Hello to you all. I've just joined today, primarily because I write a lot of fantasy and nobody in my immediate circle of friends likes fantasy literature - so getting a fair critique of my work has been hard! I've penned one novel of 114,000 words which is currently in the professional proof-reading phase, and have started work on a sequel. My aim is to be a published author within 5 years. Some of the books I like best: "A song of Ice and Fire", "Wizard's First Rule", "Magyk" and a lukewarm enjoyment of "Harry Potter". My hobbies outside of reading & writing: Creative engineering (um, basically building to solve problems), hiking and football (I'm a referee). So, I've heard that writing anything on an online webpage makes it difficult to get it published later. What is the extent of this? Would I be able to post a section from a work-in-progress that undergoes changes before it is sent to a publisher? Would I be able to post the first paragraph of my work provided that I stop there? What's the deal?