(17-12-17, 11:05 PM)Antice Wrote:
(06-12-17, 07:05 PM)batotit Wrote: lol, in my experience readers don't back out quietly. They will tell you full on why they are dropping your story and why you lost him.
I've yet to have that happen. Is this something that people only do if they are already well invested in the characters?
I personally feel that my reader retention is pretty low when I look at my story's stats, But I have very few comments actually criticising my work. even tho I actively engage with, and have made clear that I welcome it so I can try to learn from it.
I think that usually you would get those sort of heated comments when the reader feels like you've betrayed one of the expectations they had for your story. For example, if you promise that you have an OP protagonist who'll nab a whole bunch of girls, yet in the actual story the protagonist never follows through, you're bound to get a bunch of angry comments.
Or, if you were setting up a plot arc that promised specific things like adventure, mystery, heavy action sequences, but then change your mind and go another direction - the readers would notice that and might call you out on it.
Readers will only tell you why they dropped if they feel really strongly about it, after all, so there does have to be something compelling in your story that the readers think you aren't doing justice (though whether they're right or not depends on what the author wanted to do).
In most cases, though, losing readers is simply a case of them moving their mouse up and clicking X.
If you're worried about the views stats on your story, then it's very common in every media that the first parts of a series gain the most views, but the middle and last parts have the least. No matter how great a series is, it's pretty much impossible for each part to have a 100% retention rate. If you check out youtube/lets play series for example, "Part 1s" typically have maybe triple more views than "Part 4s".
What's more important is if you have a core number of minimum views (loyal readers) for each part. Even if some chapters get 2,000 views, and some get only 400, as long as there's consistently at least 400 views on every chapter then you can be assured that those are 400 loyal readers. I noticed that when you add descriptive names in your chapter titles, more 'random' readers are attracted to buzzwords like revenge, battle, god, date, etc etc that signify that some exciting event happens in that chapter. However, the setup chapters that are equally or more important than those climactic ones may get lower views, even when they're directly preceding. So, in that case, it's simply that there are some errant people that only want to see some cool explosive scenes and don't actually care for the whole of your story - and you can ignore them.
However, a bigger issue would be if your first few chapters have maybe thousands of views, but the later ones barely break through the hundreds. That would mean that you do have a retention problem.
If people aren't saying why they stopped reading, then that would usually indicate a pacing problem in the story. In other words, the story is delivering exactly what the premise said it would, but it's either doing it way too slowly or in a way that's not interesting enough.
It's very common that when you first get an idea for a story you think up of all the cool things that go into the introduction, but when you near the middle you've run out of interesting details to add, so the events and dialogue get shallower and slimmer. The things that happen might drag out longer because you're adding filler to make up for not knowing what should happen next. By that point the reader's interest will also wane, and they will eventually stop reading and look for something that can deliver a satisfying arc more quickly.
I'm looking at your fiction page now, and it looks like you're doing very well with consistent and face-paced releases. To be honest I feel like you should just keep writing and not worry about reader retention; it's more important to have a finished story that you enjoyed making.
If improving your story as you go is more important than getting it out there, though, then I suggest either finding an editor to help you check grammar and paragraph structures, or that you try using something like Grammarly. With a quick glance I can't judge the contents of your story, but it might be worth trying to improve the visual appearance and readability. When there are spelling/grammar errors, the reader might stop to think about whether the word/sentence was written correctly, or the error might even cause them to not know what the sentence is supposed to mean. That's a big distraction that can pull people out of the flow of your story, and it's something that's relatively easy to fix compared to the hard task of imagining and creating the events that happen in your book.