How can You have a story in The Chain Story?
It’s not really unexpected that in the first wave of comments, the most common question has been, “How can I write for The Chain Story?”
The goal of the project is to provide readers with exciting, professional-quality stories by the best of the writers working today. I’m lucky enough that I know a lot of writers. Many of them have generously pledged to lend their time and effort to this project. The people I’ve talked with are all published, most many times over, and a significant number have won awards for their writing. It’s pretty much an All-Star crew of writers who write for a living and know how to tell a good story.
The Chain Story is by invitation only. There’s a practical reason for that, which probably has occurred to most folks already. If I opened it up to submissions, the mailboxes would overflow, the server would melt for the traffic, and I’d burn a year’s worth of bandwidth in the blink of an eye. I’m pretty certain that I couldn’t get through all the submissions and still have time to write the books I have to write.
This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for an unpublished writer to get an invitation. I’m in the process of talking with a number of people and groups who are willing to work with those who want to submit to the project. If I get a recommendation from any of these folks, I will be happy to consider a story for inclusion.
Next Wednesday, 12 May 2010, starting at 6 PM Pacific time, I’ll talk more about author screening. The discussion will take place during my office hours in Second Life. Second Life is free, graphically-based chat software which supports voice-chat. I’ve been using it for over two years now for readings, classes and chatting with folks. I hold weekly Office Hours in which we discuss all sorts of things, including The Chain Story, the publishing industry and vexing problems that plague writers.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the software, and registered with Second Life, click this link to be teleported to where I hold office hours.
Given all the inquiries, and the new questions that will arise as others are answered, handling this in a live voice chat is the best way to go. Also, the Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers’ workshop we host in Second Life has commited to working with writers who want to submit to The Chain Story. Actively participating in the world will be helpful every step of the way.
Your interest and enthusiasm are what will make this project successful. Thank you for sharing and Tweeting and Facebooking and everything else to get the word out. The more readers we have, the more work we can use, and that’s a win for everyone involved.