There isn't one.
Not exactly anyway. We have platforms like Jukepop and so on and so forth, Amazon is making motions toward the market.
As has been said again and again, we are the fringe, the new birth of the old.
If we do not construct the industry, others will. So rather than groups like Amazon taking the throne, why don't we?
An Industry created by writers, for writers, to offer readers a consistent and clean(edited) product.
This seems like a big undertaking, but we have people from many walks of life among us, and in particular we have serailists who despite the issues have achieved great success, so much that their writing is their job now. I've seen the passion that so many of you have, a number of you are deeply concerned about our growing medium. I've seen the snakes in the grass, the people who would take us for all we are worth, we've all seen the masses of spam.
A number of you are trying to advance the medium, get it recognized, legitimized or at least present in the public eye. We should all unite.
I'm not talking just about a host.
I'm not talking just about a listing site.
I've seen people talk about getting the medium recognized as an artform, no offense, but it already is. Even what is traditionally art is considered dross by many. What we need is not to be recognized as art, but as material to be consumed. Some people read books because they are great works of art, but the majority read for entertainment, be it humour they seek, sadness, a journey or whatever else.
We need to make the Industry before it is made for us. The more middlemen we can cut out, the better and if we are to have middlemen, and we cannot completely avoid it, then let them be of our own making.
So, all fine and flowery words, but what do I actually mean by it?
What I mean, is an entity that'll advertize, edit, support and generally help serials to be thrust into the public eye in a fine form. A beast that we feed with our profits to gain more readers, more serials, and more profits to continue the cycle. A thing of rules, regulations and standards.
We can make this body with difficulty but if anyone tried to do it on their own? I do not see how they could do it.
We come from many walks of life, each of us having different things to offer, some of us even have connections, friends with skills that could aid us in this working. This is a rare chance, one unlikely to come about in our lifetimes again. We can shape the fate of the professional webserial community, we can look at what other serial industries have done well, where they have gone wrong.
This is a call to arms. It may not be the clearest call, or a call that offers many solutions. But the call is there. Let's get together and talk about this. More than talking. Let us do this.
If we don't. Someone else will, and it is far harder to change an industry from the inside than it is to make one.
The large serialists, the small serialists, those who want to do this professionally, come together, please. Even those who just want to do this as a hobby, this will if we do it well enough, even enable you to more freely do it.