Howdy! My name is Mandy, though I prefer my penname Auto-nin(also go by Mahou Shoujo-nin, my current active account on Fanfiction.net). I wrote fanfiction in my high school years before having to stop do the college. With finishing college, I got back into fanfiction(which has kept my sanity in check the last few weeks). I am also working on a novel that I took the plot of one of my old fanfiction I dropped and making it an original story(it's not 50 Shades of Gray kind of story).
I am hoping to become a writer and illustrator who loves the large realm of fantasy and sci-fi. However, I am thinking of doing my first novel as a web serial since I am more used to posting the chapters individually and it being my first big original piece. Might do the novel in arcs if I do make it a webserial. I am still getting back into writing on a schedule, though I am changing from working each chapter and proofing before working on the next. I am shifting to writing most of the story out before I start posting, at least maybe in volumes with clear beginnings, middle, and ends. Mainly to keep the story on track before posting, improve the quality of the story, and getting a much needed buffer. I learned the hard way(more than once) the need of a buffer and trying to get that for my current active fanfiction since my beta-readers are still in college. That and keeping the writing project whack-a-mole under control(have two fanfiction going into 2nd rewrite due to this, but planning to start them back up once I plan them out better).
I also have some questions I been trying find the answers, but haven't had much luck or did not read deep enough in the forums:
1. How do you copyright a web serial? I am curious since I was originally thinking of doing my story as a novel and looking into copyright before finding web serials. Do you post it without going through the copyright channels first and get the copyright later if you want to publish? My curiosity in this subject is killing me, hence the question.
2. Is there a good platform for posting a web serial that might have illustrations with it? I am thinking of doing some illustrations from the web serial and thinking of maybe adding them to the story if I do. I don't know if any of you use illustrations in your web serials(still new and exploring), but wondering, which platform to go to as I have an account on both Blogger and Wordpress.
I am sorry for the long post... I am very shy and when I am nervous like this, I tend to get chatty(or wordy in this case). I am also not good with forums(trying to learn to use them) and hoping to get to along with the authors here as I try to increase my productivity and quality of my works. I look forward to hearing from you and putting my first web serial here once I get it ready for posting. I got to get the first arc done that I will use to figure out how to post the web serial and get the site ready for when that first arc is ready.