News update: Changing of the playbook

Paywalls, post Patreon

The latest cover of Big World Network (a subscription based serial fiction and enhanced content site) looks like this.   BWN was one of the few sub/firewalled serial fiction sites to engage with the small community of writers that hang out at WebFictionGuide.  It looks like in spite of their efforts to find readers via conventions and other means that they’re trying something new.  Their new site relaunches next Friday with promises of a different method of compensating their creators and possibly a better way to loop in casual readers. bwn

A new webcontent serial experience for kids and families

Publisher’s Weekly announced the launch of “Storybird“‘s long-form format this past week. This site promises to focus on content for children who have really been neglected so far in the ebook realm and in the web serial realm thus far.

From Publisher’s Weekly: According to Mark Ury, who founded Storybird in 2010, the membership base of nearly four million members on the platform can be divided into three core users: educators (the platform is used in 300,000 schools worldwide), families, and, the “largest bulge,” tween and teen girls, who make up roughly 80% of the membership.

One caveat — you cannot publish your own writing alongside your own illustrations. The intent is to pair writers with illustrators (who I presume have been picked by Storybird) and I guess to keep some control over what is being generated.  Some further exploration of the site suggests you have to use illustrations or you cannot really unlock the interface. It’s also not yet clear what/how the writers who create the work will be compensated except those also recruited by Storybird. Further details on writing and copyrights are laid out in the Professional Writer FAQs.

In it’s current form this site is not favorable to writers — but more so the illustrators.

The Wattpad Prize

April 30 marks the last date to submit a complete original work for the  inaugural Wattpad Prize.

Winners for ten categories will be selected from a jury of Wattpad readers. The prize for winning is fairly modest — namely getting a hard copy of your work and a feature in June which generally translates to higher visibility for your work.   We’ll have to see how this fares — the “Feature” for one month is nothing to sneeze at given the userbase but one wonders why the Feature isn’t being extended out farther. In any case, you still have a few days to get your story posted, completed, and tagged if you want to throw your hat in the ring!

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