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As you may have noticed, today's posting of "Zombie Leza" is showing up later (if not, I'll get to that).
After years of insisting I had to stay up late simply to post my story after SOL shuts down for the night (12:30 EST), I've decided the cost it's having on my health is too extreme to continue.
I've been fighting a chronic lack of sleep for years, so these late-night sessions are slowly killing me. Given that most people read my stories in the evening, it seems like an easy choice, but I'm eager to hear any feedback by anyone who prefers the early morning postings.
Traditionally, if I post at 12:30 a.m., the story will post at 8:30 a.m. However, if I have it automatically posted (a 'scheduled' post), it won't post until 4:00 p.m. In the first, my posts would be the first processed the next morning, in the second (with the scheduled post), it's the LAST.
If readers don't particularly care when the story posts, then it makes no sense when I post it. However, it makes it more difficult to know when to look for my stories.
So I've got a general question: When do you search for new stories, in the morning or the evening?
It's interesting, but "Zombie Leza" is now both my highest (on FineStories) and my lowest-rated story (on SOL). That reinforces my 'age differences on the different sites' supposition, though I have no basis for the claim.
However, as I suspected, the scores have risen significantly. Hopefully this will reassure skeptical readers when the story finishes--as it's NOT a traditional zombie tale.
On another positive note, someone pointed out an typo in chapter 11 (it was a homophone: "grizzly" instead of "grisly", so it was easy to miss), but noted it was the only error he noted in the story so far. That's always reassuring, while also pointing out that readers are still looking out for me--pointing out the easy-to-correct mistakes.
Got an interesting question in regards to the latest chapter of "Zombie Leza":
Only warriors can go? And some women want to go?
Then send warriors who are women.
It's a good question, but this early in the story, you're gonna have to wait for your answer. The question will be addressed, but at this point, there's a reason why Leza only selected male warriors, a reason the men are unable to see themselves (which is part of the problem).
However, I think you'll enjoy when the women actually get a chance to dance with the undead. They don't screw around!
Well, as I'd hoped, despite a poor initial inception to my "Zombie Leza" story (scores of 6.42), the scores have been rising as readers get familiar with the story. One interesting note, though, is that while the 7 scores are higher than the others on SOL, the scores on FS are leaning heavily in the 10 scores. I'm not sure what's the cause of this, but I'm guessing (purely conjecture on my part) that although many SOL readers cross over, that FS has more younger readers (14+, which is my suggested reading age for the story) who view zombie stories more favorably than the older SOL crowd. However, there still aren't many readers taking a chance on the story (the story's only getting 1,000 reads per chapter, vs the 6,000 my stories tradtionally get).
I'm still hoping that once the story completes, more readers will decide to read it, just to see what it's like. Like most of my stories, I rarely take a traditional approach, turning regular genres on their heads. This story is very much like that.
I'd like to thank everyone who stuck with the story, as these are the chapters where the story really gets interesting.
Okay, the scores for "Zombie Leza" are all over the place. While one site has mostly 10 votes, the other has a majority of 7 votes. So I've got to ask, what is everyone's issues with the story?
Is it the genre? Are you sick of zombie stories? Is it the story description? Is it the fact the story isn't a typical horror story, or that it has too many overly graphic scenes?
So far, this story has me scratching my head. Everyone who's read it loves the story, but I couldn't pay people to view the book on Amazon, so I'm wondering what I did wrong when I undertook the story.
And yeah, I get that most SOL readers are frustrated over my chapter lengths, however for this story, it was difficult avoiding. Since the story isn't told from the prospective of the primary character, Leza, there were few opportunities to flesh out who she is and exactly what makes her tick (other than those graphic chapters), which accounts for why the story is so short. Think of it as a more tightly focused story, or more accurately, an extremely short novel.
Still, I'm honestly interested in opinions about why the story is receiving such low scores. As it is, with each of my stories receiving progressively lower scores, I'm now considering whether I want to continue posting these types of stories to sites (like SOL and FineStories) where they don't seem to be appreciated.
I've never chosen stories for their commercial appeal, but I feel like I'm being penalized for my topic choices, rather than the strength of the stories.
But, other than that, please, be brutally honest. I need to understand what readers want and why my stories are falling so flat.
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