Post Reply Should I and/or where should I post serialized writing for free?
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Posted 9/24/16
So, I already use a website for getting critiques. I'm not looking for that.

When I write, my entire purpose for writing is to share stories. I want people to experience what goes on in my head. Getting critiques causes me to question, rewrite, and hate my work to a point where it isn't fun. On top of that, knowing that people are forced to critique my work and aren't actually interested in the story is discouraging in itself.

I don't want to be some super awesome best-selling novelist. I just want a few people to share the stories I love.

So, recently I've been working on something similar to a light novel or manga in spirit. That's what I love. Actually, the idea was sparked with Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Though I'd say only the beginning is heavily influenced by that story. The basic idea is a boy studying under several masters to become something more, but it follows him into adulthood, after his separation from his masters. Also, less martial arts and more fantasy.

BUT, anywho... I know that people reading and enjoying my work would motivate me. That's all I want. I don't even need any money. Or that many people, really. 5 to 10 would be nice.

Still, the question is should I post my work online, to be read for free and if I do so, where and how should I go about doing this?


For everyone else who wants to get stuff published and make money. Good luck, because I know that's hard. That's just not something I need in my life.

Any thoughts, opinions, support, or tips on this are very much appreciated.
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Posted 9/24/16
I'm not overly familiar with it, but there is at least fictionpress.com if you just want to put your stuff out there for people to find. I believe they can review / critique anything you post, but they're not obligated to, and most such sites track various stats like how many people have read your stuff and from where.

As to whether or not you should, I'm not sure. I believe there's one of the usual corporate "anything you put on our site belongs to us now" legal agreements, so posting your work on any such site is a bad plan if you ever changed your mind on whether to publish it.
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Posted 9/24/16
fictionpress.com is good. tho not a lot of readers, so post on weekends and at normal times.
achive of our own is another, tho not sure about it.
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Posted 9/25/16 , edited 9/25/16
Whether or not you should post it online is entirely up to you, but be aware that there are very few places where it can't or won't be reviewed/critiqued/outright bashed. Frankly, I would avoid forums altogether; unless it's a niche group, they can get pretty vicious. Otherwise, there are sites like www.writing.com --the users there are fairly pleasant; if they review your work at all it's usually with constructive criticism. The option that guarantees you won't have any feedback, though, is to start your own blog and forgo adding contact information or a chat/comments board/widget--the downside: you have to advertise it.

That aside, being able to cope with criticism is helpful in improving your writing, if that is a goal you would like to achieve.

Edit: another option I thought of--though it might not be the route you want to take is Amazon Kindle Direct, but again, there are drawbacks. First, that route is self-publishing and Amazon only allows you to offer a work for free for something like a week out of ever 90 days (minimum is $0.99 otherwise.) It gets pretty wide exposure in a short time and it gives you a legitimate copyright on the work, but you would certainly get reviews.
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Posted 9/25/16

PandAndy wrote:

Whether or not you should post it online is entirely up to you, but be aware that there are very few places where it can't or won't be reviewed/critiqued/outright bashed. Frankly, I would avoid forums altogether; unless it's a niche group, they can get pretty vicious. Otherwise, there are sites like www.writing.com --the users there are fairly pleasant; if they review your work at all it's usually with constructive criticism. The option that guarantees you won't have any feedback, though, is to start your own blog and forgo adding contact information or a chat/comments board/widget--the downside: you have to advertise it.

That aside, being able to cope with criticism is helpful in improving your writing, if that is a goal you would like to achieve.

Edit: another option I thought of--though it might not be the route you want to take is Amazon Kindle Direct, but again, there are drawbacks. First, that route is self-publishing and Amazon only allows you to offer a work for free for something like a week out of ever 90 days (minimum is $0.99 otherwise.) It gets pretty wide exposure in a short time and it gives you a legitimate copyright on the work, but you would certainly get reviews.


It isn't that I do not want reviews or opinions on my work.... or that it bothers me in any way.

The problem with critique sites is that people are forced to read and critique your work in order to have their critiqued or post, so you often get people with little to no interest in the genre reading your work. If John Henry doesn't enjoy Sci-Fi at all, but critiques a Sci-Fi, how well do you think that Sci-Fi will be received? And there's also other drawbacks to only being judged by other writers.

At the end of the day, I don't mind comments, good or bad, coming from readers.
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Posted 9/26/16
My favorites are https://www.fanfiction.net/ and https://www.inkitt.com. Fanfiction dot net has a lot of readers. Inkitt has a growing reader base, and they have a lot of contests for writers to take part in. The thing with Inkitt is that if you win the contests, they offer you a deal to publish your story - for money...
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Thanks, DeadlyOats!
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There's also wattpad, but the community leaves a lot to be desired - it's mostly teenagers and not-very-good romance genre stories that read like tabloids. That or cliche dystopian things. But you might find some audience there.

I'm posting there, as well as my own site. I might try this inkit thing.

Also, by the way, none of these sites say your work belongs to them. I'm not going to say if they did, no one would use them, because that's not true, both because some people are stupid, and because other people are cynical (like the person who raised this issue). Some of them will say we can use part or whole of your work, but none of them take your right to then publish and sell your own work. Wattpad has an option to set your own copyright notices.

Also, there are ways to monetize your stories even if you post them for free. But that's a different topic.
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