So after about a year of considering, I think I'm going to do it. I gonna take that risk, I'm going to jump head-first off the cliff. I'm going to post my first novel, Into the Shadows, for FREE on my blog. What will happen? Maybe something, most likely nothing. I wrote my first book a couple years ago now, and put it through the circuit of agent and publisher queries. It had some nice looks, but overall, it failed. Maybe it was the wrong time. Maybe it wasn't that good. It's entirely possible. It was my first go. But I thought it was a fun story and worthy of an audience.
But there's a stigma about giving your work away. I must be crazy! What if it sucks so bad and people realize what a crap writer I really am? What if I blow my chance to EVER get that book published? It could happen. Although, I think I'm pretty sure this book will never get published. And I'm not just being self-pitying, I'm being realistic. But it's a mixed message we send as writers. We tell each other all the time that writers should write for themselves, not to get published. It's all about the story you tell. Write what you want to write. Don't worry about trends, etc. etc. Okay, fine, then I'm putting my money where my mouth is. I'm writing to write and to give others a great story to read. Therefore, why should I keep it on the shelf collecting dust?
I've written a few Friday Flash stories, and published them on my blog for the big wide world to see. The sky didn't fall. I didn't get emails from agencies and publishers saying I was blacklisted from the wider published community. People read them. And appeared to enjoy them. And if they didn't, they were nice enough to say they did. We're in a new age of writing. You can get books for free or for pennies everywhere. Of course, the goal is to still get published, but I'm pretty sure it won't be this book. So why not share it for free? If it sucks, no one will read it and you will be proven right. Maybe a few will read it and enjoy. That's all I can hope for. Stay tuned for the first part...it's coming soon!