The Manchester-based Comma Press has recently launched a website called MacGuffin*, a self-publishing platform for fiction, essays and poetry, as text and audio.
The site’s USP is that authors and readers are able to see its analytics, which include the number of people who have opened a story and the number of people who finished it. The analytics even display a chart of where exactly readers stop reading, presumably with the aim of inspiring writers to think carefully about how they structure and write their stories.
Comma Press describes itself as a “not-for-profit publishing initiative dedicated to promoting new writing, with an emphasis on the short story”. The launch of MacGuffin, it says, is designed to “help readers find new writing they’ll love, and help writers find new readers”.
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*In fiction, a MacGuffin is a plot device that is typically unimportant to the overall plot.