Apparently, the trendy new way to get noticed by book publishers is to
serialize your novel online and let the editors find you. I've noticed
three examples of this very phenomenon recently:
- David Wellington's Monster Planet
- John Scalzi's Old Man's War (skip down a bit for the admission)
- Cherie Priest's Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Of course, every one of the authors discourages people from relying on
the tactic as a way to get discovered (sound advice, by my analysis),
but do recommend it as a way of getting your writing before an audience
and working the kinks out. That was the goal of my long-rumored writing site, so I guess I'll have to take everyone's advice and launch it.
Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger -- amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can also follow him on his personal blog.