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#1 Drew Sisters

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 03:41 PM

I mentioned that a portion of our tween book is on Figment.com, a literary site for teen readers/writers. It is currently the most popular chapter book on the site which we are obviously excited about. We have kids on there daily asking/begging us to post more chapters...again very good. But I am reluctant. I would obviously love to see this book in print, so if I post all the chapters, why would anyone want to buy the book, right? I just wish I had an agent that could tell us what to do!! If anyone has suggestions, would love to hear them. :smile:

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 04:07 PM

so if I post all the chapters, why would anyone want to buy the book, right?

I think you already know the answer. Posting a WIP online has it's allure since you can get immediate attention and feedback (which can become great motivation), but it's not productive when you're looking for a professional publishing contract.

Edit: Sorry, just realized this was in the Agent QA forum.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 04:14 PM

If you get to a point of critical mass, you can make succeeding chapters available via subscription at .99 a chapter - getting mommy or daddy involved in the PAYPAL process!

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#4 Mary Kole

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 08:06 AM

I've discussed this at length here:


If you want to sell the writing, as someone above suggested, then you can post and put up a paywall to charge for the rest or for installments. However, then that's how your book will be "published." You will not have much luck interesting a traditional publisher in that same manuscript unless it sells like HOTCAKES (hundreds of thousands of copies). Your best bet, if you want to go this route, is to sell a lot of that manuscript and then shop around a new manuscript. But if you have traditional publishing hopes for the manuscript at hand, I'd stop posting it online.

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