This week has been an emotional rollercoaster with more ups and downs than I thought possible! It’s a good thing I’m already ‘mad as a hatter’ because if I weren’t author crazy already I’d have been making my way down that path by now. It all started with a blog post, one that I wrote myself so I have no one to blame but me for my current suffering.
I blame it all on ‘Serialisation? Seriously?’
I’m probably not making much sense right now so let me explain.
Every writer has a beginning but to be honest it wasn’t the beginning that was important for me, it was the middle. In the beginning I, like many other authors, wrote in school and all the way through college into university. The problem I had in the beginning was that I could NEVER finish anything!! I had so many ideas and I thought they all deserved a chance to become a book and so I tried to write more than one thing at a time and never finished anything! Very frustrating but then the middle came.
What was the middle I hear you ask. The middle was the internet and a site called fictionpress. It was on this site that I started to write for an audience that wasn’t just myself and the few select friends that I allowed to read my work, I was able to put my work out there on a global scale for critique and I got it. I found that people actually enjoyed my work! It was a very heady sensation to put it mildly and when I had people requesting more I was spurred into action. I hated reading stories that were fantastic only for the author to leave it incomplete and I vowed never to be a writer like that and I wasn’t. I wrote a chapter every week and without fail made it available on a Monday morning. I became well known for being so on time. The only time I didn’t manage to put something online was when there was no internet in my house. I remember getting a message on my phone from a reader who thought I’d died or something because I didn’t update for two weeks!
I’m getting sidetracked! Let me get to the point….the blog post, Serialisation? Seriously?, got two very important responses, read on!
Post one from fictionpress reader:
Subject: Your books
I was reading your blog and you were talking about serialization and that somehow got me thinking of something completely unrelated. If you were to complete a story before posting it on fiction press and make the complete story available for purchase while simultaneously posting chapters week by week, your sales will most likely increase by a lot, because impatient people like me will want the book immediately instead of having to wait months to read it completely. Just a suggestion.
Post two from blog follower (Ami) :
I believe that your published works should remain off of the internet. I mean, you worked hard to get them published (even if you did it yourself), and you deserve the money you earn from your hard work and dedication.
If you feel that you might not publish your Elemental Passions series, then by all means, post it all on the world wide web. I personally follow your progress on there, this blog, and now facebook.
Perhaps, in order to get more people to come to your blog and also keep track of plagiarism (you’ll have a list of everyone with access to your facebook and what not), you should post your WIP on your website. However, aren’t you updating it on fictionpress.com?
They both make very good points.
I am now technically a published author so I shouldn’t be making my work available for viewing like I am at the moment. However, fictionpress is where it all began and so I didn’t want to just up sticks and leave. I really tried to stick it out but after:
– Three years
– Five stories
– Three separate cases of plagiarism
and over half a million words
It’s over!! My time as a fictionpress writer has come to and end but even though I’m going back to university, have signed on to being the interview co-ordinator for parayournormal and am doing all sorts of wonderful things with the amazing writers over on facebook, I’m hoping that my presence on fictionpress doesn’t fade. I’ve made some amazing friends and am always up for helping any aspiring authors over there because there are some really great stories over there by some equally amazing writers.
This may be the end of an era but the ‘age’ has just begun!!