1. DarkWoods

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    Should I post my short stories on a blog?

    Discussion in 'Short Stories' started by DarkWoods, Mar 11, 2018.

    Hi everyone. I am totally new to writing but I really want to write. For a few years now, I am thinking about that.

    Somebody suggested me to create a blog and to start by writing a few short stories to have feedback from my followers. I think it could motivate and push me to work harder. What do you think of this idea?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    It's really hard to get blog followers... you might end up spending more time promoting your blog than you spend writing.

    Is there a critique group you could join, either in person or online?
     
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    Thanks guys for your tips. The only problem I see by posting my stories here is that I would like to write in my first language, french and this is an english forum.
     
  4. DarkWoods

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    Finally, I think I will try to post in English here on the forum even if my english is so, so.
     
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    I use my blog as a tool to practice writing. I waited to start mine until I started to get some feedback from people that what I wrote was enjoyable. Then I went into blogging because of the pressure to turn out a clean product, and how I thought that would help me improve.
     
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    Thanks John. And what about if you want to eventually publish your work? Would you be able if your stories are already online?
     
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    I'm not sure. Probably self publish on Amazon. I'll just take mine down from the blog if I ever decide to sell them.

    If I write something standalone that I think is especially good, I don't blog it. I just submit it.
     
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    I don't think I can give a yes/no answer without understanding your business model. BUT:

    I do exactly what you're describing - I have weekly posts, they're not necessarily short stories, but the commitment/promise to the audience is that I will produce weekly. This self-imposed deadline forces me to be disciplined, and has value in that alone.

    Meanwhile, I reserve what I consider to be sellable works, meaning anything in the 5000 words range. I workshop these in a writing circle, and don't expose them on my site.

    But that's my marketing model, it doesn't have to be yours.

    Also - technical discussion - my site's robots.txt prohibits indexing, so it doesn't show up in search engines
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /

    This gives me some cushion. My weekly rants are posted, but meh, not really findable, so no big whup.
     
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    Don't worry, I don't have any plan to cheat anyone. I don't think Amazon self-publishing cares about first rights. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. The fiction on my blog is me indulging in tropes I love, and wouldn't expect a publisher to take them anyway.
     
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    Thanks everyone for your insight :)
     
  11. John Calligan

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    I know I could search myself but I thought I'd let you make the conversation a full circle.

    I am planning to self publish my stories on Amazon. I am planning to take them off my blog first, because I heard that's what you do. I have not looked on Amazon to see what their rules are.

    Does Amazon self-publishing require first rights to publish stories? I hadn't heard that they do.
     
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    Thanks. I was using "sell" to mean selling them to people rather than contracting it to a publisher.
     

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