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How do you feel about crowd-sourced publishing? 

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8 deviants said I just want to click something. :dummy:
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4 deviants said I'm for it because...
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2 deviants said (Reason I'm asking: Macmillan's new crowd-sourced romance imprint, Swoon, whose details are here: www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/…)
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2 deviants said I'm against it because...
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No deviants said Something else!

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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm interested in it. I don't know enough about it to have any firm opinion, but anything that has the possibility of increasing the risks the publishing companies take is going to make me at least slightly interested in it. :shrug:

It's another subject to research, at least. ;P
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Writer
Definitely a thing worth looking into. :nod:
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Writer
I'm very interested in it. I mean, sure, people can hack this shit, but I like any sign that the publishing industry has finally realized there's this thing called the internet. And that people will be interested in a lot of things you might not expect.

It's not like I don't understand why the publishing industry is risk-averse. That's why I think this makes sense. Maybe we'll get some stuff out of left field. I would like that.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
I would definitely love for programs like this to increase variety in the market. :nod:
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
Dunno, feels like another popularity contest type situation -- they'd have to have a hell of a system to keep people from making multiple accounts and bots and things, and heck, I'm sure everyone would be vying for votes from family and FB friends they haven't spoken to in years. I don't think I'm a fan.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
That's what I'm worried about as well. :noes:
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Writer
Obviously it's great if it works for you and you get published, but the more I think about it, the more it makes me cringe. It makes me think of those art contests on Neopets where good art would be passed by because someone else was simply better at self-promotion.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Writer
:rofl: Yup. I've seen other websites which do a similar thing and it's just frustrating watching it turn into, as you said, a popularity contest.
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
I'm for it because I don't see it doing anyone any harm. More options are a good thing, as long as they don't take the previous options away.

Of course, for it to work there will have to be readers who are willing to put in the time and effort to read and vote on something - which I'm guessing they won't even be able to finish unless it gets published, which means that enough other people have to like it just as much as they do. It's a gamble, and I'm not convinced it'll work.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
Definitely a good point about there having to be readers first -- it'll be interesting to see how well this venture gets off the ground.
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Plussss...okay, just clicked on the link--it is still traditional publication, in the sense that Macmillan is the distributor.

It's kinda like dA, in a way. Romantically Apocalyptic and Knite just got hugely popular on the site, and a publisher swooped in and was like, "Hey, we'll print that!" It seems to happen a lot with webcomics actually. DC picked up Axe Cop and Finder when they were free on the internet, 4DE cashed in on Lackadaisy after it proved very popular online. It's a pretty low-risk thing for publishers in those fields; why not see if it works for novels?
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   Writer
About your Kickstarter comment -- I didn't even know it was so instrumental in getting graphic novels published, so thanks for that fact! It makes sense, though, because traditional publishers probably don't want to shell out money for all the printing cost for such detailed work.

Macmillan's new model is a bit like dA in a way, isn't it? Build a following, get published. :nod:
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Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm a fan of the whole kickstarter movement. I think it's particularly great for works that have a passionate niche audience rather than a broad one. For instance, Kickstarter itself is now officially the #2 publisher of graphic novels on the market. I'm a huge comic book geek, and I personally love being able to contribute to campaigns to bring about different sorts of graphic novels.

Plus, I think kickstarter is a good hybrid between self-pub, where the author maintains control over the final product and no prices get jacked up by a middleman, and traditional pub, because it ensures a product is only going to market if there's an audience established.

Honestly, I think it's great that we still have traditional publishers, we have indie presses, we have so many self-publishing resources, and, now, we have kickstarter. All these options make me feel confident that great books are getting into the hands of people who will read them.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Writer
I think it's interesting, not sure what to feel about it. On the one hand, more people might get picked up. On the other hand, it seems like a way for publishers to just leave all the work to readers -- which, again, might not be a bad thing, I honestly can't say. It seems to be cutting out agents from the initial acceptance equation though (not necessarily on the contract negotiation part).

Ack, there. Take my neutral opinion. :XD:
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Writer
I like your neutral opinion! :lol: You bring up a lot of good points about where this trend might take publishing, and it's got a lot of pros and cons, definitely. :nod:
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Amriah Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Basically I think it's too early to tell. Plus there are so many options to go about publishing your work now, so it's one of those things that could be beneficial for some and not so much for most or just others in general.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Writer
All very true. :nod:
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Writer
I'll reserve my own comments until I get some other ones. ;)

While I have in mind Macmillan's model -- basically, you post the first few chapters of your novel and people get to vote -- feel free to ramble about things like Kickstarter or Indiegogo if you wish.
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