Hey there! So I had an idea about a possible contest that I personally think would be really fun. We have had multiple fanfiction contests, but what if we did a contest that exclusively includes fanfiction based on other Inkitt stories? Writers could write fanfiction based on their favorite Inkitt stories and submit them to the contest, and conversely the author of the original work would receive a notification about the fanfiction related to their story. I think this would be a really fun ... See More writing exercise as well as a way of promoting readership. :-)
Dear all, I know this is going to sound like 'sour grapes', but I sincerely hope that the inkitt algorithm is capable of picking up 'fake reviews' and how they are to be recognized.
The first indicator is where star rating, is the only criterion used. There is no comment on the story, plot, structure, character or anything about the story. I even went into the facebook page of one author and found his single reviewer was actually an aunt or some other relative who had joined inkitt only ... See More to leave that star review. Tell relatives and friends not to leave reviews without actually reading the book. They do more harm than good.
The second indicator to me is that the reviewer has no written books, joined inkitt to review only that one book (a big red flag) and has left just the one review, usually filled with bad grammar, if anything is written at all, and with emoticons plastered all over it. (I predict that there will now be a flood of 'fake reviews' to close this deficiency).
The third indicator is when most if not all reviews come in almost on the same day, or within the same week and from persons in the same geographic region or attending the same school or institution--if that can be seen.
I am sure others have a few more 'flags' to add to this little list. Feel free to vent.
srry everyone by mistake I deleted my post ,a new beginning, so all the reviews got vanished..pls kindly review my story again..pls pls pls..
I have a shopping list of things Inkitt needs to do better if it wants to be considered a worthwhile service.
For Readers: You need to sort out the way stories are displayed. It's far too difficult to find anything decent to read. There is no quality control. The cream does not rise to the top. There ARE good novels on here, but to find them you have to wade through the mire of schoolgirl 1st person fantasy self-roleplays that have migrated over here from Wattpad. Your list of ... See More "Trending stories" is a joke. Most of the stories that appear on there are recently uploaded and have no or few reviews, in some cases even bad reviews! There is no way these are the novels that should be getting promoted. You HAVE to make it possible for the reader to specify that they want to read something written by authors over a certain age. The glut of teenage authors on here is what has made Inkitt basically unusable to me as a reader.
And you need to fix the phone app so that it actually lets you submit a review for a book. Works fine on tablet and website, just not on any phone.
There needs to be more interface between authors and Inkitt. We work hard to direct people here (while you do almost nothing to ensure our novels are rewarded with greater visibility if they're doing well) and get our analytics bar filled up...and then what? We just wait? Do we get an analytics reports showing whether our reader engagement is good or poor? Something to indicate whether we've performed well according to the algorithm or not? Nobody I've spoken to has had any such feedback. I'm seriously starting to believe that the 'algorithm' is just a man behind the curtain.
For what it's worth I'm not sure things get much better even if you win. The reviews of your books on Amazon seem to mostly come from advance review copies. There's no indication these books are actually doing well. You keep saying there's this team of 15 people working hard for authors behind the scenes. Is that why it takes up to a week for anyone to respond to queries on the forums? It's hardly as though they are overwhelmed with messages. There's like maybe a dozen regulars on here all promoting the same books to each other.
On that note, another suggestion would be to not let readers leave a review on a novel until they’ve read a certain percentage of it. You’re tracking their reading patterns, so this should be easily possible. There’s far too many reviews being left which say they’ve only read a couple of chapters.
I've got no confidence in Inkitt. I'm gonna leave my novel on here just until a few people I know have finished reading it, then I'll be taking it down. I feel like I've wasted my time, and the time I've spent persuading people to download the Inkitt app so they can read my book would have been better spent just marketing the book myself on Lulu or Amazon.
I have notifications of people adding my story to currently reading, and gotten reviews, but during the past 2 days, my number of reads has remained static.
Inkitt, Please bring back the 'show more' button at the bottom of the 'popular' and 'latest' listings. I no longer am able to view beyond the first 20 books in either of these two screens. How do regular readers get to see all of the novels so that they can make choices and download copies without that facility?
I've noticed that the current writing competition doesn't let you scroll farther down.
What I mean is: when in the 'popular' category, ordering the stories by which has the least copies left, when scrolling to the bottom, I couldn't find any stories beyond the initial 20 or so.
Perhaps it's just my browser I'm hoping? This is concerning because it cuts off a valid avenue for readers to find author's works in the contest. I'm hoping the App doesn't work the same way.
Hello. How does a novel get picked to be featured or as a trending story. Thank you.
Hey all, i have been receiving complaints that people are unable to review my story...(maybe a blessing in disguise?) Anyways thought i bring it up and if anyone has faced any such issue. Anyways if anyone is interested in reading my story...https://www.inkitt.com/stories/humor/111162
MMMMuuuuaaahhh much love.
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