Should you post your book chapters on your blog? This is a constant point of debate for bloggers and there are two loyal camps who constantly battle over it. Every time I stumble across another blog pondering the idea, I reiterate my points and I figured that I would announce them once and for all right here:
In my opinion, you’re undermining yourself, your book’s opportunities, and your writing career if you publish your book on your website. Same goes for short stories and poems–especially for the shorter content. Why? Because first publication rights are a Big Deal.
Though blogs are great, unless it’s super popular, it won’t get the writer as much exposure as getting published in an online literary journal or magazine would. That’s the great thing about online publications: it’s still online, but has an already established audience of avid readers, probably has better SEO than your personal blog, and you might even get paid a bit.
I’ve interned for a couple different publications and it’s always so sad when the writer includes a link to their work and you find out that their poem was already previously posted on a blog, website, or facebook. It ultimately disqualifies them from publication. First publication rights are valuable so I believe in being careful and strategic where you use them. Use them wherever their best for your writing career.
Concerning books and chapters though? Never publish them online first, in my opinion, unless you know from the outset that you’re going to self-publish in other venues (kindle, Nook’s PubIt). The publishing houses won’t be interested.
And just so you know: NEVER EVER POST YOUR WORK ON FACEBOOK! Have you read the fine print? You post it and they own it.
Do you agree? Disagree? Is there a particular benefit that you feel outweighs the potential harms?