Social media ladder - Wattpad and Goodreads for writers

23 February 2014 / 7 comments
I feel like I’m a fully fledged member of the Wattpad community now. The other day some girl dedicated a chapter to me … which was actually song lyrics from some group I’d never heard of! But nevertheless, it gave me some warm and fuzzies! The whole thing was random, but I liked it! I’ve now had readers asking me to keep going with my abandoned YA novel Silver - they seem to be engaged with the story and it’s enough incentive for me to get back into it.

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Flash fiction - Push

22 February 2014 / Leave a Comment
The mother waited outside the classroom with sand in her shoes. She grabbed the boy by the hand as he walked past. ‘If you push Ethan again, I’ll hit you. Do you hear?’ The boy kept on walking. The next day he pushed Ethan again. Ethan didn’t tell his mum because his dad was moving out and she was in tears. The neighbours said they would help however they could, but neighbours always say those things. Then they forget. And his mum has to lift the wall-mounted clothes dryer off the wall all on her own.
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Flash fiction/Micro fiction submissions

21 February 2014 / 1 comment
If you're writing flash fiction or micro fiction here are some of the publications that are currently accepting submissions ...

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Book promotion - Nancy Christie

19 February 2014 / 5 comments

What is your plan for promoting your upcoming short story collection?
Together with my publisher, Pixel Hall Press, and Cynthia Dadson, the Director of Marketing, we have developed a great marketing calendar to generate interest in Traveling Left of Center.

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Small press pop quiz - Unthank Books

13 February 2014 / 3 comments
What makes Unthank Books different to other publishers?
We've got quite a family thing going on that we often have writers who attend our school of creative writing www.unthankschool.com; are perhaps published by us either in our acclaimed bi-annual short fiction series Unthology or as novelists at www.unthankbooks.com; and/or appear at our Autumn literary festival www.unlitfestival.com. We train'em, publish'em and then show'em off.

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Open for inspection ...

11 February 2014 / 3 comments

My novel has been out in the public domain for about a month now and I’ve only told a handful of my most trusted friends and my family (because I sort of have to …) I’m still coming to terms with the whole thing of having people I know read my work. It feels a bit like having my house open for inspection and I don’t want all the neighbours coming in and having a sticky beak.

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Connu - new short fiction app

10 February 2014 / 5 comments
Founded by Luthi and Niree Perian, while they were master's students in fiction writing at the University of Southern California, Connu brings keen editorial curation to the digital publishing space with a vision to empower readers to drive the future of the publishing industry. Connu was born in LA's literary community. They asked writers they admired to identify up and coming talents. Recommenders included David Sedaris, Lydia Davis, Joyce Carol Oates, Ron Carlson, Benjamin Percy, Janet Fitch, Rick Moody, Mary Robison, Aimee Bender, Jonathan Lethem, Sam Lipsyte, Wells Tower, Dan Chaon, and many more.

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Writers and poets on Instagram - heartfullofpoetry

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How have you used Instagram to build a following?
I've not so much as used Instagram as a way to gain a following, but as a way to be heard. Besides, right now, I'm also exclusively an 'Instagram Poet', but I have put some thought into branching out when I'm ready. I do, although, strongly believe that Instagram is the best way to find a following. I like the format, it's easy and there's a whole hidden poetry community that I've found there. People listen.

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How writers can build a following on Wattpad - Jenny Rosen

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What kind of work do you post on Wattpad?
Mainly novels and short stories. Wattpad is a great place to be able to share your works in progress or finished pieces with a continually growing audience.

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How writers can build a following on Wattpad - Katie Tyler

9 February 2014 / 3 comments


What kind of work do you post on Wattpad?
When I joined I only posted fan fiction, firstly the classic One Direction fan fiction as that was the area I felt I could easily fit into as so many other people were writing them as well. A while after I had some attempted ideas at Werewolf stories, they turned into ‘one shots’ as I found they weren’t quite as popular and my priorities were on the fan fiction as more people were reading them. In October 2013 I started writing a fan fiction about ‘Youtubers’, I hadn’t seen many, if any, fan fictions in this category and decided it was a topic I knew well so would attempt to fill the gap.

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Book cover brag ...

8 February 2014 / 5 comments



Just showing off my three new Wattpad covers from Humble Nations. James has some fabulous pre-made cover designs to choose from at: http://humblenations.com/

You can read more about my stories at: http://www.wattpad.com/user/outaprintwriter

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How writers can build a following on Wattpad - Michael Limjoco

6 February 2014 / 7 comments


What kind of work do you post on Wattpad?
I post works of fiction. I previously posted a Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel called Kuro: A Land in Eternal Night, which is the first in a trilogy. Lately, I have also begun serializing a made-for-Wattpad Paranormal Thriller called Death Angel.

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How writers can build a following on Wattpad - Kate Cudahy

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What kind of work do you post on Wattpad?
It is quite difficult to classify my work, but I'll try ;) My story is called Hal. It's fantasy/romance, but the central love affair is a lesbian one. The main character, Hal, falls in love with Meracad, the daughter of a rich merchant. Unfortunately, Meracad's father has betrothed her to another aristocrat as part of a business arrangement. The story focuses on Hal's adventures as she risks her life for the woman she loves. I'm currently writing the sequel, Hannac, which I hope to complete by the end of the spring.

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Landing on planet Wattpad ...

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A month of so back, I read an article about Wattpad on Mashable titled ‘The Most Active Social Site You’ve Never Heard Of’ http://mashable.com/2013/09/30/wattpad/.


The piece said:
‘Eighteen million readers and writers around the world spend 4.5-billion minutes a month publishing, collaborating and skimming text on Wattpad, the biggest under-the-radar e-literature community on the web.’

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Writer’s mood tracker

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7 days of mood swings …


Being a writer is like riding a rollercoaster, constantly; there are dizzying highs and gut-wrenching lows. I can go from feeling confident about my work to feeling really insecure about it in the space of five minutes. Some days I feel as though I’m trudging through mud, that all is hopeless, that I’m never going to get anywhere … other days, I feel full of hope and like some kind of breakthrough is just around the corner. Pity our partners, children, parents, friends, brothers, sisters, colleagues, hairdressers, therapists, whoever is a passenger on this ride of ours …

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How writers can build a following on Goodreads - Vardan Partamyan

5 February 2014 / 5 comments


Please tell us a little about what you write ...
I write stories that can be classified in the post-apocalyptic and dystopian sub-genres of science fiction. So far, I have released two full novels The After/Life and I, the Provocateur and also a number of short stories, including the recently completed The White Wolf: The Hunts series of stories that lead into the third, yet to be published novel. In my stories, I try to combine adventure with political and social reflections on the possible world of tomorrow and the day after tomorrow based on the trends we witness today. While a lot of my topics are quite dark, there is always a glimmer of hope and light that I keep in all my stories as a token of my personal optimism and belief in the fundamental goodness of man, along with the largely untapped potential to bring individual change to a seemingly overwhelming situation.

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Small press pop quiz - Dagda Publishing

4 February 2014 / 3 comments

What makes Dagda Publishing different to other publishers?
We're a small publisher, so we take the time to really work with our authors and help them craft an amazing novel. We feel that our approach to publishing is more like a partnership - the author isn't just a commodity to us, they are part of our family.

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