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January 02, 2003
HOORAY FOR THE BLOGOSPHERE! John Scalzi put his novel online, and touted it on his weblog. The result: it was picked up by a publisher whose editor saw it there. I can't put it any better than Scalzi does:
What I am saying is clearly we've gotten to the point where it's no longer the smart thing to automatically dismiss writing online -- even an online novel -- as "not good enough." Sometimes, it is good enough. It's just that simple. I'm happy to be one of the guys who gets to be the case in point for that.
Amen. If I'm not mistaken -- and if I am, I'm sure she'll correct me -- Claire Berlinski sold her novel Loose Lips after publishing it online. Though she's not a blogger herself, she did get a lot of bloggers to link to it and generate publicity.