Friday, September 30, 2011

Interview with MuseItUP Author, Rosalie Skinner



Today, I'm chatting with fantasy/sci fi author, Rosalie Skinner.  The first book in her series, The Chronicles of Caleath, Exiled: Autumn’s Peril, has recently been released by MuseItUp Publishing.

First, Thank you Penny for inviting me to your blog. It is great to be here.

Tell me a little about your book.  The first book in the series The Chronicles of Caleath, is a mix of Science fiction and Fantasy. Exiled: Autumn’s Peril follows the journey of a star traveler who finds himself stranded on a world where science is an alien concept. Driven by the need to avenge his abduction Caleath’s plans of escape are coming to fruition. Or so he hopes.

What gave you the idea for this particular story? There were many incidents that helped weave this story. Watching my daughter struggle to come to terms with chronic illness was probably the strongest inspiration. The idea of Virtual reality games and the way people become obsessed with competing and online interaction was another. I couldn’t resist using the idea that our next move into space, if we accept the challenge of getting to Mars, will entail the need for at least three different types of nanobots. What we consider today to be science fiction, tomorrow is discussed as reality. How can a writer pass up such brilliant ideas? Of course the concept of things never going quite as you expect, helped shape the story. Learning from our mistakes and taking responsibility for our actions are two underlying themes. Oops. I should stop now. There are more, but for now that might do.

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time? I wrote obsessively for about ten years to complete the first four books in the series. Then I began to learn how to write. It has taken another ten years of hard work to realize how little I knew, then. It is only after rewriting and correction that I believe I am starting to learn the art. At present I am only writing part time. I try to find time each day to work on my writing. Some days that works, others it doesn’t. I dream of having time to hide away and begin the second book of the second series. It will happen.

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer. For twenty-five years I painted portraits and taught art. I read avidly all my life. The local library ran out of books that I hadn’t already read. My favorite authors didn’t write fast enough and one fateful day I tried to write a letter. I found I struggled to remember words I thought I would never forget. So I decided I needed to start writing. My friend and I used to ride together and both loved reading Fantasy, so we hatched a plot and a few characters. Although our combined efforts didn’t amount to anything then, the characters from those days are alive and well in my books.

What do you hope readers will take from your writing? I hope they enjoy the journey. That’s pretty much all I hope for. If they look twice at the story and see deeper themes and concepts, that would be great too.

Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why? I write a mixture of Science fiction and Fantasy. Of course, the age old idea of relationships weaves through all the books. Like life, not all relationships work out with the HEA and the story deals with that too. I originally thought Fantasy would be a good starting place for an author. Nothing needed research. Ha. That was the first and perhaps the most interesting lesson I learnt in the first few years. All my writing has some basis in experience and I researched every event. The research becomes obsessive in itself but once all is correlated it is fun to apply imagination and fantasy.

What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it? When I write I become obsessed with the world I am creating and the characters living in my head. I find the most difficult part of writing then, is remaining in the real world and coping with life. The writing is the easy part. Editing and re writing is fine too. It is just keeping sane while a story is scratching its way through your head that is hard. How do I get past that? Not sure. Would probably be better to ask my family how they cope! Once the ink on the final chapter dries I take a breath and come back to reality. Then I try to catch up with things.

Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it. Many things in the series are based on experiences I have had. Of course I manipulate them to fit the story. Watching someone fight depression and chronic pain and disappointment helped the plot arc. In Autumn’s Peril the hero is looking for a means to escape from his destiny. I guess in real life, I watched that same struggle, the story is a metaphor, but the grief, elation, relationships made and betrayed have a strong base in real life.

How much is your protagonist like you? How different? Well… I don’t think the protagonist is like me at all. He wasn’t based on me. So, I would say he’s more an opposite of me. He does things I would never contemplate. He rides a neat horse though, and I have done that often!

What kind of research did you do for this type of story? I think Life has been my source of information. Although I did spend a lot of time researching Virtual reality games, nanobots, the life and culture of ants, drug addiction and rehabilitation, sailing, mediaeval cultures, weaponry, herbs, wormholes and space travel, the real life TV shows (like Survivor and Big Brother), and holograms. I was lucky enough to witness one of the world’s first holograms at a University open day back in the sixties. That was neat.

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not? I tend to avoid vivid sex scenes. Somehow they don’t make up a huge part of the story. If they happen, it is up to the reader to use their imagination. Hey… it’s Fantasy. I hope my reader has a good imagination and likes to fantasize a little.



What about your book makes it special? Exiled: Autumn’s Peril has captured the wonder of science fiction and mixed it with the magic of fantasy while telling a gripping and captivating story. Although the story transports the reader to another world, they should relate to the main character and his desperate effort to escape. Although an off world drama, readers don’t leave their comfort zone, they retain a sense of reality.

What is your marketing plan? At present I am promoting the release of the first ebook in the series. It will be available in Sept 2011. The series appeals to most readers from young adult to the more mature reader, so I am marketing the books through various internet groups as well as organizing book launches closer to time. For the past few months I have been writing articles for Fantasy-Faction.com, and maintaining several blogs and an official website.

Where can people learn more about you and your work? Check out my blog at Ramblings From Lady Rosalie or my website http://rosalieskinner.com/index.html. There are extracts and chapters there from the series. I also have an author page at Museitup Publishing where the books will be available once released.

Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book? Read. Write. Learn. Enjoy. If you are serious about getting published, join a critique group and learn about the art of writing Fantasy. Don’t give up. Keep reading the genre.  Know what is selling and popular. Keep writing, keep learning and keep on enjoying the process. I have a few articles on how to write Fantasy on my Blog that you are welcome to read. I am happy to help critique short pieces if I can help. Contact me by emailing me from my website.


UNEDITED EXCERPT:
CHAPTER ONE         Scene One
Around him, floating debris stood testament to the death throes of The Albatross and her battle with Nature’s spite.
“Balls of a hairy goat!” The oath came with a surge of elation. Salvation lay beyond a final line of breakers. Caleath’s determination returned when he saw the fractured spar of the mizzen mast dumped on a narrow beach. He renewed his hold on a waterlogged barrel and struggled against the storm’s spent fury.
He gulped air before the next wave struck. The crashing foam tore the barrel from his grasp. Without support, the weight of his companion’s body dragged him underwater. After keeping the blacksmith alive for so long, Caleath refused to lose him within sight of land.
Panic drove adrenaline through pulsing veins and gave him the strength to heave his burden to the surface. Despite salt water trying to fill his lungs, he remained afloat until the maelstrom dumped him onto solid ground.
Slumped on a beach beneath driving rain, he could not relax. With each successive wave, he lugged his companion’s body higher onto the shore. A greedy undertow dissolved the sand beneath his feet, but Caleath held ground against Nature’s fickle temper. Dragging air into tortured lungs, he waited for the next incoming surge.
Having survived the shipwreck, he hoped saving the life of his companion might serve toward providing redemption for the dark morass of his past.
A tumble of rocks offered protection from the wind. In their care, Caleath examined his shipmate. He cleaned a calloused finger, gritty with sand, and searched for a pulse or the telltale warmth of living flesh. Life pumped beneath clammy skin, and the smith still breathed in ragged spurts. With a sigh of satisfaction, Caleath relaxed.
Eyes closed. Fatigue plagued every cell of his body. To succumb to dreams before dawn meant facing the ghosts that haunted his nights. Instead, he mulled over the task ahead, concentrating on how he would escape this accursed planet. Only then could he focus on revenge.
With a curse, he vowed to punish the man who abducted him and left him stranded on this world where sorcerers and slavery existed.
Anger warmed his blood while he contemplated how Ephraim would die.

Thanks for having me here, Penny.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nobel Young Adult author, Saewod Tice




AUTHOR: Saewod Tice
BOOK TITLE: The Chronicles of 2020:  Amongst the Ruins (Book 1)
PUBLISHER: Noble Young Adult


I want to thank you so much for having me on your blog today.  Thank You so much!

Tell me a little about your book.
     My baby is the first in a trilogy of Young Adult dystopian novels.  The story is set in the year 2220 and only about 15% of Earth’s populations have survived the nuclear disaster of 2020. Amongst the Ruins of Earth children are born as future saviors, but not all are born from willingness some are a consequence.

Shilo, the result of a consequence, has been raised on the run and in hiding her entire life. Shilo wants to be free of the expectations of women.  But in a ruined world where anyone could be an enemy, only the radiation-twisted mutants are clearly identifiable. A fertile female is a precious treasure and any lapse in caution can mean a loss of the freedom she longs for.

Training as hard as a soldier to free herself from social constraints, a new clan offers her exactly what she desires.  But her success brings discovery, and discovery brings two very different men out of her past -- and
Each of them is determined to claim her.

One obsessed with owning her, the other desiring the only person to make him feel love again.

What gave you the idea for this particular story?
      As crazy as it may sound, a marathon showing of ‘Life After People’ on the History Channel.  While watching the episodes with my daughter the thought ‘What if there were a few people who’d been hidden in safety?’  From there more questions blossomed and the answers seemed to formulate without much effort.  Until I started to write it all down, of course.

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
     Unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to be a full-time writer in respect to the fact that I work full-time Mon-Friday, as well as being the mother of two young kids.  However, my husband really helps give me the time to spend working on WIPs as well as editing/rewriting completed novels.

    Organization?  What’s that?   Seriously, I carry notebooks for jotting down ideas for current and new ideas.  And writing takes place when I find a moment of solace, a tall glass of caffeine, and a spot for my laptop.  That is about as organized as I am able to get, though I frequently talk about clearing a small personal writing place for myself in the house.  It never seems to come to fruition, since I spend the free time writing, reading, or researching instead of getting myself together.
 
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
      This question always stumps me.  I’ve been called creative since I was young, drawing, dancing, writing in journals and creating short stories. But, I’m not completely sure when the writing bug truly took hold.  I’d sporadically written small stories, especially children’s stories once I had my daughter. My journal of daily thoughts and small story ideas was always a constant.  Then I got enough courage to write publicly, but still couldn’t bring myself to publicize my ideas as my sole creation.  So, my writing affair with fanfiction began.  I could write my story ideas, but hide behind another person’s initial concept/characters. After the coaxing and support of my husband and family, I finally took the leap.  Turns out, my writing could stand on its own with readers who actually would follow me.  It shocked me that other people besides friends and family would be so involved in my books.

What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
     Enjoyment.  A portion of time for them to get lost in a fantasy and with this series, I hope that they can see the strength of my female character.  No matter how hidden she has been.

Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
     I write multiple genres.  Since my reading is quite eclectic, I suppose it makes sense that my writing is the same way.  The Chronicles of 2020 is an edgy young adult series, but I also have a women’s fiction/romance novel releasing at the end of this year as well.  On top of those, I have unpublished – completed and uncompleted – works ranging from more Young Adult to Erotic to Horror.

What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
      For me, one of the toughest parts is focusing my ideas and my characters.  I’ll often plan to work on a particular novel, but my characters will revolt.  Either they won’t speak to me or new characters seek attention, pushing their story at me until I have to stop and jot down a crude outline.
     Writing down the character and story ideas is the only way to get past it.  However, sometimes, when everything goes silent I have to walk away and do something else to spark my writing mojo.  This is where my other ‘artistic tendencies’ come in handy.

Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
     The story is more based upon the possibility of what could happen in real life.  There is always the possibility of our world leaders striking against one another, of our world being decimated and only a few left behind to carry on.
      Characters you will see within my stories are often based upon people or the traits of people in my life.  In this story, though my sister is younger than me, Shilo’s older sister holds many hints of my sister – including her name.

How much is your protagonist like you? How different?
      I believe that every writer puts some of themselves into their protagonist, whether it’s a physical aspect or the way they react to a situation, etc.  Shilo does not hold any physical trait in relation to me, but I believe she carries the evolution of my womanhood in her character.  A girl who feels outcasted – like most young girls experience – who comes of age, developing into the woman she was meant to be.  She is also a way for me to live vicariously through a different person, because I could never understand exactly how she feels being hidden and on the run from something she isn’t even aware of. I’ve always been a pretty vocal person, whereas Shilo has to ‘come into’ her voice.  She also deals with a distaste bordering on hatred that we do not share.

What kind of research did you do for this type of story?
        There was a great deal of web research on herbalist, radiation effects on all types of organic life, as well as the Earth’s ability to sustain and regenerate itself.  It’s really amazing what the Earth can withstand and the amount of destruction she can comeback from.

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?
        It depends on the scene. There have been a couple of dark scenes I’ve written, which served a purpose, but they’ve really gotten to me as I wrote them.  Some have almost made me cry, getting lost in the scene. 
        Even though my coming release is young adult in genre, it remains edgy and a little dark in its theme. So, there are a couple of places that make this book/series for older young adults.  I will admit that there were a couple times I thought about cutting certain parts, thinking I may have gone too far for the book. In the end, my editor convinced me to leave it.

What about your book makes it special?
        I think that even though it is a young adult book/series, I’ve kept it edgy enough to not disappoint them.  I’ve read a lot Y/A where I felt that the author was too censored.  Most teenagers are very aware of sex and dark situations/themes.  I believe my book stays true without going too far.

What is your marketing plan?
       This is my first publication, so I’m learning marketing as I go.  I’ve had some great help from my publisher, fellow authors and amazing connections online.  I have gotten into a lot of online writing communities, author groups, created websites, interviewed fellow authors on my blog, as well as participated in interviews – like this. I’m just starting to embark on ‘paid’ advertising/marketing – checking into the options and the effectiveness.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?
       My author website – www.saewod.webs.com
       The Chronicles of 2020 Series website – www.thechroniclesof2020.webs.com
      You can also find me:
·        Facebook – V. Saewod Tice
·        Twitter - @saewodtice
·        Textnovel, where I post some of my writing online.  http://www.textnovel.com/profile/Saewod/13637

Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?
        Don’t be afraid.  Trying to jump into the Y/A genre can be frightening, given the popularity and recent influx of books in the genre.  If you’ve taken the time to nurture, truly put yourself into the work, and have the drive to support your work, then DO IT.

What’s in the future for you?
        In the near future, I will be releasing a Woman’s Fiction/Romance novel with 48fourteen Publishing. Hopefully, after Amongst the Ruins, Noble Romance will also pick up book 2 and 3 of the trilogy for publication.  And I also hope to see success for my other babies (Books). 


Synopsis:
In the year 2220, only about 15% of Earth’s populations have survived the Nuclear Disaster of 2020.

After 200 years of genetic diseases and mutations, devastation, and survival, industry and military capacities have been virtually destructed and social systems have fallen. With the collapse of modern society, the population has regressed into eight clans.

·         Alchemy – Largest and strongest of the clans
·         Magnus – A soldier society, dedicated to tactical training
·         Nodus – Power hungry society wishing to rule all
·         Mehdia – The only matriarch society ruled by a woman, a mother.
·         Aeon – Dedicated to archiving history and redeveloping lost technologies
·         Nigredo – Shunned for the physical and psychological effects of nuclear radiation
·         Nomadic – Free spirited and restless wanders of uninhibited territories
·         Orient – Distant clan who arrived only twice from across the sea

Each clan, once a safe haven from the radiation and the lingering effects haunting the once strong steel cities, provided support and assistance to survivors. However, as the years passed, many primal desires and behaviors resurfaced. Desiring power and authority over the others, the clans entered civil wars believing their ideals were the best approach to rebuilding civilization. 

After almost one hundred years, in the current year of 2220, the main clans have established themselves and surround their territory with their beliefs. Though their goal changed to halt wars and preserve remaining life. The Alchemy, Magnus, Mehdia, and Aeon Clans work to maintain peace.  

Among the ruins of Earth, children are born as the future saviors. Women are worth more than gold in the eyes of most, with their ability to bring life back to the population. However, with this high pedestal come sacrifice, fear, and consequences for those who can birth earths future.

Shilo begins her life, born from her mother’s womanly consequence.   While her fate is unknown to her, she will struggle, fear, and conquer more than she ever expects. Join her journey from hidden child to revered woman.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Chatting with Nobel YA author, Bonnie Ferrante




AUTHOR: Bonnie Ferrante
BOOK TITLE: Dawn's End: Poisoned (sequel to Dawn's End)
PUBLISHER: Noble Young Adult

Tell us your latest news?
My latest book, a dark fantasy entitled Dawn's End: Poisoned, will be released August 22. It is a sequel to Dawn's End, published May 31.

When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing for publication in the eighties, but I've written in secret for as long as I can remember. There's some pretty terrible poetry in my old notebooks, blackmail material really.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I started to get short stories published in the nineties. A couple were published in a regional anthology. That's the first time I autographed a book.  Pretty heady feeling. Then I wrote a humor column for a newspaper for three years. People recognized me and commented on my work. Now and then I'd enter a gas station or a little shop and see one of my columns pasted on the bulletin board, something that was relevant to the owner. It gave me an inner strut.

What inspired you to write your first book? 
I was working half time, and the job did not entail as much evening work as previously, so I wrote several drafts of my first two books. Then my job changed, and I wasn't able to get back to novel writing for years. Now I've made writing my full time job and earn enough to pay for the occasional dinner out. Thankfully, my husband gets a steady pay check.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In both books, I examine obstacles women have in our lives that prevent us from being happy. Often these impediments are external, but we internalize them and allow them to restrict who we are. We need to recognize and deal with them in order to grow.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  (Has anyone ever realized it?)
These are fantasy books so the literal experiences are imagined. However, we all have emotional baggage that weighs us down. 

What books have most influenced your life most?
In high school and university I loved Three Musketeers, Brave New World. The Lord of the Rings, Animal Farm, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Island of the Blue Dolphins, In Cold Blood, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Martian Chronicles, The Little Prince, and everything by John Wyndham.  I read "nonfiction" books on Stonehenge, the Bermuda Triangle, the Sasquatch, hauntings, anything weird and unexplainable. I loved DC and Marvel comics, especially superheroes – Wonder Woman rocks! I also went through a phase where I read all the James Bond books… don't judge me.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Terry Brooks was the first author that made me realize that I could write books where fantasy and reality could connect.  It opened up so many possibilities. I could have the best of both worlds.

What book are you reading now? What do you like, or not, about it?
I just finished Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series and loved it. I was amazed at the creative take on religion, alternate worlds, souls, consciousness, God, and quantum physics. That's gutsy writing.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Patrick Ness is absolutely gripping. Veronica Roth has come out with a bang with Divergent. Chris Cleave is new to me and his Little Bee novel ripped my heart out.

What are your current projects?
I'm working on my fourth draft of Water and Fire a fantasy about a teenage girl with remarkable powers.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would change everything. I hate reading my published work because I always find things I could improve, but I just have to let it go and more on. Don't look back.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As a child, I used to create puppet shows for the smaller children in the neighborhood and I would spend hours plotting the stories. That's was probably the beginning. I wrote my first picture book for my older sister's children when I was in university. I've written for myself for as long as I could remember but it was fun to write for an audience. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I have some weird problem with spatial relationships. I'm constantly lost. My husband realized he had better buy me a GPS if he wanted to keep our gasoline bills reasonable. I can't tell you what rooms in my home are below each other. I often write the Sudoku numbers in the wrong box. I can't visualize. So, this causes problems for me when I have to describe setting. I've learned to collect pictures and make sketches for reference when I write. 

Do you ever have problems with writers block?  If so how do you get through it?
If I am stumped in a piece of writing I will reread what I've written and sometimes it restarts me. I may do some research to fuel the juice.  I might write a chapter from another part of the book. If nothing works, I set it aside and work on another piece of writing. I usually have at least two novels on the go, a short story, and an article. If I dodge around, writers block can't catch me.

What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
I am a little compulsive about landscaping. I bought a house five years ago, and whenever it isn't snowing and I have time, money, and energy, I'm usually creating something in my back yard. I spend a ridiculous amount of money on dirt.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author changes. In fact, I don't have a favorite anything. I deeply admire Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction though. She's kind of a goddess to me.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Beginnings are the most difficult. I rewrite them ad nauseam. 

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
We all have a dark side. Mine is fairly substantial. I learned I can use it to write some pretty creepy stuff.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Practice, read, support other writers, be patient, and learn to accept rejection with grace and hope.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The two Dawn books can be read independently of each other. Poisoned  is darker and for older young adults.

Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?
Just the new release.

Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them?
Jill Noble publisher of Noble Young Adult sent out an internet announcement saying she was starting a new young adult line. I thought, "Hey, Dawn's End would work for this if I finish the bloody thing" and I did and it did.

How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. - please share your public links.


Facebook – Bonnie Ferrante

Twitter – BonnieFerrante



Friday, September 23, 2011

Editorial and Request by Moira Allen


Today, I’d like to share an editorial and a request from Moira Allen of Writing-World.com  Please take a moment to respond to her survey which is linked at the end of the article.

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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E-Books ReKindled
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The dinosaur (aka your beloved editor) has a confession to make: I
have finally bought a Kindle.  And... OK, I admit it.  I love it.

I rationalized buying a Kindle on the basis that, if my books were
being published on Kindle, I wanted to be able to see how they were
turning out.  I didn't really plan to USE it.  Much.  I then
discovered Amazon's array of free Kindle books -- primarily older
books that are now in the public domain.  Well, I happen to enjoy
G.K. Chesterton -- so what a delight to find that I could now get
just about every Chesterton book out there, for free, and load them
onto my Kindle instead of my bookshelf.  And then I discovered the
Scrabble game...

So...  Does this mean I'm a Kindle convert?  Yes and no.  I am
delighted to be able to get FREE books.  I'm not so thrilled about
the prices being asked for "regular" books -- such as the latest
bestsellers.  If I have to choose between paying $7 or $8 for a
Kindle edition or a "real" book, I'll buy the real book every time.
 But having a Kindle now makes it feasible and downright
comfortable to read ELECTRONIC books -- such as books downloaded
from Project Gutenberg.  In the past, I'd sometimes go so far as to
convert an electronic edition from Gutenberg into a Lulu book just
so that I could read it more comfortably.  Now, I don't have to.

However, that's not why I'm writing this particular editorial.
Granted, buying a Kindle for myself has helped me to understand why
this e-reader HAS become so popular -- and I am willing to concede
that its popularity is deserved.  But what really came as an
eye-opener this past month was not "Gee, I like my Kindle," or
"Gee, I see that Kindle is really taking off."

It was... Gee, I'm selling MORE copies of my book for Kindle than
in print.

Last fall, I talked with my POD publisher, DogEar, about issuing a
Kindle edition of "Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet."
(Technically, we issued an "electronic" edition that can be used on
multiple platforms, but since Kindle dominates the e-reader market,
I'll stick to talking about Kindle.)  This spring, I began to
notice that my monthly royalty check was showing higher and higher
numbers for "electronic sales."  When I checked my author sales
page, I discovered that this year, I've sold only ten more print
books than e-books to date.  That's just for the year "as a whole,"
however.  Even more significant is the fact that the ratio is
steadily shifting toward e-books; in May, I sold twice as many
e-books as print books. 

That leads me to conclude that it is about time Writing-World.com
started to address the Kindle phenomenon, because at a sales ratio
of two to one, this is a market that writers cannot afford to
ignore.  As writers, we need to know where our readers are -- and
it seems that a great many of our readers are on the couch with
their Kindles. 

That phrase, "on the couch," is key.  People have been proclaiming
the "age of the e-book" practically from the dawn of the Internet.
The day would come, we have been told (for more than ten years now)
when print is obsolete and everyone will be reading e-books.  But
the great downside of e-books has always been the problem of having
to read them on your computer.  Some folks have never had a problem
with this; the majority of readers, however, still preferred to
curl up COMFORTABLY with a good book -- on the sofa, on a chair, on
the lawn, by the beach, in the pool, in a plane.  (Well,
semi-comfortably...)  The Kindle, the Nook, and the iPad have at
last brought together these two worlds: e-books and the couch. 

So to get started, I'd like to find out more about YOUR experiences
with the Kindle -- as a reader, as a writer, or both.  (Again,
while I realize there are other devices out there, the Kindle
dominates the market, so for writers, it's going to command the
largest share of our would-be readers.)  I've created a survey with
questions for Kindle readers, would-be readers and avoiders, and
for writers who have already published or are considering
publishing on Kindle.  The survey has a total of 22 questions, but
most will find only 10 to 15 applicable. 

I'd greatly appreciate your help in learning more about how writers
AND readers are approaching, and responding to, the Kindle.  The
survey is completely confidential, but if you are willing to be
quoted, you will have the option of entering your name in the text
boxes. To complete the survey, please go to:


I'm looking forward to your responses!

-- Moira Allen, Editor

Writing World is a publication of Writing-World.com

Editor and Publisher: MOIRA ALLEN (editors@writing-world.com)