Monday, 1 December 2014

WEbook's Newest Release! In Case of Emergency Please Notify: Jet Hunter by Sarah Szabo


In Case of Emergency Please Notify: Jet Hunter


Webook's latest release is the brilliantly hilarious Teen/YA diary-style novel 

by Sarah Szabo 


One of our editorial staff discovered Sarah when she posted a link to Jet Hunter on the WEbook forums. We were all immediately hooked and couldn't wait to get Sarah on board with us - luckily she was just as excited as we were and the next thing you know, In Case of Emergency Please Notify: Jet Hunter had become our newest WEbook! 



We had a chat with Sarah about her writing background, how she came to create, Jet Hunter, and her involvement with WEbook over the years...  

"I have been a professional lifestyle journalist in Australia for over 12 years. If I have a speciality genre it is film and TV, but over the years I have written on everything from sustainable architecture to Steampunk. I am always happy to tackle a serious subject but if I can inject a little humour into whatever I am writing, sneak a little something in past the editor, then I am truly happy. 

"Writing fiction was a true joy because I had no other agenda other than to create something funny. Call me shallow, but for me humour is the highest art form and not easy to do well  (I was brought up in England so I blame that - you need maximum comedy in a cold weather climate). 

"As a journalist - I’m more influenced by Hunter S. Thompson and Clive James than Woodward and Bernstein and as for fiction, well I hope to be buried with Evelyn Waugh’s, Decline and Fall. Read a little something from, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, for a eulogy and I am done. I like to laugh - is that wrong?"

*****


 How Sarah came to write Jet Hunter...

"I learned all I needed to know about life from Nigel Molesworth (Geoffrey Willans); Adrian Mole (Sue Townsend) and perhaps a little from Bridget Jones (Helen Fielding). Nigel Molesworth and Adrian Mole, in particular are standouts for me because the humour works whether you are 12 or 49. I read these books as a teen and I still reread them now. The humour is timeless and ageless - it is just great comedy. The fact that they all happen to be in diary form is a coincidence, and the fact that my fiction is in diary form - no coincidence at all. I wanted to write a teen humour book with crossover appeal to adults using great comedy writing technique. 

"In Case of Emergency Please Notify: Jet Hunter, is a product of all my comedy influences stewed and steamed over the course of my reading life and concentrated in the form of one, beautifully self obsessed, casually cruel and philosophically blunt contemporary female teen. In other words - your average teen. I was one myself once and I have a couple of younger Gen Y siblings who provided much inspiration in the self obsession department. (They are delightful - really). 

"No teen’s life is complete without a major pop-culture crush and I wrapped a narrative around that to give the format some momentum and to inject a little satire about contemporary culture. If at any time you laugh out loud while reading it or even titter - I have done the job I set out to do."

On Sarah's involvement with WEbook...


"The WEbook site came to my attention some years ago (under previous owners). At the time WEbook was running a peer voted competition to find a publishable work, I entered this manuscript and received overwhelming support from other WEbookers, which was a prize in itself. I went on to win the competition and got some great feedback from WEbook management who loved the work, but felt I needed to develop the manuscript further before publication. 

"To cut a long story short - it took me a while to do so but it was necessary. Along the way WEbook died, and I went on my way reworking the manuscript in my own time (my own sweet time). After a few ups and downs, false starts and reworkings, I shoved it in a draw. Later I took it out, reread it - laughed - and thought: ‘Bugger it, I’ll publish it myself.’ 

"Somehow I found myself back on the new WEbook site and remembered all those past WEbookers who told me they loved it too. I left a message in the forums about self-publishing it, wondering if anyone remembered it. 

"I’ve come full circle back to this forum of supportive fellow writers and I couldn’t be happier."


Sarah's, In Case of Emergency Please Notify: Jet Hunter is available now from the WEbook Store in hardback, paperback and and digital ebook format. 


Read on for an exclusive preview:

***
Day 25

1.05 p.m.

Shelly rang this morning. I told Mum to tell her I wasn’t home. When we were at the movies she hinted that she wanted to come to the all ages gig tonight but I’ve my reputation to think of. Rang Nicole. No one home. Texted her. No reply. Her phone battery must be dead. Went to skate park. Not there. Went to library. Not there. The Phat Fonies are playing so I know she’ll want to go. I bet Danny will be there. There is something I wanted to ask him about the value of X when Y is something or other (I’ll look it up before I go).

2.10 p.m.
Just rang Shelly’s number. She isn’t home. Texted her. No reply. Her phone battery must be dead. I’m extremely annoyed.

4.15 p.m.
The phone rang while I was doing some pacing exercises in the hall. I like to pick it up by the third ring because Dad told me once that it’s a good business principle. As I was rounding the kitchen entrance, Mr Paws appeared in the doorway and I jumped over him, skidded on the kitchen floor, connected with a hand dumbbell that had been left lying on the floor and kicked it through the glass door cabinet with the fine china in it. It was Gran on the phone. Something about forgetting where she had put her keys. I couldn’t hear her over Mum carrying on about her Royal Doulton and how much it cost. I reminded her that it was her hand weight, and as she spun around, she dropped the matching saucer to the cup that had just been broken. I won’t record for posterity what she said – just file it away to tell the school counsellor next time I need to get out of school.

4.30 p.m.
Mum is sending me round to Gran’s in a taxi so that I can help her find her keys. She’s in one of her ‘pre-menopausal moods’, as Dad calls them. She says she’ll pick me up in an hour. I’ve asked her to man the phones while I’m away.

***
Day 28

10.50 a.m. 
Had a breakfast revelation after reading the ‘phun philosophy’ on the back of the cereal packet. What I need to do is forget the hideous shortcomings of everyone around me and focus on developing my own talents in order to maximize my personal potential
(also, according to the packet, should eat more cereal).
Have decided that I would like to become a competitive surfer, earning mega prize and sponsorship dollars and gaining the admiration of the wider community in general and the surfing community in particular. I know it won’t be easy but I love a challenge. The hard
part is deciding whether to go custom made (e.g. retro flames, lifesize portrait of Jet) or off the rack (classic stripe). The easy part I’ll hand over to Dad – cash or credit card. Can’t wait for Dad to get home. Told Mum all about the new me (said imagine world champ surfer Layne Beachley, except with my head and BeyoncĂ©’s body). She said she can’t wait for Dad to get home either.

5.45 p.m.
Think I hear Dad’s footsteps coming up the front steps. I’ll meet him at the door to ask him about his day, make him a cup of tea just the way he likes it (made by someone else) and ease into a discussion about maximizing one’s potential and the millions of dollars in sponsorship money being thrown at women who can shoot the curl, rip through the tube and chill out in the green room. Kowabunga! (Note to self: must find out exact location of the green room.)

5.50 p.m.
Life sucks

7.00 p.m.
Decided to get a wider perspective on the issue. Nicole thinks Dad is like really a gnarly lameass (skate slang meaning crap parent); Shelly thinks Dad is way off (ballroom dancing slang meaning little or no parenting skill); Alexandra-Rhiannon thinks that Dad is preoccupied by capitalist accumulation at the expense of lifestyle; Gran has offered to knit me a surfboard cover and someone called IAMHot4U on the surfinchiks internet chatroom thinks that Dad should chill out and support his spunky daughter in her sporting endeavours, particularly when she probably has a hot body and wears a bikini.

7.45 p.m.
Found out that the surfinchiks have a chapter who meet at my local beach at 6 every morning during the school holidays. There is an open invitation to females of any age to turn up and be taught the basics of surfing (surfboard not required). You go girls. Who needs to be under Dad’s grimy masculine thumb, begging for crumbs from his overstuffed wallet while he grows grotesquely fat on the domestic slavery of his miserable female chattels (Germaine Greer, The Female Unicorn).

8.05 p.m.
Dad says he’s happy to get up at 5.30 a.m. to run me down to the
beach. Sexist swine.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

WEbook's NaNoWriMo Newsletter

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WEbook's November NaNoWriMo Newsletter

Dear WEbook,

Welcome to our November NaNoWriMo newsletter!

This month we're going to be helping you out with some inspiration, a few tips on how to stay focussed during the month and what you can do to beat the dreaded distraction dips!

Our Book of the Month for November is Lifelights by Alina Voyce. Lifelights is the first book in a series, so there are plenty more to keep you going after you've finished this one. Check out the competition below to find out how you can win a free copy and start your journey towards mild (okay, strong) Alina Voyce obsession!

This month on WEbook we've been working hard at putting the finishing touches to In Case of Emergency Please Notify: Jet Hunter - to find out some more info on Sarah Szabo's new WEbook release, head on over to the WEbook Store and check out it's preview listing.

We're also running a NaNoWriMo competition this month alongside our usual Monthly Challenge - the prize, which is pretty epic, is the chance to get your book published as a WEbook. All you need to do is submit a chapter, and remember to include a 300-word synopsis too. We're really looking forwards to publishing some new WEbooks, so the more entries the merrier!

Happy Writing!

The WEbook Team

 







Read our Interview with Alina

WEbook's Book of the Month!

Alina Voyce, or Sue Grainger as some WEbookers may know her, has been an active member of WEbook since 2010, when she discovered the site with some help from a kindly BBC News report. An active and welcoming member of the community, Sue is always happy to help out newbies and give support to other writers.

Blurb:
It seems to Mara Austin that the Lifelights have always been a part of her life. They're a secret she cherishes, the nearest thing to a family that she has and the one anomaly in her otherwise predictable existence. On the day of her 22nd birthday things begin to change. An American businessman, Sebastian Oran, visits 'The Tea Cosy' cafe where Mara works and a telepathic voice invades her mind. Drawn to Sebastian, Mara's main concern is for the Lifelights. it wouldn't do for someone like him to find out about them... But as attraction is transformed into a deeper bond, the result is unexpected. 'Her' secret reveals a truth that spans the globe - a supernatural species with the power to enlighten or destroy.

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Member of the Month

This month's Member of the Month is Sue Grainger! Sue has had the greatest all round input to WEbook this month with over 150 additions to the site across the board - this includes leaving feedback, adding to her projects and rating in P2F. Congratulations Sue!

Writer of the Month

Our Writer of the Month for November is a relatively new addition to WEbook. Achronon joined us in October and has added some beautiful pieces of poetry, our favourite of which is Have You Tasted War? Congratulations to Achronon! Keep up the good (writing) work!

 
It's NaNoWriMo - Let's Get Writing!!

What is NaNoWriMo?

Why, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month of course! You've got 30 days over the month of November to write a 50,000 word novel. The idea is to write and not edit. If you think you can handle it, NaNoWriMo can be a brilliant springboard for getting your novel off the ground - well known books that have come out of NaNoWriMo include Water For Elephants and, (our personal favorite) The Night Circus.

In 2013 there were 310,095 registered participants, and with braches all over the world, you're sure to be able to find a support group near you!

There are so many resources and articles on the internet to help inspire, inform and improve your NaNoWriMo effort. We've compiled our pick of the best to help you stay up-to-date with the global chatter:

>>The Serious Novelist's Guide to NaNoWriMo
>>11 spoilers from the NaNoWriMo guide 'No Plot? No Problem!'
>>Write off the next 30 days, it's a novel experience
>>A Crash Course in Creativity: A Reason to Smile >>How to Stick to a Writing Schedule



Get Started!

Let's Get Motivated!

Keeping motivated can be one of the biggest barriers to completing a successful NaNoWriMo, so follow some of our tips to help keep you moti-va-ted:

Plan Ahead
Setting out a daily word-count goal is a good place to start. 50,000 words divided by 30 days = 1,667 words per day, so try and get as close as you can to this and you're already making great headway. You'll be surprised how quickly the pages start to add up - which'll help to motivate you even more!

Kill the Romance
Make writing part of your everyday schedule and don't try to romanticise it too much - by all means light some candles and set the mood, but it's not supposed to be an exercise in reflection - that's what the other 11 months of the year are for!

Reward Yourself
Set yourself goals and have a reward system in place for when you reach them. We love ourselves a cookie here, so perhaps eat a cookie for each chapter you complete? Or, allow yourself ten minutes of WEbook browsing for every twenty minutes of uninterupted writing.



Go to WEbook

Anti-Distraction Tricks

Distraction... it's not really very conducive to the completion of your novel, but it has a nasty habit of hanging around where it's not wanted, so the best thing to do is learn how to avoid it!

Try applying a formula, such as the Pomodoro Technique to help reduce the opportunity for distraction. If you're someone who is so easily distracted, that an anti-distraction technique could be a distraction (we totally sympathise), then there's nothing like a bit of social pressure to get you to knuckle down. Head down to your local library and settle yourself amongst other people who are hard at work. Libraries are also great for research - find your local in the US or the UK.

Take breaks! This is probably the most important thing to remember, but when you combine them with concentration-focused meditation, you're bound to come back to your page renewed, refreshed and re-energised!

Whatever you do, remember that the only person who is in charge of whether you get distracted is YOU, so if you really want to hit the 50,000 word target take every opportunity you can to write, write, write!

Start a Project
 
 

WEbook Ebook Giveaway!

This month we are giving away a copy of Alina Voyce's Lifelights. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is answer this question:

What is the name of the Café that Mara Austin runs in Lifelights?

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

WEbook's October Hallowe'en Newsletter

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WEbook's October Hallowe'en Newsletter

Dear WEbook,

Welcome to WEbook's October Halowe'en Newsletter!

Over the month of September, we've made some really exciting literary discoveries on WEbook, which we can't wait to tell you about! We've been searching through Projects, keeping an eye on the challenge entries, and we've also been evaluating all of the query letters submitted to us by the community. As a result, we've signed up two brilliant new WEbook authors in the last month alone, and, we're planning to get their books published before the end of the year! Keep your eyes peeled for our new releases - more details are revealed below...

In this issue we're going to focus on how some of our current WEbook authors have progressed from the initial 'eureka!' idea for their books, through to the development of their projects, with a little help from other WEbook members (of course!), and finally, how everything came together to create their WEbooks. If you've ever wondered how our authors got to where they are today, we're going to use this issue to help shed some light on our publication process.

Our 'Book of the Month' for October is, Camp 417, by Finnean Nilsen Projects, which fits in perfectly with October's Hallowe'en theme. This is also quite possibly our favourite time of year because we get to judge the October Hallow'een Challenge, which is shaping up to be quite delightfully gruesome!

In other WEbook news, we're planning to create a WEbook of the winning Monthly Competition entries. This book (any ideas for a title?!) will also feature some of the highly commended runner up entries which had the judges at each other's throats...

See you all next month,

Happy writing,

The WEbook Team

 
 

Every end has a beginning:

Austria, 1945...

 

Every legend, its source:

Cut off, surrounded and alone, twenty men must turn the tide...

Evil is alive: And the feeding has begun...

Camp 417: Where the dead live




To win a copy of, Camp 417, check out the competitions below...


Buy Camp 417 Now
WEbook of the Month

 

Finnean Nilsen Projects is the writing collaboration between two hugely talented brothers, Ryan and Tom. Published by WEbook, Camp 417, is the electrifying prequel to their recently self-published novel, Outpost: Season One. Released in episodic seasons, this style of publication certainly keeps the tension high! Ryan has been an active and very vocal member of WEbook since 2010 and was an enthusiastic contributor to the site's relaunch just over a year ago.

Camp 417, is not your average zombie novel though... Painstakingly researched, the book stays true to events surrounding the dying days of WW2, but is laced with a bloody great dollop of twisted imagination and brilliantly drawn characters - our favourite of which has to be the hilariously frustrated Hitler - Camp 417, is an absolute gem of a book and well worth a read in these all-too-quickly darkening, October months.

"This book was just terribly terrific. It has the elements of what a good old-fashioned zombie story needs."
- Amazon.com Reviewer

"This is the best book I've read in years"
- Amazon.com Reviewer

"This would make one exciting movie and is a must read if you love zombie fiction."
- Goodreads Reviewer

Find out More!

 

 
 

Member of the Month!

RJ_Urquhart is our Member of the Month for October! With almost 70 pieces of feedback given to members throughout October, he's helped lots of other WEbookers' develop their writing. He did however have some serious competition for the top spot! It's great to see so many members contributing to projects on such a huge scale - well done! RJ_Urquhart is currently working on a piece of historical fiction called, A Prize of Sovereigns, that he started last year - so why not show an enthusiastic member some gratitude by giving some of your own feedback on his work. Remember, you have to give to get in the feedback world...

Writer of the Month!

This month's Writer of the Month is... Jake_A_Strife!
This prolific wordsmith has added a staggering 172 pieces of written content to his projects in this month alone - an average of 6 entries a day - now that's some serious dedication! Jake_A_Strife's project, Omega Virus, is what's driven him to greatness this month. If you want to be our Writer of the Month for November, the bar has been set high - so you'll need to get totally immersed in your project and write, write, write!

 
 

The Quick Guide to Becoming a WEbook Author

With eight WEbook titles already published and a number of new authors lined up for publication over the next few months, we thought we should shed some light on what YOU can do to get yourself published as a WEbook author.

Our authors come from many sources on the site, and our editorial team search far and wide through profiles and Projects to find the best of the best. But what if you're project is hard to find? What if you're not sure whether you're good enough? What if you dont have your best books up on the site, but you're still an active member? Thankfully we've got the answers to all these questions, and more...

Project: Discovery

The WEbooks we discovered through projects include: Vanessa Morton's, Moonfall: Tales of the Levant, and, Nyree Wade's, Spin, (coming soon). If you take the time to upload your project chapter by chapter, while asking for input from other members along the way, you will be sure to develop your writing craft, and you'll also have an army of fans ready and waiting to champion you for publication.

The more activity your Project has, the higher the chances you'll be noticed by one of the editorial staff... Try and use some of the tips we gave in our last newsletter to help increase the activity on your Projects.


Start a Project

Monthly Challenges

Although the challenges aren't for everyone, they are a really great place to get noticed by the community and the staff at WEbook. Even if you don't win the challenge, chances are that by repeatedly entring, you'll draw attention to other submissions of yours on WEbook - this has certainly been the case for Aftab Latif, who's book, Song's From the Laughing Tree, is planned for publication by WEbook later this year. The Challenges are also a really brilliant place to try out writing in genres that you haven't considered before.

Maybe you've got a hidden talent for horror, romance or historical fiction!



Enter Now!

Just Ask!

We're a pretty friendly bunch and if you think you've got what it takes to be published by WEbook, let us know! We recently picked up a new author just because she posted a link to her book on the forums asking for feedback on her self-published ebook: Sarah Szabo's, In Case of Emergency, Please Notify: Jet Hunter. We're working with other authors behind the scenes who are part-way or almost finished with their manuscripts, so don't be put off! You aren't restricted to novel-length books either, we're currently waiting on some short crime stories from another interesting author.

What's stopping you from being next?



Ask Us
 
 

 

Camp 417

 


On how they came up with the idea for Camp 417:

"We came up with the initial idea for Camp 417 as a vision of several soldiers silhuetted against a dark sky. They were standing over a ditch, and below their feet, zombies were crawling up out of it. We built that into a larger scene, and from there it took off for us as we developed it into a full length novel - although, now you'll only find that original scene in the special features of Outpost".

What was it like getting the first copies of Camp 417?

Tom: Ryan cried.
Ryan: I told you, I have allergies.
Tom: Like a baby. And then he called our mom.
Ryan: It was her birthday.
Tom: Nobody's buying it.
Ryan: *sigh*...

Insight from a WEbook Author

Ryan and Tom are a great example of members who have used WEbook to its full potential with the publication of their brilliant, Camp 417. We asked the brothers how the community helped them develop their book:
"WEbook didn't just help us develop Camp 417. When we first found the site, years ago, we were struggling to find our voice, our place in the industry, and the type of stories we wanted to write. What we found here was such a supportive community of incredibly talented writers, who gave their time selflessly to help each other grow. It's really a very special environment here. It can be joyously competitive, painfully constructive, wonderfully cooperative-all at the same time. It's the kind of spot you keep going back to even after you have your book finished and published. Or, in our case, six books available for sale. Because it's always a fun, learning experience. And writing isn't a craft where you get to a point and stop learning."

If you'd like to get some more info from Ryan or Tom about their writing or the publication of any of their books, both through WEbook and while self-publishing, send them a message via WEbook!

 



 

WEbook Ebook Giveaway!

We're giving away five digital copies of Camp 417, by Finnean Nilsen Projects, to our lucky winners this month. Each ebook comes complete with the Extended Edition version of the book... Answer this question correctly to win:

Q: Where do the dead live?

 


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Win a Signed Copy!

Alongside our usual ebook giveaway, we're going to be running a writing competition, judged by the authors of Camp 417, Ryan and Tom. To be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Camp 417, your challenge is to:
Write a 1,000-word zombie story which must feature an original zombie creation.

Enter Now!

 
 
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