Re: traditional fantasy - is this the wrong place?

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LethalDogFart Wrote: Hey everyone,

See subject. 
I have been writing a lot more traditional style fantasy. No LitRPG, No tables, no skills, no levels.
Do you reckon by posting here, I am in the wrong spot for this?

I used to see stories that were more traditional before, but now I am doubting when I look at new stories etc.

What do you think?
Maybe this isn't the best place for more traditional fantasy, but at least it's not dead and full of spam like Fiction Press. Also the current mods are somewhat competent.

Re: traditional fantasy - is this the wrong place?

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It may not top any charts, but there's definitely an audience for it. Of my books in my signature, my best-performing ones have reliably been the traditional fantasy ones; the litrpg and xianxia attempts didn't get nearly as far in the rankings.

If you're trying to min-max the site and 'win', then yeah, stats seem to be the way to go based on what's popular, but if you can be happy with a few hundred people reading your story then you should be just fine. :)

Personally, I applaud the inclusion of more standard fantasies. Just temper your expectations.

I've found this site the best for getting an audience of the free options available, since recently updated stories do show up on the front page that means as long as your cover, title, and blurb are solid you'll have a constant inflow of new readers as long as you keep updating regularly.

Re: traditional fantasy - is this the wrong place?

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I write more traditional fantasy too and I just asked this question last week (more or less) and got some awesome advice.
https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/118712

I'll sumerize the most helpful stuff, which was to do heavily utilize the reviews / review swaps forum as well as the marketing forums. Getting people to purposefully read/review your work is very helpful. 

Also, in looking at your profile, you don't seem to have any active works (everything I see is on Hiatus). I'm not even sure which story it is you're trying to get traction on.  I would definitely recommend focusing on one story you want to really finish/see through to complettion. Get a cover for that story (there's a forum for that too). Make sure you have an inticing summary, and commit to a reasonable post schedule (whatever you think you can manage, consistency is always the key). Once you do that, and you have a few chapters in, get some review swaps done. Specifically look for people who enjoy the genere you like. There are also people just looking for things to read, no swap needed.  Once you get some feedback, you'll be able to make appropriate changes and move forward and you'll start to gain momentum.

Again, I'm in this process now. It's a bit tougher for people who don't write the most popular genres on here, but it's far from impossible and people ARE REALLY HELPFUL if you reach out.


Re: traditional fantasy - is this the wrong place?

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Selina Wrote: I also write traditional fantasy. While it gains views at a pretty slow rate than some of the more popular genres, it still does better on Royal Road than some other sites I've published on.
There are definitely worse places out there in the wilds of the internet. My current WIPs are sci-fi, and niche sci-fi at that. And yet, people somehow still read them. Traditional high fantasy still gets readers.

Heck, if you consider the wider world, LOTRO just celebrated 15 years. Granted, that's gaming, but there's also GOT (which is somewhat close to trad fantasy). People like the setting and genre. I still read fantasy from time to time.

Don't give up on writing fantasy. Maybe there's another site out there that's better than RR for that, but I don't know it if there is. Just keep writing, honing your craft and creating engaging, fascinating worlds for your readers to play around in. Keep getting better and keep searching for your audience. You don't have to just post here. You can post here and other places, too, if you want.

Re: traditional fantasy - is this the wrong place?

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Will it do as well here as LitRPG/progression fantasy? Probably not.

Will it do better here than it would anywhere else (in terms of free story-posting sites)? Probably.

Each story-posting site has its niche. I'm not aware of a site that specializes in traditional fantasy, but RR is probably the site that's most capable at breaking out of its niche. The only other site I know of that has a strong "fantasy" presence is Inkitt ... and on Inkitt, "fantasy" means "werewolf porn".

If people continue posting stories outside of RR's traditional niche, and if those stories manage to attract readers from other niches, RR's audience could grow enough to appreciate other genres. So keep posting.

My story is traditional epic fantasy, and I do okay here. I'll never get near the top of the pile, but I've got over 600 followers. Can't complain about that.

Re: traditional fantasy - is this the wrong place?

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IvyVeritas Wrote: Will it do as well here as LitRPG/progression fantasy? Probably not.

Will it do better here than it would anywhere else (in terms of free story-posting sites)? Probably.

Each story-posting site has its niche. I'm not aware of a site that specializes in traditional fantasy, but RR is probably the site that's most capable at breaking out of its niche. The only other site I know of that has a strong "fantasy" presence is Inkitt ... and on Inkitt, "fantasy" means "werewolf porn".

To add to this, I think part of the reason we don't see traditional fantasy take hold in free spaces is because it dominates the trad publishing space. Trad fantasy seekers will just...buy a book. LitRPG and pure Progression as a whole are still pretty niche in comparison.