Kindle Scout: Day 1

First off: I swear I’m not going to do this every day.

So, how this works (because I don’t think I explained it overly well before): My novel is on Kindle Scout for the next 30 days.  You can head onto the page (link below) and read the first 5000-ish words of a 117 000 word novel.  To put that in perspective, it’ll be a little over 300 pages as a physical copy.  So there’s a lot more to read.  If you decide that you want to read the rest of it, nominate it for publishing!  Readers can nominate up to 3 books at a time.  If you have an Amazon account, you can read it.  You don’t need a Kindle reader or anything like that.  You’re also given a chance to review what you’ve seen so far.

The campaign ends on July 8th at 12 am and then the Kindle Scout team decide if they want to publish it as a full eBook and they look at nominations and the reviews as well (I’d imagine).  If they decide to accept it, it’ll be an eBook and anyone who nominated it will get a FREE copy.  If not, well, on to plan B.

Even if you don’t read eBooks, still check it out and see if it looks like something you’d be interested in reading, I will have physical copies available in a few months.  I’ll make a post when they’re available (and probably another about trying to figure out the website to make them, because from what I’ve heard it’s not as easy as it sounds) and let you know where or how to get a copy.  You can also contact me with any questions through the comments section here, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

The link: Hunter’s Soul

Happy reading!

New Writing Platforms

So I was recently introduced to something new called Wattpad.  Actually, I have no idea how new it really is, only that it’s new to me.  It’s pretty cool, you can post a story on a website -and you get to choose what rights you want to retain- for other users to read, or just go on and discover new authors.  It’s pretty user-friendly, and so far I like it, though I’ve only had an account for about a week.  Established writers can post an excerpt from their published works, or people can post full novels, or stories in installments, or just short stories.  It seems like a pretty good way to start building a fanbase, and to show that you have a marketable writing style.  In a market as competitive as writing, any little bit helps, right?

The only downside I’ve found -and I was forewarned- is that a number of the stories aren’t as polished as a published product.  This includes grammar errors, and I know people have varying abilities to ignore or tolerate them.  Admittedly mine is rather low, which can throw a wrench into reading otherwise interesting stories.  That aside, it’s worth looking at.  There’s also a mobile version, which is pretty handy.  It’s also completely free, which is even better.

My username is SOakley13 if anyone would care to check out my work.

Here’s the link: Wattpad

The Trouble with Time Travel

Time travel: so interesting, so popular, so often poorly done. It’s possibly the most annoying thing to work with (not the same as inter-dimensional travel, that’ll be another post altogether). It tends to be a greedy thing, trying to demand the spotlight. Writers can (and usually do) fall into a massive trap: how much do you explain? And if you don’t do it right, then you have the ire of your readers, who will complain about possible loopholes, situations you didn’t cover, or things just didn’t make sense at all.
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