“The chance of someone reading your writing is 1 in 7,162,048,512” -Scott Dikkers
You will not become a successful author without a fan base. Bottom line. Whether you are self-publishing or going traditional, as authors we are required to cultivate a fan base. So what do we do? We slog through social media, spend money on stagnant facebook ads, or just close our eyes, cross our fingers, and hope it all just works out somehow.
The problem with media is that there is a tier. The written word ranks dead last. Above that is images. Yep, that meme of Orlando Bloom is more likely to be seen than your novel. Then there’s audio and podcasts. So if you can get an interview on one, do it! And the king of the hill, swallowing almost the ENTIRE pie, is video.
I wanted to help level the playing field a little, so what I created is a Youtube channel (-video is king-) where I read sci-fi/fantasy short stories and book excerpts. Each video uses pictures unique to that piece. I later discovered the horror community has been doing this for several years, good on ’em. The big difference, though, is that my videos are tailored to be an advertisement for the author. At the end of each video I talk about YOU, what projects you have going, how they can follow you, where they can read more of your writing. Pretty much anything you want to share. I’ll even put a link to your publications in the description so they can buy your book right on the spot.
Now, unlike a magazine, I don’t pay you for your submissions. Despite what people think, youtube is a horrible way to make a living. People who sell door to door soap make more income than 99.99% of youtubers, it’s most often a labor of love. Instead, I get content, and you get a kickass promotional video that you can use to help showcase your mad writing skillz around the web. You can post it to your website, embed it in emails, share it on whatever social media platform you want. I try to craft you a little snapshot into the magic of your written world that will help you suck in new readers.
In addition to that, I try my best to showcase you to my own growing fanbase. I post your story to youtube, vidme, facebook, twitter, google+, tumblr, pinterest and my personal website. I might not be large yet, but I’m damn well going to get there and I want to take you with me. Gaining fans is hard work, so when video reigns supreme you need a video to hook a killer fan base. Looking at the horror channels as an example, even their earliest videos continue to grow into the tens of thousands of views. My hope is that a single video now could be netting you fans for years to come, straight from my fanbase to yours.
I’m looking for sci-fi and fantasy. 3,000(ish) words or less. Stories get preference over book excerpts, and excerpts must resemble a story. If you have something that falls outside my guidelines, feel free to contact me about it. I’m very picky about such things, but it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve made an exception. I accept -all- forms of sci-fi and fantasy, not just wizards and space bots. Secondary rights are fine, and I don’t require any sort of exclusivity. My rights END with my rendition of your piece. I can’t sell it, I can’t even charge people to watch or listen to it.
How does it work?
You submit a story to me. I review it. If it meets my criteria and fits with what I need at the time, then it goes in the queue. Eventually, I then transform your story into an audio recording that I post to Youtube and other such sites. Each video contains a spotlight for the author, showcasing any websites, projects or publication you may have. I then spread this video all over the web in hopes of drumming up some fans for you.
I don’t pay you for your story, but I don’t charge anything to turn it into an audiobook either. I get stories, you get exposure and a video to embed in your website.
Submitting your story.
So you’ve written a story and you would like Tall Tale TV to read it out loud. Wonderful! Head on over to the Submission Guidelines page to make sure it meets all criteria, and then pop over to the Submission Form to send it to me.
Can I submit a story if it’s already published elsewhere?
Absolutely. I do not require first publication rights. In fact, if you have published it in any notable magazines or websites let me know so I can mention that in the video. The only stipulation I have is that you are not breaking any other contracts by submitting the story to me. You must have full legal rights to publish the story.
What rights does Tall Tale TV have over my story?
You grant me the right to use my rendition of your story for non-commercial uses. In this case, non-commercial means I will never charge anyone to watch or listen to your story. I make my revenue off of things like ads and affiliate links, not pay per view or subscriptions.
I will never post or publish your original text unless it is accompanied by my video/audio rendition. This would be cases like closed captioning or a video transcript. If you don’t want me to post the text, let me know.
I do not have the right to sell your story. I will never sell rights to your original text, or my audio/video rendition to any third party.
I retain the right to post my audio/video rendition of your story on different platforms so long as 1) They retain the author spotlight and 2) Nobody has to pay to view or listen to it.
For the full legal document, you can read my Submission Agreement.
I changed my mind, I don’t want you to publish my story.
If you’ve changed your mind for any reason, contact me. If I haven’t published it yet I will be happy to pull you from the queue. If I have published it, feel free to ask. But unless you have a good reason I might say no. Keep in mind that a 15-minute video probably took me 6-8 hours to create. The same stipulation can be said about altering your story. If you get in contact me before I record it, no worries. After the fact is a bit more tricky, but you can always try.
If your video has been posted for more than 60 days I will almost definitely be willing to take the story down without issue. At that point, it no longer affects the growth of the channel. Any earlier than that and removal can stunt the channel’s growth. But like I said if you have a good reason I’m pretty easy going.
Can I sell the audiobook you made for me?
Short answer is no. Feel free to have someone else record it and you can sell that, but my version belongs to me. If you really want to, feel free to contact me and I might be able to work out a deal. Our arrangement is that you are granting me the rights to use your story in my publication. I retain the rights to my creation, you retain the rights to yours.
This isn’t to say you can’t repost the video. I actually encourage you to do so! But I require that you never charge people to view or listen to it without my permission. I prefer if you embed the youtube video, as that helps me grow my channel, but you are welcome to upload it to other platforms too.
Upon request, I will provide you with the audio and/or video files for your own use. Again, if you wish to monetize these in any way you will need to get permission from me. I do not want to incentivise people to use me for a quick buck, as that would draw people who would submit stories that they themselves did not write. Additionally, if you plan on using these files in any way that might tarnish Tall Tale TV’s image you will need to get permission first. I don’t want anyone thinking I’m a Neo-Nazi or that I condone domestic abuse or anything.
Thank you so much for considering me. Without your support, Tall Tale TV would be nothing!