Sorry for a very
late response. I considered leaving one earlier, but it passed up my mind.
I'm not an expert, but here's some quick suggestion.
First, identify your general audience. Do you want to write for other writers? Teenagers? Twentysomethings? Mothers? A quick, general idea is a good start.
Second of all, decide where you want your story to be up. There's Fanfiction.net, Fictionpress, Wattpad, Figment, Deviant ART
, among others. You can also post the stories on your own blog.
Third of all, decide how you want to promote your story. There're also a ton of places for this. Twitter, Facebook, Google+, forums like this...
And then figure out your plans for promoting. Just self-promoting your story again and again won't work. Interact with other people, help them, and create connections for potential readers.
Once you get an audience, focus on writing stories, and ask them to share your stuff.
Oh, and don't forget to aim for a sellable product for the long term, whatever it's a novel or a short story collection, traditional or self-publishing. You can then use your audience as a way to get your stories published.
edited 9th Sep '12 4:48:31 PM by chihuahua0