Why I Gave Up on Wattpad

I gave Wattpad up after an admittedly short try (only a few weeks of regular uploading). I guess I was hoping that one could post a decent story there and magically get  people to read, vote, and interact.

 

 

However, Wattpad is social media—even though it is unique in that its users interact through stories. And I quickly learned that without making a substantial investment in the community, I would not be able to gain traction with those readers.

Already Overwhelmed

I don’t know about you, but I am already overwhelmed with social media and my online community. I’m already on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I interact daily with other writers and readers in these forums. Investing any substantial amount on another social media site is just not doable for me right now.

I’m also an editor and designer—these pay the bills, you know.

Trying to work, market my published books, keep up with social media, and still have time to write is already pretty much impossible, so I need to step back on a few things, especially marketing so that I can continue to write. And, oh wait, there’s the family, too …

Wattpad, where I had the least time invested seemed the logical first choice to go. It’s no bad reflection on the platform itself.

Setting Priorities

Blood Mastery, the book I was working on for Wattpad, will have to get in line behind Revelation of Dragon (Book 2, Legends of the Ceo San).

Wattpad may be a great platform for writers who are looking for a place to get established and to build a new audience. My audience isn’t huge, but it’s definitely got footing, and it’s growing. So, I’d like to continue to cultivate it instead of “starting over,” which is what Wattpad feels like for me at this point.

For those few who were reading Blood Mastery, apologies! But better to be a productive writer than to be scattered and overwhelmed one.

Happy reading!

Raven Thrall, the Audiobook, Is Officially in Production!

I’m happy to announce that the audiobook for Raven Thrall is officially in production with the talented Lynn Norris at the mic.

I received the first 15 minutes last week, and it was terrific. I asked for just a few changes (mostly pronunciations of world-specific words) and got to listen to the revised prologue today. Quite excellent.

Listening to Lynn bring Mariah, Magnus, and Ashanya to life is exhilarating for me. I spend a lot of time everyday in front of the screen writing, editing, and designing, and over the last few years, audiobooks have become my preferred method of reading for enjoyment. (These eyes need every break they can get!) So, I never considered not turning Raven Thrall into an audiobook, even if I had to record it myself.

Fortunately, Lynn, a talented voice over artist, agreed to take the project, and I’m very pleased so far, and I hope you will be too.

Look for the audiobook, coming mid to late summer on Audible!

 

 

Book Review: Shadows of Lela by Tessonja Odette

This review originally appeared on Goodreads.

Shadows of Lela by Tessonja Odette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun, easy read.

The Good: A very readable book with a lot of typical fantasy standbys plus an interesting new creature to add to the mix. And without spoiling things, the female heroine lived up to the title of heroine wonderfully at the book’s climax.

The Bad: I am definitely a fan of fewer points of view (one is my favorite). This book was done in multiple first person with at least four characters’ viewpoints. It was written well, but I felt that as a result, I really didn’t get to know the main two until near the end of the book.

The story, description, characters, and action improved as the story went along and really peaked at the end. This speaks well for Odette’s future as a writer and for the future books in the series.

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Book Review: A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

*This review originally appeared on Goodreads.

A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love these books!

I first heard the author on Joanna Penn’s podcast and thought her books sounded interesting, so I added one to my wishlist. I just started them recently by listening to book 3 on Audible (it was on sale, what can I say?). I plowed through that one and then this one before going back to book 1, where I am now.

It’s not the first time I’ve started in the middle of a series, but the fact that I could says a lot about the series. There was always enough info about what came before but not so much that the pace got bogged down. It never felt slow in the least.

Marcy and Julius are just such loveable, flawed characters. I was rooting for them (and many of the other characters) from the start. I love the fact that I could feel empathy even for the “bad guys” at times.

Aaron deftly manages to introduce her characters at such a good pace that you get a good feel for them without getting overwhelmed by too many at once or getting bored.

There is plenty of humor and a genuine contemporary feel to this series, even though it’s set on an alternate earth (in the near future?). The world building was excellent, and I could easily picture this world as it would be with magic, dragons, and spirits.

Excellent covers as well!

I could go on and on, but if you like contemporary fantasy (or just fantasy in general), read these books!

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The Books in the Heartstrikers’ Series