Traditional publishing for web serials?

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  1. Stable (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I've not heard of D2D before, that's really interesting!

    @Chrysalis and others who are skeptical: what would a trad publisher need to offer you to make you interested now you've heard the horror stories? I'm not published myself, but 70% is obviously a fantastic royalty rate. I suppose I'm really asking: How much self-marketing have you had to do and how much value do you place on that?

    @leo Do you have your own subreddit? Link us up!

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  2. leoduhvinci (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @chrysalis

    Some great points there. For some reason, my phone doesn't show me the radish reviews, so I can't see them- I think it's because there's a new version or something? At this point I strongly agree with you that their future is uncertain, but I don't think it hurts (for me at least) to give it a try and just see what happens unless I get complaints. I don't think that they are ripping readers off if the authors use it right, as the material is free within the week. However, the possibility for that definitely exists. Thanks so much for the input, and many of your points are issues I've experienced with the app, such as their initial focus on romance.

    Also, I agree with you about being skeptical about traditional publishers, and see more opportunities with self pub work.

    @Stable

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    D2D sounds really neat!

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  3. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @leo maybe this has changed, but last I heard (some time back) authors were encouraged (required?) to keep some content locked for longer than a week, sometimes much longer. They also enforced exclusivity (or planned to) after the Android app went live, I don't know for sure if they went through with it in the end, though. The up to date theme features on their site suggest they're still primarily focused on romance.

    @stable I'd be interested if a publisher offered a really good print only deal, but those are rare as a hen's teeth so I'm not holding my breath. I might also be interested in a really big advance (six figures) and there's no way that would happen, either. BUT the Amazon-owned imprints interest me. I've seen their marketing machine in action. It's crazy how much Amazon pushes its own imprints, so with those, I'd know they do more marketing than I could do on my own.

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

    Posted 3 years ago

    @chrysalis Sorry, I still consider them pretty deep in their initial phase. So yes romance is still their focus. I'm not 100% sure on their exclusivity rules- I joined with their first batch of authors, so I think that I am grandfathered in. Also, whenever I update, I only have the option to lock a chapter for seven days. If I were to upload several chapters at once then that would compound, but I typically only do one a week, and like giving bonus ones too. So yes, an author could upload a ton of chapters which would knock that date back pretty far, but personally I don't think that is a great strategy. I like just having 1-2 available ahead of time so people don't feel compelled to buy them.

    Again, I don't know what the outcome of radish will be. But I figure it's worth it to be along for the ride in case they become successful.

    View more from author Leonard Petracci,including fantasy and fiction stories, at https://leonardpetracci.com
  5. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @leo Is there still no exclusivity requirement for new authors? Even though the Android app is now live?

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

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Chrysalis I don't know. Last I heard they just want you to be further along in the radish version than the others. I try to keep 1 free radish chapter available and 1 paid chapter available that are further than anywhere else, so I'm 2 ahead on radish. But I'm not sure what their requirements are there.

    View more from author Leonard Petracci,including fantasy and fiction stories, at https://leonardpetracci.com
  7. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I just need to say... you all are blowing my mind lately.

    Between people having audio versions of their work on a website... to promoting on reddit... wow.

    So @leoduhvinci you have your own subreddit? I barely get on reddit since the TOS of the site seems to be hostile towards promotion but I never even considered creating a subreddit and posting chapters.

    *mind blown*

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  8. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Regarding D2D, I'd like to add that in order to upload books to Apple you need to have a Mac or Macincloud. So D2D is good for that if you're a PC user who can't be bothered to learn how to use a virtual Mac environment.

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

    Posted 3 years ago

    I've done alright on Wattpad by leveraging my existing readers and my reader base continues to grow there. That said, I've also seen next to no traffic from there to my main site or anywhere else. I'm not sure that posting there has helped me at all yet, even though I've gotten a fair amount of views.

    Author of The Iron Teeth, a online dark fantasy story.
  10. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Tintenteufel, something for you! Would have loved to send a PM, but alas, we don't have PMs. :(

    Anyway, a link that is relevant for you: http://indiesgogerman.com/

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

    Posted 3 years ago

    Thank you very much, Chrysalis. :)
    Indeed very interesting and relevant. Haven't gotten around to reading all of it - and to be fair: It feels weird to read tips about marketing in germany from a german writer in english - but I'm working my way through it. :) And will try out stuff and give a feedback for sure.

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

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