I bumped into a few old interesting meta questions/posts: What questions should be compiled into Writers.SE ebook? and Writing Contests. Alternatively, I am also witnessing newer trends and participation in Writing Challenge, Publication Announcements, National Novel Writing contest etc.

After going through all these posts, I think we can actually do more to attract newer audiences (as well as a good amount of readers).

SE newsletters don't include meta posts. Do they? I went here and confirmed this. This means, the fun writing activities like Writing challenges, Contests and Publication announcements that happen on meta don't totally reach out in emails and subscribers. I don't know the number and extent of newsletter subscribers for this site, but I feel that it might not be encouraging more and newer audiences.

Having said that, I propose to re-start e-book publishing (I don't know the status of e-book now) which involves not only great questions of the main site, but also the fun activities happening for writers on meta. Meta is/was not used this way in other sites and since Writing proudly uses it as a part of Writers' participation (PS: see only the comments of the linked answer) and sites' all-round development, we can give it a try. We might start a blog. (If there is none yet?)

  • I also toyed around with creating an ebook at the time, but I didn't feel like the Q&A worked well in ebook format -- OTOH, that doesn't mean it couldn't be done well! I'd love to see a new effort :)
    – Standback
    Oct 20, 2017 at 4:56
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    Also, note that Amazon doesn't support free ebooks any more, and visibility and discoverability are really hard problems :-/ I'd love to see a showcase, but I don't know how likely it'd be to drive traffic.
    – Standback
    Oct 20, 2017 at 4:57


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