Step 1: Create Episode
To publish an episode, you have to be on our desktop site while logged in to your account.
Go to Dashboard, Series tab and locate your series from the list. Click the Add Episode button ( ) to create a new episode.
Step 2: Add Title and Story
Enter your episode’s title and story. Tapas allows your episodes to be up to 15,000 characters and you can change your text to bold, italic, blockquote or into a header by highlighting the text and selecting from your options. Make sure your story follows our Novel Content Guidelines! (Note: Novel specific content guidelines will be added mid 2020.)
Step 3: Add Thumbnail and Description (Author Notes)
Add a thumbnail for your episode, which will show up in your episode list and help your readers distinguish the different episodes visually. Many novel creators opt to use the same thumbnail artwork for multiple episodes. This artwork must be safe for all ages, and shouldn’t contain nudity or suggestive art.
Thumbnail: 300 x 300 px, PNG, JPG or GIF, Under 2 MB
You can also add a description, which will appear in your Author’s Comments section under your published episode. You can use this area to start a conversation with your readers, ask a question or share what’s on your mind! This is optional and you can leave it blank.
Step 4: Tags and Background Music
You can add up to 10 tags to your episode optionally. Hit enter after each tag to add them and hit the X to remove any tags you don’t want.
These tags will appear underneath your Author’s notes box and have no search functionality, and are therefore often used by creators to share some additional information with their readers.
You can add background music to your episode that readers can listen to while viewing. Simply click on “Add Music from Soundcloud”, do a search for a song, an artist or a genre and select your song from the list, then click Add.
Step 5: Comments and Mature Content
You can choose to turn off comments for your episode. Most creators leave their comments on, but you can turn them off if you want to. Alternatively you can also delete individual comments from your series.
If your episode contains mature themes, you have to turn on the mature filter. This includes strong language, gore or non-graphic sex and nudity. If you would like to see more details, please visit our Content Guidelines.
Step 6: Preview
Before publishing your episode, you can preview how it will look on desktop and mobile devices by clicking the preview button in the top right corner. It will open your episode in a new window and will allow you to review your work.
Step 7: Schedule or Publish
Now that you’ve completed your episode, you have the option to either publish it right away, or use our scheduling feature to set up a time and date for it to be published automatically.
If you want to publish now, simply click the green Publish button. If you want to schedule, click the Schedule button and select your preferred time and date.