I'm just starting on Royal Road and I am a tad bit confused on how reviews work. Is it a luck thing? A popularity thing? A bit of both? And can I ask people to review my work in exchange for reviewing theirs?
Only a few will give a rating, of those only some will write a review. Yes mostly luck based. Also your work is fairly new, will take more views and chapters till people have enough material to give it a review.
Once you have some followers, maybe a few that comment regularly, you can ask for reviews in your author notes. If done politely, you might get lucky and spur a dedicated reader into action. Afterwards, thanking readers for reviews in the next author note can also help to encourage even more reviews.
I made one review swap and was disapointed by the result.
So I just let it happen on its own afterwards, at some point people start commenting your work in the comment, speak with them and if they see you are open to interaction they usually move on to reviews.
While luck does play a part (e.g. you might get a really motivated reader, I call them unicorns), the thing you can control is popularity. If 100 people read your story, odds are good at least one of them will leave a review. So the question now is how to get the most eyeballs on your story?
The answer is pretty simple it turns out.
Stick to a daily update rate, or as close to one as you can. I would advise against updating more than once a day though (has very small, if any, positive effects for your story in terms of readership). At some point, people will naturally begin reviewing as you get enough people reading.
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