Drew is an online novelist with two e-published works. A bibliophile and a voracious reader. A writer who loves to muse about life.
Have you ever wondered if you can get fans through writing fiction? Perhaps you already tried self-publishing an eBook but got less than stellar results. Or maybe you have gone traditional and was met with a manifold of rejections.
I know, I know. You are going to tell me that even J.K Rowling did get rejected a lot of times. Or that Stephen King’s Carrie also almost went to the garbage bin. I will not fight you with that since that it is within the realm of possibilities. Even so, let’s get real. How many aspiring fiction writers do succeed?
Most of the time, amateur fiction writers don’t fail because their works are bad. Well, at most it’s average. But rather, they fail because their work doesn’t have a demand. It doesn’t have a fan base.
Only a handful of people knows your work even exists. At most, it may be your mom, your wife, your niece, or perhaps only you. Simply put, you pull no traction at all. Yep, most of the time, the truth hurts.
Anyway, in this piece, I will share with you another path for fiction writers to publish their work. If you're an amateur writer and want and get those followers and readers, this is for you.
Here are 4 sites you where you could build your reader fan base and earn from it.
- Royal Road
Pens up! Let’s get into it.
1. Royal Road
Royal Road calls itself as the home of web novels and fanfictions. Well, I do agree with that. This site owns one of the largest online readerships on the world wide web. It boasts thousands of web novel series in its database. A place filled with aspiring as well as some professional authors. Awesome right?
Okay, now let me break down the pros and cons of Royal Road for you. If your goal is to gain traction, fans, or followers. Then, this fiction writing hub is definitely for you.
They have a lot of readers. And when I say a lot. I mean it big time. It is almost impossible to not get a single ‘follow’ especially when your web novel is within a certain niche.
Most readers in Royal Road are young adults. It is an open secret in the community that Royal Road loves Lit-RPG, reincarnation, sci-fi, and fantasy are the best crowd getters for this platform. Anyway, all you need to post publish your good novel on the site and be consistent. Oh, don’t worry. All rights remain to you! It’s not going anywhere.
Nevertheless, be wary of the quality of every chapter that you post on the site. Check the grammar. Don’t dig yourself a plot hole then expect your readers to take the bait.
Believe me. Royal Road is also well known for its critical user base. They will slice up every nitty-gritty of your work if it is not up to par. They know it when it is rubbish or not. So if you publish there, and failed big time because of plot or grammar. Then, don’t come running to me crying. I warned you guys.
I already published a few chapters of my web novel series here. So far, so good. To gain and grow your fan base in Royal Road. Expect that you need to at least release a chapter a week. Or if you want a faster boost. Then do it every day if possible. Hey, readers love a twin of quality and quantity.
Let’s get to the money matters. Royal Road authors are getting their bucks through the support of their fans. Most of them have their own PayPal link for donations.
Creating a Patreon account is also a good thing if you want to earn better. Authors offer advanced chapters for their readers in exchange for a few dollars in Patreon. Heck, a few writers even earn big bucks through it. I saw one author earning more than US$10000 a month. Unbelievable right?
Royal Road also showcases a very user-friendly interface for its authors. I’ll rate this site 9/10 for its ability to help authors gain a fan base.
Webnovel is one of the largest online reading platforms in the world. It claims that it has already more than 200 countries. The platform also boasts of having 100 thousand works ranging from novels to comics. Oh, they also claim to have more than 60 thousand authors from all over the world. Quite big isn’t it?
I also made an account on this site. The fun thing about this site is its capability to help you reach a great number of readers. Even so, you need to provide your readers with three things. Quality, quantity, and consistency. Then spice it up with little patience. Trust me, you will soon get those organic comments and fans coming your way.
Webnovel possess a very active fandom. This place seems to love everything under the sun. You bate a fish and they get your fish and chew it too.
Nevertheless, not all things are perfect. Putting effort is a must. Publishing at least 1500 words a day will keep your readers active and busy. Nevertheless, the returns are great especially if your good. I don’t know why but that’s just how their system work.
Another problem I picked up is their contracts. If you are a budding writer from first world country, you will definitely not like their contract. Even so, if you are from a low-middle income country, their offer is actually good enough for simple living. It seems like their target authors are from such countries. If your novel is really good with a lot of follows, you can live decently with excess.
The great question here is, can I earn through this platform?
The answer is yes. I knew a lot of authors getting payouts here. Your earnings will depend on the traffic your novel bring once you get contracted. And some authors I know in this platform earn nice bucks. I knew I few guys earning at least $10000 or more from writing on this platform. No bull, you can search for it. I’ll rate this place 8/10 for the overall experience it gave me.
3. Scribble Hub
Scribble Hub calls themselves as the home of original web stories. A platform dedicated to helping authors grow as authors. Simple and clear isn’t it? Hey, that’s how they described themselves in their ‘about us’ page. This platform is still budding. Even so, its prospect is really good considering its fast readership growth.
So, what’s good about it?
The platform’s community is awesome. The place is lighthearted and non-toxic as compared to its counterparts. You can even play with them in their discord chat. It’s a nice place to chill and spend your time on. How do I say this? They feel like family. I can compare it to a friendly neighborhood. I am also an active author on this site.
The platform's author interface is also very user-friendly. You will love it since its very easy to use.
Okay, let’s go for the cons. Since this platform is still young. You will not get too many comments unless you produce a quality story. And just like the other platforms – it is all about consistency, quality, and quantity.
How can you earn through it?
Scribble Hub supports authors by allowing you to create your donation drive. They encourage the use of Patreon, Ko-Fi, or even Paypal direct link and get donations. And yep, many authors in this place earn big time. I even saw authors from Royal Road and Wattpad putting their novels here.
I’ll rate it 9/10 for its warm atmosphere and author-friendly interface. Hey, a non-toxic place on the internet is something I consider as a rarity.
In case you haven’t heard of Wattpad. Let me introduce to you one of the largest storytelling platforms. It caters to more than 50 languages. Yep, unlike its competitors who mostly use English, this place is far more versatile.
Wattpad offers you to write in your native language. Hey, this is great news especially if you are not from an English speaking country. Of course, only if the language has a market value. In the end, everything is business. Let’s get real.
Okay, let me get to the pros of Wattpad. This place has a massive audience. When I say massive, I meant it big!
The people who will follow your story are usually avid readers who will invest their time in your work. You can expect feedback from them. Where can you improve? How did they feel about your chapter? So on and so forth.
Once you get the traffic going to your piece. You even might have a chance to get promoted by the platform itself on its trending or hotlist. Hey, that’s a free promotion coming from a site that’s getting millions of traffic a day. What else can you as for, right?
The readership of this place thrives on reading romance stories. Most readers within the platforms are young people around the age of 18.
Anyway, good things and bad things are two faces of one coin. So let us dig on the cons of this platform.
Wattpad is full of surprises. One of the surprises waiting for you is the great competition within the platform. You can’t expect to have a big buffet of books and be number one in a jiffy right?
Your works are bound to be pitted against other novels of the same genre. To get on those hot or trending lists, you must struggle to earn visibility first. I saw a lot of people engaging the community and promoting it in their social media just to get traction.
To get up, your work must be a hot potato. A goody capable of being pass around from one reader to another until it reaches the top.
How do they earn in Wattpad?
You can opt to get your readers to support you using Wattpad Paid Stories. This option allows your audience to show their support. Your fans and followers will pay a little fee to unlock portions or chapters of your story.
Wait there’s more! Wattpad also has other programs called Wattpad Studios and Wattpad Star. These programs seek potential big hits that could make into the big screen. Oh, I watch a few Wattpad stories becoming cinema blockbusters here in my country. So they don’t lie on it.
I’ll rate this gigantic platform 9/10 for its potential to get readers into your work. Well, chip in the earning potential.
Do realize that getting that beloved followers or fan base won’t be easy. Putting effort, time, and sometimes even money is a must. And sometimes the amount of smart sweat you have put in is parallel to your success.
This piece is useful for aspiring fiction writers who want to create their author portfolio. Even so, my advice is to never put your eggs on one basket. You can still go for self-publishing after you've completed your novel here. I knew a lot of authors who earned this way.
I only added the platforms that I personally tested and used. There are a lot of emerging platforms lying in wait on the web. If you want more choices, you can check these places below.
What do you think? Do you want to test new waters? If so, then get into the online web writing bandwagon. I’m out. Well, it’s time for me to get those new chapters out.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Drew Agravante
Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on August 24, 2020:
Thank you for reading. I also hope that it will be of some use to others.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2020:
This information will be useful for aspiring novelists. Thanks for giving us your first-hand knowledge of these platforms.
Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on August 24, 2020:
Thanks for reading. I managed to gather data on Reddit. After that, I tried to check each site's forums to check for veracity as well as confirm if it's legit. Then, after being assured. I've posted my own novel.
FlourishAnyway from USA on August 23, 2020:
This was very insightful. I don't know how you discovered these sites but good on you.
Drew Agravante (author) from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on August 19, 2020:
Thanks for reading. It's really nice to get an author fan base before publishing anything. I think it will help authors pitching their other works.
Danny from India on August 18, 2020:
Thanks Drew for the listicle. Now fiction writers can rest on the ready fan base.