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Online Literature

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Experiences and thoughts on running an online literary publication.

Experiences and thoughts on running an online literary publication.

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  • 1. Online Literature Experiences and thoughts on running an online literary publication By Dominique Gerald M. Cimafranca villageidiotsavant.com This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Philippines License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ph/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.
  • 2. The Dagmay Experience Dagmay: weekly publication of the Davao Writers Guild 2001: quarterly, then annual, literary journal 2006: monthly literary supplement to Sun.Star Davao 2007: weekly literary supplement to Sun.Star Davao Online edition http://dagmay.kom.ph launched December 2008 Rotating editorship, online submissions
  • 3. Some Figures Over 370 poems, short stories, and essays In English, Bisaya, Tagalog, and other languages Over 200 contributors, mostly young writers Approx.1,000 unique readers per month Average 80 readers per day 3-5 submissions per week 60% of readers from Philippines, 23% from United States
  • 4. Benefits Minimal production costs, minimal distribution costs International reach Automatic archiving and organization Reader feedback Promotion: events activities, books Identifying and developing new talent
  • 5. Challenges Quality and quantity of submissions Increasing readership and reach Generating Revenue – what else? ;-) Editing Technical issues site design, updating, backup, spam
  • 6. In a world where anyone can publish online, does a mediated magazine still matter? I think so.
  • 7. At its most basic Writer Reader
  • 8. Traditional publishing is more complicated, though... Writer Publisher Distribution Reader
  • 9. ...much more complicated... Editor Sponsors Critics $$$ Writer Publisher Distribution Reader Academe Marketing & Promotion
  • 10. In the online model... Sponsors Writer Web Site / Blog Readers Promotion
  • 11. Challenges for the self-publisher Finding Readers Growth Creating Variety Being part of a community Maintaining Consistency Integrity Generating Revenue Celebrity and sensationalism Sustaining Readership Writing for readers...or search engines?
  • 12. Mediated Online Publication Editor Critics Sponsors Writer Web Publisher Reader Promotion Academe
  • 13. “Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.” --André Gide
  • 14. Feedback Growth Selection Writer Editor Correction Validation Collaboration Verification
  • 15. Future Plans E-books compilations, Sponsorship anthologies, reprints of old local advertisting Additional revenue stream Digital Preservation Paying Market so we can pay our writers Directory of writers and their works Experimental forms hyperfiction Best of Dagmay as print publication
  • 16. Online literature in the Philippines Rocket Kapre Estranghero rocketkapre.com estranghero.kom.ph rocketkapre.com/usok farthesthore.kom.ph Talecraft talecraft.komikasi.com Panitikan panitikan.com.ph High Chair Sawikaan highchair.com.ph sawikaan.net Filipiniana.net filipiniana.net ...and so many more...
  • 17. Got Questions? Ask me!
  • 18. Online Literature Experiences and thoughts on running an online literary publication By Dominique Gerald M. Cimafranca villageidiotsavant.com This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Philippines License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ph/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.