Book selling application?

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I was just thinking, I have a couple books that I don’t really want to continue because I’m either stuck or…

I have a couple books that I don’t really want to continue because I’m either stuck or I just don’t personally like the genre that I started in. What do I do with them? Maybe there could be a selling application for authors to sell they’re books to others, so that they’re story can go on! Now I think this could be a good Idea the only problem is copyright theft. I can’t think of a real way to solve this problem, which is probably a large part of the reason an application like this doesn’t exist.

Please Put it your ideas and see if we can make this possible! :man_technologist: :books:

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As somebody working in a field where you freely share ideas, I can’t get my head around this.
The NaNoWriMo community forum has a section for idea swaps which is literally about freely sharing sparks of stories.
It would be nice to hear other people’s thoughts though.

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There are many common sayings among creatives that basically boil down to: “ideas are the easy part, it’s the execution that’s the real work”.

Re: copyright, the same copyright protections would apply as anywhere else where art is posted. But things would get messy if the work is sold commercially - royalty splits and such are complex!

You might want to read up on “work for hire” writing, “ghost writing” and “book packaging”, which can match this concept of hiring someone to bring your writing idea to life - it’s out there, and it pays well! There’s a lot of specialist skill required to bring someone else’s idea to life and work collaboratively as a writer.

It really does all come down to the execution, imo - ideas on their own aren’t worth as much as the work done to breath life into them. And the same core idea can be dramatically different when given to five different writers.
For what it’s worth, it’s totally normal to fall out of love with ideas after starting them. I’d encourage you to go back to them, if you can, because there’s a lot of value in taking an idea all the way to the finish and building faith in yourself as a person who can finish things.

(I say this as someone with many abandoned-at-80% novels and someone trying to do better! :heart:)

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I agree, ideas are the easy part.

In addition, a story that was started by one author would end up completely different taken over by another. Two authors could take the exact same idea, go off on their own to write it, and come back with completely different stories.

Finally, you were the one with a vision for the story. It is hard for others to see and become invested in that vision unless you’ve completed the story already. There are some authors who worry that Dabble might steal their ideas, but even if we were to sit around and unethically read our author’s unfinished manuscripts (which we never would and have policies against), we wouldn’t be able to do anything valuable with them because it isn’t our vision, nor would we care to because we wouldn’t see in our minds what they see. This is also why unfinished novels aren’t a high-value target for hackers. Even finished unpublished novels aren’t. Ask a publisher. They’re taking a gamble on your book. It is hard to predict what will breakout.

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That’s a very good point. I was trying to think of a way to make some money off of my story ideas. But what you said about execution is very correct, Thanks you!

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I don’t know if a lot of people notice this but, a lot of writers are also coders :man_technologist:t2:

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Certainly within the Dabble community! :keyboard:

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