Monday, July 6, 2015

Publishing Question: Should I Use Wattpad?

"Hello Rebecca,

Thanks for your offer to help me out with Wattpad! My first novel, xxxxxxxxxxxx is in it's (hopefully) final stages of drafting/editing/ and polishing and I was wondering if posting a chapter or two on Wattpad would be helpful.

I'm honestly not sure what kind of publishing route I'm hoping to take with this book, but I know a lot of agents and small publishing houses won't take submissions that are published elsewhere.

Any advice or suggestions would be helpful. I'm really new to all of this and there is so much conflicting information out there on the subject.

Hi xxxxxx!
So great to hear from you. So, if you think you will want to approach traditional publishing, I would NOT put your work up on Wattpad first. While I realize that there are the “Wattpad Winners” out there that have landed a pub contract after gaining millions of reads, this is FAR from the norm and highly unlikely. I would query agents first and exhaust that route (assuming you want trad pub); then small press (if that would also suffice); and THEN consider Wattpad if you think you would like to self publish.

The problem is that many agents won’t even look at something that has been “already published” on Wattpad. Not all, for sure, but you’re going to limit your potential agent pool and also never really be sure exactly which ones do and don’t frown on this sort of thing. It should be said that of course some [agents] troll Wattpad for material, but really, not many.

If you have exhausted yourself on the traditional road and/or decide to self publish anyway, Wattpad can be a useful tool for building a reading audience (all the while realizing that these readers do not necessarily translate into “sales” but some of them can if you release your book in a serial way (i.e., one chapter per week with links to buy options for those that don’t want to wait for the updates) and engage with readers in the comments (something I’m trying to get better at :-)

Furthermore, I’m not really sure how much the “sample chapter” approach works for a one off title with no pre-existing audience. I know some of the larger publishers have tried it with some of their writers, but these writers have an existing fan base. You have to consider that the Wattpad audience are readers looking for free books, not necessarily free chapters of books they will have to buy to finish. Unless they already love your published work, you’re not likely to build up much of a following with only a couple chapters.

So in your specific case, I would not put a book up on Wattpad that you are hoping to find an agent/traditional publisher for. However, if you have anything else, maybe some shorter works that you won’t ever try to traditionally publish, those could help you build an audience without jeopardizing your chances with the big boys for your completed book.

Long winded enough? :-)

Great to hear from you!



(Do you have a writing, reading, or publishing question you'd like me to answer? If so, email me at rebecca (at) rrtaylor (dot) com. I'll only post it here, anonymously, with your permission.)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Reader Question: Why Do I Write?

I have an active relationship with my readers and try to respond to every one of their questions and comments about my books and/or writing in general. One of the most recent that a subscriber to my mailing list asked was: "Why do you write?"

I think there must be a ton of reasons why people gravitate towards writing books. There are also all sorts of judgments that get placed on those reasons, as if some reasons could be more worthy than others. But here are mine, starting with why I don't. 

I don't write because I hope to be famous some day...because I honestly think that being famous must suck--seriously suck. I'm a pretty private person. I realize this might seem like a contradiction to my actions seeing as I do more than the average person when it comes to putting myself out there for the public to see (teaching, signings, facebook, twitter, blogs, wattpad, goodreads, mailing list) but if you want anyone to read your books, and I do, these are really the essentials unless you're a well known writer with a huge fan base buying your books shelved in the giant box stores (and, um...I'm not.) So while I do quite a bit on social media, I'm still in the real world showing up at Target looking like I'm on my way to or from the gym. Who wants to be recognized while looking like that?

I don't write because I hope to be rich some day. Now I do think being rich would have some amazing side effects on my life (I would travel all the time and everywhere) but I'm smart enough to realize that this is a highly unlikely thing to ever happen. And yet, I write anyway.

I don't write because I hope to feel more important or more accomplished...seriously. I have enough responsibility between being a parent and working in special education to ever doubt myself in those arenas. Furthermore, once you realize how many people HAVE written a book, or multiple books even, this particular milestone starts to feel a little, "me too!"

So, it's not about being rich, famous, or important. What is it? Because I spend a ridiculous amount of time pursuing a writing career for these things to not matter.

I write because I enjoy it. I enjoy thinking up characters, settings, conflicts, and then working to piece them all together--like a puzzle really.

I also write because I have always been a huge readers--I LOVE BOOKS. I love the experiences I have with other writers through their work. I have cherished being on the receiving end of those experiences and I want to be on the giving side as well. I swear to all that is holy, when I read a comment, email, or review that says something like, "OMG, I loved this book!" my heart melts. Not because I think it means I'm an extra special writer (because I'm not) but because the book I thought of, created, and sent out into the world gave another reader an experience that they treasured.

The same experience that I'm always hunting for as a reader.

That is why I write.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

It's Here--Midheaven is on Sale

That's right! Finally you can get book 2 in the Ascendant Trilogy.

It's officially on sale in Kindle and Nook at Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes and Noble, just click your preferred link above.

For my paperback lovers, that's going to take just a weee bit longer (uploading files, and getting proofs takes more time) but I'm thinking those will probably be available next week.

All my newsletter subscribers found out yesterday. If you would like to be "in the know" you can sign up here .

Happy reading!



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Giveaway: $25.00 Amazon or B&N

In celebration of Midheaven's imminent release, I'm doing a giveaway for all my newsletter subscribers this Sunday, June 14th.

Two lucky winners will receive...

  •  A 25.00 gift card to either Amazon or B&N (winner's choice)
  • Signed copies of both Ascendant and Midheaven
So YES, free things (I do so love free things ;-)

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Cover Reveal--Midheaven

It's almost here! (and by "it" I mean MIDHEAVEN!!)

Yes, finally, finally I have had days of uninterrupted work, work, work and I expect all the "buy" buttons to be up and ready by the end of next week.

I can hardly believe it.

So I can now share the gorgeous cover for the second book in the Ascendant trilogy.

I lurv my cover designer--seriously. This is our 4th cover together and we have the BEST working relationship. Lucky writer girl.

Oh, and here's the back copy:
As Above, So Below

As the direct descendant of Francis Bacon (aka Shakespeare) Charlotte is the next Ascendant. She is destined to teach mankind the secret mysteries of alchemy.

If only she knew what those were.

With her father’s stone box, and her mother’s first key, Charlotte will quest around the world to solve the puzzle and reveal its secret.

Unless Emerick gets her first.  

Short, sweet, to the point. I will let you know as soon as it's available for purchase.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

What I'm Writing This Summer



Sorry, I just get a bit excited about this.

I love my work as a psychologist, and I'm good at my job, but I love working as a writer as well. Reconciling these two careers, as in TIME, can be challenging. Not impossible, clearly, because I DO IT. But I always love when this time of year arrives because I don't have to try and balance two roads--I erect a road block in my brain for my day job and drive one hundred and twenty miles an hour down Writer Road.

It's pretty awesome :-)

Thursday night I was meeting with one of my two book club groups and I was asked, "So, now you have all this time, what are you working on now?"

Now usually, summer is the time for me to knock out most of the first draft of a book. And, I have three solid new book ideas that I am DYING to get started on. I love them all--seriously.

However, I am not allowed to even glance in their direction until a few other things happen first. What are those things? Basically, I have to clean up after my other projects.

1. Finish laying out Midheaven and kick that baby out of the fricken nest (like within the next week)

2. Get the print version of The Exquisite and Immaculate Grace of Carmen Espinoza set up in InDesign and uploaded to Lighting Source (by the end of June) so the physical book can be ready for purchase

3. Finish edits for Affective Needs and decide what is the right thing to do with this book (a few editors are quietly considering this title--we are VERY hopeful about this but also not holding our breath--so we'll see) 

I have promised myself, nothing new until all of these things are squared away. This is soooo hard because I LOVE starting new projects--very exciting times!--but this also gives me a huge motivation for shoring up these loose ends.

And I now have ALL THE TIME--we are delirious with joy.

I'll keep you posted so you know when Midheaven is ready but, I'm still really trying to grow my newsletter audience. So, if you'd like to get an email as soon as the book is ready to buy, please sign up for my MailChimp list (top of the right side bar--------->>>>>>^^^^^^^^^) Thanks!

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Share Your Short Story With My Readers

Would you like to share your short story with my readers?

Starting this week, I am looking for short stories to share with the amazing, supportive, book loving, subscribers of my newsletter. I will select one story per week that will be delivered on Saturday. Here's the deal:

  • Preferably Young Adult
  • Preferably less than 1000 words (although I'm flexible with word count)
  • Submit only one story (or book excerpt) per week
  • Deadline is Thursday at midnight
If you're interested, send your story as a Word doc (attachments are fine) to:

Rebecca (at) rrtaylor (dot) com with "Short Story" in the subject line. Please be sure to include your author name and any of your social media links that you would like included.

If this works out, I will be sending out one selected story per week every Saturday. 

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