Shared World Anthology: Proposal

2 years ago | Alexander.Hollins (Member)

Okay, there's been lots of talk in a recent thread, lots of people who have done stuff before, lots of people saying, well, if someone starts it, I'm in.

I was going to do a serial Swappers for Halloween, but decided against it. I'm going to consider this Serial Swappers Winter Holidays, with gift as a theme. We're going to give each other gifts!

I'd like to run this in three phases, for those interested.

1. World Building
A. Genre. S/F, Supers, Magic, Space Opera, ect.
B. Basic rules of the Genre
C. Places, themes, goverments, groups, ect.

2. Character building
A. Everyone involved at this stage creates a character, writes a sketch about them. As a group, we brainstorm and okay ideas linking characters.
B. A few global characters are created by the world building team for all to use equally. Movers, shakers, politicians, royalty, dragons, wizards of great renown, that beggar who knows EVERYTHING with the green skin and formaldehyde smell.
C. Some active possible plots are generated. We list out things the globals are doing, people list out things their personal characters are doing publicly.

3. Story time!
A. Everyone writes a story, likely using their character as the MC. no one is allowed to use another persons character as an MC without talking with that creator, but we all have carte blanche to use each others characters and the globals as sides.
B. stories are collected, anything GLARINGLY plot hole / inconsistent between stories will get hammered out by Editorial staff with story writers.
C. Publish anthology.

A few notes. I'm expecting people to pop in and out, come in late, ect. Want to world build, but know you wont write a story? Fine, thats cool. Come up with a character, but dont use them as a main, or don't write a story at all? Up to you. Come in near the end and want to slide in a story last minute? Go for it!

I'm kind of assuming that I will be the Chief Editor of this beast. Unless someone else is willing to run it that other people would prefer? I will definitely need an Assistant Editor though. Unpaid positions, the both.

These will be disparate short stories, no major story linking unless two writers get together to decide so. As suggested before, see Thieves World. Inconsistencies WILL happen, depending on the author, a main character in TW is, for the first three books, alternately male, female, trans, intersex, then female again.

Final publishing would be, ideally, everyone posts their story and a link to the main book on their own websites blogs, if any. Anthology put on Amazon and others, with proceeds to be given to WFG. If the whole thing is popular enough, and people want more, we can kickstart a sequel to ensure per word payment to authors.

So... thoughts? anyone in? anything glaring I'm missing?

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  1. ChrysKelly (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Who would the copyright belong to?

  2. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Ooof. Good question. Well, I was thinking it would have to be done under an LLC likely, so, like most anthologies, copyright to the publisher for one year, reverting for each story back to the writer of that story for a year. Trademark and characters is more the issue. I think a rider stating that use of the characters remains with the collaboration, with a predetermined percentage royalty of any future royalties earned on any work involving that character in more than a minor role. (no more than ten percent "screentime")

  3. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Sounds really good. I could use a side project. Count me in.

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  4. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    There's no delete, apparently, but this is a double post. Apologies.

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  5. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Shaeor, that means you need to write two stories. (kidding!)

  6. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Ha! I think that'd be just a bit beyond my capabilities right now. What kind of length do you have in mind for the individual pieces of this project and overall? Also, do you plan on creating a Discord or whatnot? I assume this thread is just sign-up.

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    DIRGE The light is dying. Hold your breath and go gently.
  7. Qorvus (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I'm in like wossname.

    I'm guessing length will really depend on the numbers we get. If you only have half a dozen you'd need longer stories to ensure a worthwhile length of book. Up to say 10,000 words would be the max I would think.

    Author of a collection of SF/F short webfiction -
    Echo of the Ages - Epic Fantasy Serial
  8. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    the beautiful thing about doing it online, if we dont plan on printing it, is fuck your word count requirements! I figure standard short story length, 3-15 k? And I have the feeling that a small group WILL do a round robin story on their own, so a 30k novella? Couple of 500 word flash fiction pieces. some poetry.

    I do not like discord, it seems .... screwey. I figure when we get into it using some public google docs? we'll see. If theres a good reason to use discord or another platform though, we'll go with it.

  9. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I'm watching, though I'm not sure about committing. We'll see how it plays out in the long run.

    But if you're looking for settings, I've got, like, six.

    Author of Price.
  10. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Tana, the few times ive done this before, worked with a group to create a setting, it was always something new, but everyone threw in pieces of settings they had come up with, but never been able to use. So, keep em handy!

  11. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    So just so I'm clear, it's not like a play-by-post, back and forth roleplay. It's a series of stories connected by the setting (or character(s)), so there's no waiting on other people to establish their end of any continuity before someone else can get started, and everyone's capped at one story for now.

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  12. unice5656 (Moderator)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I might be interested depending on whether the genre is something I feel comfortable writing in.

  13. Qorvus (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Yeah, genre would be the big thing. I'm comfortable with most SF/F - even dabbling into horror/weird. Beyond that I may struggle. I'm not sure I could really do superheroes properly and just forget romance :)

    Just throwing things against the wall here, but would a city or some other centre of population be the best way to go, depending on genre. If SF it could even be something like a space station.

    A setting like that could work for any kind of genre - be it fantasy, steampunk, SF, horror, noir or any combination of them or others (hrm, a noir horror steampunk setting. Stop getting ideas when you have others to finish :P)

    Author of a collection of SF/F short webfiction -
    Echo of the Ages - Epic Fantasy Serial
  14. unice5656 (Moderator)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Hehe, I'm pretty much limited to fantasy and romance. Let's do fantasy.


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