I recently finished my first novel. All of my other writing is in the academic literature (i.e. journal articles), and I'm really not familiar with the fiction industry.
I haven't started sending out agent queries yet, but I will try to do this soon. Still, I have the impression that it will mostly likely take quite some time for things to really get going toward any kind of publication deal.
So my question is: What are the pros and cons of selling (or at least trying to sell) my novel for $1 a copy (or whatever) as an ebook on Amazon (or whatever) in the meantime?
I realize that it's unlikely for me to make a lot of money this way, but it's at least sort of possible I guess, and it would offer some instant gratification to sell *any* number of copies other than zero.
But I'm wondering whether this might in anyway hurt the chances of my getting a deal elsewhere. What do you think?
(Note: I posted a similar question in the "guppy pond" forum as well.)