There is a
new Wattpad-ish
like site on the interwebs called Tablo.  It’s distinguishing itself as a start up and
as a site for writers by initiating a writing contest for the best nano:
“If you publish your NaNoWriMo progress on Tablo and attract a
following, you could score
a publishing deal with Momentum, the digital imprint of Pan
Macmillan.”
My initial
reaction: Tablo’s contest is not in the spirit of NaNoWriMo. National novel
writing month is about finishing a novel and fostering the “I can do
this” attitude most new writers don’t achieve until they’ve finished their
first nano. 
Anyways, I
made up my mind to do a big rant about how the contest goes
against the spirit of NaNoWriMo because it fosters the “I must edit attitude” which will kill most nano-ers. Well, I should have of created the post
when I was thinking about it, because Tablo has extended their deadline.  You now have a full month after NaNoWriMo
ends to refine your 50,000 words.  You
hear that? A WHOLE entire month. Good luck with that.
After I’ve complained about it,  I want
to give a shout out to Philip Overby.
+Philip Overby is getting it in. He is writing his nano, The Bloody Unicorn, on Tablo and it looks good.  He might even meet the 50,000 word goal. No
Pressure, +Philip Overby.  

Full disclosure: I won a contest and a character created in my likeness
is in Chapter 7. See if you can tell who I am, and cheer a brother on by liking his page.  Maybe his nano will win and he’ll get a publishing deal and then he hook me up. 

Aside and random:

While
researching this post, I learned Tablo is also different from Wattpad
because it can publish novels, short stories, or whatever you want directly to
Amazon and iBooks for a 20% commission. That might be a good deal if you can
get around the commission you have to pay to either site, but alas, you still have to
pay:
You accept and understand that this commission is on top of
any commission sought by distributors and retailers such as the 30% commission
received by the Apple iBooks Store and the Amazon Kindle Store.
For example, if you set your
list price to $9.99 then Apple will retain ~$3 of this list price, Tablo will
then receive a ~$2 commission from this sale, and the author will receive a ~$5
royalty. Pasted from <https://tablo.io/terms>
So if you use Tablo you lose an 20% more of your profits instead of going directly to
Amazon and iBooks yourself.

This post turned out more negative than I planned it to be. But ultimately any platform that gives authors a way to connect with new readers can’t be all bad. And the site looks beautiful! Once I get more time, I might go over there and work on a story. Until then please hop on over to Philip’s page  and check out Khanee the Big-Eyed Corpse Eater.  

Please
explain to me why anyone would do this? Seriously. Let’s discuss.

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