Hello, Don’tRead Faithful!
My blog is a year old and that means it’s time for a contest! Scroll to the bottom if you don’t care to read my ramblings.
So we’re coming up on Don’tReadBooks.com’s first birthday and I’ve been thinking a lot about how my life has changed as a result of this blog. I’ve learned so much from the internet, better bloggers, and from all of you, too! I learned to focus on the positive, I learned to take my fledgling forays in social media, and I learned a lot about myself as well. And in coming to this point in time, I realize we all need to move forward. We as readers, we as writers, and we as the artistic community.
But in which direction should I proceed? There are so many choices and possibilities in life–<shamelessplug>that’s the major theme of my serial, How To Reverse the Polarity! Available now, online!</shamelessplug>–we cannot know what is ‘correct’ or best for us until after we’ve lived it. Even then, hindsight is really only about 20/25.
We just have to choose what looks best for us at the time.
So to start with I told my wife I want to be a full time writer. I don’t have the time and energy to keep up with my day job–for which I lost all passion long ago–AND my various writing projects. I want to be able to produce more quality content and work at refining my current serial.
But that’s a bit far in the future. We have lots of preparing to do and I feel I need at least ONE salable work to generate seed income before I quit my day job.
In the meantime, I have this lovely little blog, but I’m not quite sure what to do with it. The face of literature is changing and, as a part of the literary community WE get to decide where it goes based on what we pay attention to, how we spend our money, and how we publish our books.
To cut to the chase, I’ve been batting around the idea of making this an indie-focused blog. I was hoping to make this almost entirely indie, but there’s a couple of factors I need to consider.
A) I need help finding good indies to review. If you’re an author, or if you’ve read something lately you think I’d like, tell me about it! I love recommendations!
B) I’m still going to review some trad-pub and some classics. For starters, I try to review whatever interests me, but the first goal of this blog is helping writers hone their craft and there are some good lessons to be learned with some of the big name books.
I also want to do something more to emphasize the role of good writing in other media, like videogames or films, but I haven’t had any really strong ideas for that.
Next, I want to introduce a some new features to the site. I have a bunch of ideas, but I only have time for one or two of them.
Here’s the list:
EditMe – I’m stealing from another blog (and if I could remember you, I’d credit you so send me a message if it’s you and I’ll link to you here!), but basically you send me a bit of fiction to edit and I post before and afters on the blog. It’s not an original idea, but it’s the kind of thing for which I started this blog.
Manuscript Swap-Meet – A little similar to EditMe, but the results wouldn’t be posted. Readers and myself would coordinate massive manuscript swaps for the purpose of editing/beta/proofreading.
Literary Frankenstein – I thought of this once and I’m not sure what it means, but it sounds exciting! I picture cutting and pasting public domain works together in what would eventually ammount to a literary equivalent of the collages of Une semaine de bonté.
An Exquisite Corpse – Another idea I stole, but an awesome one! Authors take turns writing chapters based on only the chapter before theirs.
Fiction Collective – So writers’ groups have always been a thing, but in this age of change, its more possible than ever for a group of authors to form their own indie publishing company. I see it as kind of like a co-op in that everybody helps everybody’s books do well and everybody profits (though this might have to wait until I’m full-time).
As you can see, I’ve got a lot of goals, but I know I can only realistically uphold a few.
To Win The Contest
You’ve all been waiting very patiently to find out how to get your hands on my sweet, sweet swag. Kudos if you actually read to this point instead of skipping.
So here’s what you do:
- Follow This Link! The Contest Runs between today and Valentine’s Day!
- Leave a comment on this page telling me what you’d like to see and participate in (unfortunately, I can’t do all of these by myself).
- Tweet yourself extra entries daily, or like the H2RP facebook page to get extra entries!
- I’ll use Rafflecopter witchcraft to select a winner, to be announced on Feb. 17!
- The winner gets seven days to claim their prize, which will be mailed to you along with a personalized sketch of your choice.
I want to thank all of my followers and regular readers for sticking with me! I want to thank all the other bloggers from which I’ve learned so much, and everyone who’s done a guest post and let me do a guest post! Thanks to everyone who’s entering my contest!
I want to thank my lovely wife, Julie, who did the hard work of setting up that voodoo witchcraft Rafflecopter, and who set up my blog in the first place–I love you, Julie!
And I want to thank everybody out there who’s ever written a book.