The inflammatory title really illustrates how I feel about publishing web fiction.
There was another thread that addressed the dilemma some writers had about writing and yet not having an audience. In a way, that problem relates to what I was wondering about.
I know there are some writers out on the web who like to write, who need to write, and need no other reason than to write. To see it all come together on a single website online is enough of a satisfaction for them. Then there are those who simply want feedback, comments, reactions to what they are doing. They want someone to talk to, maybe to secure confidence in their abilities or to perhaps improve them.
But what about those who wish to publish their stories in book form or in magazines? Many markets (not all, I know) do not accept anything that has been previously published physically or electronically--or if they do, you get significantly less for it. If earning cash is the concern, some may counter than that all a person needs to do is make their stories into e-books...but as far as I know e-books have largely become obsolete. Then of course there's donations, ads, etc....but isn't that all dependent on how much traffic your site gets? Isn't that hard to do nowadays?
Okay, okay...so here's my ultimate question: Do you folks prioritize your stories? Do choose which of your 'babies' to drown, sell, or keep? Do you have stories that you are happy just to write for fun and don't care if you make a profit? Do you have stories that you think are good (and original to boot) and are willing to risk publishing online with the hopes of earning cash, or even some attention in the writing community? Do you have stories that you think are TOO good and TOO precious to risk publishing on the net?
I myself have these. At the moment, the story I'm writing is a character-driven serial with a basic setting and some basic situations. It really is just an exercise for me to see if I can manage to write a decent story on my own--polish up on my dialogue and exposition skills--and have fun at the same time. Then I have some other stories that I really don't want to have on the net. Maybe I WOULD publish some of them if I could get my own domain and manage a good advertising push, but as it stands I don't have the time or money for that. (or experience for that matter)
Now I'm not turning my nose up at web fiction, and I'm not saying I don't care about the quality of my web novel. But some of my projects I have high ambitions for--so high that I don't want to risk damaging their success unless I'm certain of the outcome. With web fiction...can anyone say the outcome is ever certain?
Sorry for the long post. I guess I just wanted to rant.