I think Stacker News is a great place to debut work; especially, if the author is interested in feedback. There's nowhere else, to my knowledge, where you can get the same degree of thoughtful input from your readers. Even if an author is planning on primarily publishing on one of the bigger platforms, there's basically no downside of putting it here first/also.
What role do you envision this territory will play for writers?
Rolling out one chapter at a time seems pretty good, but ultimately authors probably want the complete book to go up in a different format (and probably on a broader platform). However, as those individual chapters roll out, authors are bringing in some income that might help support them until they put the full work out.
Do you have some publicity strategies in mind to bring more attention to your authors?
A while ago we were talking about the prospect of breaking up writing so that each paragraph, or meaningful chunk, was its own "comment" and readers being able to give feedback, either w/ sats or commenting on your comment. I still think there's something interesting in that form factor, a combo of incentives, tech, and norms, that would allow pieces of longer content to accrue in a different way that could be a new kind of signal to a writer.
But as you say below, some thought on the evergreen issue still needs to be thunk.
It seems to me like there's a lot of potential to make some money and get helpful feedback at a pre-final draft stage.
I've been thinking about how to attempt a series where I work through an economic research project in real-time. Each step would be a post and the comments would serve as something like real-time peer review. I'm not particularly close to carving out the time for such a project, but I would like to try it out at some point.
Good question. I'm starting to think about it now. Of course the newsletter gives a little publicity, and I'm thinking about distributing it more widely as an email newsletter. I also have begun cross posting to nostr, then X down the road. I'm open to ideas.
I like the email newsletter idea. You can create your own little (and maybe eventually not so little) literary society.
Working out the evergreen problem will probably matter more for this territory than most of the others, too. Some sort of catalogue will be indispensable.