I had an idea today. The more I thought about it, the better it sounded in my head. Please hear me out!
What if we banded together for an anthology of short stories by web fiction authors who benefitted from their WFG listings? And if the earnings went to Chris, to help pay for a site overhaul and as compensation for all his tireless work?
Now with a bit more detail:
Imagine a collection of stories by popular WFG authors, each one with a short introduction about the author and their history as a publisher of web fiction. The goals would be as follows:
-To raise global awareness of web fiction OTHER than Wattpad (it's shocking how many people believe Wattpad is the only platform there is)
-To raise awareness of WFG / RoyalRoadL and increase reader traffic
-To promote each featured author and their work
-To increase interest in web fiction as an alternate form of publishing
-To help Chris pay for site upgrades and offer compensation.
It would be easiest if Chris himself acted as the publisher and put the finalized anthology up on Amazon, through D2D etc.
Unfortunately, anthologies by relatively unknown (compared to Stephen King etc) authors tend to not sell like hotcakes. But I think we could really push this anthology up the ranks (and gain a lot of visibility) by promoting it to our individual followings. For instance, I have about 2K blog followers and mailing list subscribers combined. I could also make waves on Kboards and would pay for promotion, possibly the cover as well.
If y'all agree this isn't a horrible idea, I'd like to get the following authors on board:
Leo (I forget his surname, sorry!)
Scott Straughan (Author of the Iron Teeth)
Others who gained large followings and / or made good money thanks to WFG (even if other factors / listings elsewhere also played a role)
Would you guys be willing to contribute a 5-15K word story that can be enjoyed as standalone fiction? Already published serial interludes might work, though our own readers would probably prefer to get something new from us if they buy the anthology.
I think a publication in spring 2018 should be realistic. Opinions?