A few weeks ago, I began posting a novel-in-progress entitled X on Wattpad, and to my surprise, it has found a sizable and eager audience—not the million reads some get, but respectable for a new project.
In fact, I’ve been offered a chance to be “featured” as soon as I’m really finished. Last week, to my astonishment, YBooks let me know that they were interested in publishing it chapter by chapter, finished or not.
The first chapter went up as a freebie quickly, and I’m delighted to join Sir Paul McCartney and some rather famous writers as well. But now I’m worried. I really want to sell this novel eventually. And though I’ve read that having a “platform” is the “in” thing now, I’m afraid that if I give too many chapters away to YBooks--and they seem eager to sell whatever I offer--will that kill my chances of making a traditional sale? Ether assures me their “contract” is non-exclusive, but that doesn’t mean agents or publishers will be pleased to know that even a portion of the book has been read before, for free. How do you feel about this kind of “PR?” Should I stop at one chapter or give them a few more and then stop…? Or is it best not to post anymore at all? Should I even stop posting the rough draft on Wattpad before I get to the very end?
Friday, June 06, 2014
Query Question: serialization on the web
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