Hey guys I wanated to ask you something.I have not published a book yet but I have plans to do it one day.I was wondering is it a good idea to put chapters of my book on the blog before it was published or not.

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Hi. I've been wondering about this same question. I have two novels I am preparing for publication and have posted the first three chapters of each on my blog because I had hoped to get feedback on them. I haven't had much luck so far and have been contemplating just taking them off.

I do know a few published authors have samples of their books on their blogs, but still don't know if it's a good idea or bad one for us unpublished authors.

If you've since gotten an answer, please let me know. Thanks!

I've just done a little research into this as a fellow blogger who is now working on a novel.  The impression that I get is that if you're going the self-publication route, it's a good idea in order to drum up interest and self-promote.  However, if you're wanting to get an agent and get your book professionally published, it's not such a great idea because the attitude seems to be that of "why should we pay you for something that you're already giving away for free?"  That's why I've decided to stick with individual beta readers that I contact personally, instead of posting it on my blog for anyone to publicly view.

I self-published my first book in November and before that I posted excerpts on my blog. It did create a good amount of buzz but do I think it impacted my sales, probably not. I think it's great to do little teasers here and there. I've seen quite a few published authors do that. Sometimes it add intrigue. When I would do excerpts people wanted to know more. It probably won't hurt to give it a try, see what kind of feedback you get:-)

I think it's a great idea if you are going to self publish. Specially, if you are teck-savy enough to produce a nice looking blog. Of course you will have to promote it like any blog. One small warning; be prepared for negative comments. They can cut like a knife if you are not expecting them. However, they are part of the game when you are an author. 

Charles Fetters

author of Grizzly. 


Post your book trailer on my page under the question: Do Book Trailers Sell Books? The topic has had 129 comments and over 3000 views. I would be interested to hear your opinion on the subject.

Pearson Oldmitz

I guess for me, I have a publisher and he has encouraged me to drum up all the markets I can, as much as a year before the release date. I posted my prologue, my character profiles and the first 3 chapters of book one, all on my blog and my website. It will be released early in 2013. I also made my own cover art. I am in a sense my own agent as my publisher is typically an agent but he has decided to take mine on. This may be a different situation, but I'm a firm belierver in sample runs and trailors. When you are interested in seeing a movie- what gets your attention? The preview:) Feel free to check out my blog and website- I am now following you Anime Girl!



As a published author of 6 books and literary consultant, my advice is it is ok to place sample chapters on your website. No more than 2 or three. Enough to give the readers a taste of what's to come. This is the reason so many author publish sample books on kindle, ibooks and websites. So yes I suggest you do that. But only give a few.



I was really in a dilemma whether or not to put it on my blog because it was not published.My readers demanded it and I was actually thinking about putting some excerpts from it.Thank you so much Dominique and wish you all the best :D

I was wondering about the same thing... thanks for the helpful comments and discussion :)

Thank you all for taking time to respond to my question.I will follow your advice.Wish you all the best and I hope you achieve great success with your own books :D

I actually just finished doing this with the first draft of my book!  I don't really have a lot of experience either, but I really enjoyed the feedback that I got from my followers!


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