Author + Community

Coming up in the next few months I’ll introduce several new features here on the site intended for the writer community at large that will highlight emerging and indie authors. I’ll pull over some book reviews I’ve posted on my blog Home and Hearth and write some new ones for a book review page titled Book + Review. Another feature will be Three by Five, where I’ll post interviews with authors that will include five questions and will post monthly on either the 5th, 15th, or 25th of the month. Eventually, I’ll put up three different authors a month but at the start, I’ll stick with one each month.

A new feature I began this week is Author First Look. Indie authors and emerging writers send a bio and information about a current work in progress which I post on the Author First Look page along with a link to the author’s web site where the first chapter was posted. There are two very different writers on Author First Look currently, as well as the first chapter of my novel in progress.

The intent is cast a wider net for those authors and emerging writers I include in these features, and for myself via the generated link backs, that will introduce readers to writers they might not otherwise find. This is an outgrowth of the discovery I’ve enjoyed on Twitter, where following a link in a tweet that someone I follow has retweeted that I never would have seen on my own, leads to an author or journal I otherwise would not have found.

Writing is a solitary journey, but that doesn’t mean any of us has to go it alone.


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4 responses to “Author + Community

  1. What a cool idea! I’m interested for sure. I just started a blog a few weeks ago and have serialized a chapter of my nonfiction piece “SMILE.” Let me know how to participate.

    • Your chapter or series of 3-5 poems should be posted on your website. Send an email with the permalink and I will link back to your site. Include your short Bio (no more than about 100 words) and any comment about the work or a series synopsis for posting on First Look Pages. If the book is part of a series, give a spoiler warning if warranted.The link to your site will be embedded with your Bio. If you want reader input, be sure to write that in your comments. Once your book is published, make sure to send me the news and I’ll update your Bio.


      Ps – here’s an address PO Box 387 Hayward, CA 94543. Vicki

      On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM, Vicki Huds

      • Very cool. My chapter is set up in 13 sections, however. Should I meld it into one to read as a whole? I wanted to split it up for friendly viewing on the web!

      • Hey. My piece is set into 13 sections because I wanted it friendly and easy to read online. (It’s 31 pages) Should I set up a link to the first one and put that there are more in the bio? Just a thought. I like how you are are reaching out and nurturing other writers.

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