Tagged With "authors"

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Publishing books on Narrative

Malkazoid ·
Is anyone else thinking of the potential of folks publishing books, chapter by chapter, on Narrative? Can the Narrative team weigh in on whether this may be a reasonable source of income for authors? What would the rewards system look like for such episodic content? Would it be possible for authors to earn something remotely worthwhile based on audience engagement alone: the existing plan to allocate rewards via upvotes and comments? Or would some sort of extra flow of funds be required to...
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Dias Flac ·
Books would be overkill and I cant imagine Narrative being the right platform for long reads. Man, but i think that would be amazing for comics / manga. I'd consume the <[email protected] out of that content tbh.
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Re: Publishing books on Narrative

Malkazoid ·
Additional musings - I wonder if Narrative is contemplating any sort of subscription type format? Like Youtube channels, or Quora followers? And would these be part of the rewards formula? Publishing episodic content is great for subscription uptake.
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Harj ·
I think that's a good idea as long as the content is yours original and that's the following that you like. Great idea I think it could work on your personal Chanel for sure and a niche channel. If it's a story about sailing im reading that! : )
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Malkazoid ·
As a whole book published in one go, I agree. But the chapter by chapter route could work really well I'd imagine? Yes - comics and manga would be a great match!
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Malkazoid ·
Harj - do you sail? I’m planning to learn this year
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Harj ·
Yes I used to sail but I have not sailed for ages now : ( , but I do like books about sailing like the life of Pi! that is a amazing book sailing with a tiger!. but I love the idea Malkazoid I think it could definatly work! Congrats of founder status too! I might start up agian maybe write about sailing but lets see : )
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Rich S ·
Hiya MALKZOID, I have also thought about the potential to promote my books on narrative. Am not sure I'd want to publish it outright onto the platform as it's not yet clear what the platform will look like. However, coming to the platform early could definitely help to promote any work you have. For instance, I have written a book for Children aged 9-12. Now, in other media, that space is so congested. No matter how much money you throw at it for promotion, it's very unlikely it will get...
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Re: Publishing books on Narrative

Malkazoid ·
Thanks Rich - interesting that you're considering this! I think you're right - there might be a lot of folks out there who would at least give Narrative a try with at least a few chapters of their books, to test the waters. Lets keep talking - we may be able to come up with a framework that helps promote their work on Narrative?
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Rich S ·
For sure, I think we have the makings of an Author/Publishing niche
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Harj ·
Lol Rich dont worry about it you learned the hard way! I think this idea will work you just need a captivating story and get that following started and boom! you will have a great community. you could do page by page everyday and leave it on a cliffhanger!!! so they all come back for more.... I think many things could work in Part 1 2 3 etc... lookforward to reading your book on Narrative Scanner Kidz! Rich.
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Rich S ·
Oops, posted twice.. how do you delete messages?
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Rosemary ·
It's really interesting that this idea has emerged organically here. It was one of my first thoughts when we started talking about Narrative. I was considering how the author of The Martian first self published his story.
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Dinuxen ·
Great Idea and interesting about new function Thanks for new concept
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Re: Show off your Niche

Malkazoid ·
Eduardo, amigo, you missed the news. Narrative has decided niches can be sold by their owners at auction, with 95% of proceeds retained by the owner, and 5% kept by the network. I wept tears of joy, and we all ate clams to celebrate. I'll dig up the post in a sec... (PS This is not a joke. This really happened. Well the clams and weeping didn't, but everything else is the truth).
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Show off your Niche

Eduardo Hernández ·
Hi Narrators! So I just paid and, finally, reserved my Niche "Decadence." Again, I do not like at all the idea of just "leasing" my hard thought and earned niche, but that's more politics -and the possible downfall of Narrative in the near future. Anyway, on a less grim and "reality check" note, I am opening this discussion to showing off our Niches, and maybe letting each other know why we created them and what are our intentions with them. I'll start. I'm a writer and a big fan of Charles...
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Re: Show off your Niche

Malkazoid ·
https://community.narrative.ne...60#11025209287329460
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Re: Show off your Niche

Eduardo Hernández ·
You sir, are an angel. Cheers and thanks for helping achieve this fundamental change to this platform. Kudos!
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Re: Show off your Niche

Rsqrd ·
This is FREAKING awesome! Thanks for the share.
Question

Niche selection in Personal Journal entries

Garden Gnome Publications ·
If an author selects three niches for a personal journal entry, can those be changed later after publishing, in perpetuity? For instance, if, a couple of years from now, a new niche appears and I decide a post would fit better into that new niche than one selected at original publication, can that be changed?
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New Feature for Niche Owners/Moderators

Garden Gnome Publications ·
Let's say I'm a niche owner or moderator and I see a post that wasn't tagged into my niche, but I think it would make a great addition. If I had the ability to reblog that post and tag it into the niche I own or are moderating, it would give that post and its author wider visibility on the platform and improve the content in my niche. It's a win-win. If content creators don't want that, you can add a feature to their settings allowing them to opt out of reblogging (or re-Narrating?). As a...
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Re: New Feature for Niche Owners/Moderators

Vico Biscotti ·
The owner having the possibility to suggest a niche would be a good improvement, imo, but I see two issues for "grabbing": I could have intentionally not submitted to a particular niche, for example because I don't like the moderation, and I don't want my article to stay there not even temporarily. Also, this would be anyway a bypass of the 3 niche limit (either it's there or it's not there). What if two or more owners judge the relevance to be there?
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Re: New Feature for Niche Owners/Moderators

Garden Gnome Publications ·
I clearly stated content creators can opt out. Certainly, controls should be in place to prevent abuse. Only one reblog at a time, for instance. Or per owner. So if I own 10 niches, I can't reblog one article to all niches. Only one. And there is already incentive for niche owners to ensure that content is relevant to their niches. That's what moderators are for. As the platform grows, content creators will have more niches to choose from. It will become more difficult to choose the ones...
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Re: New Feature for Niche Owners/Moderators

Vico Biscotti ·
@Garden Gnome Publications , yes, I had already understood the opt-out possibility, but I'm not sure I would be fine with it. For certain niches, I don't want my content to appear there in any case, even if relevant. The BLOG niche is a clear example. I may be busy, or in travel, and my content could remain there for hours or days. Who owns the niche is important to me. It shouldn't, but it's a downside by design, for now. Maybe being allowed to "block" some niches would help, but I see...
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Vico Biscotti ·
Precisely!
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Garden Gnome Publications ·
Oh, I get what you're saying. You may be fine with it in certain niches and not so fine with it in other niches. Perfectly valid concern.
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Colleen Ryer ·
Too, when we get the private messaging going, owners can just ask if the poster wants to join in.
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Bashar Abdullah ·
I see your valid case here, and yes it would make sense to comment and ask if the author know about your niche. But if the feature was there and I were to enable it, I believe the majority if cases would be spam I'm afraid. I'm already getting many general comments asking me to use someone's niche, even though my article fits perfectly better within the specified niches. I would suggest instead smart Niche suggestion based on my content. The system should be able to learn that most posts...
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Re: New Feature for Niche Owners/Moderators

Christina Gleason ·
I like that, as long as the Spam option is clearly described to be used only when the suggested niche is irrelevant, not just because the author doesn't want to post there. And once an author turns down a suggested niche, it can never been suggested again.
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Re: New Feature for Niche Owners/Moderators

Garden Gnome Publications ·
@Bashar Abdullah , the problem with smart niche selection is it may not pick up certain nuances. For instance, if it is entirely keyword-based, then it won't be that smart. What about posts that are nothing but photography, or a video? What if a Narrator publishes a comic strip and no text to go with it? In those cases, Narrative may not know what to suggest. Also, in the case of literature, the system may suggest niches that have nothing to do with the story or poem. A poem about a dog, for...
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Bashar Abdullah ·
@Garden Gnome Publications yes true. These are hard to catch cases.
Suggestion

Short bio & links in the profile

Vico Biscotti ·
When reading and deciding who to follow, I usually prefer to know some of the author, if he or she is willing to share some of it. Also, being present on a platform usually has also a promotional purpose. I think a short bio in the profile, maybe with links, could help both authors and readers.
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Re: Short bio & links in the profile

Malkazoid ·
This is especially desirable if we want to take on more of a Linkedin functionality. I think Narrative_HQ might have made a post explicitly mentioning Narrative could be a good alternative to Linkedin so I think the Team has this in their sights: your suggestion would be a step in the right direction. Then we need to make people aware that people are finding each other and giving each other gigs on Narrative. Of course one HUGE missing piece of that puzzle is Private Messaging, on which...
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Re: Short bio & links in the profile

Vico Biscotti ·
The famous Private Messaging, so important especially for the community governance... https://community.narrative.or...43#17363284294512943
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Use [author responsiveness] and [interactivity generated] in your content promotion algorithms

Malkazoid ·
Hello Team, You may already be doing this, but creating a group of variables that describe Author Responsiveness, and Interactivity Generated, and factoring them in positively when initially ranking and featuring content, would help Narrative. The idea being that if something is posted by a Narrator with a great track record of providing and receiving interactions, the post is more likely to be worthy of attention than a post by someone with a poor track record. Of course these attributes...
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Re: Use [author responsiveness] and [interactivity generated] in your content promotion algorithms

Vico Biscotti ·
I'm not in this. I've no interest in having prioritized posts from active members, but only in having prioritized posts with good quality metrics and mainly from people I follow. Digging in the author's track to prioritize visibility is most welcome, from me, but only for considering quality metrics.
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Re: Use [author responsiveness] and [interactivity generated] in your content promotion algorithms

Malkazoid ·
Good point... interactivity isn't always a sign of quality. But is probably should be part of the equation of whether a post is likely to foster an experience that Narrators find satisfying. If we add past quality track record to the equation as a necessary condition, perhaps we would get closer to the right formula.
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Re: Use [author responsiveness] and [interactivity generated] in your content promotion algorithms

Vico Biscotti ·
Being part of the equation - for example in the reputation or in the rewards about activity - I can agree. I see authors not much present in the comment section of their own posts, sometimes even with super-high reputation, and this is not a good "activity".
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Re: Use [author responsiveness] and [interactivity generated] in your content promotion algorithms

Malkazoid ·
Valid points in terms of a lot of the commenting being initiated by the commenter. But some aspect of it can also come from the poster, and how much they are present in their own comments. Also, if quality in the track record is a prerequisite, this acts as a bit of a fail safe. The rest is all in the balancing of the weighting - whether something is susceptible to gaming or not depends mostly on its weighting within the system of many algorithms at work. I'm not advocating for this to have...
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Re: Use [author responsiveness] and [interactivity generated] in your content promotion algorithms

Colleen Ryer ·
@Malkazoid I think it's too easy to game this - how is automation to differentiate between meaningful discussion in the commenting, and a fight triggered by an inflammatory post? And too, it seems to me that comments are far more ruled by the volition of the commentor, than the post - I'm sure there are already lots of "comment-worthy" posts that few, or no one responded to. Just don't think it's a reliable enough measure to be used if posts are to be buried. I don't understand the trending...
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Re: Use [author responsiveness] and [interactivity generated] in your content promotion algorithms

Malkazoid ·
I understand, and neither would I, except in the case of having data for three months or so of a poster generating close to zero interactivity, coupled with a certain low quality profile. Then you can be pretty sure you've got someone who is just spamming and their posts could set out deprioritized to some degree. Authors already receive rewards for responding to comments: activity rewards are paid for commenting. What is being proposed here is that a certain profile of high quality, highly...
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Re: Use [author responsiveness] and [interactivity generated] in your content promotion algorithms

Colleen Ryer ·
@Malkazoid sure, if authors gained a little by way of rewards for responding to comments, I think would encourage those who don't for what ever reasons to do so to give it some effort. I do think the lack of notification re comments, and people forgeting to tag, as issues that have yet to be "finessesed" I do see the interaction here as a huge bonus to the platform - I just wouldn't want to see posts buried just because there aren't comments. And its possible, once volume increases, readers...
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Re: Use [author responsiveness] and [interactivity generated] in your content promotion algorithms

Malkazoid ·
I'll check that out and delete the duplicate if I can find it. Not sure how that happened!
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Colleen Ryer ·
@Malkazoid I don't know why but this post appears twice, one further down the feed with no activity - and my batteries are flat again, so will be back if the flipping sun ever decides to come back out again
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Re: Use [author responsiveness] and [interactivity generated] in your content promotion algorithms

Colleen Ryer ·
I agree it should only be a small bump. Just posting and running as @AussieNinja terms it, can be due to time restrictions, and not just intentional - interacting with comments can be really time consuming and not every member has this available.
Question

social sharing

Katherine Sophia ·
Not sure if this is a suggestion or question but can we add the ability to email and share to pinterest and or instagram ? Or is this already a thing and I'm missing something. Specifically, I am speaking of adding those link share icons and maybe even some follow icons as well that might be able to be changed to make it easy to follow the Niche owners or Niches, Author of individual posts. I am not very technology knowledgeable, I know I am not the only one either, so the more straight...
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Re: social sharing

Colleen Ryer ·
Yes would be nice if viewers had more choices to share posts they like to other platforms besides twitter and facebook.
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Re: social sharing

MOLLY O ·
@Katherine Sophia . We prioritized the share feature with social platforms that focus on content - and they support full attribution of the content. You can email very easily (although not through the share function right now) by just copying the URL for the content post. We may add more share options later. Feel free to offer up as suggestions.
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