Blog Updates ending 2/7 – Webfiction isn’t for the faint of heart


Margaret Atwood’s writing tools are as forward-looking as her books

It’s more Margaret Atwood whose adventures in the electronic world seem to keep a spotlight on new types of publishing.   This headline belongs to a piece in Wired UK.   She also was featured on Australia’s Yahoo site with an article titled, “E-publishing unlocks world of writing.”

An Indie Author’s Experiment with an Interactive Online Novel

This appears to be something posted last fall, but that came across twitter today or yesterday.  Indie author Vlad Vaslyn basically experiments with serialization and finds it a tough experience.  To be fair, he set very hard page goals for himself and was trying to offer ‘choices’ to the reader.  It seems to be almost a punishing setup he used and I think actually it can be done but if the output is a bit scaled back.  

In the Future, All Space Marines Will Be Warhammer 40K Space Marines

Most of you regular writers already know about MCA Hogarth’s situation.  Thankfully within 48 hours of her post (her second actually detailing the situation that began last year), the internet was paying attention.  But in case you were under a rock the last few days, read her initial post at her wordpress site and then read her follow-ups.

One thing that this situation has reminded me is that independent writers – both in the book and serial world – are very vulnerable against the legal tactics of larger corporate entities.  Some of the commentors brought up the idea of approaching SFWA or other groups with defense funds for assistance.  These options do not necessarily apply to webfiction writers who are largely independent. If there was an independent writer’s guild maybe MCA wouldn’t have needed to make such a desperate plea to the internet at large.

And if there is one, I would love to know.

Chromatic Press launches, for both comics and prose

In case you didn’t see the earlier post, the four ladies of geekdom are taking what has been learned from TokyoDemons and applying it forward.  What’s a little different I think from some of the other options out there for serial prose is the business model. It looks like creators will receive an undisclosed advance, maintain copyrights, in exchange for a negotiated percent of profits.  More or less it’s a creator friendly concept staffed by those who have a passion for anime/manga and nerd fandom.

It’ll be interesting to see what serial prose emerges.  It is not easy to steer serials to an ending and on time.   I don’t honestly know that fandom writers have a good track record, so my hope is that some of the experienced folks who are more likely to see this blog and have a good understanding of manga/anime fandom will consider making an honest, serious pitch.

The SelfPublishing Podcast talks Serials and KDP

See their Feb 7 blog post and podcast link here.  Sean Platt sent out an email today to former readers of his regular blog letting us know the podcast holds something really interesting for those of us already doing this for “Free” on line.  So now about to scurry off to the podcast!

The bigger news — and this is big whether you’re a reader or a writer — is that our new season at the Collective Inkwell launches this coming Tuesday. This is a big deal since we’re launching with a full evolution of the serialized fiction model we developed for our first season (which produced seven separate series). 
There’s a lot of minutia behind this decision, and if you’d like to hear it in detail we really went into depth in our last self-publishing podcast: 


And on a last note, this week I finished wrapping up my first volume of my first online novel :).  I ended after approximately more than 100+ weekly installments and 230k words over 24 months. This is NOT the model that most people follow, and I will try very hard to come back with a smarter plan for the next serial in the series.  However, I am very happy about this two year experiment and pleased enough to try it again.  I’ll be off from active writing duty for a few months while I’m kneedeep in editing so I can have the ebook ready for the folks who won’t read the story in any other way.

Already I’m looking forward to the point where I’ll be back in planning mode for the next serial in the series.   But I’m also very aware that the ebook is another evolution that I need to pursue. While I have enjoyed serialization, it doesn’t pay for itself except in proving my inherent masochism.

But I’ll leave the navelgazing for another time. Until next post!


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