Recently I published a full-length novel to the pages of Medium.
That is to say I took this 662-page trade paperback.
And turned it into the following 20-hour reading time online version now available to Medium subscribers.
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This appears to be a publication strategy neither well recognized nor taken seriously on the platform. But that could change.
In this article, I will explain how you can use Medium to bypass traditional publishing platforms and not only put your book online for the world to discover, but also get paid each time your book is read, either to completion or partially.
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If you are an author you ought to be able to use the information in this article to take in stride all the obstacles I faced trying to get my book onto Medium. I would say there are enough of these to deter most people from ever getting started, let alone completing the job.
But as you are about to discover, I am rather stubborn and I will figure out a way to get something done even if it means doing it inefficiently.
This was certainly the case 20 years ago after I finished up the writing of what I categorized at the time as a science thriller.
Because I failed to convince the literary agents I pursued that I deserved representation I ended up having to self-publish my book. That meant I had to typeset the entire thing, which I did in Word, before converting those pages into a publishable PDF format. The result was a hefty trade paperback (pictured above) which was made available as a print on demand title from Ingram’s Lightning Source division.
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On Medium the first part of my book is not metered, it is available to anyone to read. The second part lies behind the paywall.
If someone elects to read those latter pages, I get paid a certain (unknown) amount of their subscription fee for that month. This amount depends on how much time the reader allocates to my book in relation to how much time they allocate to other pages on Medium. The downside to this payment model is that I must assume most of the risk. Unless I have done an extremely good job with the first part of the book I am not going to make a penny on the second part of it (because readers will have disappeared before reaching it).
But this is the gamble I am making.
When publishing the pages of your own book you get to decide whether any particular page is metered or not. So it is entirely up to you to as to how your payment model will work. You could model my approach, or you could do something completely different.
Link to the rest at Medium
PG did a word search on the OP and could not find any reference to Amazon.