Ok, so I'm well aware that I'm putting the cart before the horse here, as I haven't yet finished my first novel. However, I'm looking for advice on publishing given my specific writing situation. One: writing is my hobby - I am passionate about it, but it is not my main passion. Violin is my life, and high school falls second behind that. I am not able to commit as much time to writing as I would like, but I still make ample progress (for my age) with my motivation. Two: I have a Wattpad account, where I post my poetry. I'm aware that I probably won't ever be able to publish any of this poetry now, since it is free online. I had been planning on posting my novel on Wattpad too, once I finished it, but now this little voice in my head keeps saying, "maybe you shouldn't, y'know, just in case you decide to try to publish it one day." The chance of that is pretty slim, as I'm currently heading towards a completely different career path and, well, it's my first novel so it's not very good. But still...I feel protective over it. I'm not sure I want to have it out there on the internet. Just in case... Three: I do want to have at least one hard copy of my novel, for the accomplishment, and so that family and friends can read it. I'm not entirely sure how to go about getting a hard copy of it, but I've heard of sites like FastPencil that you can send your story to, and they'll print it for you for a certain price. So, all this leaves me wondering: should I keep my story to myself in case I want to publish it some day? Should I post it online, knowing that it's just my first novel? Should I post it online and try to self publish it for family and friends? Should I keep it off the internet and self publish it? Should I leave it be for a while, so that I can come back and revise it in years to come, with hopes of publication? What sort of sites/programs will make you a hard copy of your book? Any and all advice is appreciated!