Help us help you. — January 21, 2014

Help us help you.

Twitter is a wonderful thing.  It’s super flexible and everyone can get a message to anyone they want to.  Unfortunately, there’s also no set rules of engagement.  But we want to help, so here are a few things that we always look for when we retweet your tweets.

  1. Always add our twitter handle @jukepopserials to your tweets if you want us to know about it.  We can’t watch everyone’s threads to spot things of interest, but if you add our twitter handle we know you want our attention.
  2. Always include a link to your story.  Why?  Because you want to make it easier for a potential reader.  Think about what you’re asking your potential readers (or current readers) to do.  They need to go to our website, search for the story, or goto their bookshelf, then read.  That’s asking a lot of someone who don’t even know if they like your story yet!
  3. Always us a link to the first chapter of your story, even if you’re tweeting about the latest 10th or 23rd chapter.  Why?  Because that 1st chapter is available without signing in, and thus gives a potential reader the least amount of work to just see that fantastic cover, that great opening sentence, that gripping first paragraph.  For your current readers, we got your back!  We’ll always take them to a chapter they last read.
  4. Always add something interesting and relevant in the tweet itself.  Something about your story, something about the latest chapter, or just…something crazy.   Why?  Because readers receive web links all the time, and without some context or reason, they’re trained to just ignore it.  Oh, and it gives someone a reason to retweet your tweet – it’s gotta be interesting!

Sometimes we’ll also retweet other messages from you, but the rule of thumb is, if what you’re saying helps to inform the community – chances are we’ll retweet.  Just saying.

What’s Hot List? — January 20, 2014

What’s Hot List?

+Votes are the single most important thing for authors to receive on the JukePop platform.  We don’t use any other metrics for ranking our stories because we believe in the pure democratization of content.  Other websites usually use page views, but it’s just not that applicable when measuring the quality of a story.  But we digress, there will be a time and place to talk about how to better measure quality.

Because of +Votes, we can show you what our community currently finds interesting.  We’ll just call it the “What’s Hot” list. Simply put, how to get on the list depends entirely on +Votes received over a given period of time.

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The benefit of this purely automated approach, is that we’re taking our editors out of the decision process and it changes in real-time.  No subjectivity involved here.  So it’s awesome, yep.

How to Build a Following? — January 16, 2014

How to Build a Following?

I woke up this morning and found one of our newer authors Nick Travers posed this question to one of our JP 30 author Sam Witt:

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What followed was a flood of great advice from Sam and a few more of our authors, Nick BryanRyan W. Norris and Shaunn Grulkowski.  I found this pretty awesome to watch in real time and what better advice to pass on to everyone else than those born from experience and success? I group the tips into two categories because success on JukePop depend on getting the word on your story out (outside of JukePop as well as within JukePop), but more importantly keeping those readers that decided to check out your story.

How to get new readers:

  1. Promote with a casual tone. Promote other writers more than yourself, but only promote work you believe in.
  2. Don’t be afraid to spend money on things that matter – editing, cover art, etc.  Don’t be shy about your work.
  3. Promote early, but not too often. A few tweets a day is plenty, but start now. I waited too long to push.
  4. Review and comment on other stories. Endorse or suggest changes. Bring readers to JP overall.

How to keep the readers you got (and keep them voting for you!):

  1. Be consistent. Get your chapters up at least the same day, and the same time if you can, each week.
  2. Write the best you can. Get an editor you can trust. Go where your readers are and get to know them.
  3. Take your work seriously. Do NOT wait until a chapter should go up to write it. Get a week’s backlog.
  4. Be sure to have a strong outline, but not so strong it’s inflexible.

Really just great stuff, and I’m sure there are more of them.  Can you think of anything else?


Why Endorse Aspiring JukePop Authors? — January 14, 2014

Why Endorse Aspiring JukePop Authors?

JukePop likes to put our community of great authors in the driver seat when it comes to maintaining the quality of our stories.  That’s why JukePop Authors can Endorse Aspiring JukePop Authors’ stories.

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 12.14.03 PMBut other than being generous and encouraging, there are practical reasons for JukePop Authors (JA) to endorse Aspiring JukePop Authors (AJA).  Authors who Endorsed stories are associated with the story in meaningful ways.  If a reader likes that story, they might look at which author endorsed it and discover their great stories. When a JukePop Author Endorse a story, they’re adding that author’s network to their own, they’re forming a partnership, and when the story is fully endorsed (4 Endorsements needed) we kick that off by making an announcement on Twitter to connect the authors.

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Becoming a JukePop Author is an accomplishment, but it’s also a responsibility.  JukePop Authors were accepted because they write great stories – but it’s also time to pay that forward and help another deserving author out.  Don’t go it alone in promoting your own story, can get some help by giving help.  

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