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HubPage Posting of My Novel... A bad idea, or a Great Marketing Tool?

  1. shape_shifter profile image60
    shape_shifterposted 7 years ago

    I just posted the first chapter of my novel, Critical Mass, and I'm going to post about two more chapters each week, while trying to direct agents and publishers to the site, as well as many new hubbers, and though I know this might get me some exposure if the right people see it, I can't help but wonder if it wasn't a bad idea.... It can be started at:
    http://hubpages.com/hub/Author-Introduc … tical-Mass and that alone makes me feel warm and fuzzy, yet anyone who is considering doing this would be wise to download a free copy of "Hubdefender." It is a program that periodically searches the entire web for duplicate content.... Still, the burden of copyright infringement litigation is still yours, even if it sniffs out a plagerizing kerr.... God help us all! At least this way, it gives us a venue to instantly share our art, which is, of coarse, the real point!

    1. tmbridgeland profile image82
      tmbridgelandposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm doing it. Mostly with the idea of seeing what happens, whether people will actually read a serial on line. So far three chapters up.

      1. shape_shifter profile image60
        shape_shifterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Right on! What the hell, me too. Actually, it was underway before I posed the question... I guess I was just thinking out loud! lol Thanks for the input! I'll check yours out!

    2. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with Tusitala Tom, it is a bad idea.

      I doubt it will get stolen, because it's not the kind of material that will make Adsense income.  However, I don't think agents and publishers are going to take seriously a novel that's published on a site like HubPages. Published on your own domain, yes, but not here.   It's too hard to set up good navigation, and unless you're going to write ONLY novel Hubs from now on, there's no way for your readers to subscribe to just your novel chapters.

      By all means publish the first chapter as publicity, and to get feedback.

      edit - my feedback is that you desperately need to edit your first chapter. Many of your sentences are far too long and hard to follow.

  2. Tusitala Tom profile image65
    Tusitala Tomposted 7 years ago

    Personally, I wouldn't do it.   You're right about the WWW being scanned continuously and that if you post your novel it could well be deemed to have been 'published' thus putting off would-be publishers.   Of course, I'm not sure about this.  It is just what I've come to believe.

    I notice that among my own 153 Hubs, three or four of them are marked 'duplicate's' because they'd earlier been posted on other sites.   It's rather disconcerting, because the words seems to infer that I've purloined someone else's work.   

    No,mate.   I wouldn't do it.   Perhaps a better way would be to put a first chapter or an intro of Wordpress.

  3. SoCurious profile image62
    SoCuriousposted 7 years ago

    I am in the "Don't Do It" camp.  If you want to post teasers for your book, that's one thing.  There are too many other options that will allow you to write the book of your dreams and get it published.  For one, Amazon lets people self publish books (may be limited to ebooks).  They only ship when there is demand. You might want to create an ebook and let others sell it (e.g. Clickbank). If you post your book online (anywhere), agents and publishers won't have anything left to do for you and won't be motivated. Best of luck!

  4. nell79 profile image81
    nell79posted 7 years ago

    I wouldn't do it. If you want to get the attention of publishers, agents, etc. and think that there is a chance of them finding your work here, then put some other, just as good (but not as time-invested) writing samples up. I wouldn't do your book. JMHO smile

  5. couturepopcafe profile image59
    couturepopcafeposted 7 years ago

    Posting one or two chapters at most is a good idea if you plan to follow up with some other real marketing.  Otherwise you're just 'hoping' someone will find your chapters and what?  The idea behind publishing a chapter or two is so anyone interested in buying your book can get a preview.  Anyone interested in publishing your book can get a preview. 

    You are copyrighted as soon as you publish a work but tracking copyright infringers on the web is virtually impossible.  Publish one or two chapters, then draw up a real marketing plan which includes cover letter/query, printed or digital chapters, leave behind piece, public readings, etc.  Of course this is only if you actually desire to have a book printed/digitized for public sale.

  6. backword_65 profile image61
    backword_65posted 7 years ago

    I'm going to agree with the majority on this one.  I would say that is IS a BAD IDEA.  Not because, like most people have stated, that the threat of it getting stolen is high, because I would wager that it's not.

    I would say that, however, it's not very professional to put it out in such a publicly traversed place.  Granted it's great exposure, and honestly it's a sound idea, in theory. 

    If I was a publisher, though, I would flip past it.  That's just me. 

    I agree with what someone said about putting it on your own Personal website.  That's a great idea.

    But by all means, follow your own decisions.  If you want to go for it.  I'd be interested to see how well that turns out, as I'm sure we've all thought about doing it, if not having already done it, lol.

  7. Mikeydoes profile image77
    Mikeydoesposted 7 years ago

    You will never know if you don't try. That is for sure.

    I am not saying you should or shouldn't, but I will say this.


    At any time you can watch any south park episode for free, the South Park guys want it that way.

    This means that if you wanted to, you can watch the new episode online for free at any time, and the South Park guys won't make a dime!

    They do more than fine making all of their stuff available to the public for free. And have done so since the beginning. That didn't stop people from watching it on TV and buying DVDs. However I did notice they do have Ads, which are like commercials, but I am sure that wasn't their idea.