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Writer Spotlight

Digital Writer Spotlight: Scott Kelly

webooklogo.pngAuthor Scott Kelly won the hearts of readers on one community writing site, collecting hundreds of positive reviews as he built a following. Follow this link to read more of his work at the online writing site, WEbook (writing under the pseudonym KidTruth).

WEBook president Ardy Khazaei explained why he selected this writer: “Kelly has used WEbook and PageToFame to help build a robust online readership for his novel Frightened Boy. He has been an active member of the WEbook community since 2008, exchanging feedback with other writers and building a network of followers. As of July 2010, ‘Frightened Boy’ has been read by over 2,500 people and received over 300 positive reviews. We are excited to see Scott’s success on WEbook and look forward to seeing him succeed throughout the digital and print publishing landscape.”

Welcome to eBookNewser’s Digital Writer Spotlight. We’ve launched this feature to recognize the established and emerging voices within these communities. On a regular basis, we will feature hand-picked reading recommendations from community leaders at writing sites–see all the writers at our Best Online Fiction Writers directory. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.

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Meg Pokrass: Digital Writer Spotlight

n41444081770_7504.jpgAuthor Meg Pokrass is a true multimedia artist–publishing short stories, interviewing authors, editing fiction, and creating animated shorts for her fiction. Follow this link to read her work at the community writing site, Fictionaut.

Founder Jurgen Fauth praised her work: “Pokrass is one of the most talented, prolific, and all-around adventurous writers on Fictionaut — or, for that matter, anywhere on the web. She has published over a hundred short stories and poems in magazines., edits at SmokeLong Quarterly, and runs the popular weekly Fictionaut Five interview series. She also makes short animated movies of her stories for Dark Sky Magazine and The Nervous Breakdown. Her debut collection of flash fiction, Damn Sure Right, will be published by Press 53 in 2011.”

Welcome to eBookNewser’s Digital Writer Spotlight. We’ve launched this feature to recognize the established and emerging voices within these communities. On a regular basis, we will feature hand-picked reading recommendations from community leaders at writing sites–see all the writers at our Best Online Fiction Writers directory. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.

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Greg Bennett: Digital Writer Spotlight

protagonized.pngAuthor and mathematician Greg Bennetthas has spent a year-and-a-half on a community writing site, squeezing in writing around his full time job. Follow this link to read his work at Protagonize (writing under the name Bill Hartzia).

Protagonize founder Nick Bouton praised his work: “Since joining, Greg has been profiled once and had 5 works featured, which is good enough for top-5 spots in both our most featured authors list and our overall listing of top rated authors. Maybe it has something to do with his mathematical leanings, but the quality and pacing of his narrative writing has always been exceptional. He’s also proven to be a great supporter of our community, and we’re delighted to be able to showcase his work to a broader audience.

Welcome to eBookNewser’s Digital Writer Spotlight. We’ve launched this feature to recognize the established and emerging voices within these communities. On a regular basis, we will feature hand-picked reading recommendations from community leaders at writing sites–see all the writers at our Best Online Fiction Writers directory. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.

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Ransom Stephens: Digital Writer Spotlight

btn_logo_red_122x44.gifSelf-published author Ransom Stephens used a community writing site to find new readers, negotiating a book deal with a print press in the process. Follow this link to read more of his work at Scribd.

Scribd’s director of communications Michelle Laird praised his work: “Scribd loves Ransom for many reasons. He is one of the self-published authors who was discovered on Scribd and negotiated a POD deal with Yanina Press. He also wrote this great article on The Future of Publishing.”

Welcome to eBookNewser’s Digital Writer Spotlight. We’ve launched this feature to recognize the established and emerging voices within these communities. On a regular basis, we will feature hand-picked reading recommendations from community leaders at writing sites–see all the writers at our Best Online Fiction Writers directory. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.

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Abigail Gibbs: Digital Writer Spotlight

wattpad_good.png15-year-old author Abigail Gibbs has earned 6.5 million reads on a popular online writing site, connecting with thousands of new fans. Follow this link to read more of her work at Wattpad.

Wattpad Inc. CEO praised her work: “Abigail has been an amazing writer to have onboard Wattpad. She is as dedicated to her fans as she is to her writing and her work continues to grow in popularity. Someone comments on a Wattpad story every seven seconds and Abigail’s message board is filled with 36,000 comments by readers with requests for more chapters and asking where they can buy her book.”

Welcome to eBookNewser’s Digital Writer Spotlight. We’ve launched this feature to recognize the established and emerging voices within these communities. On a regular basis, we will feature hand-picked reading recommendations from community leaders at writing sites–see all the writers at our Best Online Fiction Writers directory. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.

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Kimberly Reeves: Digital Writer Spotlight

webooklogo.pngAuthor Kimberly Reeves won support at one community writing site, earning readers’ trust chapter by chapter. Follow this link to read more of her work at the online writing site, WEbook.

WEBook president Ardy Khazaei praised her work: “Reeves has been remarkably prolific and successful on WEbook since joining in December 2009. The first page of her complete novel, Innocence and Arrogance, was one of the three highest rated submissions to PageToFame (our unique, reader-driven, book selection process) . Kimberly is also a ‘Top Writer’ in the WEbook community, having uploaded 32 projects and received over 2,500 comments on her work. We’re very excited to see talented writers like Kimberly getting the recognition that they deserve from readers and other writers on WEbook.”

Welcome to eBookNewser’s feature, Digital Writer Spotlight. We’ve launched this feature to recognize the established and emerging voices within online communities. On a regular basis, we will feature hand-picked reading recommendations from community leaders at writing sites–introducing readers to the world of socially networked fiction. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.

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A Flashlight in the Slush Pile Darkness

space23.jpgIn a scathing essay at Salon.com, critic Laura Miller worried that readers are about to be swamped by a wave of eBook content. In her gloomy vision, every book in the slush pile will be published and readers will have no way to find the best stories.

Here’s an excerpt: “People who have never had the job of reading through the heaps of unsolicited manuscripts sent to anyone even remotely connected with publishing typically have no inkling of two awful facts: 1) just how much slush is out there, and 2) how really, really, really, really terrible the vast majority of it is. Civilians who kvetch about the bad writing of Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer or any other hugely popular but critically disdained novelist can talk as much trash as they want about the supposedly low standards of traditional publishing. They haven’t seen the vast majority of what didn’t get published.”

That’s why we created the Best Online Fiction Directory at eBookNewser, letting the community leaders at various online publishing sites pick the best content.

In the comments section, Randy Russell cheered our directory: “I just started reading Pia Ehrhardt with ‘Ambulance.’ And I can’t stop. She’s wonderful! I used to think all the on-line fiction writers were crap… because, well, they were on-line fiction writers. I was wrong. I was very VERY wrong. Thanks for the flashlight.”

Theresa M. Moore: Digital Writer Spotlight

bookshelf.jpgAt one new writing site, author Theresa M. Moore expanded upon a vampire series she developed while writing for a fan magazine–finding a new audience in the process. Follow this link to read more of her work at the community writing site, Off the Bookshelf.

Founder Scott Weisenthal explained why he recommended the author: “I chose Theresa because of her astounding imagination. You get lost in her work and the fantastical world she creates feels so real.”

Welcome to eBookNewser’s feature, Digital Writer Spotlight. We’ve launched this feature to recognize the established and emerging voices within online communities. On a regular basis, we will feature hand-picked reading recommendations from community leaders at writing sites–introducing readers to the world of socially networked fiction. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.

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James Robison: Digital Writer Spotlight

n41444081770_7504.jpgAuthor James Robison has become a pillar of the community at the socially networked writing site, Fictionaut. In addition to posting his Whiting Grant and Rosenthal Award-winning prose on the site, he helps other members with their craft.

Founder Jurgen Fauth explained why he picked this particular writer: “‘Writing into a void is miserable, like telling jokes to a wall,’ Robison wrote in a piece he called ‘Some Grateful Thoughts About Fictionaut‘ … the author of Rumors and The Illustrator posts incredibly accomplished short fiction and poetry, some of which originally appeared in the New Yorker. His story ‘Mars’ is one of the most widely read pieces on the site … Jim’s generous comments and feedback on other writers’ work that have made him a everyone’s favorite Fictionaut.”

Welcome to eBookNewser’s Digital Writer Spotlight. We’ve launched this feature to recognize the established and emerging voices within these communities. On a regular basis, we will feature hand-picked reading recommendations from community leaders at writing sites–introducing readers to the world of socially networked fiction. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.

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Marc Aucoin: Digital Writer Spotlight

protagonized.pngAuthor Marc Aucoin has been an active member of the writing community Protagonize since 2008, writing, collaborating, and sharing writing exercises every day at his personal site. Follow this link to read his work at Protagonize.

Protagonize founder Nick Bouton praised his work: “Marc has been a prolific author and exceptional member of our community, as well as one of our most influential authors, since he joined the site nearly two years ago. Like the authors and fans he refers to in his description of A Fighting Chance, a 61-chapter solo effort he’s been crafting on the site, Marc has done double-duty as a Protagonize moderator for the last year, helping me to control and guide the chaos of our vibrant writing community.”

Welcome to eBookNewser’s newest feature, Digital Writer Spotlight. We’ve launched this feature to recognize the established and emerging voices within these communities. On a regular basis, we will feature hand-picked reading recommendations from community leaders at writing sites–introducing readers to the world of socially networked fiction. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.

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