Putting my money where my mouth is. I thought I’d step up and put one of my own stories on MacGuffin. After all, how can I expect other people to use something that I created (with a lot of help), but don’t use myself? So I uploaded a story called ‘Green Boots’ Cave’ which originally appeared in the excellent Journal … Continue reading Analytics and narratology – part 2
I’m interested in what MacGuffin analytics – specifically reader drop-out analytics – have to say about narrative structure. The example I keep coming back to is Cory Doctorow’s excellent story ‘The Right Book.’ This story’s subdivided into 4 distinct segments (including an afterword), which are each denoted with a subtitle. Conventional wisdom suggests that short, sharp … Continue reading Analytics and narratology – part 1
How to use the analytics on MacGuffin, and what we can learn from them as readers, writers and literature professionals. Continue reading Analytics Walk-Through Video
In the latest video blog, Gillain Knox asks Jim Hinks, Comma Press’ Digital Editor and creator of MacGuffin, what he’s learned from the project, what he’d do differently, and what’s next. Continue reading Video blog
UPDATE (October 2015): I think I’ve finally cracked how to do recordings of live spoken-word events. I know, slow learner, right? It’s pretty simple. Attached a lapel mic to the mic being used by the performer, and run it into a dictaphone (e.g. our trusty Zoom recorder), which you leave discretely on stage. How did I … Continue reading Tap-tap… Is this thing on?
On 26th June, @TheMacGuffin was a guest of #futurechat, The Bookseller’s weekly live Twitter Q and A on the future of publishing. It followed on from Amazon’s announcement that they’re going to start paying Kindle Select authors on a ‘pay-per-page’ basis. This threw up some really interesting questions about analytics, and their potential to affect … Continue reading MacGuffin on #FutureChat.
Sam interviews Jim about the early findings from the beta release and what we’ll be looking to fix and implement between now and launch, including ‘stickiness’ and to what extent we should ‘gamify’ MacGuffin. After seeing the video, Jim would like to point out that he’s working so hard on MacGuffin at the moment that he … Continue reading Beta findings