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by Mike Masnick


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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.

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    Jay (profile), 14 Jul 2010 @ 6:41am

    Re: Re: Interesting

    I unfortunately disagree with you Christopher. The thing about a new author is the very fact that they don't have a lot of options.

    The best thing you can do is hire an agent who starts a bidding war for your work and makes different editors clamor to see it.

    However, with Scribd or any other free service, you're effectively taking away an option for an agent. In this case the book was damn good. With unknowns, this really isn't the best way to get known.

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