The question of the month is: what are your thoughts on social online publishing platform?
Seriously. What do you think about using sites like the ones above for publishing your stories (novels included)?
Good idea? Bad?
I’ve used them periodically on and off for several years now. For me, they help me work on a book chapter by chapter while getting feedback. Especially with sites like Wattpad or Writerscafe, I can find out if a particular storyline has true potential, or needs to go back to the “drawing board,” and for most of the ones I’ve done, scrapped altogether.
By posting/publishing stories/books on these places do they hurt your chances of finding a traditional publisher?
I don’t think so.
I used these sites to write my first draft. And if I seriously want to find a traditional publisher for a particular story, I’d take it down before performing the heavy-duty editing/revising.
Heck, there’s been several writers on Wattpad who actually were approached by one of the big publishing houses to have their book published with them, and even a few had their stories optioned for television and big screen film.
It’s a new world out there (well, not truly “new” per say but the rules have changed). This is truly one of the best times to be a writer.
So, what about you? Any thoughts? Have any personal experiences with any one of these sites?