November's NaNoWriMo WEbook Challenge - The Winners!

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month to give it the official title, was the inspiration behind our November challenge. In its honour we thought that we would add just a little bit of extra spice to our monthly competition, rewarding the winner with not only an iPad mini but also the chance to work alongside the WEbook team to publish their complete novel.

We were after 500-750 words of your best work and, as the competition brief stated, we were happy to give you free reign over the genre as long as we were given a brilliant narrative, epic turns of phrase and convincing characterisation. We wanted to be overwhelmed, we wanted to be begging for more, we wanted to be on tenterhooks, desperate to discover what comes next, or, what came before.

With such a huge prize on offer everyone certainly brought their A-game to this one and it took us a little longer than usual to decide upon our winner. Finally, however, the WEbook team reached a conclusion and we are very pleased to award the accolade to...

The Nothing Blonde by sigmundsquirrel


We should add incidentally that we cut The Nothing Blonde to the specified 750 words and any words over this allotted limit were strictly discounted.

There were at least half a dozen or so entries that made our very competitive long-list but after much deliberation the following five won through to be our highly-commended runners-up.

Salvage by Ernest_Lee
Between by EddieTol
In which Solomon Fierce receives an offer he can't refuse by Sprayoncrayon
The Visit by WSolomon
Lost Souls by LOSTVIOLET

Congratulations to all our winners. Don't forget there are still a few more days left to enter our Christmas challenge where you can have another chance to win an iPad mini and showcase your work. If there are loads of great entries, we may even decide to publish a Christmas story collection! Good luck!

WEbook is Being Featured in This Month's Edition of the Contemporary Publishing Magazine!

The bourgeoning success of our recently published WEbook titles has been attracting media attention from across the globe.

This is great news for our authors, but it's also brilliant news for the WEbook community as a whole because more attention means more members, and more members means a better and more active WEbook for everyone!

The Contemporary Publishing Magazine is published by Authoright, a marketing company which is working some real magic on getting our WEbooks out there and in the public sphere - we've been mailing out review copies of all of our WEbook titles from the office this week, and we're looking forwards to some sterling reviews from bloggers, magazines and newspapers from both the US and the UK, in the New Year.

We will of course keep you all updated on the reviews as they happen... but perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of this is that you, the WEbook community, are the first people to know about these titles - you have the inside scoop! You know all the authors, and we're sure that many of you have had a helping hand in their development from idea to book.

We'd also love for you to let us know what you think of the WEbook titles once you've finished reading them yourself!

To read the article, follow this link:


The WEbook Team

How Does Community Writing and Feedback in Online Forums Benefit Teenage Authors?

Recently, Heather Birch, contacted us here at WEbook to find out if she could ask the community to volunteer information about themselves and their writing habits for her research survey.

Heather's research project aims to examine the experience of high school students as they submit pieces of their creative writing to online communities in order to receive feedback on their writing. This sounded so up WEbook's street, that we've encouraged Heather to post a link to her survey on the Water Cooler area of the forums here.

We had a quick chat to Heather to find out some more about what inspired her to undertake this research and what she thinks that the outcome of her research will show:

WEbook: Hi Heather. Could you tell us how far you've got with your project and what you plan to do with your findings?

Heather Birch: I have collected some data and come to some preliminary findings, but I am still looking for more participants to complete the survey so that I can gather a wider range of data. Once I've completed my project, I hope to present my research at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference in May 2014, and then have the article published in an academic journal.

WB: That sounds really exciting Heather, could you give us a bit of background about the project, and about yourself too?

HB: I live in Niagara Falls, Canada, and have been a teacher for 14 years. I have taught Kindergarden though 8th grade, and mostly in the subjects of Drama, Music, Dance and the Visual Arts. I finished my Masters at the University of Toronto earlier this year, with a focus on using technology to facilitate student motivation and student learning. My research interests include connected learning, ramification of learning, assessment of learning and knowledge media design.

WB: What inspired you to look to online writing communities to widen your pool of research?

HB: My own teenage daughter is a writer, and she is and has been a part of four different online writing communities, including WEbook. Her involvement piqued my interest in what potential benefits such communities can have on writing ability and self-efficacy. I am currently taking a course at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) called 'Teaching Writing in the Classroom', and for a course project I decided to tackle the question of whether what happens in online writing communities can inform the practice of teaching within classrooms.

WB: What have you discovered so far about the connection between community writing and the development of people's writing?

HB: Well, the question is a tough one because the people who post to online writing communities do so voluntarily, the writing they post is not generally writing they've done in school, but rather writing they have done in their own time. In classrooms they are likely to be reluctant writers. Yet I am interested in how the sense of community that is established, and the range of perspectives available in an online writing community help to facilitate writing - one survey respondent indicated that she writes a lot more since being part of an online community.

WB: How do you think that this research can be used to encourage younger people to write more?

HB: I am interested, not only in how it can be used by teachers to take ideas from what happens in an online writing community and apply them in their writing classrooms, but how in fact, teachers might wither use online writing communities, or even set up their own, in order to maximise feedback on student writing, and provide a variety of perspectives and reader responses to student writing.

WB: Thanks for taking the time to explain this to all of us here at WEbook, Heather. We hope that you are able to get some really great research data from our community, and all the best of luck with your research project.

If you would like some more information about Heather and how her research is going, take a look at her website and blog:

The WEbook Team

WEbook's NaNoWriMo November Writing Challenge - A Judging Update

In November, we decided to set you all the challenge to write the best first or last chapter of a book... and just wow, you've done us proud WEbook!

The winner of this challenge will not only be the owner of a brand new iPad Mini, but they may also have the opportunity to become a WEbook published author. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, we had an overwhelmingly huge response to this exciting challenge and as usual we have had some absolutely outstanding entries! 

With over 100 entries to judge this month, and with the stakes being so high, we want to make sure that we do the best, and of course fairest, job of judging all the entries. 

This will mean that there may well be a longer than usual gap in between the close of the challenge, and the winner being announced. We're working tirelessly hard, day and night, day in day out to judge all of the entries. So don't fret if you've submitted your entry to the challenge, just rest assured that we're doing our very best to make sure that we're 100% sure who our winner will be this month. Perhaps to keep you distracted, you could spend the time crafting your next submission for the December Challenge... 

If you haven't already had a look at what it's all about - you'll be excited to hear that we've got another publication challenge up for grabs again this month - along with that ever-coveted iPad Mini! 

So, in 500-2,000 words, we want you to create an alternative version of the traditional Christmas story - you must keep to the original characters, but how they behave, where they are and how events unfold are up to you... (on a sensible note, let's be respectful with what we write - whatever you believe, remember that Christmas is a beautiful time of year for many different people)

The only stipulation for this challenge is that you keep to the 500-2,000 words. Who knows, if we feel there's more to the story, we may ask you to develop it and we'll publish it. Or, if there are loads of great entries (there usually are!) then we thought that we might publish a collection of all the best stories; a WEbook Christmas, anyone?!

So, good luck to all of the submissions for the November Challenge, we'll keep you all updated on our judging progress and another round of good luck to those submitting an entry to the December Challenge!

The WEbook Team

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