Comics and Short Stories Digital Hub Tapas Launches Writer Appeal

Tapas Writers Appeal

Tapas, a publishing platform home to serialised, snackable stories for mobile audiences that includes the Tapastic comics hub which features the work of some 17,000 creators, is looking for amazing original stories.

Tapas recently began to serialise the work of Andy Weir, author of The Martian, on their platform.

“We are a community who values well-crafted, engaging stories readers care about,” they say in announcement. “We are searching for previously published or unpublished pieces with the potential for frequent, serialized updates once published on Tapas.

Tapas Books and Comics PromoHowever, if the submitted works are original, exclusive series for Tapas:

  • Tapas will match creators earnings up to $10K
  • Offer valid for revenue earned until 31st October 2016

Your submission should include:

  • Title
  • Genre
  • Minimum 3 Episodes (500–1000 words per episode)
  • Synopsis
  • Links to your website and/or social media

The genres Tapas readers are most interested in are:

  • YA Romance
  • YA Fantasy
  • YA Mystery/Thriller
  • Slice-of-Life/relatable stories

Tapas say their readers enjoy stories with “a strong emphasis on fun, relatable characters alongside a faster-paced narrative”.

If you’re interested, you can also check out The Creature’s Cookbook and They Say I was Born a King’s Daughter on Tapas as references to engaging pace and style.

In notes on an interview with Tapas CEO Chang Kim available on SoundCloud in which he talks about the company’s search for Tapastic creator written story submissions, the company explains they’re limiting chapters to 500 to 100 words or so because “We are finding a lot of readers prefer those chapter lengths,” they say.

If you’re interested, email your submissions to submissions@tapasmedia.co. There’s no information I can find on rights or terms of publication, but presumably that will be outlined in any response from the publisher.

• The Tapas app is available forIOS and Android. More information: https://tapas.io

• You can read comics on the Tapstic platform on your computer, including Crucible by myself and Smuzz, at https://tapastic.com

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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