About a week ago, I received some wonderful news from knowonder!. Here's the email sent to me. Hopefully, they will be accepting one of my stories again. :-)
Dear knowonder! fan,
We have recently gone through some challenging times, but, like the old adage says, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! Well, we are getting stronger and better, and so, despite the many challenges we have faced over the last few months, I wanted to give you an update to let you know about our exciting news. There are some major changes under way!
First - we have secured a large amount of funding! This investment will enable us to give you a much better and easier experience in using/viewing our stories and content via mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire. We will also be delivering more content than ever before after the apps are launched. Readers will be able to vote on stories as they read them, monthly prizes will be given away, and much, much more! Also, it will finally allow me (Phillip) to work full-time on knowonder!, so you'll be seeing and hearing more from us. :)
Second - we are increasing the amount we pay per story! We will now be paying $25 for stories between 500-999 words, and $50 for stories over 1,000 words.
Of course, there is a little bit of bad news, as well: the downside is that we will not be publishing stories for up to 3 months (until June) while we are building up our story database and building out the apps. (We will, however, be publishing Totally True Tuesdays and Fun Facts Friday pieces). Please be assured that we are still alive and well during that time. We just have such a small team that we won't be able to keep up with the demanding schedule of publishing a new story every day while building out the new apps and other exciting content. However, if you are interested in submitting your stories, please know that we will be selecting and paying for stories on a monthly basis, so you will know within 30 days whether or not your stories have been accepted, even though they may not be published until June or after.
Last of all, THANK YOU, again, for your support of knowonder. We are closer than ever before in fulfilling this wonderful vision.
All the best,
Phillip Chipping, Founder