So, is blogging a novel a good idea, or does the whole process make you want to eat far too many cakes and drink lots of Prosecco?
Mmm, I know. It’s a bit late to ask that now I’ve started blogging Phototime.
But, I have ‘now’ done a bit of research on whether it’s a good or a bad idea, and came across some mixed thoughts on the subject.
Some say that a publisher/agent won’t look at your novel if you've posted the whole manuscript on the internet, as, the fact of the matter is, it will be considered previously published. Yay, I’m a published novelist, at last! I guess that could potentially cause a problem, if you want to send your novel out there. You could be narrowing your chances of an agent or publisher considering it.
Others suggest it’s a great idea for new novelists to test the water by blogging their novel. If the new novelist’s words get a good response from readers, or the writer gets a million hits each chapter - it could well peak an agent’s interest.
Also, readers may make suggestions as the chapters go up on the blog, letting the writer know why it’s working for them, or why it isn’t – that kind of thing.
If people like the writer’s style, they may be interested in reading more of their work. And that agent or publisher I mentioned earlier may see the writer making a success of novel-blogging, and get in touch.
And what about TheMartian by Andy Weir and Wife in the North? by Judith O'Reilly. I know they weren’t novels being blogged exactly, but they’ve got to be seen as a positive when blogging our writing.
So, thankfully, I’m not yet regretting blogging Phototime. Although I am, predictably, feeling a bit jittery – the worry bubbles are rising. But I’m determined to do this. Oh yes I am!
And talking of worrying, I keep wondering if Phototime's theme is a bit ‘out there’. But, hopefully it has the necessary fundamentals at it’s core: romance, mystery, and hopefully a few lines that will make the reader laugh, and may even bring on the odd tear. OK, yes, it has a magic thread (apparently not very popular at the moment), but Phototime is set in the real world, with, what I hope you’ll find, are real and loveable characters.
It’s about relationships, love and forgiveness. It’s about life.
I guess time will tell if blogging a novel is a wise thing to do, for me.