A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned signing up with TextNovel.com. I've uploaded 5chapters of Scary Mary to the site and to see how it worked and what sort of response I would receive.
My first impression is the the site seems a bit clunky, but I believe it is supposed to be accessed primarily through cell phone text messages. I was very impressed though with the ease of uploading. A simple copy and past accomplished it. All formatting carried over, no line breaks were lost. I wish Blogger did that. I didn't break the chapters down to smaller chunks. I thought I might need to, but the site let me upload the full chapters without fuss.
At this time I have: 11 fans, 13 votes, 5 comments
The website was set up by a fledgling literary agency. They've already sold one novel from their site to St. Martin's. Supposedly, they review submitted stories for new talent. One thing that is sort of squicky about all this is their Featured Author deal. For varying amounts of money, a story will be Featured for a number of weeks and put at the top of the proverbial slush pile. This is very close in my mind to a reading fee, which is a red flag when considering agents.
I tried to look at the site through my iTouch, and it doesn't have a mobile view. I was very surprised by this. I'm not a texter and am kind of a Luddite in regards to cell phones. How stories appear through texting will probably always remain a mystery to me, but why not have a mobile view? That seems like a no-brainer.
I don't have the time to commit to any deep immersion into this community. It seems a lot like Fictionwise or any other large site to post fiction on. Though again, I haven't been able to see how an actual text messaged story would appear. I think SM would most likely be a bore to read through that medium. I wonder how many readers and writers truly utilize this feature. Overall, I don't think this is the answer to all our online writing and reading desires and have no plans to fully migrate to the site. The rudimentary fee structure for premium access (and I couldn't find out what that meant) and the featured author fees makes me a little leery. I understand a site wanting to make money, but it seems like an odd endeavour for a literary agency. We'll have to see how long it will be before another book gets paper published from their site and by who. (A partnership with Lulu does not count.)
Will I keep uploading? Maybe. It had already fallen off my radar for a bit and only after a few new fans did I remember to update. If anyone has different impressions, I'd love to hear them.