Syndicate voting restrictions

Created about 2 years ago by John Robin with 6 comments
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15230176 Joni Dee · Author · added about 2 years ago
We’re 100% democratic. I see myself as a functioner and  enforcer. @Jeremy Thomas can u check please when will me and my members get credit for supporting Kevin Brag’s Transcillience that didn’t make the grade (sadly). Cheers
John robin   author bio photo 1   scarf John Robin · Author · added about 2 years ago
@Jeremy Thomas thanks for chiming in on this! It’s good to know I can vote on members of the group, since I realize that in looking to grow our numbers I will reach out to other fantasy writers, and that would rule out potential titles down the road.

Initially I was quite democratic, but I’ve shifted more towards creating a balance. Ultimately, if a syndicate leader does not vote in a way that satisfies their members, they will lose members, so I do my best to make sure what we vote on reflects the premise of the group people would have joined for.
15230176 Joni Dee · Author · added about 2 years ago
@John Robin you can back members’ books, as we did this month. Not sure u can back the lead’s book though
John robin   author bio photo 1   scarf John Robin · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
@Christopher Huang in the case of my syndicate, I’ve always picked titles of non-syndicate members, but only because I thought people cannot back their own book. However, if this is not the case I would like to know because there might come a month where I feel our syndicate’s vote is relevant for that title even if it is a syndicate member. For example, we represent epic fantasy. So if one of our members is 20 copies away from Quill and has 20 days left and they are writing a Tolkien-esque epic, I’d like to vote on it because it fits with the three criterion I utilize when I vote.

In terms of how I regulate my syndicate, I balance my decision based on:
1) time frame and how critical our vote is for the success of the given book
2) relevance to our syndicate’s criterion
3) input form members of the group

I have a companion Goodreads group where members and non-members who are enthusiastic about epic fantasy can share projects they’re excited about, and I also have the comments thread on the syndicate page itself. Both are helpful for me. In the end, I want to make sure the decision I make is something the syndicate is happy with, because people who choose to be members of my syndicate are investing $10/month or $20/month on a new book. I want them to feel this investment will reflect their reading interests.
Portrait Christopher Huang · Author · added about 2 years ago
I was under the impression that voting was handled manually by the syndicate lead ... if they chose to be democratic about it. I was also under the impression that the syndicate lead had the power to be as autocratic as they want, and the members don’t really have a say about it. As I recall, over on Thriller Night, we just had some discussion in the syndicate comments thread, and the lead handled the rest.

You’ve backed three books already; how were they handled? Could you not just institute some in-house rules yourself?
John robin   author bio photo 1   scarf John Robin · Author · edited about 2 years ago · 1 like
I want to ask Inkshares staff what the restrictions are on syndicate voting since technically no one can order their own book. In my syndicate, several members are also epic fantasy authors so I wonder if for future all members are excluded from having their books backed by the syndicate? Does Inkshares have a way of excluding that member’s vote from the overall syndicate vote to balance out?