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1. Three Minute Reads!

When it comes to reading online, you only have 3 minutes in which to grab a reader’s attention and win them over as a fan. In terms of word count, that means you have 800 words in which to impress the world!

2. Write 10 Different Titles.

Imagine your story popping up on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere on the web. What will make someone want to click on it? We find that the title of your story is the most important factor. We strongly advise you to write 10 different titles for each of your stories. Send them to your friends and ask them which one they would be most likely to click on. In general, writers make the mistake of going for titles that are too vague and abstract. You need to excite the curiosity of your reader and make them want to click-through, without giving everything away.

4. A Picture Paints a Thousand Words.

Make sure that you upload a captivating banner picture to go with your story. To put it bluntly: if your story doesn't have a great picture then it won't be successful online. The ideal dimensions for a ReadWave picture are 1600 by 550 pixels.

5. Theme It Up

Take a good look through our Themes section and submit your story to the most appropriate Theme. Each Theme is curated by one of our Staff Reviewers and if your story is accepted it will help you pick up readers. There's a Theme for everything, from science fiction to self-help so get submitting.

6. Share your Story.

I recommend that you read my other post: Two sites that are great for building a readership. I also recommend that you post a link to your story on Facebook. Your immediate network of friends will be the first people to read and share your stories, so tap into your network and get some early traction to help your story take off.

7. Your ReadWave Profile.

Your picture and bio will appear at various places around the site, so it’s important to advertise yourself well. Don’t be afraid of sharing who you are. We find that readers will visit your profile after reading your story.

8. Support other ReadWavers.

If you’re generous in reading and commenting on other stories, then you’ll start getting some love from the community yourself. Start by finding a story you like on the homepage, and give the writer some feedback!

This ReadWave has travelled through…

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  • Oakville - Canada 1 read
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  • Barrie - Canada 2 reads
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  • Central District - Hong Kong 1 read
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  • Thorhild - Canada 1 read
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  • Edmonton - Canada 1 read
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  • San Remo - Italy 1 read
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  • Fullerton - United States 1 read
  • Iowa City - United States 1 read
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  • Milford - United States 2 reads
  • Ann Arbor - United States 1 read
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  • Mugla - Turkey 1 read
  • Brooklyn - United States 5 reads
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  • South Lake Tahoe - United States 1 read
  • Great Neck - United States 1 read
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  • Toronto - Canada 4 reads
  • Stockton - United States 1 read
  • North Richland Hills - United States 3 reads
  • Limassol - Cyprus 1 read
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  • Brampton - Canada 1 read
  • Brighton - United Kingdom 2 reads
  • Dorchester - United Kingdom 1 read
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  • Longview - United States 1 read
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  • Denver - United States 1 read
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  • West Orange - United States 1 read
  • Nicosia - Cyprus 1 read
  • Grove City - United States 1 read
  • Bentleigh - Australia 1 read
  • Saarbrücken - Germany 1 read
  • Valencia - Spain 1 read
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  • Belmont - United States 1 read
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  • Oxford - United Kingdom 1 read
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  • Budapest - Hungary 1 read
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  • Valle De Santiago - Mexico 1 read
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  • Durban - South Africa 1 read
  • Bucharest - Romania 1 read
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  • Long Beach - United States 1 read
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  • Lake Elsinore - United States 1 read
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  • New Delhi - India 1 read
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  • Reventin-vaugris - France 1 read
  • Pittsburgh - United States 1 read
  • Bell - United States 2 reads
  • Munich - Germany 1 read
  • Taramani - India 1 read
  • Dubai - United Arab Emirates 3 reads
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  • Verona - Italy 1 read
  • Odense - Denmark 1 read
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  • Sutton Coldfield - United Kingdom 1 read
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  • Brandon - Canada 1 read
  • Cowes - United Kingdom 1 read
  • Troy - United States 1 read
  • Balwyn - Australia 1 read
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  • Cebu City - Philippines 1 read
  • Sidcup - United Kingdom 1 read
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  • Ota - Nigeria 1 read
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  • Herning - Denmark 1 read
  • Ilford - United Kingdom 1 read
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