As a fiction author, I accidentally stumbled into the concept of STEEM-first publishing of my work. I thought I was done with writing fiction after bumping heads with a few nasty group mods on Goodreads and then, when I found STEEM, I refound my passion for fiction through the great and supportive community here.
For most fiction authors though, even large groups of fiction authors who do have a STEEM account, going STEEM-first with their work really doesn't fit with the way they think about making money from their work. The idea that many have is, "Why would anyone pay for fiction that already is available for free?"
As a result, we have groups of top content creators who choose to only post old work that no longer is getting any sales on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and whatever channels these authors use and at most publish some teaser material for their new work.
The upcoming changes in HF21 are likely to make the hurdle for fiction authors to be convinced to go STEEM-first even higher.
But then, we have Steem-Enging, ScotBot and soon we'll have SMTs. Could any of these technologies pull content creators who curently stick to publishing their original content (first) on Amazon KDP, Google Play's parner center, Smashwords and Kobo's Writinglife to the STEEM platform?
With STEEM becoming a more flexible content platform, we still have the seven day money making window hard coded into the base STEEM coin that isn't really compatible with most fiction, but maybe tokens or SMT's could fix that. Create a way for fiction outhors to publish their work on STEEM and, like on Amazon or Kobo, have a modest yet relatively passive source of income for many years if they keep publishing new books that draw attention to the old ones.
I feel strongly that, if the technology given to us in SMT and/or scotbot survices, the creation of a STEEM based direct publishing platform akin to KDP and WritingLife could bring in much-needed top content creators and increase the intrincic value of the STEEM platform. Especially if authors could be enticed to opt for publishing STEEM-first.
The big question is though:
Would the SMT + ScotBot technology survice for making a KDP killing STEEM Direct Publishin DApp?
Currently I don't have sufficient insights in the new and upcoming technology to know if we are there yet. If we are close to a point where an Amazon/Smashwords/Kobo/Play-Books killing DApp/Token combination could be made a reality.
So my question for those who do have insights into the inner details of ScotBot and SMT: What are your thoughts on this? Could such a thing be created soon? And/or what would it take to build?