Author Puts Novel Online For Free... And Gets A Book Deal

from the but-free-never-works dept

alex was the first of a few of you to send over the story of how author Marta Acosta posted her "young adult vampire novel" online for free at Scribd, where it became a top download with tons of great reviews... and that helped her get a book deal with Tor, who will be publishing the book in hardcover shortly. Once again, another example of how "obscurity" is a bigger problem than "piracy" for most content creators.

Filed Under: books, free, marta acosta
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    Christopher (profile), 14 Jul 2010 @ 5:07am

    Re: Interesting

    Speculative argument. You say it worked out because she's established, but I think your main point is that first efforts are shit that should be denied by publishers... which really *only* leaves online self-publishing as an option.

    The way I figure it is this: you still retain copyright, if your work is any good you'll get the correct amount of attention given a decent venue. The venue doesn't have to be print, either, it just needs to be where the readers are. Scribd happens to be such a place.

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