Have a story idea that screams to be made into a novel that you just don’t want to write?
If so, a new website called Glypho might be the place for you. I received an email from someone apparently associated with the site that explains what it offers. Have a look and decide for yourself if this might be the next answer to your problem:
“In addition to being an excellent platform for writing blooks (blog+book), Glypho provides you the benefit of brainstorming with others. Somebody reading your blook may suggest characters and plot ideas. If you don’t want to write a full novel but have a story idea, you can simply jot it down and others can carry it forward. Each chapter in glypho must be of 1000 words and can be written by separate authors. So if you stop writing in the middle, others can carry it forward.”
From a writing exercise standpoint, this might be an intriguing idea. You could take someone’s beginning, use it as a writing prompt and just write.
But if you’re looking to write a story to actually sell, I think you’d run into major trouble here. I don’t publish any of my works-in-progress online because technically that’s publishing it before it’s published, and from what I understand, there are cases where this could jeopardize the sale of “first rights” of your finished work if you do find someone who wants to buy it.
The real problem, I think, would be the possibility of copyright infringement claims if you were to end up selling a story you’ve let other writers have input in. Their copyright policy states the following:
“Each contributor owns the copyright of his/her own work. And the collective work (the novel) is owned collectively by all its contributors. Glypho does not own the copyright, but by writing in Glypho members agree to give Glypho all the rights necessary to continue diplaying the story. If the contributors want to commercialize the novel and approach publishers, they are free to do so without involving Glypho or paying any fee to Glypho.”
The question is, if someone choose to make a comment or suggestion, without actually writing anything in the story, would their suggestion count as a “contribution” and thereby make them a copyright co-owner, or would they not have any share in the final product?
And if you produce a whole work of your own on the site based upon someone else’s premise that they don’t intend to develop into a novel, you still wouldn’t have complete rights to what you’ve done because you’d be a contributor to someone else’s idea.
If anyone decides to give it a whirl, please let me know. I’d be interested to hear about your experience.