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I is for (Free) Internet Content?

I is for (Free) Internet content.

I have a question for you. I am toying with the idea of posting short fiction online–for free. Does anyone have any experience doing this either as a writer or as a reader of short, free, fiction? Did you post on your own sites, or is there a communal site you recommend? Do you read short stories online and if so, where?

I’m toying with a couple of ideas.

1. Creating a separate page on my blog for very short stories.
2. Creating a separate blog for very short stories.
3. Grabbing a couple other writers by their hair and making them join me. (Or asking them nicely if they would care to–haven’t committed to an approach just yet.)
4. Find a preexisting source that already does all of this and has a regular readership. (Hence my questions to you.)
5. Letting the whole idea die a slow death.

Advice oh wise ones of the Internet?

9 Responses to I is for (Free) Internet Content?

  1. Kate says:

    I think it sounds like a fantastic idea. The only issue I would have is that it might be more difficult to publish it later in literary magazines, but if you were doing it with the sole purpose of publishing online, that would be awesome!

  2. I think Kate’s right about it being a potential problem if you want to sub them to a magazine or somewhere else later on. Some publications consider putting a story up on a blog as “published” but I’m not sure of all the legalities.

    I’ve put stories on my blog as part of blog challenges and I’ve entered stories in Comment sections for contests, but I’ve never just put them up on my blog. Interesting idea!

  3. I like the idea of doing shorts stories on a separate webpage and getting other writers to contribute. It could be just a good easy way to get your work read.

  4. Valerie says:

    My husband was toying with the same idea. I think he was looking into the same questions as you are.

    Hugs!

    Valerie Nunez and the Flying Platypi

  5. I have two stories on a free web-zine called “Running out of Ink” and they have just accepted another one. They publish eight short stories a month and you might find a home for yours there without the bother of starting your own site.

  6. Go for it. I’ll read it.

  7. Cathy says:

    HI, I’ve read that it can be a very good thing, like a “value added” website/blog. People read your book, and then when they visit your blog/website, you give them scenes or chapters that didn’t make it into the book. OR short stories about the further adventures of your characters.

    Stopping by from the A-Z, and I’m your newest follower.

  8. Betty Alark says:

    I think blogs are a great way to make such a contribution. You can also put a link to your writing site on the blog in order to direct people there! Provide that with just enough on the blog to captivate attention and then direct them to your writing site for the completion! Much success!

    Good idea!

  9. I think putting it on your blog is a super idea, and exploring the internet for other options too! Did you hear about the 17 yr. old that just got a contract with Random House for a million dollars? It was the early part of this week I saw it on the internet. She typed away an entire book, first one she ever wrote, and posted it…got tons of hits, and Random House picked her up as a result of the positive response she got. Best wishes and much luck to you!! http://www.sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com


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