With 5 days left in the Launch Pad Inkshares contest, I’m losing my hold over 4th place, let alone a top 3 place that I would need to win.
So here I am, again, trying to get pre-orders for Far Flung. I’ve got two supporter previews left. I think those previews are why a lot of new blog visitors are here!
To my new visitors and my readers before the campaign – will you support Far Flung?
Check out Far Flung at the Inkshares page here and see the updates and chapters I’ve provided. With complex characters and worldbuilding, I think sci-fi fans will deeply appreciate this journey. Read over the preview chapters, maybe leave a comment or recommendation, and let me know what you think!
Well. This is certainly unexpected!
I got an email today from Launch Pad, a project run by The Tracking Board. I was very excited to see it, as the title suggested that one of the two submissions I put in made it to the next round.
I was wrong.
Deep breath. Exhale. Oh boy.
Both the sci-fi work Far Flung and the epic fantasy Bound in Shadows rated well enough with judges to progress into the Top 75.
Wow, I am excited! I don’t know how many entries there were overall, but the 2016 contest had over 1000 entries – I’m assuming this year’s had even more.
Now comes the really interesting part – one of my stories might make it further up in the ranks and get into the top 25, or even the top 10. The higher one of my stories gets, the more rewards I get – with a possibility of a full signing or publishing deal.
There’s also the Inkshares part of the contest – the top 3 stories submitted to both Inkshares and Launch Pad will get full publishing deals through Inkshares. But one of my stories can only win this if I start campaigning for crowdfunding AND my campaign reaches the top 3 on Inkshares.
Two entries in the Top 75!
This is great – it means that experts in the publishing industry are reading the preview manuscripts I submitted and eyeing them for their potential as books or even TV or movie projects. I’ll have to see which perks and extras from the contest I will win – it depends on how much further the stories go.
In a contest that must have had many, many entries, two written by me got enough regard to place in the top 75. I can brag about this. (Authors have to brag; it’s how we survive.) I feel great – my writing has potential and I can indeed get a novel published, one way or another.
There are four weeks left in my currently-running series of writing exercises.
I’ve been talking about the components of short fiction writing as an aid to beginners, and these exercises will form the basis of a new book!
The Write, Or Else! book will start out as a textbook for my university ESL writing class.
I will take the blog posts from the writing exercise series and revise them slightly so I can use them in class. After that field test, I should have a decent book I can release to the public! A beginner’s guide to short fiction writing – but maybe I’ll give it a snappier name.
For the final 4 weeks, I’ll talk about putting the setting, characters, and plot challenges together into a working story.
It all starts on Tuesday, June 6. See you then!
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Hello visitors from #IWSG! Happy Star Wars day! I have some updates here that might be of interest to the neurotic writing community.
First up, I’ve got my ongoing series of writing exercises.
Every week for the past few months I’ve put up posts on Tuesday and Thursday featuring a writing exercise and my own sample take on the exercise. I’ll be compiling these exercises into a book later on, as I really need a new textbook for teaching fiction writing to ESL students. While I won’t claim to be a writing genius, I think the exercises will work well with writers at all levels of ability. I hope they will inspire you as well.
This month’s exercises focuses on using different points of view in writing. I hope you’ll check them out.
This contest is held by Launch Pad and Inkshares, and requires that you submit the first 50 pages of a novel you are working on. Your 50 pages will be read by successful authors and publishers, and you will have a chance to win a publishing contract or one of several other prizes. Might be worth checking out!
If you’ve never heard of Inkshares, it’s a crowd-funding program for indie authors. They’re a really good bunch of people, and I encourage you to check out the website.
I’ve been hanging out in writing subforums on Reddit, especially /r/writingprompts
There are some very good prompts, and anyone is allowed to add their own. One prompt was so appealing, it got me to break my long Reddit silence and write a weird little fantasy piece.
Anyway, I suppose my message to IWSG this month is that I #amwriting, and finding excuses to write rather than excuses not to. Maybe that’ll help you find your own excuse!
The Busan Writing Group is proud to announce the online release of the Peripheral Portraits ebook. We’ve had a lot of interest in the locally published paper copies, and it’s time to show off our work on Amazon.
This volume started with an unusual word: sonder.
It is the sudden realization that a stranger is living a life as vast and complex as your own. Authors were asked to create work outside of the self, about the people on the margins, the portraits out there in the peripheral.
The result is an extraordinary series of short fiction, poems, and plays that are at times dark, comedic, and downright strange.
Peripheral Portraits is the Busan Writing Group’s third anthology collection, featuring authors living and working all across the Korean Peninsula.
I’m particularly fond of my own fantasy piece in this one, a story about a retired superhero taking care of his equally superpowered daughter as he meets a new love interest.
This work follows last year’s Convergence, and the previous year’s Nothing too Familiar. This book features the works of 14 different authors:
Michael W White
This ebook is just $3 US in the Kindle store, so grab your copy today!
Hey folks, here’s a quick round up of some of the visitors I received from last week’s Insecure Writer’s Group Post:
James Pailly came over from Planet Pailly, which combines post about real science with a love for science fiction.
M.J. Fifield posted a quick comment, and it turns out she has a book out called Effigy that looks great.
Shari Elder writes steamy genre romances such as Race to Redemption and seems to be quite active in the IWSG.
Arlee Bird of Blogging from A-to-Z fame stopped by. I’m sorry to say my participation is still a “maybe” this year as editing my novel takes priority.
I also had quite a few visitors hop over to my other blog, which was nice to see. The rendition of Far Flung over there is due for some big changes, the first of which is coming very soon – the currently-available version won’t be there much longer.
Thank you to all who visited, and I hope my new series of writing exercises proves of some use to my visitors. I love you, IWSG and all my readers.