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    In the fight for survival, outsiders and start-ups are taking on today’s heavyweight publishers and will ultimately deliver a knock-out punch:


    Yesterday at the London Book Fair I participated in an Oxford-style debate called “The Great Debate”.  Having been one of the biggest (and most fun) events at last year’s London Book Fair, The Great Debate returns this year with the motion “In the fight for survival, outsiders and start-ups are taking on today’s heavyweight publishers and will ultimately deliver a knock-out punch.”.  The debaters included Evan Schnittman, Managing Director of Bloomsbury Publishing; Fionnuala Duggan, Managing Director, CourseSmart; Bob Young, CEO & Founder, Lulu; and yours truly.  I don’t believe I have to tell you who are supporting and who are against the motion :-)

    The motion was purposely provocative, which was great as it made sure the debate was entertaining.  It was great fun for me as I haven’t participated in any Oxford-style debate for a long long time. If you want to know who won at the end, Publishers Weekly had a great coverage here.

    Here is what I had prepared in advance.  Of course, the live version was a bit different.  E.g. In the beginning I added “I wonder why Bob and I are using iPads to take notes while our opponents are using paper” :-)  

    Continue Reading

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    H E C K - Y E A H: Cupid's Granddaughter:

    Wattpadder Review:

    Amore, Liebe, Amour, No matter what language you say it in it means love and it’s Peyton’s job. Her grandfather is Cupid and he’s hired her as his newest apprentice against her own will. And now he says that he wants to hand the business over to her? No thank you! The hours suck and there’s…

    Check out this Wattpadder’s story review of Cupid’s Granddaughter!

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    Yesterday, I posted the first chapter of Aisling’s Summer Diary! From now on, every Tuesday and Thursday, stay tuned for a new chapter and a new episode, just like last time!

    But that’s not all I have to share with you in the good news department! This will be the first of many guest posts I’ll be writing on Wattpad Insider.

    For those who have no idea who I am, here’s a quick introduction. My name is Aisling, I moved from Boston to Dublin when my parents decided to go back to the old country to start a new life. Being the new girl was not that easy at first but then I met Siobhan and Ali and we became best friends. I honestly can’t imagine my life without them anymore.

    I also met Murphy, the boy next door, then boyfriend, then…whatever he is right now.

    So on my premiere on Wattpad Insider I’m going to share with you what I wish boys would do more often… or at all.

    1. Say goodbye when they’re going out of the country in some stupid dance competition I have to know by accident from other people.

    Oddly specific? Probably… but this is very much on my mind right now. Please boys, if you’re dating someone have the decency of telling them if you’re not going to be around for a day, a week or the whole summer for that matter.

    2.  Define the terms of the relationship

    There’s nothing worse than being in the dark about your own relationship. When my friends ask me “Are you guys dating?” I want be able to say a little more than “Sort of… I think so.” Besides, it’s always nice to have an official date for when it all started, right?


    3. Surprise the better half

    Even if a girl says she doesn’t like surprises, a little romantic gesture from time to time can’t hurt. When I say I don’t like surprises I actually mean that I don’t want to feel obligated to do something I don’t want to, specially if I’m caught by surprise. But when you’re in a couple you ought to now what the other person likes and dreams of and that’s got help to plan something amazing.

    4. Be original

    I don’t know about you, but there are only so many times I can act happy and surprised when someone gives me flowers and chocolates. It’s not like I don’t enjoy it, I just wish it could be a little more personal, you know? My point is people are unique. There’s not a perfect “one-size fits all” formula to make them happy.

    Oh! And a cute personal pet name would be nice as well, I’m sick of the old “hun” and don’t get me started on the “baby” one.

    5. Be sincere

    Girls can be a little intimidating and most boys fear their girlfriends’ reaction, but the truth is when we ask for an opinion it’s because we want it! OK… sometimes when I don’t hear what I’m expecting I snap a little too quickly, but it’s just my stupid pride getting in the way, it’s not like I’m actually mad. Besides, in the long run it’s better to know that your boyfriend will tell you if something’s wrong than to never be sure of what he really wants and likes.

    Girls, what do you wish boys would do more often? Boys, what do you think about my five-point wish list and what do you wish girls would do more often? I can’t wait to hear your opinion! I’ll be discussing this all through the week on my beChilled TV Facebook and Twitter @bechilledtv. Join the discussion using the #iwishboys or #iwishgirls hashtags.



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    Check out this great post by writer David Gaughran on his self-publishing experience:

    Sunday will mark a year since I first uploaded to Amazon. At the time, I was wrestling with a question that many writers are still dealing with today: should I self-publish?

    The argument about whether to self-publish has been debated in great detail both here and elsewhere. I don’t want to add to that general discussion today, rather I want to offer up my personal experience of self-publishing.

    Given that this is an anniversary of sorts, I would like to look back over the last twelve months and examine the results of that decision, and compare it with what would likely have happened had I decided otherwise.

    Regular readers will know that I broke my own impasse by deciding to publish some short stories, while holding A Storm Hits Valparaiso in reserve. It was still being considered by a handful of agents, and I wasn’t completely convinced that self-publishing was the right approach.

    Continue reading on David’s blog

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    Which version of “Vampire in Denial” by Dale Mayer do you like better - 1, 2, or 3?

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    Today we bring you a guest post from Russ Colchamiro, author of the hilarious backpacking adventure Finders Keepers:

    As Finders Keepers continues to sell, the two questions I get most often are: when does the sequel come out, and have I ever thought about a Finders Keepers movie?

    The answers are: I start writing the first of two sequels this summer and … you bet!

    In fact, over the last few years Hollywood agents and producers have met with me briefly at the San Diego Comic-Con and NY Comic-Con, about the possibility of bringing Finders Keepers to the big screen. I can’t say these discussions have gained any real traction so far, but I’m constantly networking and trying to get myself in better position to see the Hollywood dream come to life.

    And since we’re dreaming big, here’s my Hollywood casting “wish list” for the Finders Keepers movie:

    Our bumbling hero is American Jason Medley, who falls into that nice-guy-not-a-stud-but-not-a-total-nerd-who-might-just-get-the-girl category, which I think would be captured perfectly by Jesse Eisenberg. Other great choices include Michael Cera, Jonah Hill or Jason Biggs (although he’s actually 34 now!)

    As Finders Keepers continues to sell, the two questions I get most often are: when does the sequel come out, and have I ever thought about a Finders Keepers movie?

    The answers are: I start writing the first of two sequels this summer and … you bet!

    In fact, over the last few years Hollywood agents and producers have met with me briefly at the San Diego Comic-Con and NY Comic-Con, about the possibility of bringing Finders Keepers to the big screen. I can’t say these discussions have gained any real traction so far, but I’m constantly networking and trying to get myself in better position to see the Hollywood dream come to life.

    And since we’re dreaming big, here’s my Hollywood casting “wish list” for the Finders Keepers movie:

    Our bumbling hero is American Jason Medley, who falls into that nice-guy-not-a-stud-but-not-a-total-nerd-who-might-just-get-the-girl category, which I think would be captured perfectly by Jesse Eisenberg. Other great choices include Michael Cera, Jonah Hill or Jason Biggs (although he’s actually 34 now!).

    Our second bumbling hero is New Zealander Theo Barnes, a good-looking, but quiet adventurer, who is the calmer, steadier hand to Jason. My top choice is Ryan Gosling doing a soft Kiwi accent. Another great choice is House alum Jesse Spencer (even though he’s Australian).


    Every good adventure needs a sexy troublemaker, and for Finders Keepers, Emma Stone would be a great Lilly. And when you pair her with Jesse Eisenberg, I think their chemistry would be fantastic. Other great choices include Alice Eve and Michelle Williams.

    In our first of two split personalities, resident Galaxy Designer in the realm of Eternity is Emma, a drop dead gorgeous man-eater who’s not afraid to use her sex appeal to get what she wants. Anne Hathaway is my top choice. Olivia Munn and the underrated but delicious Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) would also deliver a knock-out punch. Yet when we switch to our fantastical elements, Emma has been banished to Earth for being very naughty, and here she’s a big girl — and not happy about it. Hands down this all about Melissa McCarthy. See the before and after.

    For every man-eater there needs to be a man who’s eaten, and poor Lex — an affable, capable everyman — is our guy. For me it’s always been Colin Hanks. Other great choices include Peter Facinelli. And Lex also gets banished to Earth. As a dog. A canine. That would be a CGI dog and the actor’s voice. See the before and after.

    Also rounding our Finders Keepers cast:

    • Brigsby — Modern Family dad Ty Burrell, as an aging, Oprah-style talk show host from Eternity.
    • Hank — House doc extraordinaire Hugh Laurie, as the cranky, world-wise philosopher and mentor to Jason.
    • George/Angelique — In the dual role of businessman/drag queen, I’ve always wanted John Cho (Star Trek, Harold & Kumar).
    • Rufus — a misunderstood Eternity bad boy Rufus, Kenneth Michael Williams (The Wire) has got to be the man.

    • Ira and Howard — And finally, I would cast Brad Pitt as the voice to our CGI Ira the Dolphin and James Earl Jones as the voice of Howard the Blue Whale.

    Have you read Finders Keepers? What do you think of my cast? And don’t be shy. If you’ve got other choices, let me know! And if you want to see what comic book illustrator Michael Lunsford came up with for each character, click here.

    Russ Colchamiro

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  • 04/27/12--13:03: "Suit Up!" Day at Wattpad HQ
  • We don’t always suit up, but when we do, we dress with swag.

    It’s the last day at Wattpad HQ for 3 of our engineering co-ops (we wish you all the best, Yash, Tony, and Ayush)! We threw them a special farewell party with an all-you-can-eat sushi lunch, our very first “suit up” day, and the championship match for our Sweet ‘n Sour Ping Pong Tournament (photos coming soon)!

    What should we do for our next theme day at Wattpad HQ?

    P.S. Check out Yash’s Suit Up poem

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  • 04/27/12--13:44: Pac-Man Stress Balls
  • We know studying engineering can be really stressful, so we gave our departing co-ops at Wattpad a little present: Blink, Inky, and Clyde!




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    Vampires Drool! Zombies Rule!:

    In Rusty Fischer’s Vampires Drool! Zombies Rule!” zombies and vampires wander the halls among their unsuspecting human peers. What would it be like to be a vampire or a zombie trying to blend in at school?

    It’s the last day to enter the Vampires Drool! Zombies Rule! Contest on Wattpad!

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    Last week, we tested everyone’s ping pong skills in our first ever Official Sweet & Sour Suit Pong Tournament!

    The “amateurs” played hard to win the Sour ping pong tournament, while the best of the best fought it out to claim the title of Wattpad’s first Sweet Suit Pong champion.

    Congrats to Tony, who beat Justine to take the Sour crown!

    Our best players, Amos and Yash, faced each other in the Sweet Pong Championships.

    A round of applause for our Lead Designer Amos, who won the title of Sweet Champ & ultimate ping pong player at Wattpad.

    Next time, maybe we won’t let Amos play with us!

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    Wattpad brings you a guest post from Darrell Pitt, author of The Steampunk Detective and Diary of A Teenage Superhero:

    How would you feel if you saw a man flying across the city skyline?

    New Yorkers were recently faced with this issue when a marketing company set up some remote controlled figures to fly over the city of New York to promote the movie Chronicle. It must have been an eerie sight. After all, flying people are not something you see every day of the week.

    The power to fly would be astonishing in itself, but what would it be like to have a range of superpowers like Superman or Green Lantern or Captain America? Would you use those powers for good? Or would you use them for evil?

    Power like that can be intoxicating. You probably recall the scene in Spiderman where Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben says, “With great power comes great responsibility.” It’s not too surprising that the idea is not new. Many writers have expressed similar sentiments. Among them, John Acton, a British Lord wrote to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887 saying, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

    Peter Parker learns about responsibility the hard way.

    That’s an interesting idea – great men are almost always bad men. Is that why so many politicians are so poorly regarded? Is that why movie stars and singers and powerful business people so easily fall from grace? Is it because their powers are so great and yet we see them to be all too human in their failings?

    In 1986 Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons released their groundbreaking comic book series Watchmen. In this series (and the movie of the same name) we are faced with an alternative Earth where superheroes are real. In fact, not only are they real, but they are just like you and me. Except for one person – Doctor Manhattan – they don’t have superpowers and are driven by desires far more complex than justice and freedom.

    The characters from Watchmen.

    Some of them are insecure. Some are psychotic. Others are vigilantes working with the government. Still others operate so far beyond the law they are more like criminals than the evildoers they pursue.

    The movie Chronicle follows a similar concept. In it, three ordinary teenagers receive strange powers and we get to see how they deal with their amazing abilities. Do they use them for good? Or do they become their own version of a super villain? You’ll have to see the movie to find out.

    Suffice to say that super powers don’t necessarily make us better people.

    How would you feel if you encountered someone with the ability to fly? Or someone who had super strength? More than likely you might feel a little afraid. Probably very afraid. There might even be laws to control people with such power. They might even be automatically regarded as villains.

    In my book, Diary of a Teenage Superhero, I explore the ideas of giving a group of teenagers, super powers. They mostly choose to use their powers for good, but they could just as easily use their powers for their own ends. In the sequel, The Doomsday Device, we see our heroes as they are drawn back into the clutches of The Agency. I’m currently working on the third book in the series and it’s due to be released sometime later this year.

    The cover of the sequel to Diary of a Teenage Superhero - The Doomsday Device.

    What will happen to Axel and Brodie and Chad and their friends? Will they continue to fight for truth and justice? Or will they be corrupted – possibly even consumed – by power? There’s one thing I will tell you. There are tough times ahead for our team and not everyone is going to survive the journey.

    Until next time, good luck and happy reading.

    Contact Darrell and check out his stories on Wattpad!

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    Listen to our podcast - Write What You Know: Legal & Crime Thrillers with Mary E Martin

    Why are writers always told to write what they know? Listen to our discussion with Mary E. Martin about how her years of legal practice in Toronto and her art interests have influenced and inspired her writing career. Find out more about her legal thriller “The Osgoode Trilogy,” art-world mystery “Trilogy of Remembrance,” and more about her current projects.

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    Which version of Caitlyn Duffy’s “The Viscount’s Daughter” do you like better - left or right?

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    Wattpad brings you a guest post from J. Alexander Greenwood, author of Pilate’s Cross on Wattpad:

    My grandfather was a midlister. Sean McLachlan aptly describes this devoted breed of writer:

    They’re not rich, they’re not famous, but they make their living by writing and they’re responsible for the majority of all published titles. They’re called midlisters, and they keep the publishing industry running.


    They’re the serious professionals whom publishers rely on to produce good, marketable books year after year, spanning all genres from nonfiction to fantasy to romance to young adult. They’ve moved beyond the small press to win regular paying contracts, but they do not have bestsellers.

    Robert E. Trevathan

    My grandfather wrote historical fiction. Specifically, he penned Westerns. A Michigan boy who saw combat in the South Pacific during W.W. II, his true love was the Old West–a passion that was fed by his posting in Oklahoma as a base historian for the Air Force. He won an award here and there and was published by respected imprints including Tor, Avalon and Manor. As far as I know (and sadly he’s no longer around to ask) he never made a huge amount of money on any of his dozens of books and short stories. He wrote because he loved telling stories.

    “Ballanger” book cover

    Starting in the pulp cowboy field, as the years went on his work earned respect and praise for historical accuracy and reader-friendliness. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writers Hall of Fame a few years before his death.

    I learned from him some things you can learn from any true professional writer: read a lot, write every day, edit, edit, edit and most importantly: don’t quit.

    Another important thing I learned from him was the quality of discipline. Grandpa Rob awoke every morning at 4:30 a.m. and turned on his egg timer. He wrote for precisely an hour every morning.

    I’ve read that the British author and red mailbox inventor Anthony Trollope did the same thing (and if he finished one of his massive novels with time to spare, he would start on another until his time ran out).


    Grandpa would then shower, eat breakfast and most days head off to the gym for racquetball before he went to his job at the base. His evenings involved hanging out with my grandma, watching a little TV and reading. The only time he broke this schedule was when he was researching a new book. He would use his morning time and weekends for that.

    As a child I was once startled to see him seated at a card table at a Waldenbooks in the mall. Next to a small sign that read “Meet the Author” set a stack of his latest book. He seemed to be doing some sort of lonely after school detention for grownups.

    “Whatcha doing Rob?” I asked him (I called him “Rob” or “Grandpa Rob,” but mostly “Rob”).

    He smiled. “Just sitting here with my books.”


    “Trying to sell a few,” he said, ever patient at my interrogation. I don’t think he sold a whole lot that day. Nevertheless, he seemed happy to be there.

    In retrospect, I wanted to be there, too. I still do.

    When I finally became serious about writing a book five years ago, I put a lot of my grandfather’s lessons about discipline to work. I worked on my novel Pilate’s Cross for two years. (If you’d like to read more about the origins and inspirations for writing that book, please visit this website.) To borrow an analogy, I put the clay on the table and sculpted and re-sculpted it until I had the best sculpture I could make.

    Then the hard part: finding an agent. I toiled for ages in the mines of writing query letters and researching the right agents. I earned roughly enough rejection letters (and email) to literally wallpaper my office (“nice, but too short” “I liked it, but you need to chop at least 40 pages of exposition” “You write well but we no longer represent thrillers” …ad nauseum). A half dozen agents asked to read a few chapters; another three asked for “partials,” which is roughly half the book. Two agents thrilled me by requesting a “full”–the entire manuscript.

    One agent said she thought it had potential but didn’t like my narrative voice. If you ask me that’s similar to a girl saying she likes you but not the way you kiss. But that’s okay–either you turn her on or you don’t.

    The other agent said she really liked the book but the way the industry was going it didn’t look like something she could rep successfully. This was 2008–the economy was on the brink of a very large, unforgiving crater. Most publishers were simply not going to take a chance on an unknown newbie’s solid (but probably not blockbuster material) thriller.

    At this point, after spending two years writing the book and another two trying to sell it, I was defeated. The book–my best manuscript ever– was going to cozy up to the mediocre and terrible attempts from my youth in a despised cardboard box in the basement.

    I felt I was abandoning a beloved pet. I loved these characters. This story was part of me. So, half-seriously I surfed the net to check out the self-publishing options. Nothing felt right until one day I stumbled across Smashwords, which has become the gold standard of indie e-publishing. Sure, my book wouldn’t be an actual, “physical” book, but it would be out there. People with ereaders could follow my hero’s misadventures. Why not? Beats the box.

    After formatting and editing the book once more and having the extraordinary good fortune of snagging a fantastic book cover by the talented David Terrill, my orphan thriller was now a bouncing baby ebook.

    It sold pretty well (as in way better than I expected), so I commissioned a print-on-demand (POD) paperback in late 2010. The  paperback is now a selection of two three four local book clubs and available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and at least one brick and mortar bookstore.

    “Pilate’s Cross” cover

    It was through book clubs that I learned that the editor I hired for Pilate’s Cross let me down. When you write and rewrite your work as often as any author who does the proper amount of work on their manuscript can, you run the risk of becoming “copyblind.” You literally stop seeing the things that stand out as mistakes to the first-time reader.

    To be candid, there are a few typos that should never have made it into that first book (though they are corrected in the ebook version and are also being fixed in a revised paperback version). One book club reader absolutely took me to task for that. She was actually very rude about it, but that doesn’t excuse the mistakes. There was also a factual error about the Catholic Church that earned me some much-deserved snickering. Writers, I implore you: Get a serious, professional editor for your work. If you can’t afford to hire an editor, ask a teacher or a trusted friend (or two) to look it over. They will catch your mistakes, and you’ll thank them for it.

    Despite nice reviews, I often get the old “don’t quit your day job” look. One friend dropped the big one on me, saying (not unkindly) “But won’t this self-published thing ruin your chances at a real publishing contract?”

    And boom…there it was. I can call myself an “indie author” all I want, but there are still those who will always equate me with self-published hackdom because I didn’t wait my turn. I picked myself, as Seth Godin would say.

    I can’t look back now. I am what I am – self-published. There are of course stories of self-published authors who beat the odds and made it big, including the ebook sensation Amanda Hocking.  I need to write a lot more books (with a broader market appeal) to aspire to even a tenth of that level of success. However, the success of indies like Hocking make it a little more acceptable to go your own way.

    I muse about what Grandpa Rob would think of all this. I have to think he would have at first counseled me to stick with the traditional route–no matter how long it took. But knowing him he would’ve made his own out-of-print stuff into ebooks and seen firsthand that the times had changed.

    Would I take an offer from a “big” publisher now? I’m not making huge money–not even worthy of the title of “indie midlister” yet–but I do have freedom and get to keep far more of my book profits than I would with a publisher.

    Yet…the thought that I shot myself in the foot tasks me.

    I get some comfort when I think of a scene from The Late Shift, a book and film about the “Late Night Wars” when Leno and Letterman battled it out to succeed Johnny Carson:

    One of the more fascinating details is when NBC offers Letterman the “Tonight Show” in a few years, which is the same strategy that NBC did with O’Brien to keep him around. Letterman is obsessed with the prestige of getting the “Tonight Show,” but as a friend tells him sadly, “They are not offering you the Johnny Carson ‘Tonight Show’. It’s gone forever. They’re offering you damaged goods. They’re offering you the Jay Leno show…it’s leftovers, it’s shoddy.” (source:

    Is that the case with big publishing now? I don’t know. Is a major publishing contract “shoddy” goods? I hope not, but I know it’s not my grandfather’s publishing industry. It’s just not the same show anymore.

    I did my first book signing in 2011 and had a book launch event at the Kansas City Public Library for my second book earlier this year. I’ve also been lucky to have my Wattpad/Shelf Unbound 2011 Short Fiction Award-winning short story “Obsidian” featured on Wattpad. It has brought me a huge amount of recognition and encouragement. I even started a small publishing imprint, Caroline Street Press, to help indie authors.

    “Pilate’s Key” cover

    My next book, Pilate’s Ghost, will be out as an ebook and paperback in October. Again, Like Grandpa Rob, I’ll be manning a card table–chatting with whoever will listen about the beloved characters I refused to abandon. I may even sell a book or two. Perhaps it will help me become a midlister someday.

    I should be so lucky.

    About J. Alexander Greenwood

    J. Alexander Greenwood runs a small public relations firm and Caroline Street Press, an independent publishing imprint in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Alex previously worked as an actor, newspaper editor, college instructor, radio talk show host and vice president of Kansas City Public Television.

    A fan of suspense, thrillers, mystery and horror, he has written two novels in the John Pilate Mystery Series: Pilate’s Cross and the just-released Pilate’s Key. Alex is working on Pilate’s Ghost, a new book in the series. He is also writing a novella for the upcoming multimedia tablet application What the Gardener Saw.

    His short story, Obsidian, won the Shelf Unbound Magazine/Wattpad Short Fiction Award in 2011 and the short story award in April 2010.

    Margaret Brown, Publisher of Shelf Unbound said of Obsidian:This story impressed us with its originality, evocation of eeriness, and overall suspense. It stood out as a well-crafted piece of short fiction.”

    Alex resides in Kansas City, MO with his wife and daughter.

    More information about Alex and his work is available at his website: or on Facebook keywords “Pilate’s Cross.”

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    What would it be like to be a vampire or a zombie trying to blend in at school? These writers don’t need to eat brains to write vividly about the teenaged undead. Congratulations to the winners of Rusty Fischer’s Vampires Drool! Zombies Rule! Contest on Wattpad.
    1. Horror Once Again by Rukawa Holmes
    2. It’s Not Easy Being a Zombie by Darrell Pitt
    3. Now for the Hard Part by Kimberly Connor
    4. Zombie Homecoming by Zoe Aarsen
    5. Deranged & Dead by Demz5luv
    Rusty will get in touch this week to give you details on claiming your awesome prizes! Enjoy!

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    Stephen Francia presents ‘Depth Charge Illuminations’, the first novel of the ‘Depth Charge’ trilogy.

    Born in the country town of Orange NSW Australia, Stephen is married with three children and currently resides in Sydney. At 38 years old, he suddenly felt the need to ‘do something’ different in his life. With limitations on time and funds, he decided to pursue writing, knowing that his research and imagination could take him to places and worlds he could not travel to. Starting out on Wattpad, this journey has taken him into different genres and writing forms.

    Man has been looking to the skies for years to establish if aliens exist. Unbeknownst to us, we were looking the wrong way! When Microbiologist Bill Langford sets off to open a sealed ocean CORK, the horrible truth is soon revealed. We thought that everything in the deep ocean, although mysterious, was quite normal and harmless. We were wrong! James Cameron recently went solo into the deep abyss of the Mariana Trench – he found nothing. Mankind will soon find out that there are reasons that the deep sea creatures do not like to be found.

    Anyone who has gotten close to the truth about the creatures has mysteriously disappeared.


    Bill Langford is also dealing with the emotional consequences of losing his wife and having to help his twelve year old daughter Selena cope with life. Like many fathers, Bill dreads the day he will have to make a decision that no father wants to make.


    A relentless enemy soon shows its power to humankind. Locked in a battle of weaponry and wits, the deep sea creatures battle it out with Captain Mark Evans and his team of Marines. The enemy comes in many shapes.


    And forms….


    And sometimes…humans are the enemy.

    Long nicknamed the ‘aliens of the deep’, these creatures have been lurking for a long, long time; waiting for the right moment to attack. Take a journey into the world you thought you knew. It’s an edge of your seat thriller that will keep you tapping the screen.

    Read between the lines and you’ll find sub stories about our environment, the consequence of war, and the strong hope we hold for our loved ones.

    I hope you enjoy reading ‘Depth Charge Illuminations’ as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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    The Survivor Series: Point of Origin Wattpad Contest (May 8 to 18):

    The winter is upon us. The Survivors are in chaos. The war is coming. 

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    A Born Storyteller: Comic Strips, Advertising, and Novel-Writing with Bill Cokas

    Listen to our latest podcast here!

    Aspiring novelists often don’t realize that the world is their oyster. From comic strips, to TV advertising, teaching, and creative writing, author Bill Cokas takes us through some exciting possibilities for a career in storytelling. Listen to our interview as we discuss his journey towards novel-writing and self-publishing.

    Contact Bill and read his stories for FREE on Wattpad!

    Plus, find out more on his website at

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