We've come a long way since August, when I originally posted the E-book challenge. Since then, we've talked about maintaining story quality, making your own cover art, getting the word out and interesting readers, types of fonts to use, and finishing what we start. Halloween, the challenge deadline, is five days away.
For the challengers: you've accomplished a lot in eight weeks. You've written or buffed up a story from start to finish. You've gone through most of the steps all professional writers, editors, cover artists and publishers do with producing print books -- and you've probably done most or all of it alone. You've created a marketing tool, but you're also adding to the free content on the internet, something we all love. Bravo.
For those of you who for whatever reason couldn't join in: don't beat yourself up over it. Let me! Seriously, I understand that day jobs, families and life's other-than-writing responsibilities have to come first, so don't sweat it. This challenge has been so much fun that I'll definitely be having another one in 2007.
Editors and agents: you're always on the hunt for new talent, right? Here's an easy, non-postal, no pressure way to find it. Please take a few moments when you can and stop by to have a look at our challengers.
Readers: This is all free, and all for you. If you like what you read, please check out any other work the authors have available in print or online. If you find some stories that you think a friend would enjoy, please pass along the links. If you've got a blog and want to link to the challenge or any of the individual entries, please do -- these writers have worked hard, and anything you can do to help promote the results will be greatly appreciated.
Challenge Instructions (which will be posted again over the weekend and on Monday):
E-mail me at PBWChallenge@aol.com with the following by midnight EST on Monday, October 30, 2006:
The title and byline for your e-book
Example: Midnight Blues by Lynn Viehl
The URL for your e-book download file, or the URL for where your e-book can be read online.
Optional (this will be included with your link listing on PBW):
A short (25 words or less) premise, teaser or description of your e-book.
Example: Lonely vampire cop fights to save human nun from immortal sadist who wants them both.
What genre, if any, your e-book is written in.
Examples: Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Crime Fiction, etc.
Note: Do not send me the file for your e-book or any attachments.