:

Ah well my last story was for the Spotlight contest. I had just over a week to put it together (since I decided to enter last minute) so I didn’t have a chance to start episode 4. However, I always plan the next episode before publishing (or at least plan a rough draft of what’s going to happen), just so I know that I’ve included everything that I need to.

For my previous stories, it was never possible to start writing episode 4 before publishing the first 3 because back then you couldn’t select which episodes to publish.
For my next story, I’m planning on writing the entire thing before publishing anything. I’m not sure if I’ll stick to this plan, but I’d like to take some of the stress and pressure off myself. I’d like to write and direct everything first (except for maybe some minor adjustments) and then release 1-2 episodes a week (after releasing the first 3 or 4 episodes).


#5

Lol, fair enough.

I never knew that you couldn’t chose the amount of episodes you wanted to publish. I personally have always had the next 1 or 2 chapters in the works when I publish something (except for the contest entries).

Good luck with your next story. Hopefully it works for you :slightly_smiling_face:


#6

They added that feature… I think in August last year? Could have been slightly earlier. Before that you had no say. If you started a new episode and needed to make adjustments to previous episodes, you couldn’t do that without publishing the new episode :neutral_face:

Thanks! :smiley:


#8

Wow! I’m just amazed you can estimate a spot!

Do you have pre-written episodes up your sleeve as a back up or do you write the episode within the week?

And have you received backlash because you have been “late” to update?


#9

I literally post an Episode once in a blue moon…Ima pretty sure meh readers are mad at me for taking too long. :joy::ok_hand:


#10

Lol, I’m the same :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:
If you could, would you want to change your updating style?


#11

Of course! If only I had time though…I’m quite busy…:disappointed:


#12

Author’s answer: I publish new chapters whenever I finish them (assuming I don’t have to wait for a background to be approved).

Reader’s answer: I’m not terribly concerned about others’ publishing schedules. Not everyone has much time on their hands as I do, after all, and I can always follow them on Instagram if I must know when new eps are out.


#13

Are your chapters still published relatively close together (as in a week or two) or do you take months? And if the latter, do you get fanmail from people asking you to update more often?


#14
  1. It depends on how quickly I can finish them.

  2. I turned off fanmail but I never had any complaints.


#16

I’m still amazed!

I think that’s one thing everyone underestimates when they first transition from reader to writer. I know I did.


#17

Closing due to one month of inactivity :slight_smile:


#18