Good websites for posting your stories

by Marissa

Question: I'm looking for good websites I can go to to post my book on to get feedback and see if it's good. I want good feedback and for my story to be protected. I've heard about wattpad and critique circle. I got mixed signals about wattpad. But I was wondering if you knew if either of these sites were good for what I want? and do you know of any good sites for the type I'm looking for?


Answer: Although I have written about online slushpiles before (https://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/get-published.html), I have since learned that their track record is not very good. Very few writers actually find them useful, or have landed publishing contracts as a result of using them. Many of these sites are owned by big publishers, but I'm not certain if they run them...

1. As a way to pre-screen manuscripts they might want to publish. (In which case, it's just another slushpile of un-agented manuscripts.)

2. To siphon bad manuscripts away from their existing slushpiles so they don't have to actually read them or send out rejection letters.

3. As a vehicle to make money from slush (by selling membership fees, self-publishing packages, editing, advertising, etc.)

Let me refer you to an article by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America that discusses these sites...

http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/services/#Manuscript

While there have been a couple of big successes in recent years in which writers of fan fiction (who posted on fan fiction sites) transitioned into best seller status, they are a tiny minority.

If you are seriously wanting a writing career and looking for feedback on your manuscript, I think you might be better off joining a critique group composed of other writers, preferably writers who have more expertise and experience than yourself.

Many writers' associations run critique groups, online and off. There are organizations for most genres, often with multiple branches. True, these organizations also charge membership fees, but if you can go to their annual conferences, it may be well worth your while.

One site to check out, because it's both good and free, is www.writingforums.org. Members can post excepts from their work and get knowledgeable feedback.

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Apr 24, 2014
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by: Marissa

Thank you. I've just been seeing those sites a lot on yahoo and wanted to know if they were any good because I want to be a real writer and get feedback on my story before I send it off.

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