If you plan on publishing a book...
would you post the chapters on hubpages while you are writing it to get feedback or would you rather write the book and not have any of it posted on the internet for fear that you won't be able to get it published because it is already out there?
well i've actually posted the first two chapters of my book Dead Zone on here. i haven't gotten any feed back yet but that's beside the point. lol. i wouldn't post them all on here, or anywhere for that matter. where Dead Zone sits right now, it's a few chapters from being compleated. it will be published long before anyone can use the first two chapters for any of their own ideas. and as far as for someone raising an eyebrow at a few chapters posted on the internet; who posted them? you, the author. i seriously doubt any agent or publishing company is going to look twice at the situation. If they do, i'm pretty much screwed out of a novle. lmfao XD and if someone steals it and posts it on the internet as theirs, there are plenty of ways to prove that you are the original author/poster, especially if you have the wrest of the book writen. hope this has been a tad bit helpful. it's really not a question i've considered before. i just kinda post whaever! lol
I have also posted the first two chapters of my novel "Lucy Corbett" on hub pages. And even if there were some debate on the fact that it was already out there. I would say that the chapters published were my 1st draft. The finshed product (on chapter 5 of my second re-write) is a completely different novel than the 1st draft.
I would say that I don't think that I would put the entire completed work online for all to see. What would be anyone's motivation to go buy the book.
Actually, that is one of the better things you can do. Gauge your book AFTER FULLY EDITING IT, and then post no more than 6 chapters of your work. It's best if you throw in three for shorter books.
This way, you are generating interest, getting readers started or involved, thus upping the possibility of revenue stemming frmo that work.
Do NOT publish the whole thing online for free, as many seem wont to do, as some of the more unscrupulous elements of society will snap that sucker up, and actually publish it as their own.
Make sure before you DO throw your teaser out to the masses, you have your copyright in place and in effect to protect yourself and HubPages from undue harm and court costs.
I wouldn't post a rough draft. If it was edited, and proofread so there's fewer flaws - I'm certainly open to the idea. Feedback, can smooth out the rest if there's any left.
However, there are quite a few writers of serial novels who post entire books on the net. Manage to get a publishing deal despite having the book online. Some, simply self publish when it's done. Making sure the published version is error free and has some kind of incentive.
Some writers, choose only to put samples up. But, if a pirate really wants to spread your book around - they will. So, it's not any less dangerous in my opinion. And, there are ways to reduce the odds of it happening.
I do believe, it is paranoia to think people will plagiarize an entire story. For many reasons. One being that you don't need to display copyright information to be protected with a registered copyright. So, anyone who plagiarizes a site or blog takes a huuuuuge risk.
However, I do agree it is better to register a copyright for your work or possibly as a publisher if you want it to be commercial.
Well to be truthful, you aren't going to get the detailed feedback you need on hubpages. You will get some feedback, yes but not the detail you need.
Never publish the whole book online on a public forum, publishers won't touch it then.
You need a good workshop either online or in person. Most online workshops stink. There are a few that are good such as TNBW.
And their site is a closed site.
You do need feedback to polish your book. Posting it on a public site like this is not a good idea though. You need a closed workshop or a face to face workshop.
If you want to get a little bit of opinion on it before publishing, I recommend posting the first chapter only- people get a taste, they can show interest, AND they have the opportunity to give critique. At the same time, you're not making the whole thing available and giving away something that could earn better. This is what I've been making a habit of, though I've previously used FictionPress instead. ^^
Personally, I wouldn't publish it online. Plagerism is a live and well! You open yourself up to getting yours ideas, hard work and creativity stolen by someone of lesser intelligence. Then possibly profited from; by someone other than yourself. I don't know about you, but it would cause me to SNAP! There would definitely be a ghetto girl episode moment jumping off!! Trust me it is not a cute look, Girlfriend!
I'd rather save myself from that headache. It is better to be safe, than to be sorry! (pardon the old cliche addage)
Although I am wary of publishing online- I've posted a few chapters of my adventure series ' A PSI of relief' to gauge audience reaction....IT is a double edged sword as I can see people already stealing ideas even from poetry.. there is a fine line between inspiration and plagiarism. I have another book in the works - a more serious publishing intent and I guard it well!!
My biggest fear would be someone would take it and steal it, maybe change it up a bit if you dont get it published. Its just sort of an all around bad idea. Instead you can ask for feedback on the plot line or idea but never post your work, its too easy for someone to take something of yours thats not copy wrote and make it their own now a days. Protect yourself and your work.
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