I've always wanted to publish some of my original writing, but there has always been a reason that I never actually did it until recently...
I intended publishing a Boys Love story originally, and had built the world, created the characters, the basic plotline, and was working on a more detailed timeline, when I realised that my intended e-Publisher, no longer took submissions from writers outside the USA!! I was truly gutted, and was depressed for a while, and I looked into self publishing on Amazon, but the process of getting it into a MOBI format just gave me a headache.
Then earlier this year I came across Webnovel (and later Tapas), and started to use both as a reader, then Webnovel started to allow original submissions in English on their site at the start of the summer. It was like I had been revitalised!! However, Webnovel is backed by Quidan, an official Chinese Webnovel publisher, and although Boys Love is not particularly banned in China, (I can give you a couple of good recommendations if you're interested), it's not particularly encouraged either, and I would like to eventually get paid for my hard work!! Since I'd taken the characters too far to suddenly turn them into a het couple, I decided that I had to start over!!
So I went back to the original characters that I had created over the years, as I always create a back story for all my characters, and there were two possibilities, 'Temptation of the Rose', and 'The Sea Witch'. Since Temptation would include a fair amount of BL & GL, the final choice was Sea Witch, however all I had was a main character, her occupation, and the ship she worked on... it took me two months to build the world, create the characters, basic plotline, and a detailed timeline, until I could finally start writing!!
I wanted to have a few chapters in hand before I started publishing, so I didn't feel stressed writing to a deadline, and to give me some breathing room in case my physical condition suddenly deteriorated. I had to alter the chapters I'd written slightly, after I finally decide to dual post on Tapas & Webnovel, (1500 words is the preferred max word count for Tapas, and the preferred min word count for Webnovel), but I finally started official publication yesterday, 1 September 2018. Shorter chapters means that I can update 3 times a week, (Tue, Thur & Saturday), and if I hit any snags I can reduce it to twice a week (Wed & Saturday).
You can go to my gallery to check out the Introduction, and the Front Cover (I redrew parts of it, as my art style has changed slightly), and read my Webnovel 'The Sea Witch' at... tapas.io/series/The-Sea-Witch
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