What I Learned From Posting Work Online + Recent Book Haul

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So, basically, if you haven’t already heard, my debut novel FRAYED (June ’16, Sourcebooks—are you sick about hearing it yet!?) was actually found from an online website. Cool, huh? And in this day and age publishers aren’t adhering to the usual agent-query-submission formula but instead using the internet to their advantage and taking chances on unknown writers like me. (Which. Is. Awesome.)

There are SO MANY writing websites these days if you want to give it a shot yourself (Wattpad.com, FictionPress.com, Movellas.com, Figment.com . . . and that’s just to name a few) and honestly—the pros of doing that outweigh the cons. (In my opinion. There are, of course, two sides to every coin.) So here are some of the things I learned from posting my stories online:

  • How to accept criticism.

This is such, SUCH an important one. You’re posting your stories online where potentially anyone can read it and leave feedback. You’ll get people who love what you write; you’ll get people who won’t. And that, I think is really, really important every writer out there. It also helped me to adapt my writing with revision through given feedback.

  • How to write regularly.

Usually I’m a speed writer. But having people reading your work and eager to find out what happens next definitely gave me that motivation to write—and post—on a regular basis.

  • There’s an INCREDIBLE writing (and bookish) community out there.

Seriously! Posting your work online means you’ll meet so many likeminded people, and that’s pretty damn epic. And if you’re as lucky as I am, you might just find that putting your stories online could lead to something really, really good. FRAYED, putting it simply, might not have made it to publication that the push that so many amazing people out there gave it. (Especially after those terrible, terrible beginning drafts.)

So: Put yourself out there. Believe in yourself. And even if you fail at something—keep going.

Aaaaaand in other news—a new book haul, because I can’t resist delicious looking books. (And also I won’t get a chance to borrow much over the Christmas period.)

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A THOUSAND SKIES ABOUT YOU by Claudia Gray / THE WHITE ROSE by Amy Ewing / WHITE HOT KISS; STONE COLD TOUCH by Jennifer L. Armentrout / THE IRON WARRIOR by Julie Kagawa / A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY by Gena Showalter / DARK PLACES by Gillian Flynn / THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT by Aime Kaufman & Megan Spooner

So, basically, a whole lot of awesomeness. Also—how GREAT does Gena Showalter’s new book sound!?

How about you? Any recent book hauls? Or are there any writers out there—and do you post your work online?

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19 thoughts on “What I Learned From Posting Work Online + Recent Book Haul

  1. I’ve been putting a little bit of my work online, mostly like books that are a bit weird and probably wouldn’t be picked up by a publisher the traditional way. BUT I’M STILL TOO NERVOUS TO DO THE WHOLE THING. XD I have to decide if that’s something I want to pursue in 2016. *nods* I’m so so sooooo excited that Fray got picked up that way though!! I mean, that’s just such an incredible publication story! :D

  2. So true. I’ve learned so much from readers criticisms and compliments alike and I’m a better writer for it. I’ve never posted original work online, just fan fiction. But recently I’ve been thinking of doing a short series for Wattpad and adding some one shot fan fictions featuring my OTPs because I’ve never published anything romantic. It’s an area I need to grow in.

  3. I was on wattpad with you and I read your work on there. We talked a bit too. Oh and Dark Places is an amazing amazing book. I loved it.

  4. I completely agree so much Kara. Posting online definitely makes me more aware of what I’m writing – knowing that people are going to read what I’ve written makes makes me focus on the quality of my writing a lot more than I normally would. And it definitely teaches time management too! Thanks for sharing, and fabulous post! <3

  5. So I love the snow here, and that’s just a random tangent I’ll get out of the way now.

    Posting snippets online are definitely great, although I’ve realised that not many people will actually critique if it’s on my own blog and it’s really exhausting to keep up on a writing site. I’ve definitely met LOADS of fabulous people this way, though. And the timeline stresses me out a little because I like to have the freedom to leave drafts slightly imperfect. But it’s definitely an important experience that helped me a great deal!

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