Well, I haven’t been doing much writing over the last few days, but I have a chunk of a wiki now. (And I know a lot more HTML than I did a week ago.)
In response to April’s Amazonfail, Mel Keegan started the GLBT Bookshelf, a community for writers, publishers, artists, editors, reviewers and readers of GLBT fiction based on a wiki. It’s a communal project, and as soon as it’s a bit more fleshed out, we’ll start advertising to draw more traffic. Members are encourage to post buy-links to their fiction, and the idea is to be a central location where readers can come to find and buy GLBT books. You know, in case Amazon or anyone else eventually comes up with a way of actually getting away with turning us all invisible to the readers and customers.
It’s a pretty cool project. The home page ishere and my main author’s page is here. I have a page for each of my stories, with summaries, good-size excerpts, buy-links, and links to my free stories. I’m on the writer’s list and my stories are on the alphabetical book list and on my publisher’s page. I still need to link each story up to the relevant category (genre, theme, etc.) pages, but my brain started frying in code about six hours ago so I’ll finish up later.
This is a neat idea and it’s something any group of writers could do. If you’re a writer I urge you to come over and poke around, even if you don’t write GLBT. One of the primary benefits of this project, even assuming none of the major retailers ever tries to erase us again, is that we can do group marketing; with even one or two hundred people you can do a lot of high-quality advertising for just a buck or two per person. With more people you can start looking at advertising that’s usually available only to the medium to large publishers. Any group of writers from any genre or non-fiction subject area could benefit from this sort of set-up.