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Created almost 2 years ago by Adam Gomolin with 21 comments
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Bryvxbbn jacob browning · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I dont think so its more meant for discussion then actual q&a. thought im sure they are still listening for feedback and opinions. 
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Have these questions been answered somewhere?
Bryvxbbn jacob browning · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like
Personally I don’t think twitter would be appropriate measure of reader interest and goes with my earlier point.
428313 265782713496947 10458611 n Lemery.Logan · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I can see twitter being an important key. 
Auk word icon Charles Gull · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like
I am not predicting that they would use anything. Its just that the playing field is potentially wide open.

Examples might be:

Twitter re-tweets with a relevant hash tag;
Mentions on book review websites;
What the chief analyst had for breakfast.

Really, it could be anything. My point was, the more they include, the more of a challenge it becomes and the longer it takes until it is producing satisfactory results.
428313 265782713496947 10458611 n Lemery.Logan · Author · added almost 2 years ago
I’m curious. What outside metrics do you see them utilizing? 
Auk word icon Charles Gull · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 3 likes
From reading the launch announcement it appears that the guys intend to use a broad range of user and visitor statistics to drive a multidimensional scoring and ranking system. These can be quite maths heavy, furthermore it can take some time to work out a set of weightings for each measured factor that achieves a fair and  unbiased result. In my experience the initial beautiful idea can rapidly turn into a nightmare at execution.

This gets even worse if they decide to also include metrics from outside the  Inkshares platform.

Either way up it might take a while before the guys feel comfortable in acting on the results of their calculations.

Mind you, if they unexpectedly approach me tomorrow with a proposal I’m not going to reject them out of hand ! 😀
428313 265782713496947 10458611 n Lemery.Logan · Author · added almost 2 years ago
Better yet if they are active with other users so everyone gains. 
Bryvxbbn jacob browning · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 2 likes
True but if they do it based on the author’s activity hopefully they take a look at what is actually in their post/updates. Otherwise, some might just have constant updates  that don’t really have any info on the book or campaign for the reader they are just there to seem active.  You want the author interaction to be genuine not just going through the motions.
Victorianphoto1editauthor2 Christopher Lee · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like
@Lemery.Logan  That would be IDEAL! 
428313 265782713496947 10458611 n Lemery.Logan · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like
I am guessing it’ll be some form of statistics that average not just eyeballs and click through. Fingers crossed it takes into account how active the author is ;) that’d make interactions and such on here explode numberwise if it’ll help you.
Victorianphoto1editauthor2 Christopher Lee · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 3 likes
I am equally interested in how this plays out. Eager to see how things grow with this facet of the business. Seems to me it could give light to authors that don’t really know how to market. I have seen a number of outstanding projects here, where it just seemed like the author felt like a fish out of water. The work was stellar, but they just didn’t know how to get the word out. Hope this helps those folks!
Bryvxbbn jacob browning · Author · added almost 2 years ago
This sounds like a really cool idea just wonder how reader interest will be measured. Will it be by number of followers or like amount of recommendations/reviews compared to followers and readers. 
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 3 likes
Great idea. The more routes to publishing the better. And interest in a project isn’t always just a case of money.     
Me J. Graham-Jones · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like
Is there any plan on when the first Blink selections will be made?
Img 0137 p bw C. Brennecke · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like
I have the same question as Evan - Are projects in the Draft stage eligible? Or only projects that are currently funding?
18278952 10105531439962004 7699412381249820269 o Evan Graham · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 9 likes
Does Blink apply to books that are in the draft stage, or is there still an expectation that they raise some funding on their own?

Also, to me it seems like some part of the funding process is meant to demonstrate to Inkshares that the authors are genuinely serious about their book and dedicated to getting it published. Isn’t there some risk that blink might select a project where the author, for whatever reason, really isn’t ready for, or ultimately even fully interested in, bringing a polished and complete book to the publishing table?
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 2 likes
@Paul Robinson Thank you very much, that’s actually very exciting! I’m now curious as to how reader interest is measured? (It does seem like something that would be kept secret so nobody plays the system, but if it isn’t I’d be happy to know)
Author photo Paul Robinson · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 5 likes
@Luke Fellner http://blog.inkshares.com/post/151488294120/announcing-blink
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like
What is blink exactly? 
Author photo Paul Robinson · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 3 likes
2 questions come to mind:

1: Is Blink a ’full ride’ collection?

2: (This sort of depends on the answer to 1.) How does it work in relation to Quill? If there’s interest in a Quill book can it get moved over to Blink or will it remain a Quill book?

or is this just a collection for books still in funding?