I’ve been reading some more good stuff on Wattpad lately, and wanted to share my good fortue, highlighting some that I haven’t before.
@LaraBlunte is really, really good. I’ve been enjoying The Lazy Traveler out of order, but that’s okay with these often hilarious, always interesting travel adventures. I also recommend her fiction, including Love and Blame and the Devil.
@ShalonSims has a new serial going called The Dreaming, a sci-fi epic-in-the-works featuring a sweetheart of a child alien, a mysterious old tome and a lot more to come.
@PHWhittlesea, poet and musician, has begun a serial called Loreless, which is already off to a great start.
@MichaelGraeme’s “The Price of Being with Sunita”, if I’ve mentioned it before I have to again because it’s just so original and intriguing.
@ironymaster Welcome to Myopia begins with the youth who has an unusual goal in life, and is full of surprises.
Wanted to give a little shout out to some more of my favorite writers on #Wattpad:
@MichaelGraeme, first discovered on Feedbooks but I’m happy to see him sharing some of his great work here
@TipsyLit, the wonderful Ericka Clay
@wizzobravo, storyteller extraordinaire
I’ve also become engrossed in the Encante Trilogy by @CocoNichole and My Camino, a sweet travelogue by @AntoninosNatalis
This week I’ve found myself embroiled in several #Wattpad stories, jumping from one to another and trying to get at least a chapter in each every day. It’s a different experience – I’m typically a serial monogamist when it comes to reading – but these are all so good!
@DeborahWalker7 is a master – Future Tales is full of perfect stories
@bkbennett The Magician’s Horses is pulling me along, line by line.
@Lucillebee Percy the Parrot contains many 100 word delights
@KaryEnglish Totaled is just an incredible story you MUST READ
@JuliaProud has so many great stories – this week my favorites were Stupid Rogue and ItemDiscontinued
@SamanthaSLK watch out! Drawn to You should come with a warning label – seat belts required.
My flash fiction bit “Twins” won the award for Day 3 (“Risk”) of the Ether Books 8 Days of Flash Fiction competition. It was a good one, I thought. There were a lot of good ones in that competition. One of the other “winners” was one of my favorites as well, ‘0 out of 10’ by Liz Hedgecock, which I’d recommended in an earlier post. Congrats to all contributors. Lots of stories worth reading.
Now, I have not read all of the stories in the Ether Books ‘8 Days’ Flash Fiction competition – there are a lot! – but here I am going to talk about those that I did read and gladly recommend. You need the EtherBooks app in your phone or tablet to read them, but the link above works on the web to at least see the titles and their descriptions. It’s difficult to discuss fictions of 500 words or less without giving everything away, but I’ll give it a try.
They Really Do Look Like Ants by Natalie Bowers (in the TRAGEDY section) is practically an entire Sci-Fi thriller in only 500 words. I liked how the meat of the story snuck up on me, and then the last line really wowed me.
The People Indoors by Suzanne Conboy-Hill (in the RISK section) takes the concept of “I dare you” to a whole new (and higher) level.
Bein a Family ‘Cordin to Miss Charmian by Lindsay Fisher (in the FAMILY section) tells a sorry story in its own vibrant idiom.
The Future-Teller by Shravya Gunipudi (in the HATS section) makes an ordinary shopping expedition anything but when the choices you make offer such different paths going forward.
Conversations with Lego by Karla Mouncey-Jaggers (in the FAMILY section) makes a dad take notice – that toy you hear could be coming from inside the house!
0 Out of 10 by Liz Hedgecock (in the FAMILY section) is a stream of barely-consciousness in which when mom says A WORD you really take notice!
What’s He Up To? by Lee Williamson (in the ADVENTURE section) impressed me, even though the wife in the story never was.
When? by Susan O’Reilly (in the TIME section) made me want to notice everything I never do. What a small fraction of reality our brains let us process! Or at least mine …
If it’s not too late for this time around, a word of advice for all self-publishing indie authors. Christmas is a great time to make your ebooks free. Heaps of people are getting tablets and ereaders and the first thing they want to do is load up on free ebooks. My own books are always free (wherever they can be) and each of the past four years I’ve seen the same trend, increasing every year. Christmas day and the few days after, downloads of those free ebooks see a huge increase – as much as tenfold in some cases. For those who want to dangle their books for free as a way to hook readers (like fish), it’s a good time for that particular bait.
A writer for Forbes magazine is asking for your favorite self-published book of 2012. I had a long list and it was difficult to choose, but I did submit one, and would encourage everyone to do so. It’s likely that the top vote-getter will be one of the bigger names (that’s just how these things work) but it would be great to see some of our smaller names in there – just check my Indie Author Reviews page for several excellent and well-deserving candidates!