Is there anything that I need to watch for, hidden traps or is it just paranoia?
Do I lose anything at all?
Does it make future publishing harder?
Can art on one site not be used on other sites?
Lets face it, royal road only deals with paypal currently.. thats pretty eww , patreon is another story entirely.
Also another question slightly related, is write streams still a thing? Is there anything bad about doing that? Is it a worth while thing to explore?
Currently, I am (basically) testing royal road and one other site to see which one I get better feedback from, because that’s what I’m looking for.
I think it depends on what your expectations and goals are.
As for “trouble with publishing later”: if you are looking at traditional publishing then yes, absolutely that will cause problems. Posting anything at all online is considered a first publication, and most houses will want “first publication right” which means that they have exclusive access to the story. There are very few exceptions, save for a few holy grail luck stories that became so wildly popular (The Martian, for one) they got picked up for second runs at traditional houses.
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Its more like I just want a wider audience, I'm not really interested in an ongoing story to become popular, thats pretty embarassing in my opinion only of course. I would just do it to get the benefits of such sites in the terms of critics, feedback and suggestions and possibly connections in terms of a community.
If its finished, edited and spruced up, then ill consider a real exposure attempt, I'll admit I don't quite understand your reply about the publishing part. Lets say I finally finish the story after like a year of ongoing, got it all uploaded on these multiple sites and everything complete. The next action to rewrite it all with proper knowledge and editing based off all I've learned.
The final version being the one I plan to sell I guess that will not be on any of the sites I started writing on, (maybe the first few chapters for obvious reasons will be updated) Is there any issues I should look out for?
-- I know the quality vs quantity argument applies to this situation but thats something that is just answered by personal bias, I'm looking if there is just something thats gonna screw me over if I post it in multiple sites, of course the popular only ones, before the whole thing is finished.
Feel free to pick apart my questions, I don't need one answer for everything.
(Also make use of your pre and post chapter notes here on RR--asking a specific question about a chapter/story gives your readers something to give you feedback on.)
As for publishing: even if you edit and learn from what you receive, if the story is still fundamentally the same, it might be a hard sell for a traditional publishing house. That's not counting self publishing, like in e-pub or on amazon. You can always do that no prob.
I mean, nothing is going to "screw you over" if you post on multiple sites, that's just your personal preference. I, personally, get a headache just thinking about trying to juggle multiple platforms so it just wouldn't be what I would do. But it is different for everyone.
It generally helps your exposure to be multiposting and spreading all over social media, especially interacting on more directly social platforms like Discord with your readers, but there are people and bots going around plagiarizing content every now and then. Webnovel is notorious for this, so maybe avoid webnovel in particular.
Also, every site is slightly different, and how well you know a sote can effect how well you can utilize its systems to promote your books. Knowing the communities helps especially. Fics with cat themes in the title tend to do better on RR I have seen. Wattpad’s algorithms favour Completed fiction and overall are a complete mess. Fictionpress has issues with promoting books but some books do well on there (through self promotion probably) and WebfictionGuide is supposedly largely inactive at is point.
Besides this, I see no issues with multi posting. It widens your audience and thus, expands your reader base. The only downside I can think of is the time it takes to manually post your chapters (not every platform has an automatic release option like RRL) or edit them (there also can be a few differences in the formatting from one site to another).
Wattpad's algorithms are indeed a bit of a mess. It's not easy to shine as a new story. My reader base exploded within a week on RRL, but on Wattpad, it took me days to earn only one reader. And only once you actually have a good amount of views (it can take months), your story really starts to be promoted by Wattpad's algorithms.
If you still want to post on WebNovel, you can expect a lot of feedback. For having published on both RRL and WebNovel, I noticed that Webnovel's community is more prone to review your story while RRL's community is more prone to comment it. But both communities are generally pretty active.
There is also ScribbleHubs. I haven't tried it yet, but it does seem to be flourishing.
As for publishing your story later on, there will be no issues (except with WebNovel, once again). But keep in mind that most publisher will want to have exclusive rights to your story, so you will have to take it down from every platfrom you published it.
I'm not sure how RR handles short stories though, I don't really want to start off with a big novel all of a sudden.
Eichi Wrote: I'm not sure how RR handles short stories though, I don't really want to start off with a big novel all of a sudden.
Royal Road supports short stories, even those that are only one "chapter" long. Short stories are generally more difficult to get attention to due to the site favouring larger, longer publications, but you can absolutely start with one if you want to test the waters. =)
Krahie Wrote:Eichi Wrote: I'm not sure how RR handles short stories though, I don't really want to start off with a big novel all of a sudden.
Royal Road supports short stories, even those that are only one "chapter" long.
Thank you very much, I do intend to test the waters using short stories for now.
One further note: Wattpad is very, very good if you are writing teen age romance novels, or schoolyard YA, and for nothing else. I stayed with Wattpad for many years, and respect what they do, but what they do is provide a place for teenage romancers.