Tuesday, 9 September 2014

WEbook's September Newsletter

WEbook's September Newsletter
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WEbook's September Newsletter!

Dear WEbook,

Welcome to WEbook's September Newsletter!

We had some fantastic feedback from our first edition, so thanks to all of you for your great comments. Our App poll showed us that this is a definite 'must-have' for many of you... so watch this space!

This edition we're going to feature a few tips on how to get the most out of WEbook, with a special focus on encouraging feedback on your work. Plus, we'll also include a couple of tips on how to start interacting with your fellow WEbookers a bit more!

We'll be running another great competition, and we're still on the hunt for new WEbooks to publish - so if you think you've got what it takes to become one of our next WEbook authors, let us know!

Happy writing,

The WEbook Team

Moonfall by Vanessa Morton

four stars
WEbook of the Month

Vanessa Morton has been a member of WEbook since 2010, and had her first title, 'Moonfall: Tales of the Levant', published by WEbook early this year. Hugely passionate about archeology and ancient history, Vanessa has poured much of her knowledge into this novel, which makes for a convincing and well researched backdrop to her compelling narrative.

"What happened behind the walls during Jericho's infamous destruction? Twins Rachav and Zaron navigate forbidden love, sibling rivalry, and a wise woman's curse in a realm dominated by night gods and a charismatic ruler's craving for power and indulgence".

Find out More!


Member of the Month!

September's Member of the Month is.... AlecS! Having given nearly double the amount of feedback than any other reader has, this really is the guy to get to know if you want some help with your projects!

Writer of the Month!

This month we've also chosen to honour a writer of the month because, really, that's what WEbook's all about! This month, the stand out winner had to be NicNatNoodles for adding over 100 writing contributions to projects in this month alone!
Wow - NicNatNoodles must almost be in need of a new keyboard...


What Can You Do to Get the Most Out of WEbook?

We always have lots of members emailing our support team asking how they can get more feedback on their work. The simplest answer is always the best: "You've got to give to get" - but while this is certainly true, it can still be hard! We've put together a few tips that should start to help you along the way if you're struggling to get feedback...

Be a Genre Scout

Have a look at other members who write in the same genre as you - take the time to read through some projects and see whose writing you like the most. Or, perhaps look out for writers who you think tackle things you're struggling with well, like characterisation or suspense for example. Once you've found a few, leave some feedback on their work, before asking if they'd be happy to return the favour. Chances are they'd love to!


Be a Trailblazer!

Why not start a genre group and invite other members writing in the same genre as you to join? Here you can discuss ideas, develop characters and maybe even plan to start a group project together. Getting to know other writers will help you to develop a support network that you can rely on to provide honest and constructive feedback. Plus, as you give feedback to others, you will be more likely to spot similar problems in your own work!

Start a Group

Be a Social Butterfly

Don't be afraid to use social media to let the community know about your projects. If you tweet us your projects, we'll retweet them to all our followers - that's a potential audience of over 5,600 people! You can also write on our Facebook wall. We've left it open so that members can post their own content - you can always use this to promote your book to other members, or perhaps to publicise a group you've recently started?
The options are endless!

Tweet, Tweet

WEbook Ebook Giveaway

This month we're giving away 5 free copies of Vanessa Morton's, Moonfall: Tales of the Levant, to our lucky winners. All you have to do is answer this question:

Q: What are the names of the twins featured in Moonfall?

Enter Now!

Become a WEbook Author!

Have you ever wondered how to become a WEbook author? Well here's your chance! If you think you've got what it takes to become our next author and you've also got a finished manuscript to boot, we'd like to hear from you.

In order to be considered for publication, you'll need to have been an active WEbook member for at least 6 months; have a completed manuscript; and have the support of at least five other WEbook members.

If you think you're what we're looking for, send a query letter telling us about your book and why you think we should publish you.

Good luck!

Publish me!

Project Spotlight

There are a wealth of brilliant stories to read on WEbook. We've picked our favourite three from August for your reading pleasure - have a read, take some inspiration, and maybe even get in contact with the authors yourself if you like what you see...

Our first pick this month is Alice by NicNatNoodles. Alice is a touching story which focuses on the pressures of trying to keep yourself together when your family is falling apart...

Our second pick this month, is 'Killed by X' a project by AGTaha. This crime project is currently a work in progress, but one which shows great promise...

Our final pick for September is, Fall by Amara94. A fantasy project which began back in 2010 has since developed into a thrilling ten chapter story, which is rich in description and well worth a good read.

Have you read any of the great WEbooks we've already published?

The Shadow Spy Dasvidaniya Rodina House of Thistles

Interview with our June Challenge Winner
Winner of the May Challenge - Caitlin Easter Talks to WEbook
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Have you read the latest WEbook Newsletter?

We have recently revived the WEbook Newsletter and will be sending out an update on WEbook to our members on a monthly basis... We have however been notified by some of our members that they noticed our newsletter had landed in their junk mail!! We've decided to post our newsletter here on the blog too so that those of you who missed out on the newsletter the first time around, also have the opportunity to enter our brilliant competition and submit your book for publication!

WEbook Newsletter - August 2014
Book of the Month

  Jeff Barr

Name: Jeff Barr
Penname: jgbarr

Author Bio: Jeff Barr is a dark fiction writer from the Pacific Northwest. His work has appeared in Shotgun Honey, Encounters Magazine, and Black Treacle. WEbook has recently published his book, The Skunge! Jeff has been a member of WEbook since 2009 and has completed over 500 PageToFame ratings – wow!
About ‘The Skunge’: In the heartlands of America, a desperate young man commits the ultimate sin and unleashes an insidious, creeping evil. A world away, a young girl with hideous secrets sells her flesh for money and power. A man with no name will bring them together, and the world will discover that the wages of sin are... The Skunge.

The Skunge

August, 2014
Dear WEbook, 

Welcome to the first edition of the new WEbook newsletter!

Each month we will be sending out a newsletter to members, just like this one, to update you on what’s been happening on WEbook. This will include features such as current and future developments to the site, including the upcoming publication of new WEbooks. We'll also be highlighting member contributions to the site – because, really you are the most important part of WEbook!

Over the last twelve months, WEbook has come a long way! Our new team of dedicated staff has given the site an entirely new look and, more recently, we’ve released our new mobile version of the site. WEbook's new mobile site was designed in response to the overwhelming demand for a fully functional and easy to use platform for our members to stay in touch with the community whilst on the move. We always love to hear feedback on how we're doing, so let us know what you think - perhaps a WEbook app?!

The biggest change on the site has been that we've become a publisher! So far we’ve published eight fantastic WEbooks, written by members right here on the site. Currently we're on the lookout for new and exciting books written by WEbook members, which we can work, with the community, to turn into the next WEbooks - for more info on how we're choosing the next WEbooks, read down to the bottom of this newsletter.

We’re sure you will all have noticed in recent months that WEbook has been buzzing with activity! Wow, you guys really have been working hard!

Thanks to everyone who has been putting in the time to make WEbook what it is (that’s you!) – keep up the good work and who knows, maybe you could find yourself featured in the next WEbook newsletter!
 The WEbook Team
Should we create a WEbook App?
 Yes please! I write all my WEbooks on my phone anyway.
  No thank you. My 1984 IBM DOS computer is sophisticated enough as it is...
  I'm not sure. What's an "App" again?
Poll Maker
Member of the Month


Each month, the team at WEbook select a member who has made a significant, all round contribution to the site. This is judged on submissions, forum posts and feedback given to other authors. 
Congratulations to Sprayoncrayon who, among other notable contributions, has in this week alone given a whopping 67 pieces of feedback!

WEbook News

There’s always lots going on behind the scenes at WEbook and here is where you can find out all the juicy details about what we’re working on…

Spin by Nyree Wade, or NJ_Wade as you might know her, has been working on her book, Spin, for a while now – it’s an exciting Sci-Fi YA novel and we’re working closely with her to get it published as a WEbook. Nyree has been making good progress with the first final draft of her MS, and we hope to get to the final editorial stage in a month or so!

Forecast Today, Mostly Deadly, is an action-packed thriller written by the author of the brilliant WEbook, Dasvidaniya Rodina. We’ve just sent the MS off for a final proofread and we’re working with D.S.Loren on a new cover for the book as we write!

WEbook News
PageToFame, is still being worked on – we’ve been taking ages, we know, but we want to get it just right before we put it live, so watch this space!

Crowd-funding – we’re working on a really exciting crowd-funding module which will allow members to raise money to go towards publishing or pre-selling their books - how great is that?
Monthly Ebook Giveaway

Each month we’re going to give away five copies of our featured title to five lucky winners. All you have to do is answer the question below and email your answers to info@webook.com before midnight, August 31st - good luck!
Q: In Camp 417, by Finnean Nilsen Projects, what is the name that the authors give to their zombie creations?
Project Spotlight

There are over sixty eight thousand active projects on WEbook, with hundreds more being added each week. In order to bring some of the best of those to the attention of the community, we will be highlighting our favourites each month: 

Although this is a relatively new project, we’re very excited by where this story is headed
(and a little freaked out as well!)

A beautiful narrative focusing on the pain of loss and how people deal with it differently…

Have you ever wondered how you become a WEbook author?
 Well we're currently on the hunt to find our next WEbook authors! If you think you've got what it takes to become our next author and you've also got a finished manuscript to boot, we'd like to hear from you. In order to be considered for publication, you'll need to have been an active WEbook member for at least 6 months; have a completed manuscript; and have the support of at least five other WEbook members.
If you think you're what we're looking for, send a query letter telling us about your book and why you think we should publish you, to info@webook.com!
Good luck!
WEbook Titles

We’ve got some fantastic titles available in the WEbook store – we’ve recently updated each of the listings with free, downloadable previews, so that you can try before you buy! Below is a selection of our titles – follow the links to download a free preview or buy yourself an electronic or even a printed version...

  Lifelights   Broken              Camp 417  The Shadow Spy   

To claim a 10% discount off your basket in the WEbook Store enter code: DISCOUNTAUG

 All of our WEbook titles are available to purchase on our WEbook store and from other online retailers.

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