I just heard about an interesting website for readers and writers that is rapidly spreading in popularity: it’s called Wattpad. In the Jan/Feb newsletter from the Writer’s Community of Durham Region (WCDR), writer Maaja Wentz described Wattpad as: an electronic platform featuring 75 million stories. Thirty-five million people worldwide use it to read free, serialized fiction inside a social network and it is a rapidly growing literary showcase for writers.
And it’s all free!
I just joined. It’s easy-peasy to sign up and create a profile. I uploaded the first chapter of The Perils of Pauline and a couple of images in mere minutes.
Now I can read stories posted by other writers while I watch my Wattpad read numbers grow (I hope). Speaking of watching numbers: I am now keeping my frenzied (and slightly blood-shot) eyes on my Goodreads Giveaway numbers (138 people signed up so far!) and my amazon.ca ranking numbers (like riding a little roller coaster — yesterday I got up into the top ten in two categories! which was super cool! until I swiftly dropped back down again, crushed by the likes of Gordon Kirkland’s Never Stand Behind a Loaded Horse, Kindle Edition and Adam Mansbach’s Go the F**K to Sleep) and, well, it’s been fun so far but I can tell already this numbers-watching obsession is soon to become soul-destroying, crazy-making not-fun. Vow: I will check the numbers no more than once a day. Ok. That’s harsh. I will check the numbers no more than, say, ten times a day. I will not … I … this has more mesmerizingly evil potential than the most addictive game of all time, Candy Crush.
You can find Margaret Atwood on Wattpad here and you can find me on Wattpad here.
I’m excited to announce my very first Goodreads Giveaway! The print version of The Perils of Pauline is due to be released on 7 February: what better way to celebrate a book release than to offer four signed copies as free giveaways? The giveaway contest is free to enter for all members of Goodreads. If you win (Goodreads will do a draw on February 28), you will receive a brand new, signed print copy in your mailbox and I will even spring for the shipping!
If you love books and aren’t a member of Goodreads yet, I highly recommend that you sign up for your free membership. Goodreads is good fun: keep track of all your best reads, current reads, and want-to-reads, read and write reviews, and make new friends. What are your friends reading? What’s trending? You’ll never be at loss for your next page-turner again: just drop in to Goodreads and find out which hot books everyone is raving about.
To enter the contest, just click on Enter to win below and good luck!
I am in full-on pinch me mode! The end of a long wait has come at last! The e-book version of The Perils of Pauline is newly released to Kindle and the print copies are in the warehouse ready to be shipped!
How does it feel? Although I am speaking in exclamation marks today, it’s not quite real yet. When I finally lay my fingers on the amazing cover, fan through the pages and smell the ink, the reality will start to sink in: The Perils of Pauline is launched into the world and its time to sip the bubbly.* (Warning — a bigger boatload of exclamation marks will arrive the day the post delivers the book!!!!)
Today, I’m dreaming a happy dream. Tomorrow, it’s back to work: promote the book. Finish the sequel. Book signings, blog posts, the official launch and more. There’s so much to do but who cares: I’m thrilled to embark on the next leg of my publishing journey.
Before I run off (picture a series of cartwheels), I have many people to thank. First and foremost, huge thanks are due to my wonderful agent Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management and all the hard-working staff at Astor + Blue for taking a chance on me. Without them, this day would not be here.
To family and friends who supported me along the way: I am forever grateful. You all rock. I love you all.
*Yes, there is bubbly waiting in the fridge. It’s been there for years, actually. Well, not the exact same bottle of bubbly, since I keep drinking it (I am always up for a celebration: birthdays, holidays, good news, the fact that it’s Friday or hump day). I always keep a bottle (or two or three) chilled and ready to go. Always stay on the bright side of life: be sure to order the Prosecco by the case.
Today, especially, I am grateful to live in Canada, a country that values freedom of speech. In other countries, as we all know, many voices are silenced. I, and probably most of the friends, writers and artists I know, would be in jail (or worse) for writing and creating the kinds of things we are perfectly free to write and create here in Canada, especially the women artists among us.
I cherish my freedom.
But freedom comes at a price (worth paying). Complacency is dangerous: it is a given that all freedoms, especially freedom of speech, are under attack at all times, everywhere, as we have witnessed in France today, to our deepest horror and sorrow. To all French lovers of freedom: today, Canada stands united with you.
Lovers of freedom must always stand together, fearlessly, and continue to insist that our rights are inviolable. No matter what comes, even if it waves a Kalashnikov.
As the Frenchman Voltaire once said: I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.
Vive la France! Tomorrow, we will mourn your brave fallen heroes too.