Authorlink.com: Storylink Enables Member Writers to Earn Short Story Royalties

November 16, 2006
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November 16 – November 23, 2006 Edition

New Storylink Enables
Member Writers to Earn
Daily Story Royalties

DALLAS, TX/11/16/2006—Authorlink.com, among the longest running and most popular Internet communities for writing and publishing, has launched an innovative feature called STORYLINK where member authors post short stories free and earn royalties every time a reader downloads a story.

Writers post their first three stories FREE with membership in the Storylink section of the site. The site is open to short stories in a wide range of categories, including women’s fiction, romance, thrillers, suspense, children’s stories, humor, and others. Each story can be up to 5,000 words. Those with novels they want to promote can also upload an excerpt of their book on the site and also earn download royalties, though the real focus is to celebrate the short story.

Verified royalties are paid to the author via his or her Paypal account on a daily basis. Royalties for those who don’t have a Paypal account receive royalties quarterly by mail. Writers can invite their friends, family and fans to read summaries of their stories for FREE, and then download the full story for 99 cents. Each time the reader pays to download a story, the writer earns 40% of the sale.

Readers can easily search by author, title, subject, and view any story summary FREE to decide what items they want to buy. Once a story is purchased, the reader has access to it forever.

It’s a great way for readers to let writers know they like and support their work, in a wide range of categories from Women’s fiction, romance, thrillers, suspense, children’s stories, humor and more. And the writer gets paid, too!

Readers can leave private comments for authors after reading stories. Writers can manage their account through MY ACCOUNT and monitor each story’s progress.

“The STORYLINK program has been in the works for more than a year. We’re very proud to offer writers and readers a truly superior way to enjoy and participate in the written word,” said Authorlink CEO Doris Booth. “We are always trying to push the leading edge of technology with such features as the daily Paypal royalty payment feature.

Authorlink Webmaster Dan Unger, a stakeholder in Authorlink, said “We are streamlining the entire site to make it user friendly and very simple to understand and use. We welcome consumer feedback so we can continue to make Authorlink and Storylink the best among online writing communities.”

Authorlink associate editor Elaine Lanmon, who shared in Storylink’s design and development, pointed out that “short stories will be linked to member pages and vice versa for a truly integrated showcase for the member writer.”

Readers and writers can try STORYLINK now. The beta test mode is up and running and Authorlink.com welcomes feedback.

Authorlink.com was founded in 1996 and has had nearly a million unique visitors per year. Features added recently are the UK REPORT fed by Publishing News in the UK, and a brand new Authorlink Academy, where writers will learn the craft in a totally virtual classroom complete with one-on-one consultation and voice communication in a group environment. The debut class, HOW TO WRITE A KILLER THRILLER, will be taught by bestselling author Bonnie Hearn Hill.

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