Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.

Olin Miller

One million booksself-published in 2017. Only 40 of those authors are "successful"

Booksaren't selling like they used to

Bestsellers in each time period by total copies sold

Interactiveenjoying unstoppable growth

Titles from last 10 years

Consumers still love stories

They are human after all

But they expect more

Mixed Media

Blurred lines

Text only days are vanishing quickly. Great storytellers are able to weave imagery, video, and audio into their storytelling.

Interactive

Responsive

Consumers are used to a world that the responds to their voices, whether they're posting a Snapchat story, commenting on a friend's Tweet, or making choices in Black Mirror's Bandersnatch.

Episodic

Engagement over time

Consumers expect regular drips of content from creators they love. They increasingly view media as a service, not a "buy-once and forget" product.

Social

Discuss everything

Consumers love having communities where they can discuss their favorite television shows, movies, games, books, comics, and podcasts.

Bite-Sized

Fits into their schedule

Consumers are busy! They prefer products that work around their schedule, not the other way around. Must be easy to find, try, and understand!

Free

Ownership is dead

The pay-upfront model is on its last legs. No matter what the medium, consumers are increasingly choosing subscription or freemium options for media.
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Choices

Freemium Monetization

Dialogue or Prose

Images, Sounds, Visual Effects

Speakers

IntroducingTales

focus on text

Write in dialogue or prose, the choice is yours.

Add Visual Delight

Easily add images, sounds, animations, and visual effects.

Make it Interactive

Give your readers choices on how the story unfolds.

Social Comparison

Let your readers compare their choices/endings with friends.

Iterate Rapidly

Update your stories based on metrics. In seconds. No more working for years in isolations, trying to get things perfect.

Freemium Monetization

Mobile games combine for 85% of app store revenues. Monetize like a freemium game instead of a book.

MultipleFormats

The Modern Book

Prose Heavy

This is the most similar to a traditional book. You'll be able to emphasize words, embed images, and add other visual flourishes.
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Graphic Novel

Dialogue Heavy

This template is a balance between dialogue and the narrator. It includes the ability to show detailed visuals of locations along with character expressions
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Chat Messaging

One on One Chats

Similar to what you might see on Hooked or Lifeline, this type of storytelling is heavy on character to character dialogue.
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FeatureComparison

Tales

Professional storytellers that need art assets, monetization, and cross-promotion

Interactive Storytelling
Supports Prose
Supports Dialogue
Editing - Scripting View
Editing - Node View
Monetization (Ads)
Monetization (Freemium)
Monetization (Subscription)
Statistical Story Analysis
Access to Asset Library
Cross-Promotion
Optimized For Mobile
Game Engine Integration
Dedicated Support

Twine 2

Independent storytellers who want to create prototypes with node based editing

Interactive Storytelling
Supports Prose
Supports Dialogue
Editing - Scripting View
Editing - Node View
Monetization (Ads)
Monetization (Freemium)
Monetization (Subscription)
Statistical Story Analysis
Access to Asset Library
Cross-Promotion
Optimized For Mobile
Game Engine Integration
Dedicated Support

Inkle

Game teams that need a cinematic dialogue middleware

Interactive Storytelling
Supports Prose
Supports Dialogue
Editing - Scripting View
Editing - Node View
Monetization (Ads)
Monetization (Freemium)
Monetization (Subscription)
Statistical Story Analysis
Access to Asset Library
Cross-Promotion
Optimized For Mobile
Game Engine Integration
Dedicated Support

Wattpad

Emerging writers looking for community feedback and exposure

Interactive Storytelling
Supports Prose
Supports Dialogue
Editing - Scripting View
Editing - Node View
Monetization (Ads)
Monetization (Freemium)
Monetization (Subscription)
Statistical Story Analysis
Access to Asset Library
Cross-Promotion
Optimized For Mobile
Game Engine Integration
Dedicated Support

CompensationStructures

Independent

Work at your pace. Maintain full ownership and receive top tier royalty rates from your published work.

35% Royalty Rate
Maintain 100% Ownership
Maintain Non-Exclusive Rights
Full Access to Tales Writer
Full Access to Asset Library
Discord Community Channels
Cross-Promotion Within Tales App

Sponsored

Receive advances and a dedicated team to help your story be successful, in exchange for slightly lower royalty and ownership.

25% Royalty Rate
$10,000 in Advances
Maintain 75% Ownership
Tales Has Exclusive Interactive Rights
Full Access to Tales Writer
Full Access to Asset Library
Custom Art Assets With Art Director
Dedicated Discord Channel
Featured Placement Within Tales App
Promotion in Newsletter

Interested?

Tales reads like a book but plays like a game. Think of us as the sidekick you need to publish your next great title. We’re the Robin to your Batman, the Will to your Eleven, the Dragons to your Daenerys, the– 

You get the picture.

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