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About

What is ChapterBuzz?

ChapterBuzz is a place to write & share your novel, build buzz, and grow your fan base.

If you wish, you can even receive feedback as you write. This lets you know what is resonating with your audience, and what could be improved.

The end result? A finished novel that you know readers already love before you publish—no second-guessing or finger-crossing involved.


How does it work?
  • Let people know. The key to success on ChapterBuzz is sharing your page with your blog followers, social media friends, and family members.
  • Build your fan base. Readers visit your page and become fans—either by clicking "I'm a Fan!" or by BUZZ-ing at least 3 of your chapters (a BUZZ is similar to a "Like" on other social sites).
We'll notify your eager fans each time you post new material. This keeps your fans up to date, and most importantly, coming back for more!


Why should I join ChapterBuzz?

With your free ChapterBuzz membership, you can:
  • Enjoy reading exciting, original books
  • Discover & support talented, up-and-coming authors
  • Get recommendations in your favorite genres
  • Help authors fine-tune their manuscripts by giving feedback
  • Write your own novel and reach new fans!
Join now


What is HyperBuzz?

It's a way to get noticed!

HyperBuzz means your book is already getting lots of attention, but we want to promote it even more. So we'll start showing it to people in as many places as possible: Dashboard recommendations and other areas of the website, and in a weekly e-mail that goes out to all ChapterBuzz readers and writers.

We want you to be discovered by as many people as possible!


What are Buzz Stars?

Each day, we award a Buzz Star to books that are getting more BUZZ than most of the other books on the site. Get a Buzz Star 3 days in a row, and you'll activate HyperBuzz!

But...lose the momentum before you get 3 Buzz Stars in a row, and you'll go back to 0.


If I start getting Buzz Stars, how do I keep getting them?

Brag a bit! Tell your Facebook friends and blog followers to stop by and BUZZ your chapters.

Here are more ways to share your ChapterBuzz page and get readers to BUZZ!


I'm nervous that people won't like my writing. Will I fit in here?

Fit in? You're one of the main reasons we designed this site!

This is where you can become a better writer, meet other authors and talk about each other's novels, get more exposure for your writing, and even win an award for a job well done.

How do you become a better writer? You receive feedback on your writing, which is easy to do here. We're talking about friendly feedback, and constructive criticism, by the way. That's the key to getting better and gaining confidence: constant practice and continual fine-tuning based on reader input.

One thing's for certain: you won't succeed unless you try, and literary success is all about taking risks, stretching your comfort zone, and growing as a writer. Just wait till you start climbing the charts—what a rush! You'll love it here. We're all seriously having a blast. We all started out a little nervous, but most of all, excited. Come on in, the water's fine.


How do I get started?

Join here (it's free), and you'll be able to start sharing your chapters right away. Not a writer? Get wrapped up in one of our many stories!


Is any genre allowed?

For the most part, yes. Fiction usually works best, although non-fiction narratives are welcome too. Ultimately, keeping readers interested and wanting more is the name of the game, so if your genre can do that, you're in good shape.

Keep in mind that images are not currently supported by ChapterBuzz, so if your book relies heavily on artwork, it probably won't be a fit.

We're pretty open and flexible about genre here, but as you can imagine, some material is outright prohibited on ChapterBuzz. For more, please refer to the ChapterBuzz Terms of Use.


How Do I...?

How do I search for a writer I know?

Our search page lets you search by author name or title.


How do I share my ChapterBuzz page?

Simply share your link, which is:

http://www.chapterbuzz.com/username

...anywhere you can, like social media, your blog, or your business card. Here are some powerful ways to share

Also, our invite page helps you share automatically! Try it out


How do I post and share my first chapter?

From your Dashboard, locate your book title, then click "New chapter."

On the first screen, type in the title (and optionally, subtitle) of your chapter, for example, "Chapter 5: The Plan," where "Chapter 5" is the title and "The Plan" is the subtitle.

On the next screen, you can either compose or paste in your chapter text, in much the same manner you would create a blog post.

Click "Preview" to access the last screen. If the preview looks good, click "Post it!" and your chapter is active and public.


Why is my chapter not showing up publicly?

You may not have officially posted it. The most important thing to do is click "Post it!" after you compose (or paste in) your chapter text.

How to remedy this:
  1. From your Dashboard, locate the chapter and click "Manage"
  2. Click "Continue" on the first screen
  3. Click "Preview" on the text editor screen
  4. Click "Post it!" on the preview screen
That should do it!

See also: Posting and sharing chapters


How do I make a chapter private?

If you don't want a certain chapter to show up in your book's chapter list, either keep it in saved draft form, or if you've already posted it publicly, you can deactivate it.


How do I edit my chapter information?

From your Dashboard, locate your book title and its chapter list, and click "Manage" next to the chapter you want.

You'll be able to modify:
  • Chapter title
  • Chapter subtitle
  • Your book's genre
  • Your book's content rating
  • Your chapter text

How do I deactivate a chapter?

If you would like to temporarily remove a chapter from public view, you can deactivate the chapter.

From your Dashboard, locate your book title and its chapter list, and click "More..." next to the chapter you want. The "Deactivate" option should appear, and you will be asked to confirm on the next screen.

See also: Deactivating your book


How do I accept feedback on my writing?

This is a feature that can be turned on or off, depending on whether and when you want to accept feedback. It can be toggled through your Settings page. When the feature is enabled, the comment sections for all of your chapters are open, and any ChapterBuzz member is allowed to comment.


How do I change my book cover, or other book information?

From your Dashboard, locate your book title, then choose "Edit info" to the right. A page will come up where you can edit title, description, genre, and change or add a cover image.


How do I deactivate my book?

From your Dashboard, locate your book title, then choose "More..." to the right. The "Deactivate" option should appear, which will allow you to temporarily remove your book from public view.

See also: Deactivating a chapter


How do I delete my account?

We sure don't want you to, but it's possible (and as permanent as can be). You'll find this option at the bottom of your settings page. You must be logged in, and have your account password handy.


How do I display ChapterBuzz badges or icons on my blog's sidebar?

One of the most powerful ways to bring people (your soon-to-be fans!) over to your ChapterBuzz page is to place a clickable icon or badge on your blog's sidebar. You'll just need the snippet of HTML code from our How to Share page.

Here's how to add this to your sidebar (for WordPress blogs):
  1. Go to your WordPress Dashboard:
    https://yourblogname.wordpress.com/wp-admin/
  2. Navigate to Appearance > Widgets
  3. Under the "Widgets" section, drag a "Text" widget to the "Sidebar" area at right
  4. In the Title field, type "Read my book on ChapterBuzz"
  5. In the Content field, paste the HTML code snippet we gave you
  6. Click "Save," and done!
Your ChapterBuzz graphic should now appear in your blog's sidebar, which is visible from any page in your blog, and your followers will be able to click through directly to your ChapterBuzz profile.







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