Creative Writing · Self publishing · Smashwords · Uncategorized

Note to Readers of ‘Kiss of Stone’

Note to Readers!

Due to moving around a lot and losing material and technology(I know, really bad), there has been a severe delay in creating a second book to the Mark of Fortune series.

However, I am no longer in denial.

The genie romance was designed to present, simply, an idea. That’s it.

This is not to say that Sam and Stone’s story is completely over. I wrote it during a time that the world was built completely by my imagination and the direction I wish it to go continues to get stifled by the Muse.

Muse wins.

I am deeply sorry to my readers who enjoyed the work. Deeply. My heart breaks when I think of what the series can become.

However, all hope is not lost. I will be publishing great content and working on future genie books following a trajectory I think we all will be satisfied with. For now, join me in my adventure creating content in other genres I enjoy!

XOXO,

Erica

P.S. I am working on a serious memoir and some poems at this time. Visit me at Smashwords to find more of my writings and don’t forget to check out Write Resumes Right 2017, where I hope to collaborate with you on the structure, challenge and rewarding phase of job app writing.

Woot!

 

Creative Writing · Devices for Reading · Smashwords · Wattpad Stories · writing · Youth/Young Adult

Is Wattpad the App for You?

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Writing for Wattpad Can be Fun/ Image taken from stokpic.com

Wattpad may be the best social app for writers and readers out there, but don’t be discouraged or surprised if you find your works aren’t being read and as popularized as others.

I have learned quite a bit about Watppad within the last year and even though I really enjoy the app, it is not something that is working for me at the time. Perhaps you are thinking of posting up free stories on there too and so hopefully this quick guide can help.

Published or Unpublished, Unleash it on Wattpad

One of the first stories I published on Wattpad is Weight and See. I began it sometime around February 2016 or March?

By the end of June 2016-roughly three months, I had at least 800+ reads and quite a few comments. From one reader.

It was not a story I published previously, just one I wrote off the top of my head and I uploaded it weekly. Finally, I took it down and published it on Smashwords where currently it has 1,071 downloads.

What was the secret?

After not even getting a burp on Wattpad, I finally decided to tag my book properly. It was a teen fiction first and foremost, that happened to have romance in it. Also, I tagged it according to location, serious matters, and as general fiction. That may have helped.

Either way, I was jealous of teen writers with 1.5k reads and likes…

One Wattpader decided to upload an already published novel for free and she grabbed more fans that way.

Teen Fiction Rules in that Domain

Estelle Maskame

Ashley Royer

Are just two of many who have made their debut on Wattpad and are now publishing mavens with agents.

Both are in high school.

Some Wattpaders who are adults, write teen fiction and if they achieve the right voice and audience, make it big.

My favorite Wattpad author(including the gifted ones above) is LD Crichton, who writes new adult and teen fiction.

Not into writing for the much younger, pubescent audience? That is quite alright. Wattpad has many categories you can sift your writing chops into, just take note that right now Wattpad is dominated by the teen fiction category.

Why?

My opinion is that when Wattpad first began, teens took to it more and faster.

It is social media after all and you read free books all day long. Even I like that idea. You can literally type a whole book on your phone and upload it right after.

The Wattpad App, Technicalities

Yes. Wattpad is great.

The app is proclaimed as magical.

Yet there are some bugs Wattpad need to fix.

First of all, I was working on a teen fiction the other day and decided, “Let me write this on my mobile phone. For a new writing experience. Should be fun.”

And it was.

For a day.

Next thing I knew, I published my chapters and one was missing.

Wattpad warns you to never delete a story or even part of it because you cannot undo it.

So I did the “unpublished” then “re-publish” thing. Still not working.

I copied my chapter on my Android phone, and deleted the story. That way I can just copy to a new empty chapter- start over right?

Nope.

Nothing worked, nothing showed up. I deleted part of my story. I will never see it again.

Wattpad needs to fix this. Allowing Wattpaders to delete their story while giving a few days before a story is deleted permanently, is a better solution.

What Writing Platform is Working for Me?

Right now, Smashwords is awesome for me. I complete the manuscript, edit and upload it and the readers pour in faster than on Wattpad.

Just like Smashwords, Wattpad has an algorithm. You must use proper keywords, tags, update regularly(Smashwords prefer you post multiple books if you want to see great results), and an awesome cover and blurb.

I may use Wattpad again one day, I will definitely read stories on there now. But it is definitely too “loud” to be heard. Even with their writing contests, it has been rumored that those who are already popular on Wattpad may get chosen over you.

My advice? Try them all out. See what works best for you.

Patience is also the key, which is why perhaps I should have kept my teen fiction on there, seeing as people have requested a part 2 now.

Good luck to you all and let me know of your experience!

Devices for Reading · Self publishing · Smashwords

Easy Navigation Links for The Write Web(Mobile Users)

 

 

Sometimes, mobile phones do not display all the home page options unless you scroll down ridiculously long posts, then you’ll see all the goodies down there(you know what I mean).

So here are some links to help you navigate around my blog.

  • First, is the Currently Reading section. I am reading  the YA novel, Melt With You: A Totally 80s Romance, by Addison Moore. It is FREE to download!  melt-with-you-cover
  • If you are a writer needing your book formatted for Smashwords, please head over to Eurekajean’s page for more information! A great service for you!
  • Don’t feel like paying for a book you may want to read? Next, is the Loan Book Rangers Club where I offer books I can loan from Loan Book Rangers3my Kindle. Keep checking back for updates!
  • Finally, and importantly- Contact me if you have questions, suggestions, and comments! Go the Contact Page.

Please Note: There are review gems after this post, so don’t stop here! Please keep reading and share what you see. Sharing leaves a good feeling. Promise!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.5 Star Review · Five Star Review · Smashwords · Youth/Young Adult

Popular Teen Fiction You Can Download FREE Right Now

Psst!

Hey you!

I know you’re craving really good books to read this summer and nothing boring.

Here is your list of totally FREE awesome downloadables RIGHT NOW. All books have received 4 stars and up. You’re Welcome.

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Weight and See by Sienna Dance

Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn

Rhuna: Keeper of Wisdom by Barbara Underwood

In Between by Jenny B. Jones

The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen

The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching

This is not your ordinary, boring school reading list either.

Special thanks to Smashwords and Amazon Kindle.

 

 

Creative Writing · relationships · Romance · Self publishing · Smashwords · Wattpad Stories · Youth/Young Adult

Book Goodies: Weight and See Free eBook Download, So Worth It

“Weight and See” is FREE to download.  It had over 750 reads and likes on Wattpad as well. And over 600 reads on Smashwords now.

Click Weight and See  to download your free eBook NOW!

Here’s a snippet of the story…

I suffer from obesity. Not for the reason you think, but one of the reasons I suffer is that it is a disease that’s noticeable to all and I am teased for it, daily. My mom is a diva and don’t really understand what I go through because she’s always been so perfect. Her boyfriend Kevin understands me a lot. However, the one I dream of at night and want to kiss, is the one who makes my life a living hell. Brenden Harris is the epitome of hotness and intelligence. But if he and his twin sister don’t stop picking on me, I’m afraid I may explode…”- from Weight and See

I guarantee you that after reading this one, you will be squirming for Book 2(which I am currently working on).

Also, I have plenty of artful quotables to share in relation to this book and its second half. Coming soon!

Well guys and gals, this has been an amazing and HOT summer so far(especially in Va), but with YA summer kicking off like this- who’s complaining?

More goodies are in store for you all. I have sample books from other authors to share with you. Interviews, some more giveaways and discounts, just to make your summer that much more cooler.

Stay amazing!

-Erica

Self publishing · Smashwords

No New News: Authors Are Earning Below the Poverty Line

 

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“You have to find some kind of stable job in the market. It’s a rat race, Erica. In fact, you like computers so much- choose technology.”

“Dad, I wanna write.”

“It will not be enough, Erica.”

Years later I am looking at this recent article about “Authors Earning Below the Poverty Line

So, who wants to be a writer?

Apparently those who are so brave and hopeful. We are definitely the pen warriors because I bet the daunting statistics I am about to reveal to you from the Publishers Weekly below will not even scare you.

Check this out from PW:

The survey also indicated that not only are many authors earning little, they are, since 2009, also earning less. Overall, the median writing-related income among respondents dropped from $10,500 in 2009 to $8,000 2014 in 2014, a decline of 24%. The decline came for both full-time and part-time authors with full-time authors reporting a 30% drop in income to $17,500 and part-time authors seeing a 38% decrease, to $4,500.

Not much to live on considering rent, mortgage, food, other bills, and other things.

All of a sudden what dad was trying to tell makes so much sense. He never told me to stop writing, he told me to choose an adequate major. I didn’t. I chose social science instead. It gets me by sometimes, but it is not great in the long run of things.

So now the conversation turns into this: Is this where being an independent author balances things out? Does it matter?

According to what I know of self publishing it can be costly paying for your own editor and designer, etc.

Being trad published is also. You still have to procure your editor and you earn less in royalties compared to being self published.

I could be wrong in all this.

But truth be told, it kind of helps to have a side job in this economy. I love having different jobs that force me to exercise a different “muscle”. Perhaps my next job will involve banking, or public relations, fashion.

It will make for a good story.

Until then, I am still a big promoter of Indie books. In fact some of the books I review are found on Wattpad and Smashwords  and have thousands of fans and reviews.

Thoughts on this?

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Creative Writing · Self publishing · Smashwords · writing

Become an Online Writing Icon By Following These Celeb Examples

Oprah Winfrey.

Beyoncé.

Pharrell Williams.

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You don’t have to be a fan of these icons’ music or film to appreciate that they know something about art and how to market it.

Oprah The Innovative Leader.

Many of us do not remember Oprah’s old days. You have to catch that on YouTube now. She had the big hair, big business suits and she worked- for someone else.

 

Then she did something radical. Something truly amazing that revolutionized television forever…

But when Oprah entered the talk show scene in 1986, she “just blew the whole thing open,” McNamara said. Oprah became interested in what made people feel. What made them cry. What made them happy. What made them tick.(paraphrased-Mary McNamara, Television Critic)

Continue to revolutionize your writing. Take an aged subject matter, an idea, anything and make it your OWN. And secondly, begin to ask the big questions of your audience and your characters: What makes them cry? What makes them rage? What makes them happy?

I create a document of “character interviews” so I can know the deep psychology of each one and this drives the plot.

Oprah did not invent the talk show, but she knows people. So observe your family members, friends. Keep a notebook on you at all times and jot down conversations, and body language. This will make for a great blog post, poem, essay or a book.

BeyonceBeyonce. Consistent Game Changer

Destiny’s Child really was always Beyonce’s Child IMO because she stood in the forefront and could really market herself VERY well.

Album after album is a hit.

And  Beyonce’s latest promo had the world on the edge of their seat. We thought she was going to announce something huge- but she just wanted us to know she is Vegan too.

Please don’t make that same mistake. But here is what you do.

What you can take from this as a writer is developing your staying power. Especially if you are an author-preneur. Constant marketing and promotion of your works is key. And giving little morsels here and there to make the world crave what you will do next(but don’t drop the small vegan bomb like Beyonce did)

pharell happyYou can achieve this by utilizing social media platforms, commercials and my fav: Letting readers download a portion of your book for free or find some beta readers to review your book before it is published.

Pharrell Williams. Using Technology and Being Very Zen

I am not sure what meditative journey Pharrell has been on but we all need to take one.

He is not only a producer and rapper.

He sang the most popular song which made us all very “Happy”.

And now he is a guest judge on The Voice.

Your job as a writer is to find your center. Who are you and what is your voice and style?

Thanks so much for reading and please send comments if you have them!

Happy writing!