Christmas Story :: Desperately Seeking Readers

So I wrote this story – A Week Before Christmas – and posted it here in instalments over the past week, starting here and ending yesterday – a week before Christmas – and basically, and obviously, I want as many people as possible to read it.

You may have read it. You may even be one of the few lovely people who let me know that you enjoyed it. If so, thank you. It means a great deal to me to receive any kind of feedback, especially in this case as I really wasn’t sure if the story was bloody awful or not and I was quite nervous about posting it.

Not many people have read it though. I reckon less than a thousand. Ideally, I would like, let’s say, a hundred thousand people to read it, or – I dunno – twelve million. Why not? It’s Christmas.

And of course, that, ultimately, is what it’s all about – having people read your stuff.  Obviously. Whenever you write anything for public consumption, you really want as many people as possible to read what you’ve written.

I’m going to post the story as one thing tomorrow, maybe as a pdf or something, I don’t know. I’m tired. But yes, it’ll be all in one place, accessible by one simple link. So what do I do? How do I get a wider audience for this story? All I can think so far is to write this blog post, witter about it on Twitter and maybe bite the bullet of humiliation and start begging Twitter celebrities for retweets. Ugh.

But that’s pretty much all I’ve got at the moment. I’m pretty clueless at the whole self-promotion thing. Always have been.

So, if you have any thoughts, I’d really love to hear them. Especially as it’s kind of time-sensitive. I mean, as far as Christmas stories go, the next five days are pretty much the optimum telling time.


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12 Responses to Christmas Story :: Desperately Seeking Readers

  1. Melanie says:

    I could link to it on my blog. I want to write a review of your book anyway so it won’t look too awkwardly shoe horned in… :)

  2. Monty says:

    Hiya. PDFs always seem like a good idea, but it’s my experience that people don’t download PDFs, and many don’t have the right version of Reader, and others are not allowed to download stuff at work, and a great many more can’t be arsed.

    How about this: take all the installments, starting with the first chapter. At the bottom of each create a link that takes readers to the next, so it’s a continuous flow. At the moment, readers have to go to Recent Posts to read the whole thing and have to flit from one screen to another. It breaks the flow. I think it may be easier if readers could continue by simply clicking on a link to the next installment when they reach the bottom of each chapter. Make sense? If not, gimme a buzz and I’ll explain better.

    Then, post it on Twitter as your Christmas short story, in its entirety, and ask everyone to retweet. Same on FB. And add some holly or somefink…

    It’s a lovely story Karl, and the characters are really likeable – especially dad. It’s about redemption and love and forgiveness – perfect for Christmas. Good luck! x

  3. Monty says:

    Oh, yeah… but do include the PDF option at the end of each chapter anyway in case someone wants to print it out

  4. Karl Webster says:

    Hey, Melanie, yeah, that’d be great. Thanks.

    Hey, Monty. Turns out it’s not as easy as I’d imagined anyway. I’ve been having trouble this morning so I’m passing over it. I’ll just put it up as one post and people can print it if they want. No holly. Thank you.

  5. Uncle Did says:

    Bonjour Karl,

    I really enjoyed reading this story.
    It’s very Christmasy, …but it works.

    And I hope you get a proper audience.

    Joyeux Noël !

  6. If you’ve got it as a single Word doc, I can PDF it for you if you’d like.

  7. Karl Webster says:

    Uncle Did! Merci! And thank you. Happy Christmas to you too.

    Hey, Steve, it’s the images that are the problem – the Twitter screengrabs – they don’t copy to the word document. That was why I didn’t do it.

  8. monty says:

    Probably too late now but if in future you need something like that done, you can send me the text and grabs, I can slap it into InDesign or Quark for you and PDF it.

  9. Larry T says:

    I think it’s a lovely story, especially the bus-chair. But I’m afraid all I can offer you is a facebook link.

    To be mildly critical, the singing epilogue didn’t really add much for me. And I preferred the previous ending of chapter 9, before you changed it. But still, an excellent Christmas story.

  10. Helen P says:

    I have never commented on your blog before but I really loved reading your story. I will link to it from my blog and my facebook if you like; I think it deserves a wider readership.

  11. Triggernometry says:

    Hi Karl,

    I think your story is wonderful and putting it all in one post should help get more readers. It might help to turn the snow effect off on your blog page – I found it made my browser really jumpy and irritating…

    The very best of luck with it. What a fantastic film it would make…….

  12. Ben says:

    Hey Karl,

    We met once, I’m a mate of Max’s. Anyway, just read the christmas story, made me baaaww. It actually made me quite like my kids too. Lovely stuff.

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