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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Trying TextNovel.com

Yep, so I’m going to give it a go and try the whole TextNovel.com thing.

Here are my reasons:

1.) You can’t read much on a cell phone screen, so chapters and sections should (I think) be pretty short. My brain seems to work best during short bouts of lucidity, so woo-hoo! ;-)

2.) Short amounts of reading mean short amounts of writing and that’s all I can squeeze in with my hectic schedule.

3.) I’ve toyed with the idea that most novel concepts I’ve devised can be reworked for multiple audiences and different, distinct tones and levels of maturity. For example, the Tam Lin stories are really quite adult in nature but can be toned-down significantly if one just thinks about it. So it’s not like I’ll necessarily lose anything by participating in TextNovel.com (especially as they’ve tweaked out their contract to be much more author-friendly).

4.) I could actually rally some interest in my writing by making it available in a different venue. Publishers do like to know you at least have people’s interest—eh, that’s a double-edged sword, depending on whom you talk to.

5.) I could work on a set of actual deadlines—I think it might be cool to have a new section or chapter available at a regular time each day or week. I need deadlines, by the way. ;-)

6.) I want to try out some new and funky publishing venue. Cell phone novels may just be it—who knows?

7.) And they're running a contest--I'm a sucker for contests!


So—now that TextNovel.com's got a new and friendlier contract—anyone else gonna’ give it a try?

Seriously curious,
Saoirse

5 comments:

Devil Mood said...

I just might :)
thanks!

Devil Mood said...

Actually, no, I might not, it's only available in the US. :/

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Hey Devil Mood! :-)

Man! I'd have to look over the contract again--can you be a "collaborator" in the writing if you're working with a US-based writer? Believe it or not, I can play "the silent partner..." ;-)

You should be able to read the novels online regardless of country, I'd think. Hmm. Yeah, with all the public transportation used in Europe (I used a bunch of it while traveling), this sort of thing could be great there. I wonder what it would take to get it going "across the pond?"

Maybe our cellphones are too divergent for it to work together (like the Metric and English systems ;-).

I wonder what Stan Soper's thoughts are on all that?

As an aside... You might be able to just go and vote on my novel... ;-)

Take care!
Saoirse

Devil Mood said...

Thanks, it's nice of you to offer to be a silent partner. I was only curious about the site, wasn't seriously considering writing my own text novel - I don't think I could deal with that format.
I think it's simply too expensive for them to be able to send texts to European phones...
Yes, I can still vote for you!

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Then vote, woman, vote! ;-)

Yeah, I have to wonder what it'd cost to get text messages to Europe. I know the TextNovel.com founder already spent $10-$15,000 just on software creation--can't imagine he's too ready to spend a chunk like that again to get other countries involved. Of course, if this thing takes off--Who knows how many similar cell phone novel publishers could emerge?

Hmm--the possibilities...
Saoirse

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