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!

 

 

Musings of a Frustrated Writer

It’s an exciting month here, with Raven Thrall (Legends of the Ceo San Book 1) just weeks away from its official release. 😰😁 (<– that’s me, nervous and excited all at the same time).

The funny part is my mind has been mostly on future projects, including revising the novelette Healer’s Sacrifice (another Ceo San book) and going back to work on a vampire urban fantasy I originally drafted before Raven Thrall.

This story, originally called Strange Bedfellows and more recently renamed Blood Mastery, might be the proverbial thorn in my side as a writer, but I’m determined to get it right before I even think of releasing it. It’s been rewritten once already and has so much backstory that I realized that it has become a plethora of “telling” (a big writer no-no)–all to explain that backstory.

After throwing up my hands with it this morning, I realized that the backstory (starting as far back as ancient Greece and Italy in the 1400s, where my main vampire, Nica, got her start) is indeed more interesting, and the modern story would be all the richer for showing it.

So, I quickly mapped out a short three-book series starting with Nica’s origins. It will be likely renamed again, something along the lines of The Vampire Wars (although that one is probably already taken). I’m not ready to jump right in, though. I’d like to let it stew some more in my thoughts for a while and instead get back to Mariah and her story.

I wrote about 16k words for Revelation of the Dragon during National Novel Writing Month, and I’m ready to get back into that story and that world.  If all goes according to plan, readers of Raven Thrall will want to read the sequel soon, so the quicker I can get it written and revised the better. I’ve already got a basic map of the complete five-book arc for Legends of the Ceo San Series.

I’m also playing around with the idea of getting the audio book for Raven Thrall produced.

Are you a writer or a reader? I’d love to hear from you about your struggles with series. We have to know we’re not alone, right? 😹