On October 15th, JukePop Serials issued a press release announcing the addition of a donation option for their hosted serials. This means that now authors can solicit donations from their readers. Each serial will have a donation button, along with a personalized message from the author. The minimum donation in one dollar, and goes into an Amazon account for the author, minus a small hosting fee for JukePop.
JukePop Serials, which recently celebrated its one year anniversary, has taken a progressive stance regarding author compensation from the beginning. Unlike many sites, Jukepop pays its writers upon story acceptance, and offers additional monetary incentives for story popularity.
The donation option was actually added last week, but JukePop decided to refrain from announcing it until all the inevitable bugs were worked out of the system.
From the press release to authors, by JukePop Serials’ founder Jerry Fan:
We know how hard all of you work to write great stories for JukePop readers, so we are thrilled to announce the new Support Author donation button for JukePop authors. This new tool will let your fans make a donation to show how much they enjoy your work and also enable you to make money on the side to support your writing.
My Opinion: As many of you know, my serial, The Watchmage of Old New York is hosted by JukePop, and continues to be very popular (3rd place in popularity out of several hundred serials). Perhaps this makes me biased in favor of the option, but I have other reasons to support it.
I firmly believe that writers should be fairly compensated for their work. Writing is hard, writing is time consuming, and writers should not be forced to work for nothing. It is not a matter of money, it is a matter of respect. By compensating authors, you are saying “I respect the work that you do, and I think that it is worth something.”
I have been writing professionally for over a decade, and I have been published in many literary journals and web zines. For many years, the best that a writer could expect in compensation was “contributor copies,” three or four copies of the journal that accepted your work. If you were especially lucky, you might find a magazine that offered an honorarium of ten to twenty dollars. It was a system that was made for academics, professors and adjuncts that published in order to improve their resumes. It was nigh impossible for a full time writer to make a living in such a manner.
The internet and recent change in the industry allows writers to self publish online and reach an audience. The rise of the online novel and webserial created a paradigm change that freed writers from the bondage of “contributor copies,” though they still often work for no compensation. That JukePop is willing to host and to compensate is no small event. I am proud to be a part of this new revolution.
C. A. Sanders is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. His debut novel, Song of Simon, from Damnation Books, is available on Amazon or at DamnationBooks.com in both eformat and print. His popular and award-winning webserial, The Watchmage of Old New York, is available at JukePop Serials. His short fiction and non-fiction can be found across the internet and in print. A lifelong New Yorker, he currently lives in the suburbs of NYC.