I’ve been reading webcomics for quite a while now – some I’ve stuck with, others, due to time constraints I’ve let drop. I’m a big fan of them and how they go about telling there stories. Now if only I could draw…
But I can’t, so I write.
Webcomics, for the most, sell there stories differently than authors. They give it away for free upfront. You go to the webcomic and there it is, available to read. And yet, even doing so, some authors of webcomics earn a living. They do this by building up a fanbase through there works who then buy copies of the book, the merchandise, sponsor them like old fashioned patrons etc.
Authors tend not to work that way, at least not for those who write full length novels. For those that write short fiction and serials there are some who do so.
It is something that I am starting to try out now. I have started a new blog, Tales From a Thousand Worlds, where three times a week I’ll post my short stories in small parts of about 1000 words at a time, give or take. It is both an experiment and an effort to hopefully begin building up a collection of people who enjoy reading my stories, and do so on a regular basis.
We’ll see how it goes.