10 years ago | nomesque (Member)

Anyone else tried creating an ezine-type setup to help people find their fiction?

I've been playing around with OpenZine - I finally published a very so-so edition (Squiggly Fiction - I Do, I Think) with a couple of love/romance/marriage-themed short pieces.

I was really surprised - 300 views in 2 days, with a couple clicking through to NF each day.

Anyone else doing this? Thinking about it?

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  1. grantcravens (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Looks neat! This could be an awesome way to do a collaborative side project sort of thing. Maybe a short fiction digest.

    Boat Story: kidnapped kids, mysterious maps, debt, tropical storms, pirates, sea monsters, family, tea.
  2. grantcravens (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    So, I decided to give it ago. You can see it here, first chapter, complete with my own crappy doodles as pictorial filler. Well, by "here", I mean here:


    I need sleep. Gotta get up. This was fun, though.

    Boat Story: kidnapped kids, mysterious maps, debt, tropical storms, pirates, sea monsters, family, tea.
  3. Alex McG (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I think I'm missing something about this... It just seems like a service that lets you create content on their site so they get the credit for the traffic. It doesn't even seem that your issues are housed within your "openzine.com/whatever" domain...

    I guess it's the formatting and layout capabilities that make it different from a normal blog post, and I admit, they are pretty cool, but I'm astounded that you got 300 views in 2 days. I dunno... maybe this is cool... maybe it's just in the "wordpress.com" phase and I won't be excited about it until it's in the "wordpress.org" phase.

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  4. Sora (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I signed up. I think I'm going to use it as an in-world magazine about my characters(with interviews and stuff)for the incentives and use it for other bonus material. It would probably work for a novel that is taking full advantage of what the internet has to offer like using character twitters and stuff like that, but to host a straight web novel would be more work than necessary.

  5. nomesque (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Alex - I think it depends on what a writer's doing, as to whether they'll find something like this useful. Because I write all sorts of storylines, and all sorts of genres, I'm probably finding it more useful than most. I like the ability to package together a few standalone(ish) stories, add some graphics, and find some new readers with a minimum of effort. I think these zines tend to have different audiences to blogs and fiction sites. I'm at a point where I want to get my work out, get people interested and reading. So this sort of thing is handy for me.

  6. grantcravens (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I'm with Nom on this one. If I had a bigger name in fiction, I don't think I'd bother with OZ; like I said on my own site, I could do more with Pages if I wanted to. But it's a neat idea, and it does seem to be driving a few hits to my site. I have no name, so anything I can do to get my stuff out there helps. Granted, Nom's doing short, almost flash fiction, and I'm doing long-form, in episodes, so we'll see how that makes a difference.

    Boat Story: kidnapped kids, mysterious maps, debt, tropical storms, pirates, sea monsters, family, tea.
  7. nomesque (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I worked out why the big stats on these zines, btw. The OpenZine crew use Twitter to promote any zine on their site that happens to catch their eye. So within 10 minutes of publishing my latest effort (see it here if you're interested), I had over a hundred people click through to check it out.

    Now I'm not sure how much effect it will have on reader numbers in the longterm, but they're definitely harnessing the power of the net :-)

  8. grantcravens (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Twitter or no, my first issue has gotten nearly 1000 hits. If I can keep one or two of those people, even, I'll be happy.

    More would be better, of course. =D

    Boat Story: kidnapped kids, mysterious maps, debt, tropical storms, pirates, sea monsters, family, tea.
  9. nomesque (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Hehe :-)

    Hey, I like Twitter-promo. I'm not too fond of doing it myself, because I'm worried about irritating people, but I'm fine with someone who has 40000 or so followers doing it for me *grin*

  10. lethebashar (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I have an ezine called Escape into Life. It's an Arts and Culture Webzine for illustration artists and online writers. We'll be starting a forum and a review blog in the coming weeks.

  11. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    You know, it seems like it would be a good idea to start a big zine for (online) fiction based around these parts. Something communal, with high production values and standards.

    Am I the only one thinking along these lines?


  12. Janoda (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Nope, I had this idea a while ago when we were brainstorming new features for the WFG. It's a great idea, but it would require a main editor, and I don't know if anybody has got the time for this...

    What would you want for the content? Reviews? Introductions? General info on Web-Fiction?
    I'm more than willing to help, but don't have enough time to carry it all.

    Also, is this the best place to start something like this? Does it have a big enough audience? How are the google rankings?

    And wouldn't an independant blog-magazine be better SEO wise? If we want it to be an 'official' WFG magazine, wouldn't the fact that it isn't hosted independant look iffy? If we do something like this, I think we ought to think it through, before we jump in.

  13. Sora (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I think it would be cool if we featured interviews and maybe short stories from some of the authors (if they had the time). This is probably a good place to put articles and things that really don't have a "place" or defined area to go in. It would be cool if it came out once a week highlighting old stories in the archives and the best story of the week or something like that. I think it's a good idea, but it would take a lot of work. I don't mind helping out either, but it would probably work better as a group effort.

  14. grantcravens (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    If you'd have me, I'm all for it. That's part of what disappointed me about OpenZine: the first thing I thought of was, this'd be great for a larger, group-oriented project. But it only allows for one page (and the layout system is kind of janky). So, yeah, count me in.

    Boat Story: kidnapped kids, mysterious maps, debt, tropical storms, pirates, sea monsters, family, tea.

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