Those Banner Ads Really Work!

So, there I was, checking to see the ranking for Girl Genius after voting for it on Buzzcomix when I saw a banner ad for something called "An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom" featuring a character called "The Teacher" and bearing the descriptors "secretive, powerful...trapped". From the illustration and description, this seemed to be my kind of character, and the art style looked good, so I followed the link. Once there, I discovered that this was not a web comic, as I had initially presumed, but an online novel series. Once I read the prologue teaser, I was hooked. I've spent the last several days reading the story to date, and have not been dissappointed. The Teacher has, indeed, proved to be the kind of character that pushes all the right buttons for me.

Anyway, that's how I got here, and here's who I am. I'm a lifelong SF/Fantasy and anime fan located in the Washington, DC area. I draw a little and design clothes (but haven't gotten around to actually *making* them) and I have several sets of characters and storylines about which I have only managed to write notes and snippetts. It impresses me immensely that MeiLin can not only produce her fiction on a regular schedule, but write side stories to order, as well!

(In trying to write about myself, I find that I have surprisingly little to say, but that's actually because there's too much - I have far too many divergent and convergent interests to go into.)

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SkyRider's picture

Devotee

That's almost exactly how I got hooked on this webnovel, (I came from an ad on Flipside - but I also read Girl Genius). Welcome from all of us here, I am glad you are enjoying the webnovel, we're all pretty crazy about it. Also, I don't know how much you have read the forums, but the more you post on forums, the more points you get (1 point per post) and when you get 50 points, MeiLin will write you a bonus story about the character/situation of your choice. Anywho, I am actually in class, so I will go, but I am glad you have joined us and introduced yourself. *wave*

KaraKael's picture

Yeah, I had been wondering how one got points, but then after I made my post, it said "You have 1 point", so that was that mystery solved!

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

to the jungle
We got fun 'n' games
We got everything you want...

Slagar's picture

Devotee

Always good to meet another SFF fan. Too few of us (there are still people who aren't, after all). I have to admit to being impressed as well at how closely Mei stays to her schedule. I don't think she's let us down without a damn good reason yet, and that's hard to do. Writing on someone else's schedule, or even your own artificial one, is a drag. She pulls it off well, though. Glad to have you with us!

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Welcome! I never know if the ads are working or not--I mean, I can see people coming in, but do they stick around? That's the question. So yay for stickage. Smile

I heard from one of you in email recently that he wasn't liking that I was supporting a "completely unrelated artist" with donations right now, until I explained that the character studies Alice Fox is doing for us are an investment. They give the serial a more professional demeanor; "real" books have "real" covers, some have illustrations, they all have promotional artwork of some kind. And I can repurpose the artwork in many, many ways, including ads. That made sense to him, and here I can show the proof: Someone who was pulled into the story by Alice's almost scarily good (to Teacher's creator--I mean, I still get chills) rendition of Teacher. The ads I've made up using Alice's artwork pull much, much better than the ones I've made up using clipart or what have you. I just hope people aren't too pissed off when they get here and see it's not a comic. Smile

@SkyRider, shame on you for posting from class. Wink

KaraKael's picture

I was definitely not dissappointed that it wasn't a comic. I think this story lends itself much better to prose than it would to a graphic novel format. Having professional illustrations to show the characters is a plus, though once you actually start reading, they are so well described that one gets a good mental image of them even without.

SkyRider's picture

Devotee

I was also not at all dissapointed this was not a webcomic - webnovels do tend to give the mind a bit more material to ponder, which I love.

@MeiLin: I bring my laptop to class with me because I type WORLDS faster (and neater) than I can write. The bonus to having it with me all the time comes when the prof is explaining material that I already know or there is a lull in class (which actually happens occasionally), I have the opportunity, however short, to check the web and post things. Actually, in some of my classes, that refreshing moment or two here and there keeps me awake... }:) So perhaps you could consider that you are aiding my educational experience Smile

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I used to knit in class. It was the only thing that kept me awake. As long as you're learning, I don't care what you do. SmileSmile

Slaxor's picture

Ads worked on me too

Slagar's picture

Devotee

For wireless internet in college classrooms. Fish and wildlife ecology, and damn I'm bored. I'd rather be learning from a red book. I'm going to have to split, though. Class ends shortly, and he keeps going on about habitat fragmentation.

Willow's picture

Devotee

... we didn't have any dadburned wireless. If we wanted to goof off in class, we had to do it the old fashioned way, with a pen and a piece of paper! You had to reach over and pass the note, not press a button. Wink

/ end old lady rant

MeiLin's picture

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We didn't have any new-fangled pens and paper, we had to use slates and chalk! Biggrin

(Not really--I'm not THAT old. I just like channeling Dana Carvey's Grumpy Old Man. "And we LIKED IT!")

thellieem11's picture

Petitioner

In my day, we had to actually whisper and hope and pray we didn't get caught! Through 6th grade (and even in a couple of my college classes - weird profs) we weren't allowed to pick up our pencils without permission and extra paper was not allowed on the desk, but was kept in a folder in the desk. So annoying. Thankfully as I got older, my classes started getting harder and keeping me interested and engaged! And if that didn't work, reading the book in front of me always helped (Lit major- there's always a book open and being discussed on the desk.)

fremmed's picture

Petitioner

Sure we need to be engaging and present material in a coherent manner, but man it is hard to compete with students on the internet or cellphones.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

And that's why I only take my laptop to classes that really suck. }:)

KaraKael's picture

- to see which student is the first one to text message you the right answer!

V's picture

Embodiment

Personally, I was hooked by (and am still fond of) the lingerie-and-skin photos, but I definitely see the appeal of using the artistic ones on webcomic sites.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

were actually a woman's back with an eyelet-edged sheet, but I loved the way it looked, rather like a woman's thigh with a petticoat hem. Smile I'm not much of a graphic designer, so it always tickles me when something I've done semi-works.

SkyRider's picture

Devotee

I thought it was a woman's thigh with a petticoat hem or lace underthings - never would have guessed otherwise. Great job though, it got a lot of us hooked Smile

thellieem11's picture

Petitioner

I got hooked pretty much the same way. Different site, though. I love the webnovels that are now getting to shine instead of being hidden away in personal journals or in fan-fic forums.

Amiable Hummingbird's picture

Devotee

I also made my way here from another site (Tales of MU for me) and I was hooked from the minute I started to read MeiLin's stuff. I've been a silent reader for so long, I thought I should finally introduce myself. College is taking over my life right now, and reading webnovels/webcomics/books/anything is a really great way for me to de-stress in a non-school related way. So thanks MeiLin- I really love your writing so far, and I can't wait to read more!

MeiLin's picture

Most High

and welcome! Chime in whenever you'd like. So many of my readers are in college--that's so strange, totally what I didn't expect.

Lost Child's picture

Exactly the same with me, apart from the ad being on The Phoenix Requiem (which I hereby urge you all to read as well). I also was surprised to find a novel behind the ad and not a comic, but I was instantly hooked, read through the archive as fast as I could and am now a regular reader. I am so glad that I didn't block that ad, it has not only lead me to this great story but also shown me something completely new, the whole subculture ob webnovels. Don't know how I managed to miss that for so long.
So yes, hello to you all.

V's picture

Embodiment

Smile If webnovels were a publicly-traded company, I'd be buying their stock. This is like Google 10 years ago.

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