WEbook's January Newsletter


Webook's January 2015 Newsletter


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Dear WEbook,
Welcome to the first WEbook newsletter of 2015!

This year we've got some really exciting developments for WEbook planned. We can't let you know what they're going to be just yet, but all will be revealed over the coming months... We will of course be continuing to publish our member's projects as WEbooks, and as ever, if you think you could be our next author, then do let us know!

In this month's newsletter we're nominating another Member of the Month and a Reviewer of the Month too. If you have a member who you think should be nominated for next month's top spots, then get nominating!

We're also starting our three month focus on self-publishing and how you can get the best out of your own self-publishing experience. This month we're delving into the world of preparation, with the next two instalments including advice on how to build a fan base, how to market you book effectively for free(!!) and how you can help your book rise to the top of the reader charts.

Happy reading, and as ever, happy writing, WEbook!

The WEbook Team


Our WEbook of the Month for January has to be our newest release, Forecast Today: Mostly Deadly, by D.S.Loren. You may already recognise the author's name from her previously published, epic Russian novel Dasvidaniya Rodina, but

WEbook of the Month
People in unfamiliar circumstance almost always go with what they know and what they're familiar with. Take the plot of KING KONG, for example. A bunch of guys find themselves unexpectedly exploring a dangerous, uncharted, and mysterious island, and find to their amazement, honest-to-gawd dinosaurs and a big monkey. So what did they bring back to civilization? The monkey! Everyone's seen a big monkey. Nobody has ever seen a dinosaur. So what did they do? They went with what they were familiar. Look, I don't argue that it makes sense or is reasonable. I only argue that people go with what they know even if it's a big monkey. There's big monkey in this story and what follows is pretty much what I know.

Forecast Today: Mostly Deadly will be released at the end of January

while the author remains the same, this book could not be more different! Set across the Atlantic from Dasvidaniya, we find ourselves back on familiar American soil surrounded by a host of superbly drawn characters and gripping action!

Reviewer of the Month!
Our Reviewer of the Month for January is...

We have selected Miss_Ladybug for her excellent contribution to P2F! With a standard-setting number of ratings this month, Miss_Ladybug might be joining the Expert Raters ranks very soon! Can you beat her to it?
Miss_Ladybug has got some really great projects on WEbook and there's loads of her work to choose from, head on over to her Project Page to take a look!

Member of the Month!
Our Member of the Month for January is...

LostV has achieved a fantastic all-round contribution to WEbook. With work put into her own projects, as well as taking the time to help other out too, submitting an entry to the Monthly Challenge and rating P2F submissions, LostV has proved herself to be a member worth of some serious note! Why not take a look at some of Lost V's projects, such as The Necromancers.

Thinking about self-publishing? Think you're ready? Maybe it's time to think again...

Get ready for part one of our three month feature on how to effectively self-publish! One of our WEbook authors, Kimberley Reeves (Broken), has seen huge success self-publishing her romance titles, with some even rising to the top of the Amazon Kindle charts! We've teamed up with Kim to discover what preparation she does to ensure her books' success, and how she approaches marketing her books with consistently positive results in such a flooded marketplace.
The Novel
After that last line is written and you sit back with a satisfied smile, the frantic need to get your novel out there sets in.

If you cannot afford, or simply choose not to use a professional copy-editor, it is imperative that you edit your book line by line, checking for misspelling, grammatical errors, plot holes, and making sure you've tied up all the loose ends.

Nothing kills a story like plowing through typos or missing words and the last thing you want is for someone to leave a review stating it would have been a great novel if it weren't for all the mistakes...
Get Writing!

The Cover
Whether we like it or not, people do tend to judge a book by its cover, so it is incredibly important to have a fabulous, eye-catching one.

Selecting the right font, font color, and placement of title and author name is also important. You don't want anyone skimming past your novel because the title was whitewashed by a colorful cover.

There are plenty of websites that you can use to find cover inspiration from other books in your genre, and if you're not graphically talented, it might be worth considering hiring a freelancer to help you out.

The Blurb
Once you've captured a potential reader's attention with a great cover, the next step is to reel them in with an exciting blurb.

No matter how good your novel is, a boring blurb could dissuade them from choosing your book.

It's difficult to hone it down to a few paragraphs after spending months or years creating a story that took you thousands of words to convey, so don't be afraid to ask a friend or fellow writer to help you out.

For inspiration why not read some of the blurbs from books that have hooked you in?
Start one now!


WEbook Ebook Giveaway!
This month we're going to be giving away copies of Sarah Szabo's In Case of Emergency Please Notify: Jet Hunter. In order to be in with a chance of winning this month's prize, all you need to do is answer this question:

Where is 'Forecast Today: Mostly Deadly' set?
Clue: read the description in this newsletter!

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