Friday, November 22, 2013

November is Sharing


Denise Covey over at Write...Edit...Publish is hosting this blogfest for bloggers to share a bit about what their working on this month. I know it's NaNo, and writers around the globe are pounding out first drafts, but since it's also my book's debut month, I couldn't possibly participate in that. To all you out there who are, I'm sending you creative vibes for your writing mojo.

So what AM I working on then?

Now that Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. is out in the world, I'm hoping to focus on a sequel over the next month. But since that'll take me awhile, I'm going to try something a little different in the meantime.

Diary of a Teenage Time Traveler

Every week, I'll be sharing diary entries from my main character, Bianca Butterman. These will be from her life BEFORE the first installment of Butterman Travel begins. Like a prequel. These will be free on Wattpad, and I'll post the links here weekly, as another way to get to know Bianca.

So today, I'm sharing her very first diary entry with you. Here's the link:

http://www.wattpad.com/30492924-diary-of-a-teenage-time-traveler

And this is an interactive endeavor, so I'd love to hear your thoughts as I go--on anything at all that you'd like to see more or less of. Of course, if this doesn't interest you, no worries. That's why it's going up on Wattpad, so you can visit of your own volition.

See what others are sharing this month by clicking on the picture above to get to Denise Covey's blog and links of participants.

Also, my giveaway is now closed and winners are being notified. A few have already selected prizes, but more are in the works. :D Thanks again to everyone for all their support and sharing during my book launch!

What are your thoughts on prequels or creative marketing attempts? Are you on Wattpad? What's been your experience with it? 

40 comments:

Chrys Fey said...

That is a very creative and fun marketing tool! It almost doesn't even seem like marketing. lol And a sequel? Yes, please! :D

I read the first diary entry and I loved it. Her voice is great!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Interesting way to keep the curious coming back for more and you in the world of your story.
:-)

Sia McKye Over Coffee

DAVID WALSTON said...

So your writing a sequel, by giving up a prequel?
Cool consept thanks.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Prequels can spur more sales. I know several authors who have done that, either free on Wattpad or elsewhere.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm not familiar with Wattpad but now you made me curious. Sometimes I really like prequels though some I though were just attempts to cash in on fans' attachment to characters when there really wasn't an interesting story there.

Robin said...

I read your prequel and liked it very much. I chuckled a couple of times. 13 year old girls sure are opinionated, aren't they???

Carole Anne Carr said...

Trying a prequel with my Anglo-Saxon children's story, but as the first book written mainly for boys, and the prequel centering upon a girl, might have problems :0)

Carrie-Anne said...

I've had a prequel for my Russian novels planned for over a decade, with some preliminary notes and family trees I wrote down back in 2001. I hope the notebook I wrote some of the prequel-era stories in is still around. Granted, I wrote those stories in 1993, when I was all of 13 years old, but I know I could take the heart of them and transform them into something a lot stronger and more mature.

Crystal Collier said...

I saw the first one on Wattpad already and I was like, "NO FLIPPIN WAY, MAN!" *ahem* Not excited at all. *shifty eyes*

Yolanda Renee said...

Working on a prequel myself, as a fourth book, but want to publish short stories of some of my Detectives earlier cases and give those away. We'll see, it's all a gamble - and trying to attract readers if the goal! Good luck with your! Hopping over to see what a 13 year old thinks these days! LOL
Thanks for sharing!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome you're thinking of a sequel.

Andrew Leon said...

What pad? No, seriously, what pad?
I will go take a look, though. This sounds like some kind of google drive thing.

Li said...

I'm signed up for Wattpad but have yet to use it. I guess this would be a good time to check it out!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Oh my goodness! You are a freaking genius!! A pre-quel. I LOVE that idea. It would work perfectly for my first book. I must start typing. Love this idea! So glad I stopped by.

William Kendall said...

I can't recall hearing of wattpad before.

Since my next book, whenever I start it, will be a prequel I am in favour of them.

The Armchair Squid said...

Wow, you do keep busy! Best of luck on your new project.

Norma Beishir said...

I love this, PK--I'd thought about doing something along these lines, but wasn't sure it would work. You've just proven that it does!

Denise Covey said...

Hi Pk. I hope Butterman is going well. What a great idea to do this diary and to make it interactive. One way to market, and quite creative. I love prequels, sequels and whatever, but I also love Prologues and Epilogues, so maybe I'm a bit strange.

Thanks for sharing for Sharing, Pk. Oh yes I've checked out Wattpad. A great idea, but like all online sites, takes a bit of negotiating your way around.

Denise

N. R. Williams said...

Hi PK
Love your story line. I need to check into Wattpad. And I should learn about Pinterest too. I wanted to wait until I had some art or pictures for Pinterest. Well...I haven't even looked at it.
Nancy

Cally Jackson said...

I loved the prequel. I needed a Butterman hit so I was delighted to find it. Hope it spurs on more sales for you. And I can't WAIT for the sequel. :-)

Michelle Wallace said...

I did sign up for Wattpad. That was the beginning and the end.
I've heard good things about the platform, and I like your diary concept. Such a cool marketing idea. That entry was also cool. And is that the future mindset of 13 year olds?
Writer In Transit

Robin said...

You Diary Entry idea is brilliant. I've never been on Wattpad...maybe after NaNo. I have a lot of writing to get in this week, so thanks for the writing mojo:)

Jen Chandler said...

Hello, PK! I wandered over from the WEP fest.

I haven't heard of Wattpad before but I'll definitely check it out. I LOVE prequels. In fact, I'm probably one of the only writers out there who loves backstory as much as I do. I love knowing where characters came from, what they were before they were "the hero" or "the villain" or what have you.

As for creative marketing attempts, I say keep 'em coming! Who doesn't get tired of the usual marketing. The more creative, the more likely you and your product will stick in people's minds.

Cheers!
Jen

Maalaimalar said...

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LD Masterson said...

I'm not familiar with Wattpad. Guess I need to take a look. But I like the prequel idea.

E.J. Wesley said...

You'll have to let me know what you think of watt pad at some point. I'll pop over and check the journal, too. (LOVE the idea. :)

Mostly wanted to pop over and wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

Max Griffin said...

Sequels...I've planned sequels for each of my four novels. But, by the time I'm done writing them, the only thing I want to do is strangle the characters. I mean, they've held me hostage for months and months, kidnapping me and making me write about them. How selfish can you get? Maybe someday I'll be willing to talk to one of them again...that is, if I ever suffer from Stockholm syndrome!

JJ said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Leslie S. Rose said...

Wattpad is new to me. Must investigate. I'm a big fan of diary related anything. Happy Turkey Day.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Thank you, PK, work slow at the moment due to husband's illness, but hope to produce more in the new year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Daanish said...

amazing ideas,nice writing.

Lisa said...

Have never been on Wattpad. Am always looking for marketing ideas. Congratulations on your book coming out and I love the title! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Cute and very teenager! Sounds like she's got it going on!

cleemckenziebooks said...

Anything that helps people become interested in your book is a good idea and that includes a prequel.

David List said...

What a very cool idea. It almost makes your book interactive. And I love things that enrich a book! Cool diary entry so far. "Tripping" has developed a whole new meaning in 2064! :)

Maalaimalar said...


Thanks for the information... I really love your blog posts... specially those on Local Tamil News

Maalaimalar said...


Thanks for the information... I really love your blog posts... specially those on Local Tamil News

Elise Fallson said...

Oh I need to check this out! I like prequels and I think they can help you get more exposure for your book. Plus it's fun reading backstory and getting a better feel for the characters. Speaking of which, congratulations again on getting your book out! (:

Jay Noel said...

I'm on Wattpad, but haven't touched it yet!

So....what's this about Goodreads? I've heard rumblings from others about it.

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