I didn’t really envisage utilising the forum as such. As per my PM discussion with Peter, I merely asked him whether there would be authors on the forum interested in participating in an idea (which quickly morphed into a website I’ve put together).
During my discussions with Peter, the following ideas emerged:
1. If there are interested authors on AWF, I’d gladly offer the “invitation to participate” to them first
before I take it elsewhere (to Goodreads, for instance, where I’m on a couple of Aussie author related groups). I’ll post a link to the invitation and website for perusal later in this thread with Peter’s permission (or wait for the consensus of the forum’s members, however decision-making works best here.) [Although I am working towards a provisional time schedule that Peter knows about.]
2. If there are book formatters, cover designers, editors, etc. in this forum who would like to profile their services on the website in question, I’d be happy to take this idea further. I’m thinking of a list of Aussies similar to what Smashwords does here
. In other words, this won’t be site-wide banner advertising, but will consist of a link in the resource page to a list of service providers. (There will be no cost for inclusion).
3. Not wanting to duplicate matters, I’d like to point authors using my website to the resources on AWF. The forum itself is very helpful, and so too are the resources accumulated here
4. Could AWF accommodate readers into the forum? If so, readers could be pointed to AWF, too.
5. ??? Ideas, thoughts, questions, portents
Why have I started here at AWF? Two reasons. Firstly, I’ve benefited from the discussion threads on this forum. I’m new to novel writing, and I’ve cut my teeth on the advice in these threads. Secondly, Peter. His assiduous approach to helping other authors is inspiring, and mirrors what I’d like to think is my goal, too.
Disclaimer time. I personally call my website idea the BIG EXPERIMENT. I’ve done what research I can in terms of the sustainability of the project, and have committed to an extensive launch period (fifteen weeks starting from 1st September) to see whether I can pull it off. Admittedly, there’s a good chance it won’t generate the momentum needed. But I’m of the school of “have a go, you never know.”
Plus, I realise that a basic fee charged (after the fifteen-week is over) might be a hurdle. I’ve decided not to become an Amazon affiliate (personal convictions and all), and have settled (mostly by circumstance) on a non-automated system. (I won’t screen or review the books submitted, but this provides better security and gate-keeps against trolls and non-Aussie authors.) Down the road, if the project takes off, I'll introduce more automation with its related pros and cons.
I hope this answers Peter’s question, and provides more insight into what I’m thinking.
Thanks for your time.