I've got an idea for an approach to publishing the novel I've been working on: release a new chapter every week.
Why? Well, I can't afford an editor now or in the foreseeable future, so my thinking is that it would give me a deadline to stick to. Once the chapters have all been released online, I'll release it for print and ebook for those interested in reading it in a format other than the web. If there's enough interest in the book prior to the digital and physical release, I could look into doing a Kickstarter or take pre-orders to finance the editing.
Something about releasing a chapter every week from the perspective of a reader is really appealing to me. Plus, if someone is interested in reading it all at once, they can wait until all of the chapters are out.
I've been planning on doing a weekly serial fiction project for a few months, but then it dawned on me that I could also do it for the novel I've already written, Aperture. I'm going to try my hardest to release an audio version of each chapter every week too.
I'm not 100% set on this, but I'm feeling good about it. I think it would be a valuable experiment. Are there any downsides to it that I'm missing? Would you be interested in reading a story where each chapter is released every week?
If I move forward with this, I'm going to start in the beginning of April. That'll give me the rest of February and March to polish the second draft.