How To Help Your Favorite Authors

Almost broke my mouse button in my eagerness to share this one. In this day and age a book literally lives or dies based on what the readers are willing to do out of this list…

Notes from An Alien

Authors need all the help they can get—what with shoddy treatment from publishers and the massive number of books being produced—they can definitely use your help 🙂

I’m reproducing, with the author’s permission, an article from Lindsay Buroker‘s site.

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As authors, we spend a lot of time trying to promote our books. Our biggest obstacle is obscurity because there are a lot of books out there. No, really. A lot.

We like to think that good stories are all it takes to make it (in author terms “make it” usually means “become well known enough and sell enough books that I can quit my day job and write for a living”), but you can doubtlessly think of mediocre books that are selling bazillions of copies and authors you love who never make it out of the “mid-list” category.

Sometimes it’s just the author (or publishing house)…

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The Master Plan

Wattpad is a place for story creators to connect with the very first members of their audience while their stories are still in development. Those that consume wattpad content spend vastly more time with their eyes on wattpad than they do facebook. Amazon might have triggered the rise in the eBook market, but they are well behind wattpad at the creative end of the process.
wattpad delivered the first roughly 350 readers of my story and allowed me to connect with a few other authors around the world with whom I have established a mutual support group.
wattpad’s future ambitions sound big and you can read them here.

Wattpad

The following post is written by Wattpad Co-founder and CEO Allen Lau.

I wish I had written a blog post like the one you’re about to read when Ivan and I first started Wattpad 10 years ago. Although we shared our plan numerous times in bits and pieces, it was scattered across the internet, and very few people outside of the company had the complete picture.  

The First 10 Years

Our plan was actually quite simple. We wanted to revolutionize how people discover, share, and connect through stories. Here’s how we did it:

  1. We created a reading app for the RAZR and other feature phones using public domain classic books to attract our first group of users.
  2. We leveraged the growing audience to attract our first group of writers who would share original stories on Wattpad. We created direct connections between these writers and readers around the world.
  3. We…

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Top Eleven Fantasy Or Science Fiction Characters I’d Love To Have A Beer With

I thought this was fun. Who are your top 11?

The other day a blog I follow asked the question “What literary character would you like to have a beer with?” Naturally, I thought about it, and I came up with a host of people that I would love to hang out with, drink a beer with, and just sit around swapping stories with – if these guys actually existed of course.

When trying to weed my list down to a manageable ten, I couldn’t get there. I did find a way to get to eleven, but even then, I found that there were some fantasy and science fiction characters that just had to be put together, because I could not imagine handing a beer to one without the other being there waiting for theirs, so you will notice that in my list there are groups of people as well as individuals. Perhaps this is cheating, but it is my…

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