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!
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.
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!
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!
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:
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.
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!
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,
The WEbook Team
Every end has a beginning:
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...
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.
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...
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!
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...
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.
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!
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.
"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*...
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!
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:
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.