About a year ago, I started a conversation about potential price points for publication (though we were calling them "brand channels" at the time). Here is that original post:
Even though publications will not be supported initially when we launch the beta, we definitely see them as a huge part of the ecosystem in the future.
I'd like to circle back on this to get some fresh feedback.
To remind everyone about what publications are:
1. They are premium channels that will carry a fixed price point (unlike the auction system we have for niches).
2. The main use case for publications is to allow organizations/creators to tightly control their content.
3. Publications can appoint their own moderators directly (no election required).
4. Publications can have editors who can review and edit all content posted to the channel prior to publication.
5. Publications can control who is allowed to post content on their sites.
6. Publications can take all or some of the content creator rewards for content created on the channel. (But they do not receive any Narrative Rewards for ownership.)
7. Publications can pay their moderators and/or editors directly, if they like. Think of it as Publication Rewards (vs. Narrative Rewards).
8. Publications support admins, which allows the channels to be managed by more than one person.
9. There may be an option for publications to compensate followers who agree to share profile information with them (TBD).
10. Like niches, publications must pay annual fees to maintain their channels. The renewal fee will be the same as the initial fee.
11. We plan to support a premium membership option for publications, whereby they can set a recurring fee for access to premium-only content on their sites.
12. Publications may use custom domains.
Remember that every Narrator has their own (free) journal. Thus, the extra control and value associated with publications should require a fee. The question is what it should be, or what range it should be in. We came up with some plans last year, but hearing some fresh perspectives would be appreciated.