My fellow bookworms – do you also love to write? Anything, really – a daily journal, a blog, fiction, etc.? I love to write – I’ve kept a journal since I was old enough to string badly spelled words together. I’ll admit that while I don’t open it everyday, my journal is a permanent fixture in my purse. It keeps me sane – I’d feel lost without it.
My true love, though, is writing fiction. I’ve tried to write a novel before, but my talents definitely lean more toward short stories. A few years ago I started seriously exploring the growing world of self-publishing; my dream has always been to see my writing out in the world. So, I wrote a Christmas themed short story, found someone online willing to design the cover for cheap, and looked into ebook distributers.
I landed on Smashwords. They’re an ebook distributer that allows even the little guy to sign up and start creating. Their reach is impressive. Publish your ebook through them, and watch it appear on Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, and even some libraries. It’s a bit surreal to search your name on these sites and see your book appear. It made me downright giddy. But, the whole process felt very one-sided; my words had been dropped into the void, and I had no idea what people thought of them. It turns out, I really crave feedback. What I needed was a more social platform.
My answer came through Widbook. I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon it, but it has worked out really well for me. It’s been labelled the YouTube of ebooks. Essentially, it provides a platform to publish ebooks, read other ebooks and comment with your feedback. I’ll admit, I don’t read on it much, but I enjoy publishing on it and love hearing from people who read my stories. Some of the feedback has made me think about my process, which has helped my writing improve overall.
Even though I think Widbook is wonderful, I haven’t written much lately. I think it’s about time I picked it up again – I have a new short story plot brewing in the back of my mind!
So, back to my original question – my fellow bookworms, do you also write? If you do – please share!