A Time to Reap, The Next 1000 Miles

Reviews = Life

Well, I was a part of two different Giveaways that concluded yesterday. The first was the AEC Stellar Event. A bunch of authors pitched in and there was fun and prizes galore. No punch and pie though… virtually maybe…

Secondly, Goodreads has a Giveaway program for authors to submit their books for fans to click on and register to receive a free hard-copy version of the book. No need to purchase or commit to anything, just straight up enter and move along.

Now, if you don’t already know, Goodreads is like a Social Media site for book lovers. You can catalog all your reads, rate them, find ones to add into a “To-Read” category and bunch of other options. Additionally, you can join/create reading groups, enter your favorite books into Listopia and harness your favorite quotes from authors.

Authors love this site and can equally dislike it. Mainly, we have no power here, the readers do. We are at their mercy, which is good as long as you have a strong fan-base or a wonderful book. For newcomers like myself, I drifted in a sea of wanting to get people to notice my novel and at least add it to their “To-Read” pile. Low and behold, the Giveaway was completely worth it.

I went from having my book out there for almost two months with a generous 68 wanting to read it to having now 395 glorious souls looking at the chance in just under a week. My sincere hope is that, somewhere down the line, at least a small percentage of these folks will choose to pick up my book.

Exciting times are ahead. Thank to everyone who has ever clicked a like, read through a post or picked up a copy. You are making my dreams a reality!

A Time to Reap (The Legend of Carter Gabel, #1)
606 people entered.
2 people won.

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Calling All Writers!

I am certain we have all seen or been tempted by the idea of a collaboration with another writer for ideas or expansion into another genre beyond our wheelhouse. This is not a collaboration. This is combat. Literary speaking combat.

I am looking to those out there that may have interest in being part of a club. We will choose a topic/theme/genre or word and two authors will “battle” by writing a short story or teaser roughly 1500 – 3000 words in length. Fans, readers and participants can vote on which story prevails. Think of it as Epic Rap Battles meets Poetry Slam meets Fight Club with a pinch of Thunderdome in there.

The Club will not start until October 1, but I want to get a potential list going by early September to start pairing writers up against one another (and yes, I will have my hat in the ring as well). I want to find at least 10 interested writers (I have already heard interest from 2 before I started this post) and can take up to 20 initially. Depending on the Club size, we will post a battle weekly if not semi-weekly. We will try to implement a bracket once things start rolling. Each work is not going to be published, will maintain basic copyright laws and is mainly for fun and to get your work/name rotating out there.

All writers are welcome to apply, whether you’re published, unpublished, Indie, poets, bloggers or the occasional writer. Time commitment is up to you, but if it’s your first time, you’ll have to write. Simply email Write.Club@outlook.com with a link to your work, or a portion of your writing (I won’t open attachments, sorry).

Now…Share, Share, Share! Get the word out to everyone.


It’s coming…