Channillo is a website where authors make their work available in serial form. The readers pay a subscription fee and the writer will potentially earn from those subscription fees. I have a unpublished novel that I wrote during Nanowrimo in November. I still have a bit more work to do in terms of editing and getting beta readers, but I am considering all possible options in terms of deciding the best ways of distributing my novel. Has anyone here have had any experience in using Channillo?
If I were you I'd self publish your novel in printed and/or eBook form on Amazon's Create Space or Kindle Direct Publishing, Lulu, Smashwords or some other site. I've found Create Space to be easiest but I know others have had good luck with other sites, particularly in terms of revenue.
Thanks for those. I am considering all options. Also concerning Channillo one of their requirements is that it cannot be available for free on the internet (which suggests that you can still sell it from another source). You also continue to own the rights to your work so there is nothing to prevent you from self publishing either during or after you are running a serial on the site.
Another reason why I am potentially considering using Channillo is because of the serial format. For example, I am still in the editing process, but if I am happy with the first few chapters I can start making the novel available before the entire editing process is completed. Then later on after the subscription run has expired I can now make the novel available through other publishing options.
The Channillo TOU legal language is incredibly vague and clearly has not been reviewed by an actual lawyer. There are inconsistencies with a variety of statements. But let's skip those bits, and the fact that the site owner, admin and tech contacts are all listed with Paris, France addresses and phone numbers for a place supposedly in a single-family home in Indiana.
Let's look at the money, from the Channillo FAQ.
"How much do writers get paid?
Channillo distributes 80% of total subscription revenue (after payment processing fees) to the writers. The amount of money each individual series earns is based on the number of Channillo members subscribed to that series. Writers not interested in receiving payments can elect to have the earnings for their series donated directly to a charity of their choice."
In order to figure out what that might mean, let's construct a scenario.
Suppose you have one series and loyal subscriber to your series. They have the simplest Channillo membership, which is $9.99 per month, and allows them to follow 10 different series. First we remove the processing fee from PayPal (3%), and then the 20% cut that Channillo takes. That leaves $7.75 which is split between the writers of the ten serials that subscriber is following.
By that estimate, for each subscriber, you can expect you will earn $0.77 per month, regardless of the length or frequency of your content posts.
When I did the math I got similar numbers, so I already figured out that any potential for earnings would involve serious self promotion. That would be a potential concern for me because I am not a great self promoter and my scope of social media influence is not too broad. But I would also run into similar self promotion issues with self publishing as well. Ultimately I am weighing all options and hoping for feedback from some who may have actually used the service (not that I don’t appreciate all other feedback, because I certainly do).
It's a very new service so it would be interesting to know how many subscribers it has.
I don't have experience with the site, nor do I write books, but I did remember and was able to locate a previous forum discussion of Channillo:
http://hubpages.com/community/forum/128 … -channillo
Thanks for posting that. I did check out that thread before I posted here, but I noticed that it was a year old and that there seemed to be no actual experiences from anyone who used the service. But there were some helpful observations about the potential feasibility of the service.
I don't have any experience with it, but I'm willing to try it- its seems cool. You never know what will take and what won't.
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