A gift for Chris - WFG author anthology idea

1 month ago | Chrysalis (Member)

I had an idea today. The more I thought about it, the better it sounded in my head. Please hear me out!

What if we banded together for an anthology of short stories by web fiction authors who benefitted from their WFG listings? And if the earnings went to Chris, to help pay for a site overhaul and as compensation for all his tireless work?

Now with a bit more detail:

Imagine a collection of stories by popular WFG authors, each one with a short introduction about the author and their history as a publisher of web fiction. The goals would be as follows:

-To raise global awareness of web fiction OTHER than Wattpad (it's shocking how many people believe Wattpad is the only platform there is)
-To raise awareness of WFG / RoyalRoadL and increase reader traffic
-To promote each featured author and their work
-To increase interest in web fiction as an alternate form of publishing
-To help Chris pay for site upgrades and offer compensation.

It would be easiest if Chris himself acted as the publisher and put the finalized anthology up on Amazon, through D2D etc.

Unfortunately, anthologies by relatively unknown (compared to Stephen King etc) authors tend to not sell like hotcakes. But I think we could really push this anthology up the ranks (and gain a lot of visibility) by promoting it to our individual followings. For instance, I have about 2K blog followers and mailing list subscribers combined. I could also make waves on Kboards and would pay for promotion, possibly the cover as well.

If y'all agree this isn't a horrible idea, I'd like to get the following authors on board:

Wildbow
Drew Hayes
Jim Zoetewey
Blaise Corvin
Leo (I forget his surname, sorry!)
Scott Straughan (Author of the Iron Teeth)

Others who gained large followings and / or made good money thanks to WFG (even if other factors / listings elsewhere also played a role)

Would you guys be willing to contribute a 5-15K word story that can be enjoyed as standalone fiction? Already published serial interludes might work, though our own readers would probably prefer to get something new from us if they buy the anthology.

I think a publication in spring 2018 should be realistic. Opinions?

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  1. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    Oh, and anyone who knows the listed authors (and others who'd fit right in) and is able to pull them into this thread, please do so <3

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  2. Fiona Gregory (Moderator)

    Posted 1 month ago

    Interesting idea Chrysalis. I would definitely buy it.

    By the way, here's a webfiction anthology that was pulled together in 2010. It is not associated with WFG but most of the authors have multiple works on WFG. There are some great stories in here (read my review!).
    https://www.amazon.com/Other-Sides-12-Webfiction-Tales-ebook/dp/B00472O6M0/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

  3. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    its been done before. I did two volumes of Dream Fantastic, and we actually had some decent dls through smashwords and amazon free for a while. And we had the shared world anthology several of us were working on earlier this year, but that kinda... flopped out, sadly.

  4. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    Anthologies are notoriously hard to pull off - the royalty split is a nightmare, among other things. Which is why I suggested we donate the earnings to Chris, and let him act as the publisher to avoid the royalty split hassle. And cover and marketing would be covered, so no need to rack our brains over splitting cost.

    Besides, since we now have some RoyalRoadL authors who are doing well and are active on this forum, it would be nice to include them! In my opinion, anyway. :)

    I heard about the past anthologies and will check them out for sure!

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  5. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    Guess there isn't a lot of interest :(

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  6. LadyAnder (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    I would be interested in supporting such a thing if it helps Chris.

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  7. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    Thanks, LadyAnder. I'll see if I can't mobilize some of the folks I've already emailed in the past - I'm looking at you, Leo! And a couple others, too. ;)

    If we could get a couple early confirmations, it might be easier for others to join in.

    Aaaand we should probably ask Chris if he even likes the idea...

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  8. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 1 month ago

    I think it’s a good idea. You’re likely to find that all the people you mentioned are pretty busy. That doesn’t mean people will say no, but it may be hard to get in touch with people—partially just because they don’t check here as much as they might want to. To put it another way—I just saw this for the first time now.

    But yes... First ask Chris about it.

    EDIT: Also, I let Drew know.

  9. leoduhvinci (Member)

    Posted 4 weeks ago

    Assuming leo there is leo me, I'd be happy to contribute! Really appreciative to this community as a whole.

    Would anthology be the best idea or are there other options? Happy for either.

  10. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Thanks, Leo!

    Update: I emailed Chris and asked him to please take a look at the thread. Let's wait for him before we do any more plotting.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  11. revfitz (Member)

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    I think this is a wonderful idea, if you will have me I would be interested! If not I totally understand :)

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  12. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    Hi all,

    To be honest, I seriously considered closing WFG's Patreon account a few weeks ago, and may yet do so. The only reason I didn't was to give me a bit of time to consider if hiring someone is an option, as I have consistently made no progress on rewriting the site software. I don't want to be collecting money that will never get used.

    If you all want to publish an anthology, have at it, but I can't be involved. My current employer is a certain orange-themed writing site, and publishing an anthology would definitely put me in competition with them, which I have agreed not to do. So, yeah, I can't be involved. :)

    Thanks for thinking of me. I really do appreciate it. But I don't honestly know what to do differently with the site, and rewriting it just to eliminate WordPress hasn't yet proven enough reason to do it.

    Chris

  13. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    That's sad but understandable, Chris. The anthology project would feel a bit pointless without your involvement, but if anyone has another idea how to make this work while also having it be a project for corporate (WFG community) good - without royalty splits, because those are just nightmarish - by all means.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  14. unice5656 (Member)

    Posted 2 weeks ago

    You could just donate all proceeds to charity.

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