I’d like to start with stating that I didn’t run this by them yet so I don’t know if they’re interested.
I don’t know if they consider this community large enough to invest in but I can pitch it as a community that a lot of Wattpad refugees adopted. Maybe that would help?
More background about Campfire.
Campfire Write is a software for writing but most of all for organizing your projects. It’s fully customizable and pretty awesome. Not only writers use it. It’s gaining traction with tabletop community as an alternative to WorldAnvil.
Pricing of Campfire Write
There’s a free tier. No time limit. You get to try every feature. You’re just limited in how many elements you can create.
The paid modules are cheap if you just subscribe monthly, expensive if you purchase a lifetime subscription.
Totally worth it though. I got all of them over time.
Exciting news - publishing on Explore
They opened a publishing platform called Explore. Every Campfire Write user has the ability to publish their projects online. Submissions are screened for some basics so it’s not like Wattpad in that regard. But once your project is published, you don’t have to get approval for updates, etc.
The cool and unique thing about Explore is that you get a chance to share with your readers not just a manuscript but also your character profiles, locations, worldbuilding and anything you want. Everything you create in Campfire Write, you can choose to share in Explore. You’re in control of how much or how little.
Explore has been a baby platform so far with limited readerbase since mostly only CF users know of it. It’s also not optimized for reader experience as of right now.
Here’s where the exciting news comes in.
They’re getting ready to release a major overhaul of Explore and plan to release a reader app too. I got a sneak peek at the phone app (user testing and feedback) and it looks pretty awesome. Kinda like a cross between Wattpad and Kindle.
I haven’t seen yet what the proposed new web app for desktop will look like aside from some mockups they’ve shared of the new project landing page, but I’m very excited about the changes.
The most important part is that along with the release of the fully revamped Explore, they also want to get the monetization project off the ground this year. They already announced that they’re accepting submissions (deadline is end of August. I’m scrambling to get a project ready. I’d love to be in the first batch).
So this year already there will be opportunities to get paid on the platform. Yay.
Here’s where Wackies comes in.
After they release the revamped Explore and set up the first batch of monetization, they will aggressively launch an advertising campaign to spread the word of their shiny new platform. So that’s why I thought they might be interested in sponsorship opportunities.
They have a growing Discord community as their user base grows. There are new members every day and active conversations.
They revamped their entire Discord recently too. They hired a community manager and started all sorts of community events. It’s quite an overwhelming time to be a mod actually. Lots happening.
My unrealistic wish
In an ideal world, I would love it if the two communities merged. I think CF could use a long-form forum. Discord isn’t an ideal tool for longer posts and writers get verbose. And Wackies could use the influx of the new users that CF is getting. And money, clearly.
But that’s a different story altogether.
Let’s focus on the sponsorship first.