How many Chapters?

Created over 1 year ago by J.T.R. Russell with 5 comments
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19225831 10100295416520467 6803607474101273517 n J.T.R. Russell · Author · added over 1 year ago
Great idea
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Personally I’d suggest starting off with the first chapter, then to maintain interest add chapters over time. Just be sure not to give out major plot points.
19225831 10100295416520467 6803607474101273517 n J.T.R. Russell · Author · added over 1 year ago
Thank you for the advice. I will look over what I have.
Portrait Christopher Huang · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 3 likes
It’s more about what you expect your posted chapters (or excerpts) to do for you. Ideally, you want convey a sense of how your story goes, who your characters are, and what you can deliver as a writer with as few uploads as possible: I believe that most readers aren’t interested in going much beyond the first chapter upload. No-one wants to get too deeply engaged with something they can’t finish until two years afterward.

So: your first chapter/excerpt is your most important, the one with the best polish. Everything beyond that is gravy.

Kyle James’s "Not Afraid of the Fall" did quite well by uploading one excerpt (not a whole chapter) with a complete scene, and then several very short excerpts, some only about a paragraph long. That story was a travel memoir, so the one scene in his primary excerpt gave a good idea of what he had to offer, while the subsequent excerpts gave an idea of variety.

For myself, I had a murder mystery. So I uploaded everything up to the murder, but the "primary upload" was a prologue designed to whet the appetite.
19225831 10100295416520467 6803607474101273517 n J.T.R. Russell · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
I was wondering how many chapters should you post before starting pre-orders? I have seen other books with a wide range and wanted to know what is a good number?