It ain’t an easy business, we all know that. You wouldn’t do it unless you loved it, loved it more than any other job in the world. And there are still times when, even with this job you love, there’s nothing you’d rather do than just give up. Those times come along… well just about very day in fact.
It’s the odds you see, the damned odds. Get an agent, that’s the only way to get your work accepted by the ‘big’ publishers. But how to get an agent – why, have a history of healthy, reliable book sales of course! It’s the ultimate catch 22 of the writing world, and there’s only two ways to beat it; a) write something so in-your-fikkin-face amazing that the agent has to accept it or b) assemble a portfolio of writing success that proves to your prospective agent that people will buy your work.
Whilst achieving point A would be nice, the random variables of luck and personal taste make that one too unlikely a means of publication, at least for first-timers. That leaves me with only option B with which to break the deadlock.
To that end, since January 2011 I’ve been seeking to build up a writing CV, compiling enough successful small works to actually add a bit of credence to the ‘my storwie is amazing, plz adopt me’ query letters. At the time of writing I’ve got eight pieces of short fiction published here and there, but none of it really screams ‘thing guy’s totally the next J K Rowling!’ Until now.
Well, okay, even with this thing I’m not going to be the next J K. Buuuut… Since they accepted my story in November of last year, Jukepop Serials have been my biggest gig. The fantasy tale I’m writing for them, entitled Werekynd – Beasts of the Tanglewild, is approached the 40,000 word mark. That’s just a lil’ shy of full novel status. Being able to list Werekynd and Jukepop on my CV is a big boost, yet there’s an ever bigger one up for grabs. What if I could rightfully claim that Werekynd was the most-read of Jukepop’s 150-and-growing database of excellent serials?
This is where you come in, patient reader. NOTE: THIS IS FREE AND ONLY TAKES A MINUTE You may recall these events last Novemember https://robbiemacniven.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/when-werekynd-called-you-came/ That was when Werekynd first went live, and I asked you all to back the story with your votes. You did so, and for that I’m forever grateful. Now, just as I pleaded for assistance to get Werekynd on its feet, now I must ask you to support me as it winds down. With roughly ten chapters left to be written, it’s time for anyone who is able and willing to pile in and vote. If I get the support I did last time, I may be able to break Jukepop’s record 2,500 vote barrier. But I can only do it with your help. Here’s how to go about it;
First you need to register; https://www.jukepopserials.com/account/register ‘Uh oh,’ I hear you say. No, don’t worry. All you need is your email and a password, standard stuff. If you voted last time you’ll already have an account so skip this part! And there are NO SPAM EMAILS after you’ve confirmed registration. After you’re signed in, go to this link or search “Werekynd.”
Scroll to the bottom of the page. See the little button that says + Vote Chapter? Click on it. Then go to the next chapter, just to the left of the vote button, and click the + Vote Chapter button on that one too. There are 29 chapters, so do it for every one and you alone can garner me 29 votes! If you voted during the last push you probably already voted for Chapters 1-8, but 21 have been added since then, so you can get me 21 more votes each!
And if you feel bad for blindly voting for someone when every other work on the site is probably actually better, don’t worry. You can vote for as many serials as you want (just not multiple times on the same chapter).
I really need your help, and your friends, and your family, and your pets and your slaves (though, actually, if you’ve got any slaves that’s probably illegal, so you might want to think about turning yourself in to the nearest police centre, But not before voting). If you can get me anything, it’s really, really appreciated. Even just sharing this about will help hugely.
Finally, let me give you one big, heartfelt, writerly THANK YOU!