Thoughts about my novel
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It's still a WIP, but I've been having second thoughts about posting it in its entirety here on dA. There's a few reasons for this, so I'll explain:

a) I am considering selling it. I probably won't publish, but sell it on Amazon or something. If it's here on dA, there will be no incentive to purchase it, even if I add bells and whistles to sweeten the deal

b) I feel like posting it as I go is a bit damaging, honestly. If I post one chapter at a time, I sorta feel the need to have a climax for each chapter, and really, that's silly. Some action in each chapter is nice, but the escalation should be an upward slope, not a range of small hills

c) I guess I'm just losing interest in dA. This is not a very lit-friendly site, and there really isn't a good lit-friendly site. I'll probably still draw and write short stories, but I want my novel to reach a wider audience.

Thank you for reading. Please Understand.
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I'm having the same questions about my own work.  Why charge people for a spiffy, well-edited version when you're already have the first draft out on the internet for everyone to see. 

As I see it, the chapters and following you have on dA is your testing ground; seeing what it is about your writing that moves people, learning your strengths and weaknesses.  Building your fan-base. 

You wouldn't be the first person to take a piece of fiction available for free online and then sell it as a good book.  "Captive Prince" by C.S. Pacat, "The God Eaters" by Jesse Hajicek, "Point Pleasant" by Jen Archer Wood, even "50 Shades of Grey" and that used to be a fanfiction.  True, some of these books were taken offline after they were opted for publication, but a few of them linger. 

Now this is not true for all fiction.  If you go into the big leagues with publishers and such you'll want to keep most of your stuff for private publication only.  Put your fun stuff online and keep the pieces you're serious about to yourself. 

If you decide to self publish your online writings then if your fans are loyal, and your writing is worth it, they will buy a copy.  If nothing else, they will be moved by guilt for getting free entertainment for so many years and they need to repay it.  ^_^ 

Whatever you decide, just keep writing.  The only thing you can do is improve and gain experience.  Good luck!
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Ah yes, I never thought of it that way, lol. Thanks for your comment o:
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You're welcome.  ^_^
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Yeah, you'll note I've stopped posting my stuff on here. It's alright if you're being non-serious about it, but otherwise.... eh. I'd say let interested people who approach you read it, using google docs or something.
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Yeah, that was the plan
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Nobody reads anymore. :P

I've been outlining my own book for a while actually. I need to really start it, and slowly work around to introducing each vital character in interesting ways.

ie - not "hello nice to see you 'so-and-so'", since that'd be boring. :P
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