Recently, some writers I respect have been putting serials up on the web as a secondary financial support vehicle through donations. Examples include:
Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
T.A. Pratt’s Bone Shop
So I’ve been thinking of ways to help. I donate, and have been buying their ebooks, and have been doing some other things, but I want to do more.
I am mostly a technical person, so I decided technical advice in layman’s terms is a good idea. There are some things writers in these situations can do to reach more users more conveniently, and that they can do for themselves without much hassle. They need to spend most of their time writing, after all, and many are holding day jobs and freelancing like the devil is behind them.
This is going to be a series, and so I’m breaking this up into multiple posts after this introduction.
Not all of the advice has to be carried out in order to have a nice web serial; some are more important than others, and some are more bothersome, but what matters the most remains the writing.
Good luck and godspeed to all the writers out there thinking of doing the same with a serial.