Well, I did it! 4 chapters a week, 17 weeks, from the start of May until the end of August. Chapter by chapter, I posted my newest novel, Girls and Monsters, on three websites: Royal Road, Scribble Hub, and Tapas. The whole novel is now up in its entirety and still free to read for anyone who is interested. (Although, if you want to send me money, there is a donation button at each site.)
I had never published on any of these three websites, and part of my experiment was to see which website was the best fit for my novel. As far as raw views went, there was a clear winner and a clear loser. On Royal Road, I got 8700 views and on Tapas, I got 288 views. This means I'll probably publish Book 2 on Royal Road and maybe close my Tapas account entirely. (I'm undecided about Scribble Hub.)
If you happen to be interested in the process of publishing a novel serially on various platforms, I intend to blog about it this month. You can check out the behind the scenes publishing angst at my personal blog, which is: rebeccalangpersonalblog.wordpress.com
So, what now?
This is the end of the first book of Girls and Monsters, but it is not the end of the story. I'm already hard at work on Book 2, with about 300 pages written and the general plot complete. It is in messy condition, but if I can clean it up, maybe I can repeat this experiment all over again next summer.
I updated my website to include a snippet of a scene from the next book, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the original idea.
I'm also considering publishing Girls and Monsters on other websites, like Wattpad or Inkitt, or even taking the plunge and publishing it on Amazon. What do you think? If you have any thoughts on this matter, please let me know in the comments.
Rebecca Lang is the author of The Changelings, Three Floating Coffins, and other fantasy books.