"Andy Weir's road to publishing The Martian is a road many new writers would love to take. After writing as a hobby for many years and penning multiple short stories, which he published for free on his website, Weir set about writing a novel, The Martian. Originally releasing the book a chapter at a time on his website, again for free, he used reader feedback to fine-tune the work as he went along—and he only released it as an e-book because those same loyal readers wanted to download it to their e-readers.Excerpted from this review at Strange Horizons which seems to go out of its way to gratuitously find fault. I don't feel my destiny is to retrace Mr Weir's route to fame and fortune, but the approach seems to hold promise. So thanks in advance.
The Martian went on to sell 35,000 copies in three months, so unsurprisingly it wasn't long before he'd signed with an agent and inked a print deal."
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Comments on for story feedback
Bombarded with comment spam, I long ago turned off comments for this blog. However, inspired by Andy Weir (below) I have now turned comments back on again - specifically to solicit feedback on stories I post here. Please feel free etc - they will be moderated and there's some kind of anti-spam word verification. Sorry about that.