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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank LeRenard View Post
    Interesting you're seeing interest pick up for published works. From what I've seen it's real hit or miss. And certainly very few writers or possibly no one seems able to make a real living publishing just through furry fandom publishers.
    Well, let's be honest -- percentage-wise, few writers outside the fandom make a real living just from their fiction, and furry is still a niche market -- we're talking probably a few thousand dedicated readers at best, maybe? Nobody can come up with hard numbers, so it's hard to say for sure, but no matter how good or prolific you are, it's hard to make a living with such a limited base of potential readers to start from, compared to other types of genre fiction in the mainstream.

    In the end, it all depends on what you want to compare to, but there are more furry publishers and more books and anthologies being released now than there have been in recent years, so there's at least more opportunity for writers to find an audience via furry publishing than there used to be, and more of those markets are paying, even if it's a token amount. And as far as readership goes, I just see lots of people saying "online stuff sucks" and yet there were plenty of people at Rainfurrest buying stuff at FurPlanet's table -- fiction, not just graphic novels and comics. (Then again, I'm mostly hanging around furry writers these days, so yeah, that might give me a skewed perspective.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylver View Post
    It would also be nice if there were a word count, or something similar. Just making suggestions anyway
    It would be helpful to have (as Frank said) more of a bookstore-type setup, where it'd be easier to browse for stories based on genre or length, and have separate categories for things that are serials or standalone stories. Right now, the browse/search function doesn't really do much of anything to help people looking for stories, since it just lumps everything into "Submissions" and the text stuff doesn't have much of a chance to even show up among the art subs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poetigress View Post
    And as far as readership goes, I just see lots of people saying "online stuff sucks" and yet there were plenty of people at Rainfurrest buying stuff at FurPlanet's table -- fiction, not just graphic novels and comics.
    Well I'm glad to hear it. At the very least it means the publishers themselves are doing well.

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    I do appreciate seeing what people who are more engaged in literature have to say about things.

    Good thread.

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    I read a lot of online free fiction, but I almost never read on sites like DA or Weasyl. I don't even read on Fictionpress anymore. Now that I have an ereader I like to download longfic (50k+ words) as a mobi and put it on my Kindle to read. AO3 has really good functionality for that--it lets you sort by word count and let's you download in a variety of formats (epub, mobi, pdf, .lit, etc). I dropped Fictionpress because it has no built-in download function at all. Weasyl let's you download as a PDF, so it has download functions, but it doesn't have a lot of search options for sorting fiction results.

    Search functions that help with sorting literature would be the biggest thing towards making me want to read here. Like if I want to find the longest fantasy stories on the site, how do I go about that? It doesn't seem like most people tag for width.

    Just my input as a potential reader person
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    try here, its a furry place for writer: http://www.anthroaquatic.com/forum/index.php

    This one is not furry, but its for writer. there are a lot of stories and its actif: http://www.scribophile.com/dashboard/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFox View Post
    try here, its a furry place for writer: http://www.anthroaquatic.com/forum/index.php

    This one is not furry, but its for writer. there are a lot of stories and its actif: http://www.scribophile.com/dashboard/
    I think you misunderstand - we don't seem to have readers on Weasyl, unfortunately, and the sites you've linked to appear to be for writers. Please correct me if wrong!
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    Writers and readers. The can comment and critics your works.

    And it is very active on Scribophile.

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    It seems that you are looking for something to read? if so there are stories here, on SoFurry and on FA.
    I just added another chapter to the "Force" here and on SF. SF is easier to download to. i will try to redownload here in another format.
    If you want e-pub works there are a lot on kindle but they are not free.

 

 

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