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to hear about it before all your friends and be the coolest.… [Read the rest]
A couple of weeks ago The Gregory Brothers
asked me if I wanted to be in their new video. All I was told was that it involved a girl with a bread hand, and that was all I needed to hear. (I'm allllll the way at the end, pretend it's the after credits sequence of a Marvel movie.
First, a disclaimer: I am a very new writer. Or at least, very new to writing anything even close to novel-length. I’m very much still learning and struggling with how to do this myself, but I’ve had a lot of emails and messages on Twitter, Facebook and Wattpad asking me for advice or wanting to know about how I write so I thought I’d let you into my hallowed writing chamber (a sparse extra bedroom in my apartment that is constantly a mess).
By far the best advice I think I can give is this: everyone is different. Be very wary of anyone who tells you “this is how you have to write”. There are people who can write anywhere, anytime and then there are people that need to go into the woods and avoid all human contact. There are people who output 5 words a day and people who can crank out 20,000. Some people intricately map out their plots before they write a single word and some people just sit down and start typing without any idea of where they are going. There’s no right or wrong way, it’s all about what makes you the most productive. I tried out lots and lots of methods before I found some that worked for me and I’m still trying new things all the time.
Don’t just read about how your favorite author writes and assume that that is the best way. It’s an easy trap to fall into. Some of my favorite writers write in ways I could never, ever imagine myself being able to do. The same is true for authors I don’t care for. Everyone is different. The way someone writes is very rarely makes them a good writer. Don’t assume that just copying their routine, using the same computer/typewriter/notebook they do, writing in the same setting they do, etc.… [Read the rest]
A few months ago I started becoming obsessed with Wattpad
. For those who haven’t heard of it before, like me not too long ago, it’s basically YouTube for serialized fiction. Their content runs the gauntlet from One Direction fan fiction to authors like Margaret Atwood
and Cory Doctorow
. Last month they announced that they raised $46M and have 25 million unique visitors every month. The New York Times wrote a great piece about them back in March that does a better job explaining it
than I could.
ANYWAY, I started uploading Meta chapter-by-chapter
a few months ago figuring it might help expand the number of people who get a chance to read it before the second book is ready. To say I’ve been overwhelmed by the response would be an understatement. Wattpad reached out to me to ask if I would be interested in them featuring it about 3 weeks ago and since then I’ve had more comments, messages and emails than I can keep up with. Today was the first day I hit #1 on both the Science Fiction and Fantasy charts so it seemed the right time to blog about it and celebrate a little bit.
The most amazing thing about Wattpad is that it might be the first website I’ve ever seen that allows comments where almost everyone is amazingly complementary and nice. Meta will be posted there chapter by chapter until all 37 are up. While the next book probably won’t be going up there anytime soon since I gotta eat, I’m already planning some serialized original stuff in the Meta-universe that I think could be fun.
If you’re looking to start writing, I cannot recommend Wattpad enough. It makes it very easy to start rough sketching ideas and get feedback immediately without having to take on the daunting task of finishing an entire book before anyone takes a look at it.… [Read the rest]
The amazingly talented Elaine Carr
emailed me this awesome non-spoilery ink drawing of Connor/Omni from Meta that now I kinda desperately want for my wall. Perfectly captures one of the funnier moments in the book I think. You can check out her other work at elainecarr.co.uk
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I’m celebrating 3 things as February closes out:
1. Meta hitting 20,000 copies sold.
2. A year since I got canned from my day job and was inspired to finally write the novel I always wanted to.
3. Hitting 4.2 stars with close to 200 reviews on Amazon.com and 4.6 stars with 50 reviews on Amazon.co.uk!
To celebrate these three occasions, Meta will be only $0.99 in the US
for 5 days, from February 24 until March 1. In the UK, Meta will £0.99
from February 26 until March 3. (Weird Amazon rule why these dates are off 48 hours from each other. Sorry. Also sorry Amazon’s only making these deals available in the US and UK.)
If you’re here you probably already have Meta, but now you can gift it to someone for only a buck if you liked it. And if you don’t have Meta, now you have literally no excuse. Actually I just Googled the McDonalds Dollar Menu and apparently some markets have a Buffalo Ranch McChicken for $1 right now. Granted, it’s a cent more than my book, but that’s still a pretty good deal. Actually, I take that back. You’re supposed to have blue cheese with buffalo. Anyone who has ranch with buffalo is a monster and everyone knows it.
[Funko Pop Omni courtesy of LF Custom Pops
who did an amazing, incredible job. This little guy stares at me on my desk everyday as I work on the next book in the Meta series.]… [Read the rest]
The audio version of Meta is finally, finally available and the best part is you can get it right here on the Internet. No need to go to your local audiobook store. I even read the book myself and do girl voices and everything.
You can grab it on Audible for $19.95
or for free if you sign up for a 30-day Audible trial
. Hopefully you’ll be able to grab it on Amazon for a steep discount soon if you already own the Kindle version as well.… [Read the rest]
That’s not going to be the title of course, but yes, I am working on a second book in the “Meta” series. I’ve been getting this question a lot lately, which I think is probably the biggest complement I could possibly be paid. I’ll try to answer some of the frequently asked questions about it here:
When is it coming out?
Honestly, I’m not 100% sure, BUT my hope is Spring or Summer of this year.
What is the second book going to be about?
Without giving away too many spoilers about what happens at the end of Meta, the second book will pick up after the events we saw at the end a few months down the line. Connor’s back in school as a Junior now, but as you can imagine the world has become a much different place.
Is Sarah/Jim/Derrick/Jeff/Etc. secretly Midnight/Iris/Jones/Etc. ?
Yes. All of the above. In all seriousness, the last thing I’m going to do is spoil my own book, but I will tell you that we’re going to learn a lot more about all of these characters (okay, maybe not Jeff) and they’re all going to start taking what I hope you’ll find to be some very interesting paths. We’ll also learn a little bit more about the more mysterious characters from the first book: who they really are and what they want. (Don’t expect to learn everything quite yet though, that’s part of the fun.)
The first book was too short! Is the second one going to be longer?
Along with questions about sequels, I’m always glad to hear someone say the book was too short as opposed to too long. I think the final word count was around 59,000 words (a “novel” is typically considered to be anything over 50,000). My biggest concern in writing my first book was having it be some long, meandering story that people got bored with and never finished.… [Read the rest]
A lot of people have been asking me how and why I decided to write a novel
. There are two reasons. The first, and most important is that it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. I remember going to the library and trying to research how to get published when I was 12. Needless to say, my search came up pretty dry. That didn’t stop me from writing all those years, but it discouraged me from ever taking on something as big as a novel if there was no way anyone was ever going to even read it.
The second is that back in late February I was laid off from my job at a tech start-up without warning after a little over 4 years there. I’d never lost a job before, just got a raise and had been told to expect a “great yearly review” the next month, so to say it was a punch in the gut would be putting it lightly.
A couple of weeks later I went off to Europe to do a bunch of The Complete Guide to Everything live shows. I casually lied or changed the conversation when asked the inevitable “So what do you actually do for a living?” questions afterwards, but I felt changed by the experience. I met so many great people in three different countries who were so supportive of this thing we do that exists mainly just to make each other laugh and get you to do your shopping through our Amazon affiliate link. Just kidding (tcgte.com/amazon
). When I came back to the US I felt like I was missing an opportunity here to not try something new.
I was lucky enough to have saved up for awhile and decided fuck it, I may never have an opportunity like this again: I’m writing that goddamn book.… [Read the rest]
By far the most creative review of my novel Meta. I bet J.D. Salinger never had anyone do nail art for his books, and I’ll take nail art over assassinations any day. More over at Nail Treasures
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