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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:50 am

[Reposted from old comment system, from Dave Freer on Fri, 17 Dec 2010 22:07:45 0000]

All they can do is the things you can do yourself (but with less hassle factor), and possibly promote your work out of obscurity. I put the former as worth roughly $1-2K. The latter is possibly worth their present rates -- provided they give you a LOT (say 50K) of sales. The way I see it is as the inverse of today's setup - a very cheap basic "before you start to earn" of say $1K, which goes to the publisher. Thereafter the publisher would earn 10% of cover price, for the first 5000 copies, 12.5% for the next 5000, 15% for 10-15% etc, and so on up.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:51 am

[Reposted from old comment system, from Greg Hullender on Thu, 16 Dec 2010 18:26:04 0000]

I keep thinking a social network built on top of something like Critters could accomplish the same thing. When I critiqued a story, I'd like to indicate whether I'd want to see more from that author. I'd also indicate whether I recommended this story to my friends on Critters. When someone criiqued one of my stories, I'd indicate whether I wanted to get more critiques from that person in the future. Based on my ratings and the ratings of others, Critters could suggest authors/critiquers I might like but whom I haven't interacted with before.

I think this would tend to create a hierarchy, with the better writers and the better critiquers naturally floating to the top. At a certain point, people might offer to pay highly-rated authors and highly-rated critiquers. Given a large enough network, a writer might never need a publisher or an editor. It might be difficult to say precisely when a book was "published," since the author could keep taking feedback and updating it, but maybe that's okay.

Anyway, this is very "out there," but I wouldn't be into SF if I didn't like speculation. :-)

--Greg
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