Non-English Submissions

6 years ago | Tintenteufel (Member)

Greetings fellow humans

It is I, he who has a terrible anxiety to actually comment on stuff here.
And I have a question to you all that I've been avoiding for quite some time now:
What do you think about non-english submissions/fiction on the WebFictionGuide?

I wrote a mail to Chris, back in December I think, and his answer was to ask you guys. Which I admittedly kept postponing because of...cowardly reasons. Now however I plan on really giving this whole WebSerial thing my all. But for that I need to get at least a tiny bit of an audience and this here is my first place to go looking.

My reasons for asking are threefold:
1. I write in german. I could try english - as chrysalis so valiantly does, congrats again! - but that would eat to much of my time and cut out my favorite part of writing: Playing with the words. I don't really feel comfortable doing that. My writing suffers and as a consequence I get even more dissatisfied with it.

2. There exists no german equivalent to a site like this. Even though I've learned these past few months that german WebSerials do exist they don't really congregate and networking there takes a lot of Micromanagement.

3. There is a sizable german audience here, as far as I know. Or at least a few Serials - or so I have heard - have readers from Germany. Well, I know from a few I brought over at least.

So for me WFG is a very good place to start. It already has an audience that is used to WebFiction and a portion of that speaks my language and might be starved for that.

Of course I would respect the opinion to keep WFG english and I don't really expect massive numbers. But nontheless it would be a good motivation for me to keep my listing place. :)
So what do you guys think?

Blut und Rost - German Webserial about the horror that is human interaction

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  1. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I have no strong feelings one way or the other, really. Are you expecting someone to be upset about non-English speakers?

    I don't know how much audience you'll collect, but I've got a fair chunk of Germans reading my story so I have to believe you'll get some people out of it. Certainly enough to be worth the effort of tossing your hat in the ring.

    Author of Price.
  2. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I think it would be cool to have listings in different languages on WFG. Like TanaNari, I have quite a lot of German readers - they're the #5 reader group in terms of size, I think - and wouldn't mind telling them about your serial.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world.
  3. LEErickson (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I know we talked about this a little already, but yeah, about 20% of my readers are German--second in numbers only to the U.S. (Not that 20% of a few dozen is huge, but relatively speaking, and I am thrilled to have the readers I do have.) After we talked a few weeks ago, I did put your serial out in front of my readers, but I doubt you've seen much traffic from me. My readers do not like to comment, and they do not like to click on ANYTHING, not even other serials by me or my author page, so don't take that personally. ;)

    I see no reason whatsoever why you shouldn't list here. If there's a German-reading audience out there, then you should be putting your story in front of as many eyes as you can. Go for it! I'm tempted to make time to start learning German so I can someday read your serial (and your Twitter) for myself. I have mad respect for those of you who are reading and writing in more than one language.

  4. ChrysKelly (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Personally, I won't read it (because I know like 5 German words, tops, probably less) but everyone else is suggesting there's a readership for it. So go for it :)

  5. Tintenteufel (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Thank you all very much. :) I guess I will apply then.

    And thank you Lori for the shout out! There have been a few hits lately but I'm really bad at interpreting the statistics. So I don't exactly know where they came from or even if they were real. I'm gonna have a look into it though. Promise. :)

    Blut und Rost - German Webserial about the horror that is human interaction
  6. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Statistically speaking, Germans are a disproportionate amount of visitors to my serial as well. There's extremely strong english adoption rates in Germany, and apparently a great fondness for literature.

    I'd say if *any* language was ever going to be successful in this forum outside of english, it would be german. So go for it!

    From Winter's Ashes: A Detective with nothing left to lose, against a Necromancer with a world to gain.
  7. Tintenteufel (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    The adoption I can couch for, yes. Which is why I am so surprised about the whole lack of serial hubs and stuff. It is extremely strange how badly eBooks and online fiction are doing (on the whole) given all that.

    Anyway: I just submitted my serial. So thanks for the encouragement and we'll see what comes of it. :) *nervous*

    Blut und Rost - German Webserial about the horror that is human interaction
  8. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Whaaat? Ebooks aren't doing badly at all, though it depends on where you live in the world. Where I live (and maybe in Germany too), most people still prefer print books. But in the USA, bookstores are vanishing because of ebooks. Amazon alone sells over a million ebooks a day.

    As for web fiction, I suspect many of those who read it do so at work - because it's the one thing they can read without getting caught by ze boss. XD No statistics, just an assumption based on some reader comments.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world.
  9. Tintenteufel (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Oh yeah, I meant in Germany, sorry. There the percentage for eBooks is around 5% or even less. Compared to...20% in the U.S., I think. Same goes for Austria and Switzerland, as you said.

    Blut und Rost - German Webserial about the horror that is human interaction
  10. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I have a theory that print books are still doing well in our countries because bookstores are usually only a short trip away. In the USA, depending on where you live, you have a looooong drive ahead of you if you want something new to read. And ordering online sucks if you don't feel like waiting a few days. Ebooks can be read less than a minute after buying them.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world.


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