Hey writers, want to know something crazy? When you hit the publish button on your post, you are actually publishing that post. What does that have to do with anything? Turns out, quite a bit if you are writing fiction that you might want to sell some day.
When you hit the publish button and post a writing sample on your blog, you are actually publishing that sample. That’s right, some agents and editors will then consider that work published, especially if you post the entire thing.
What if you only post a sample of a larger work, like the first chapter of your novel? Well, that can still present a variety of difficulties. To have the entire problem explained in all its gory detail, check out literary agent Mary Kole’s post on it here.
Writer’s Digest writer Brian Klems has a different view on whether or not you should post writing samples. Check his article out here.
I am a little leery about publishing samples of my work online. I thank everyone who’s asked to see a sample, but at this time, I’m not sure that is the right move for me. What about you? What do you guys think? Have you posted any samples of your work online?