Plympton is a new literary studio devoted to reinventing the way people experience literature by combining serialized fiction and digital platforms. Despite the upheaval confronting traditional publishing models, readers are still actively searching for smart new writing. Digital publishing offers an opportunity to change the way great fiction reaches an appreciative audience. Serials give readers a steady stream of the stories they love at a price point that’s competitive with other digital content. And, with new technologies, writers can engage with their readers as they work, making the creative process a continuous two-way conversation.
Reading in installments
Settling down with a Plympton installment is a little like sitting down to watch an episode of your favorite show on HBO or AMC. Each installment will reveal more about the characters you’ve come to know, deepening your relationship with them and advancing the story in a way that leaves you both satisfied and wanting more. Installments range between 7,000-25,000 words and new installments are released bi-weekly or monthly.
Our commitment to writers
We work with writers in a sustained editorial relationship, offering guidance and nurturance but also trust and freedom. Our editorial process begins with the initial pitch and doesn’t end until the final period is in place. We want to do more than just publish great fiction serials; we want to help launch the careers of emerging writers and expand the creative opportunities for established writers.
We at Plympton are also radically committed to the surprisingly radical idea that writers should be paid well for writing well. In fact, we built our business model off that idea. Our goal is to tap into the vitality and excitement of digital’s literary Wild West while taming it just enough to provide writers with stability and support in the form of community, guidance, and, most importantly, a way to earn a living doing what they love.
Our business model
Sales on iTunes and the app stores indicate that the natural price point for digital content ranges from $.99 to $2.99, and that the way to build sustained revenue is to have an audience come back again and again. Serial fiction seems to offer the best opportunity to make digital fiction financially viable.