Hi! In my experience it isn’t really about reads when it comes to the shelves. My story got chosen as an Editor’s Pick when it only had 700 reads, whereas my other story has 15,000 reads and has never been picked for anything. That’s because my Editor’s Pick story is so, so much better written and directed than my 15K story. I would recommend looking at the shelf rubric and scoring your story against it to see how you fare in each of the categories.
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As far as I know it depends on how many people are Continuing your story rather than reading first few chapters and leaving it. And if you retain readers its very easy to get on the shelf and stay there as well. Also the Diamond choices help with the Ranking, I usually just keep a support the author at the end so no one is pressured to do it only if they like my story, and my story has been in the first 50 in my genre for a while now.
And Of course, Instagram, regularly updating, no grammatical errors no directing issues, good promos help. And your first story cover is already amazing so you shouldn’t have much issue.
Hope This Helps .
Thank you so much
Yeah I’ve just added the gem thing at the end as a choice if they want to support the author as I don’t want my readers to feel like they have to and I didn’t want it to affect their reading experince