why bother with resumes?
We're not asking for resumes, just a short letter on the author's previous experience and why they'd want to join. I wouldn't want anyone joining who wasn't really interested.
What are your experiences with InsideADRIFT and SPAG?
I've seen them. It seems that we have similar goals. The difference is that those sites seem to target others in the IF community. Inky is about bringing a new group of readership to the interactive fiction world--a group of people not interested explicitly in IF, but in reading good stories. This is why Inky sets itself up explicitly as a literary magazine first and foremost, and focuses on teaching beginners the ropes, including how they can make their own programs. Like I said before, it's similar to what has been done before but also stands apart in a lot of ways.
I have only seen two announcements: at the ADRIFT Forum and intfiction.org, and assume there are others. What advertising are you doing other than pro bono crowdsourcing word of mouth on interactive fiction fora?
There have been other announcements over at various forums (ChoiceofGames, chooseyourownstory, Adventure Cow, etc.) Since this is also about bringing in new readers and communities to interactive fiction, I've contacted twenty or so editors that I know do link sharing on their sites. I hope to get an announcement up on CRWROPPS when it's off hiatus, and with donations can hopefully get classifieds on widely-read lit mag sites like The Review Review or Poets & Writers.
As to your other question, we're already listed on Duotrope (https://duotrope.com/market_13827.aspx
). Are we open to posting on other databases or sites? Of course.
What is "the literary world" to you? Are the writer/reader audiences you presume your publication will connect solely the ones listed under "linkage" on the Wordpress site?
To me the literary world includes but is not exclusive to IF writers and readers. It also encompasses the whole host of authors and readers in the world, esp. those involved in the publishing industry like lit mag readers and editors. The Linkage page is by no means exclusive, more of a general idea of the kinds of groups we want involved. It will certainly be updated as more magazines and IF sites might wish to link share.
I'd like to see it succeed, but as a space to read and discuss interactive fiction, it seems it's redundant with the various IF forums, archives, and blogs (esp. Planet IF) where authors are already producing work for free. As a space for writing IF, Inky Path seems only able to point readers to other tools. This is good for us because we want people to >X ADRIFT and >GET IT, but ADRIFT isn't visible on most of the site. So I'm not really sure what is it that it's offering authors they haven't already got?
Sure, there are lots of other IF blogs out there, and many programs have their own forums, etc. for users to promote their works. It's about bringing together the IF community by inviting authors from different programs and IF types to come together and to be a part of a showcase for the entire IF community. It's also about giving new authors the opportunities to share their work in a place where it won't be lost in an archive or database somewhere.
All in all, though, the IF community is very insular right now. As one who finds myself involved on both sides of the writing world--authoring in IF and regular literary publications--I thought that something really needed to be done to pull these two worlds together. There are a vast wealth of people (I know because I was one of them) who would be very interested in IF except they don't even really know how to begin. They want to read good IF stories, they want to learn how to make their own, but might not even know what a parser is or the difference between Choicescript and Inform.
I just did a quick search of "interactive fiction" and immediately I see the IFArchive, IFDB, then links to some specific programs like Inform and Adrift. If I was just a curious passer-by that would probably be the end of my journey. There's a vast wealth of other resources out there, but unfortunately most are targeted towards specific programs, users, or just those who already know all about IF.
As far as the Inky Path sites...
Yes, you're right that there are some changes to the site that ought to be made. I've been meaning to revamp the whole "How-to" part of Inky anyway, and now I've got some time on my hands, so...
I know that you've clearly thought a lot about this and that you do want it to succeed. I hope I've (at least in part) helped made clearer the goals of Inky and its place in the IF/literary community. I'm always open to suggestions, comments, questions, etc. so feel free to send more my way.