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Is there anywhere that people post their own works of fiction (short pieces, excerpts, etc.) for comment/feedback/exposure - besides their own blog?  I provide links to my blog through things like Book Blogs, Good Reads, and here when appropriate (mostly for book reviews, since there is a dedicated group for that), and have used the free version of Authors Den to post some as well, but wondered if there were other sites people knew of or suggestions on how to get your words in front of people in venues other than your own blog...  

 

I worry about posting too much, of course (who will buy the cow if the milk is free applies in this context in a funny way, don't you think??), but also have spoken with a couple of people who have ended up with publishing and freelance opportunities as a result of their work being seen online, and can't decide how to walk the line between making things available and saving yourself for publication...

 

Thanks - looking forward to any thoughts anyone may have!

 

jill-elizabeth

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I've written several stories and in an effort to share my writing I'm posting one of my books up - yeah it's on a blog - but it's on it's own blog. I post a chapter a week and anyone can stop by and read it. I can afford to give one book away when I have well over a dozen to publish. Plus, Blogger offers a thing where you can publish your blog as a book. I may do that when my book is all there.

 

You're right about trying to sell the milk if it's free somewhere. Keep up with the advertising and the tidbits here and there. It's a very slow climb but it is a climb and that's a good thing.

Boy, I wish I could say I had one to publish, let alone enough that giving one away was no big deal!   Seriously tho, that's great - do people give you feedback too, or just read?  I will keep plugging away, of course, it just sometimes seems like I'm spending more time and/or effort blogging/trying to climb than writing the book - and that can be a tish frustrating...  :)

 

Thanks for responding!

I do get the occasional comment, but nothing like I would like. I think people read but I have no idea if anyone has actually read the whole thing or if they've just stopped in occasionally and read whatever chapter was up at the time. I really wish someone would read it and tell me what they really think. I could so use a critical review. Blogger has a stats tab on my dashboard and it says I get visits, just not much feedback. I guess it's good that they seem to keep coming back.
Have you tried a writer's group. There you will read your work and get constructive freedback.
Yeah - I see the stats on my blog too, and it certainly looks like more and more people are visiting all the time, with a good mix of return readers and new people, but there is never as much feedback as I would like either...  

Anna L. Walls said:
I do get the occasional comment, but nothing like I would like. I think people read but I have no idea if anyone has actually read the whole thing or if they've just stopped in occasionally and read whatever chapter was up at the time. I really wish someone would read it and tell me what they really think. I could so use a critical review. Blogger has a stats tab on my dashboard and it says I get visits, just not much feedback. I guess it's good that they seem to keep coming back.
I have not - I'm interested in exposure as much as feedback, so was hoping there was an online way.  I mentioned Authors Den (authorsden.com), which lets you post your fiction for people to read (it's targeted at, self-proclaimedly of course, authors, readers, and publishers) and gives stats on viewers per page/piece.  It seems like a decent venue, but the free version only lets you post a couple of things...  I have considered a group tho - have you had luck with them?

Robert Allen said:
Have you tried a writer's group. There you will read your work and get constructive freedback.
There is a great writing contest. The competition is really stiff so don't go there trying to win cause it's really hard, but the feedback is absolutely awesome, REALLY helpful. Go to YouWriteOn.com and register, it's free. I forget the numbers but you enter the first sample of your book and then for every sample of someone else's you read, you earn a point. And for every point you earn, someone else will read and rate your sample. It is required that they write something as well and no one likes a flamer so the feedback is really great. I haven't had the time to participate in a while, but I recommend it. There's also a forum if there's something you simply don't understand, you can open a topic and ask or maybe it's already been asked.
That's great - thank you so much Anna!!  I will definitely check it out.  And for what it's worth, I'd be happy to read your chapters and comment either serially or on the entire thing once it's available...  

Anna L. Walls said:
There is a great writing contest. The competition is really stiff so don't go there trying to win cause it's really hard, but the feedback is absolutely awesome, REALLY helpful. Go to YouWriteOn.com and register, it's free. I forget the numbers but you enter the first sample of your book and then for every sample of someone else's you read, you earn a point. And for every point you earn, someone else will read and rate your sample. It is required that they write something as well and no one likes a flamer so the feedback is really great. I haven't had the time to participate in a while, but I recommend it. There's also a forum if there's something you simply don't understand, you can open a topic and ask or maybe it's already been asked.
That'd be awesome - http://TheFortunesOfMagic.blogspot.com - hope you like it.

Jill Elizabeth Arent said:
That's great - thank you so much Anna!!  I will definitely check it out.  And for what it's worth, I'd be happy to read your chapters and comment either serially or on the entire thing once it's available...  

Anna L. Walls said:
There is a great writing contest. The competition is really stiff so don't go there trying to win cause it's really hard, but the feedback is absolutely awesome, REALLY helpful. Go to YouWriteOn.com and register, it's free. I forget the numbers but you enter the first sample of your book and then for every sample of someone else's you read, you earn a point. And for every point you earn, someone else will read and rate your sample. It is required that they write something as well and no one likes a flamer so the feedback is really great. I haven't had the time to participate in a while, but I recommend it. There's also a forum if there's something you simply don't understand, you can open a topic and ask or maybe it's already been asked.
would you be willing to send me a file of everything you've posted to date?  It's tough to scroll through older post page after older post page to get to the beginning/read the whole thing...  (yes, I AM a bit lazy, sorry! - plus tech hates me, so one file is less likely to result in me tearing my own hair out.  teehee)

Anna L. Walls said:
That'd be awesome - http://TheFortunesOfMagic.blogspot.com - hope you like it.

Jill Elizabeth Arent said:
That's great - thank you so much Anna!!  I will definitely check it out.  And for what it's worth, I'd be happy to read your chapters and comment either serially or on the entire thing once it's available...  

Anna L. Walls said:
There is a great writing contest. The competition is really stiff so don't go there trying to win cause it's really hard, but the feedback is absolutely awesome, REALLY helpful. Go to YouWriteOn.com and register, it's free. I forget the numbers but you enter the first sample of your book and then for every sample of someone else's you read, you earn a point. And for every point you earn, someone else will read and rate your sample. It is required that they write something as well and no one likes a flamer so the feedback is really great. I haven't had the time to participate in a while, but I recommend it. There's also a forum if there's something you simply don't understand, you can open a topic and ask or maybe it's already been asked.
Aw - but it's so simple there's the archive thingy on the right side. I even numbered the chapters to make it simpler. Click on the little triangle to get the dropdown Table of Contests and just click your way to the top. I'll be happy to send you the book though, if you like. What's your email?

Jill Elizabeth Arent said:
would you be willing to send me a file of everything you've posted to date?  It's tough to scroll through older post page after older post page to get to the beginning/read the whole thing...  (yes, I AM a bit lazy, sorry! - plus tech hates me, so one file is less likely to result in me tearing my own hair out.  teehee)

Anna L. Walls said:
That'd be awesome - http://TheFortunesOfMagic.blogspot.com - hope you like it.

Jill Elizabeth Arent said:
That's great - thank you so much Anna!!  I will definitely check it out.  And for what it's worth, I'd be happy to read your chapters and comment either serially or on the entire thing once it's available...  

Anna L. Walls said:
There is a great writing contest. The competition is really stiff so don't go there trying to win cause it's really hard, but the feedback is absolutely awesome, REALLY helpful. Go to YouWriteOn.com and register, it's free. I forget the numbers but you enter the first sample of your book and then for every sample of someone else's you read, you earn a point. And for every point you earn, someone else will read and rate your sample. It is required that they write something as well and no one likes a flamer so the feedback is really great. I haven't had the time to participate in a while, but I recommend it. There's also a forum if there's something you simply don't understand, you can open a topic and ask or maybe it's already been asked.
Jillelizabeth@jill-elizabeth.com - thank you!!

Anna L. Walls said:
Aw - but it's so simple there's the archive thingy on the right side. I even numbered the chapters to make it simpler. Click on the little triangle to get the dropdown Table of Contests and just click your way to the top. I'll be happy to send you the book though, if you like. What's your email?

Jill Elizabeth Arent said:
would you be willing to send me a file of everything you've posted to date?  It's tough to scroll through older post page after older post page to get to the beginning/read the whole thing...  (yes, I AM a bit lazy, sorry! - plus tech hates me, so one file is less likely to result in me tearing my own hair out.  teehee)

Anna L. Walls said:
That'd be awesome - http://TheFortunesOfMagic.blogspot.com - hope you like it.

Jill Elizabeth Arent said:
That's great - thank you so much Anna!!  I will definitely check it out.  And for what it's worth, I'd be happy to read your chapters and comment either serially or on the entire thing once it's available...  

Anna L. Walls said:
There is a great writing contest. The competition is really stiff so don't go there trying to win cause it's really hard, but the feedback is absolutely awesome, REALLY helpful. Go to YouWriteOn.com and register, it's free. I forget the numbers but you enter the first sample of your book and then for every sample of someone else's you read, you earn a point. And for every point you earn, someone else will read and rate your sample. It is required that they write something as well and no one likes a flamer so the feedback is really great. I haven't had the time to participate in a while, but I recommend it. There's also a forum if there's something you simply don't understand, you can open a topic and ask or maybe it's already been asked.

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