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How to Support Serial Fiction

October 31, 2015

So your friend is running a serial novel, and you never read anything in their genre, but you still want to show some support? Or you are reading some really awesome serials and wish you could do more than just vote and comment? Do you want to promote a serial, but don’t want to be on social media? Or would you like to get some exposure for your own blog while helping a writer? Here’s a list of things you can do to support a serial and its author.

Please note: This was written primarily with the books on JukePop Serials in mind, but most of the points are valid for serials on personal blogs, Wattpad and other platforms as well.

I have colour coded the points for simplification: Quick & simplemedium – complicated or time-consuming.

A screenshot of some of the stories getting attention on JukePop on a given day this month.

A screenshot of some of the stories getting attention on JukePop on a given day this month.

Add to bookshelf
By bookshelving a serial, you help it climb the charts when others sort through stories. It shows readers on the site that the serial has made others interested and makes it easier to discover it for new readers.

Readers are important to books of any kind, and usually analytics will tell the author that someone has visited their serial. Don’t feel daunted by a serial that already has several chapters out. Authors don’t expect you to read half a novel in one go. They are just happy if you decide to check out their story (and get even happier if you get hooked and keep reading over time).

Voting is one of the most important things of a serial on JukePop. You can vote once for every chapter of every serial. Some readers follow several serials and vote for their favourite chapters as they go along, others only read one and vote for every chapter. Sometimes one or two votes can make a great difference as to a serial’s placement on the charts and can determine whether it ends on the monthly Top 30, so even if you only manage to read one chapter, every vote does count.

Feedback is great and every writer loves it. A lot of them enjoy hearing observations and speculations and getting suggestions and thoughtful critique. But don’t feel intimidated or afraid that you have to say something groundbreaking. Most writers love hearing a simple, “I liked it!” just as much. (Plus it will bump the serial to the top of the front page if we’re talking JukePop and this gives it a bit more exposure).

Leaving a review is as easy as leaving a comment, but you may want to write something a little longer or helpful to other readers who are considering reading the story. You can leave a number of stars with your review that will help reflect the serial’s overall reception.

Want more
When you finish a serial (or what is published of it so far) on JukePop and click “next”, you are taken to a page where you can let the author know that you want more. If you click that link, you earn the serial a bit more exposure and make the writer happy.

Some serials have a donation button. If you have some change to spare, you can help the writer. Regardless of the amount, the writer is likely to really appreciate the thought. – Some writers have a Patreon page, and supporting them there can make a big difference to how much time they can afford to spend working on their serials.

Share on social media
Most serials have “share” buttons. By using those, you can tell your own followers on Twitter or friends on Facebook that you like the serial, and then they may get curious and check it out too. If you are using Pinterest, Tumblr, StumpleUpon, Google+ or other platforms, it’s usually easy to link to the serial from there as well.

Word of mouth
Even today when a lot of marketing is done online and the serial is a web-based medium, word of mouth is really important. Don’t twist the arms of everyone you ever met to read and vote for every single chapter of your favourite serial, but you can always mention this cool serial that you’re reading/that your friend is writing/that you have heard of. If you are in a reading group or have friends or family who enjoy reading, they may be interested.

Review/recommend elsewhere
If the serial is listed in a database like Muse’s Success, Web Fiction Guide or Write Now Wiki, you can often review it there, comment its entry or add it to a list of stories you enjoy or recommend for other users.

Other off-site activities (follow + like)
While it’s not directly related to helping one serial, it can still help spread the word if you interact with its writer on social media (follow them on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to their blog). If the serial is published on a platform with an official Facebook page, why not like that too?

Get creative
If you are up for it, there’s a lot of other things you can do. Some of the suggested things are quick and easy while others are probably only for the very, very dedicated.
Do you run your own blog? Offer the writer to let them make a guest blog or interview them (or write a review of their serial).
Most writers love getting fanart (drawings of the characters in the story) and fanfiction (fan-written stories about the characters in the story). Maybe you can ask the writer if they have flyers that you can hand out in your local library, café or tennis club or just send the writer a mail and tell them you really liked their serial.
Or, and this is where we get really crative, why not make a Wikipedia or TV Tropes page about the book? Make a fanpage (on Tumblr, Facebook or somewhere else). Post a picture on Instagram of your cat on the keyboard while a window with the serial is open on your computer, or make a Youtube review. If you’re on Polyvore, why not make an outfit inspired by the serial? Or how about making a fanmix of music that reminds you of the serial on 8tracks? You could even cosplay your favourite character and send a picture to the author. The sky’s the limit.

More ideas
I wrote this specifically with serial fiction in mind, but if you want a broader perspective on supporting the writer of your favourite book or friends who self-publish a novel, here are some articles you may enjoy:

Anything to add? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Leave: An Iliya Radov Short Story

October 5, 2015

I promised some readers that I would share some short fiction about Iliya Radov from Conviction. This piece is set during Iliya’s time in the army, approximately a year before Conviction. It was originally written as a character study.

Personal note: You may have noticed my lack of being online/using social media lately. I had a concussion (undramatically acquired, and I’m okay), so I’m only slowly getting back to using computers. Luckily I had this post drafted already, so while I get back to normal and update you on what else is going on, here’s a little story for you.


The noise in there was too loud for him to have a conversation with the barmaid unless he cheated and he wasn’t that kind of guy. Iliya caught her eye and smiled. Yes, he would like to order. The barmaid’s lips moved. Iliya couldn’t hear a word, but the shapes distinctly looked like, “What can I get you, soldier?” The movement of her eyebrows suggested an emphasis on the second pronoun.
He pointed at the tall mug on the counter next to himself. Its owner was deeply involved in a shouting contest of the friendly kind with his neighbour and none of them paid any attention to the newcomer. Iliya mouthed, “Beer, please,” not bothering to speak the words.
The barmaid nodded and turned away from him to fill a mug. Next to him, the mug’s owner suddenly got up, swayed and bumped into Iliya. There was a brief and awkward moment when the man tried to convince Iliya that he had no quarrel with him and managed to insult him twice though Iliya could only hear a few of the words shouted at him. Once by saluting clumsily, the second time by trying to make out the rank on his uniform. Iliya was not going to explain it to him. If he didn’t know what he was by the grey accents and the insignia, it was fine. Iliya wasn’t here to brag. And, besides, what did he have to brag about? The drunk staggered off, presumably to relieve himself of some of all the liquid he had poured down his throat.
Iliya sighed. He caught a glimpse of his own reflection in the shiny, grotesquely disfiguring surface of a bottle behind the bar. He quickly studied his own face. It wasn’t bad. No one could tell. No one had been able to yet. He looked up again, brushing a stray lock of hair away from his forehead. The barmaid was talking to another customer now and he did not have his beer yet. Had she forgotten? Iliya leaned against the bar, uncomfortably attempting to look comfortable.
“Excuse me!” someone yelled into his ear.
Iliya’s right hand instinctively clenched and he brought it up to the other person’s face. A man with a tray full of empty mugs and bottles was standing there, clearly just trying to get past him to put the tray on he counter. Iliya looked at his own hand and brought it back down quickly before anyone noticed what was happening. He smiled at the man who had startled him, but judging from the other’s expression, it probably looked more like a sneer. What was he thinking? Oh no, that was he problem, wasn’t it? He was not thinking. He stepped back to allow the man to pass which he did, cautiously.
Iliya slowly exhaled. He was in a simple bar in a simple town where no one knew him except the handful of drunk soldiers on leave in the far corner who had not asked him to join them – which suited him rather well. No one here was out to get him. No one here was his enemy.
His hand was hurting now. He needed an outlet for the energy that he had instinctively gathered. He reached out to touch the mug on the counter. With a little luck, he would make the contents boil and no one would notice. But no. The mug was empty and the ceramic surface broke and fell apart with a loud cracking sound. Iliya quickly gave it hard push so that it crashed onto the floor. It was better to play the clumsy drunk soldier than to be considered a jumpy wizard in a uniform. The man with the tray turned around, and Iliya apologised as well as he could over the general noise.
“Your beer!” called the barmaid now.
Iliya looked at her with the first real smile that he had smiled in a while. “Thank you!” he shouted and put enough coins on the counter to pay for the broken mug as well as his own beer. He took a grateful sip of the foam on the top and then went to find a place to sit, undisturbed, cradling the mug in his hands.

The 7/7/7 Challenge

September 3, 2015

I was tagged by A.J. Lundetræ in this cool, little challenge. The concept is simple:

The 777 challenge requires you go to Page 7 of your work-in-progress, scroll down to Line 7 and share the next 7 sentences in a blog post. Once you have done this, you can tag 7 other bloggers to do the same with their work-in-progress.

I had a few WiPs to choose from, but I picked the rural fantasy novel I started this spring (it’s been on the backburner due to the SWP, but I hope to get back to it soon).
The excerpt takes place just after the siblings Sarah and David have arrived in their uncle’s mansion in the Devon countryside. – So, here are my 7 sentences:

His name was written in black ink and swirling letters on the cover. A book about him – or for him? He opened it and found all the pages blank.
Just then, uncle Mortimer’s voice rang out. “Archibald!”
David jumped to his feet. Now who was Archibald?

That’s it! Any guesses as to who Archibald is? Or why David finds a book with his name on it?

I’m choosing not to tag anyone specifically, but I invite you all to play! If you do pick up the gauntlet, please leave a link to your post in the comment section. I would love to see your exceprt!

All out of Conviction – But Wait! There’s More in Store!

August 26, 2015

The last chapter of Conviction was released on JukePop Serials a couple of days ago.

I’m very pleased to have finished the serialisation of Iliya’s story. It’s a great feeling to complete a project like this. I’m hoping for a few more readers to catch up because while the judges don’t just look at votes, it definitely will help me a lot in the contest.

I am really grateful for the support and feedback I’ve been getting and happy that I got to be on THTW podcast. And of course I would love for Conviction to be picked for paperback publication, it would be amazing, but I know I am up against a lot of talented writers who have also worked hard on creating their stories, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Now, something cool happened recently. Fellow JukePop author Aden Ng (who writes some really great serials, by the way. Just saying) invited me over to be the first writer for a series of interviews on his blog. Now, before you start thinking that you’ve heard me rant enough recently, just wait till you hear this: I’m not alone on that interview. I brought two guys with me that you know if you’ve read my serials. Yes, that’s right. Hector Rothenberg and Iliya Radov joined me to answer Aden’s questions, and we get to se if Iliya is capable of cracking a joke and hear what Hector really thinks of Royer. So here is it: Aden’s interview with Hector, Iliya and me.

Conviction: The Complete Set

The complete set of promotion pictures that I’ve made for Conviction. Drawing and taking pictures for them has been a lot of fun.

Anyway … I think that’s about it in the news department.

I’m all out of serial now that Conviction is done. It feels odd. I’ve been so absorbed in editing over the summer that I only poked my head up a little while ago and began to consider what to do next. I have a few works in progress to choose from, but I think that discussion calls for a separate blog post.

Listen to me … Literally! I’m on The How The Why Podcast

August 21, 2015

Jon-Barrett Ingles over at Black Hill Press/1888 Center is interviewing the writers of the novellas who were in top 10 of the Summer Writing Project at the beginning of August. And I’m one of them!

It’s my first audio interview as a writer, so it was really exciting, a little scary and a lot of fun. If you want to hear me talk about Conviction and serial fiction, you should totally head on over to The How The Why. While you’re there, you may enjoy some of the other podcasts/interviews as well.

Why yes, that is me with an old camera in my hand and a camera on my shirt.

Why yes, that is me goofing around with an old camera in my hand and a camera on my shirt. And Goodbye to Berlin on a shelf behind me (extra points to you if you get why that is funny/relevant in this context!).

Oh, and I don’t think I mentioned it here, but Conviction was also featured on C.M. Skiera’s blog recently. It was fun and a great opportunity as well.

Book Nerding: A Collection of Old and Special Books

August 4, 2015

Most people who love writing love reading – and most people who love reading love books.

I was recently taking some photos of a couple of old books (for a different purpose), and it occurred to me that I’d like to share some of my old books with you.
I’m not really a collector, but I do love the look and feel (and smell) of old books. There is so much history in them!
Well, without further ado; Here you have five of my special books:

An old Bible

This is a leatherbound volume so worn that it’s hard to make out what’s on the spine. But it’s a Danish translation of the Bible, and what makes it special is the fact that this version is from 1824! It’s the oldest book I own.

The Great War

“Verdenskrigen” means “The World War” or “The Great War” in English. This mammoth in six volumes also includes a folder with maps of Europe during the war. What makes it extra special is the title; It was written before the Second World War. Strange and unsettling, but beautiful books.

Verdens Undergang

“The End of the World” from 1910 is a book about … well, how the world will end. I bought it because it looked pretty, but it’s also interesting to see the author’s vision of the future. The caption of the illustration in the picture is “Street in a future city”.

Panzer zwischen Warschau und Atlantik

Here’s another unsettling one. It’s not very old, but being published in 1941 in Germany by the Wehrmacht publishing company in Berlin gives it some historical value. At this point, they thought they were winning. Scary.

Biblical Illustrations

This book is huge and heavy and my edition is from 1884. It’s selected scenes from the Bible beautifully illustrated by Gustave Doré. The details are really great. The Danish title is “The Bible in Pictures”.

So those are five of my favourites. Do you want to see more of my old/special books at some point? And do you own or collect (old) books too?

Post Aconitum (And Mid Conviction)

July 26, 2015

aconitumstatusIt’s been a while, but I’ve been up to here (insert hand gesture at neck/ear height) in writing and revising lately. Here’s everything you never wanted to hear about my serial adventures so far.

So … Aconitum ended in June. I’ve said it before, but I really enjoyed running it as a serial. At the time of writing this, the novel has 2,393 votes in total and is the 17th most bookshelved serial on JukePop. I’m very, very satisfied with that. I really had no idea what would happen when I submitted it last August, but there’s a bunch of amazing people on the site, writers as well as readers, who have been very supportive and helped spreading the word.

Also, I have enjoyed and am enjoying reading a lot of serials on JukePop as well, and I hope I’m able to support them too.


For now Hector & co are waiting for me to put back on my editing hat and go through one more round of revisions before I seek another platform for the novel. But that will be a little while yet. Because at the moment, all my editing energy goes into Conviction, my serial novella.

I posted the seventh chapter (out of thirteen) last Thursday. So far the reception has been everything I could have hoped for. I must admit that posting weekly chapters and waiting to see what regular readers think of the twists and turns of the story is quite addictive. How the serial will do in Black Hill Press’ Summer Writing Project, I have no idea, but just being part of it is really great. If you need something cool to read for the summer, I wholeheartedly recommend taking a look at some of the titles there. I am devouring a number of them every time there’s a new update.

Oh, I almost forgot. – I said I’d been writing too. I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo again this month. I’ve set a really low wordcount goal for myself because I really just wanted to play around with a few ideas and see where they took me, and I’ve had fun writing with no plan whatsoever. Some of it may end up as new serial, but it’s really nice to let loose when the rest of my story time is spent editing without making too many solid plans.

Have you read some good books this summer? Or written one, maybe?


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