3 months ago | AdamBolander (Member)

I just got an email from offering me the chance to submit one of my stories to them. From what I gathered, they work like any other serial fiction site, except they have a submission process and actually pay their writers. $20usd per chapter if I'm understanding them right. Have any of you guys heard of them or worked with them before?

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  1. unice5656 (Member)

    Posted 3 months ago

    Never heard of it.

    Twenty dollars wouldn't get me excited about all the conditions and deadlines they no doubt implement.

  2. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 2 months ago

    5.Who owns the copyright of signed stories?
    Electronic copyright: the author, though for the three years after payment of author remuneration, FicFun will have exclusive rights to freely publish contracted stories natively or on third-party websites and to charge for readership access. After three years, FicFun will only retain the right to freely publish contracted works on its own website. Without authorization by FicFun, authors will not be allowed to delete contracted works.
    Publication rights: exclusive to the author. If the author commissions FicFun to publish physical books, FicFun will be entitled to 50% of the proceedings. If the author publishes physical copies on his or her own, FicFun will be entitled to 30% of the proceedings.
    Derivative works (movies, games, comics, audio books): exclusive to the author. If FicFun makes a successful recommendation, FicFun will be entitled to an economic agency fee of 20%.

    Not too bad, im thinking.

  3. LadyAnder (Member)

    Posted 2 months ago

    Never heard of them so, lets check them out.

    For anyone who is wondering, this is how their payment works:

    1.What is FicFun's Signed Writer Program?

    FicFun’s Signed Writers Program is a payment plan in the hope of motivating and rewarding aspiring novelists and helping expose them to a wider audience. Once an author becomes a signed writer they will receive regular payment, depending on the frequency of their uploads.

    The contract generally stipulates two issues:

    Firstly, the update frequency of signed works. Writers are usually paid $10 per 1,000 words and are expected to regularly upload 10,000 words at least throughout the month. The amount of chapters and their length is the writers’ prerogative, though we suggest five chapters of 2,000 words each.

    Secondly, author remuneration. As mentioned previously, we usually pay $10 per 1,000 words, however, this may go up depending on the quality and popularity of an author’s work.

    Interesting, though, I wonder how sustainable this all is because I'm curious how they make their money.

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  4. AdamBolander (Member)

    Posted 2 months ago

    So I did a little digging and found this discussion about them. Doesn't give me good feelings. Also, apparently they think that $10 for 1,000 words is pathetic. If I submitted The Gray Ranger to them like the guy who contacted me suggested, I would make roughly $1850. I admittedly don't know a whole lot, but that sounds like a good bit of money. Is that less than what most serial publishing companies would pay?

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  5. LadyAnder (Member)

    Posted 2 months ago


    It isn't a whole lot of money.

    The difference between FicFun and Tapas is they've a clear method of generating money to pay writers. And maybe I didn't wonder on the site long enough, but I didn't find anything. This is a place that's probably going to fail because of that if it's legit. I mean this isn't the only place that's used this method to pay creators out of thin air and end up dropping the model/payment method. This place reminds me of Inkitt in that, just stay far away from them.

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  6. AdamBolander (Member)

    Posted 2 months ago

    I've tried using Tapas, but they had a word limit for their chapters. Since mine go on longer than they want I'd have to reformat the entire book to make it work with tiny, tiny chapters. I just don't think that's worth it.

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  7. DrewHayes (Member)

    Posted 2 months ago

    Some concerns:

    1. They seem to be lumping ebooks in with the electronic copyright, based on what Alex posted. In that context, they have to right to put it up anywhere, so even if you gain momentum with the story, they would be able to publish and ride the hype. Now the language might just be poor and they could be counting ebook with the print rights, which brings us too:

    2. They want 30% of your book if you publish it with no involvement from them. Note that the snippet we have doesn't say 30% for three years or anything, so that means lifetime of the book. That is a HUGE, permanent stake in your property for the paltry entry price of $10 per $1000 words as AdamBolander quoted. 30% is what Amazon takes, and there is no fathomable way they are providing that level of distribution or service.

    Either way, I would seriously consider pre-publishing negotiations in which you get a contract reducing, or honestly eliminating, their stake in the print and ebook sales. And deal with them very carefully. The stuff people have posted so far paint a company not to be trusted too readily.

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  8. LadyAnder (Member)

    Posted 2 months ago


    That link was mostly for comparison not so much you should go with them. These guys don't do much is what I'm saying.

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  9. AdamBolander (Member)

    Posted 2 months ago

    Does anyone have any other serial websites they can recommend? I'm especially interested in ones that pay their authors. I already use WattPad, Fictionpress, RoyalRoad, and Deviantart.

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  10. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 2 months ago

    Drew, i completely missed that 30 percent line, I feel like a moron. Thank you! Thats an automatic deal breaker.

    on the amount, an industry standard for short fiction is six cents a word, though some places pay more, and I'm seeing 9 and 10 a lot more. so 60 per 1000 words.

    That said, a lot of smaller , indie markets will do token payments, 10-15 for a story of 1-3k.


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