Sometimes I really, really hate success story articles on self-published authors and how to self publish articles because it always comes down to the same dang thing - namely that author spent thousands on an editor, cover designer and promotion team in order to get their book out there. The problem is, a lot of us don't have thousands. I barely even have hundreds. And, yes, while I know you need to spend money in order to make money, it's rather impossible when you don't have said money to begin with.
So my quest to self-publish without spending money I don't have continues.
Thanks to a writing blog on Tumblr I was pointed in the direction of this one site that allows you to post your novel and get feed-back (real feed back, not FF.net feedback). It's called Authonomy
and it's a really nifty little site. Authors can post part or all of a work, people can read it, leave feedback, authors can make corrections and repost to get more feedback, and there's even an opportunity for a story to rise in the ranks and become noticed by HarperCollins (who run the site). But even if you don't get noticed, at least you're still getting feedback.
For readers it's also a place to read free stories and help an author out in the process. I've checked out a few stories already and while they're not perfect, they are definitely very well written (and by well written I mean nothing that's even remotely FF.net level content. These are people who know how to write, and even those stories that are rough around the edges are still easy reads that pull you in).
The only thing is that even if your intention is just to read and not publish you still need an account in order to access the books. The books are formatted so that you can either read them right away or download them to an e-reader.
My book can be found here
if anyone wants to check it out. This is the bok, by the way, that I kept having doubts about despite the fact that I liked how it turned out. By putting it on this site my hope is at least to determine if it's something people would want to read. The only setback is that you still need to advertise yourself. Which means *sigh* having to be social. Thankfully, I like talking about writing :D
I almost forgot to mention that it also has some excellent writing resources such as forums and a blog page.