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Guide to publishing and streaming your creative work

Qwyre is a collaborative publishing platform, allowing you to earn streaming micropayments as people read your work.

Publishing process for Authors

In practice, this implies moderated publication. There is no gatekeeping. We do not assign an editor and decide who gets published. All we require is that a writer recruit and appoint an editor, and that their editor gets to decide when their work is ready for publication. In all things, honour our creator's code of conduct.

  1. Import your work into your workshop as an .epub. Alternatively, you could decide to save your work during the conversion process from .docx. The workshop is where you'll find links to the docx convertor, as well as panels to review your works in progress, and offers for editors.
  2. Review your work and check that metadata, the contents and sample text are presented as expected. The metadata and text are derived entirely from the epub you uploaded. If anything is incorrect it may be because of non-conformance to the epub standard, or because the text is wrong in the source. Correct that, upload a new epub, and ensure you're happy.
  3. Polish and publish your creator profile including setting your profile as public, and ensuring you have a wallet saved. These are digital bank accounts which allow you to get paid directly as readers stream your work. Learn more about getting paid.
  4. Prepare a contract offer with your revenue share between yourself and prospective editors. This is what will be shared between the author and editor during monetization.

Prepare your offer for prospective editors.

  1. Review offers from prospective editors and decide who you want to help your review and edit your work. When an editor expresses interest in your work you'll receive an email with their contact details. It is up to you to learn more about them and decide if they're a good fit for you. You are under no obligation to respond to any of them.
  2. Agree the contract and sign it . The contract can be edited up to the point that both parties sign it (clicking the green tick indicating your acceptance of the relationship). At that point and changes will require support from one of the site moderators. The revenue share will be used to ensure that distribution of streaming fees to you, less the fees from Qwyre.
  3. Edit and publish your work. Qwyre is not going to own the editorial process and the parties to the creative work should edit and review as they prefer. Once both parties have agreed the contract, and agreed the work is ready for publication, the author can release the work onto the platform.

Publishing process for Editors

  1. Review contract offers where authors list their work for consideration. You'll be able to read the first 500 words, and the table of contents of the work, as well as the writer's pitch to you.
  2. Express interest in works by clicking the express interest button. You will need to publish your creator profile before you can do this, and confirm your email address. We will send an email to the author with your email address. The creator will respond to you direct, although they are under no obligation to do so.

Review an offer and, if interested, express interest.

  1. Finalise a contract between you and the author to ensure each of you understands what you expect from the other. Only once your contract is in place and both of you have agreed and signed it should you each begin work on the edits.
  2. Edit and improve their work. Qwyre is not going to own the editorial process and the parties to the creative work should edit and review as they prefer. Be careful, though. You're an editor, not there to substantially rewrite the work. Once both parties have agreed the contract, and agreed the work is ready for publication, the author can release the work onto the platform.

Streaming and proportional revenue share

Web Monetization is a per-second payment stream and it requires a per-second product. For text, and ebooks specifically, that means a stream of words. Except they also have to carry markup so they're formatted properly on arrival.

Streaming means deliberately breaking data into chunks and streaming those in a format that permits live, iterative, building of the digital object from these chunks while also serving the content in that dynamic object.

A reader will receive the first 500 words of your work for free, and then - as long as they stream micropayments - a steady stream of words building up to a complete work. They can stop and start as they like, and the words they've purchased are recorded to ensure they do not pay more than once.

The tally is updated every second. The average person reads at 250 to 300 words per minute. A 10,000 word short-story can be read in about 40 minutes, while a 100,000 word novel will take about 6 to 7 hours.

Every minute we switch payment pointers in proportion to your contractual agreement. If you agree a 90:10 author:editor share, then 9 minutes of streaming revenue are the author's to every 1 minute for the editor.

These fees are paid direct. You'll see them arrive in your wallet in real time.

All contracts also include a Qwyre share which you can see on our fees page.