I first heard about Channillo on twitter back in 2016 but it took me almost a year to start using it.

What is Channillo?

I'll let Channilllo speak for itself:

Channillo is a digital reading & publishing platform for series. Current series categories include fiction books, short stories, essays, columns, journal entries, & poetry. Since our launch in 2015, hundreds of writers from around the world have joined Channillo to publish their work. Purchasing a Channillo membership allows readers to subscribe to as many different series as they wish. Writers are paid based on the number of subscribers to their series.

For serial authors who are just getting started, this is a great way to to get your story out there, interact with other writers and of course read their work as well. Personally, I've met a few great authors through the site, giving me the opportunity to interview them and review their series here on my blog.

How does it work?

This is a membership site. Readers need to subscribe to a monthly plan in order to read beyond a few hundred words of a given series. Channillo used to have three levels of membership - or plans - that would allow a reader to subscribe to varying amounts of series, but now there is a flat fee of $5 a month, 80% of which is divided between the authors that the member is subscribed to and the rest goes to Channillo. It was a good move on Channillos part to simplify the plan (and make it cheaper to access any and all series on the site).

For the writers, you commit to updating your series regularly - failing to do so labels you as inactive. I've been inactive a few times, probably the reason I've never made it to the front page of the site. Also you can only put your series up on the site if it isn't available for free anywhere else. If you have published the book already (and own the appropriate rights to it) and it isn't free, you can upload it to Channillo as well.

Payment to Authors

Channillo writers can get paid as soon as they have a credit of $50. They can also elect to have their earning donated to a charity.

Should I Sign up?

That depends on your goals. If you want to get started writing serial fiction and you don't have a platform yet, this could be a great way to get one. It's also great from a community perspective, Channillo is also active on twitter and promotes their favorite series there too. 

If you want people to read your work and are satisfied with a handful of people a month subscribing to your series to begin with, this could be a good option for you. 

Final Statements

Personally at the time of (re)writing this blog post, I'm thinking of taking my series off the site and putting my work up for free on my author website. I think it will suit my goals of growing a fan base - rather than making money right off the bat - people who can get behind my story and enjoy it without needing to pay for it. That's where I'm at now, but it's taken me a long time to get here.

What about you? What are your thoughts on Channillo?