Hello, all you writers out there. Deborah has been generous enough to offer a guest post about the exciting new project that we launched this week--The Submission Grinder
We know it has a violent sounding name, but we wanted something that would fit in at the lab ofthe mad scientist who graces our Diabolical Plots web page.
The site is certainly a work in progress. It meets Duotrope's basic functionality, and we're working to fix bugs and add new features. We have a submission tracker that is fully functional, and market listings that show response time statistics based on all those entries submitted that are dated within the last year. We have committed to never charging a compulsory subscription fee because we believe that's where Duotrope went wrong. What has really set Duotrope apart is the submissions statistics, and we believe that charging a subscription will drive away that most valuable asset.
We have donations and Kickstarter campaign in mind for the future, but rather than start with a request for money, we wanted to start by providing a usable product, and then if you like what we have done then we can talk about donations then. We have succeeded in our goals of being the first working replacement for Duotrope, which is an effort we are very proud of, putting work in over the 2012 holiday
season to get this done.
season to get this done.
Go, check out the site! If you like what we're doing, you can help out right now by doing these things:
- Register on the site.
- Did you get an export file from Duotrope? Import that into your account. You can pick up right where you left off and it gives more data to provide more robust statistics, as well as giving us new blank market listings for the markets you've submitted to (which we will fill in as time goes on)
- Suggest new market listings.
- Submit bug reports, and suggestions for new features/enhancements. We're writers too, and anything that you suggest that would be useful (or at least something that appeals to statistics-lovers even if not strictly useful) will get us excited. The comment thread at this link would be a good place.
- Help us spread the word. The more the merrier. The more writers import and track their data, the more useful the statistics will be, the more useful the site as a whole will be, the more users will come. Blog posts, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Stumbleupon, posts on writing forums, emails to writer friends, pigeon messages to your friends, transdimensional telegram, any other way that you can think to share this link with the world.
And thanks, Deborah, for providing this space to talk about this!