It is officially only 3 days until the 2017, and first official Canadian, Wattcon event hits the streets of Toronto. Hosted at Wattpad HQ in the historic St Lawerence district of Toronto, the streets will turn orange as Wattpaders from far and wide converge to celebrate all things story.
I will be there taking it all in, and helping out as an ambassador, as well as covering the event for Fangirlish. It is going to be a busy weekend, but one I have been waiting for since last falls NYC Wattcon event. I will be vlogging my adventures, as well as interviewing some of your favorite Wattpad authors on their books, their WIPs and a special question to get their insight on in a round table interview.
For those unable to attend, be sure to check out the Wattcon page on Wattpad for all the info, and the link to the live stream that will be provided for all.
Some authors attending the event include Lindsey Summers, Ali Novak, Isabelle Ronin and more. I already have my bag of books packed and ready to be signed, as well as swag from RomanceSparks prepped to hand out with the team!
Check back next week for a link to the vlog, and coverage of the event!
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I have recently started working towards a certificate in social media marketing, in part to help improve my personal branding as an author, but also for interest and a possible career change. After many years working in healthcare, I know that it is not what I want to do for the rest of my life, and am re-evaluating where I want to be.
With that, comes courses, lectures, and homework! Hence, this slightly out of the normal post from me, one of several to come over the next few weeks as part of a digital book report on a social media marketing book. The book I chose is Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday. The title alone is enough to get your interest regardless of your experience or personal interest in the art of branding and the connection to social media. I will be doing several blog posts on this book in the coming weeks, but I am going to start off with a little back ground information on the author, the subject matter, and how it has been received since its release.
One of the biggest requirements of writing a non-fiction book is experience and credentials, and author Ryan Holiday certainty has the backing of both. As former Director of Marketing for American Apparel, Holiday was the mind and master behind some rather controversial advertisements during his tenure. These ads gained worldwide attention and publicity, showing the ability of advertising to not only gain the publics attention, but also the skill required to ensuring that it is a positive impact.
Holiday also worked as editor at large for the New York Observer, as well as stints at the Huffington Post, Forbes, and the Guardian as a media columnist.
Trust Me I'm Lying, released in 2011, by Portfolio Penguin, was meant to expose the flaws in the current practices of online journalism, and how an author can exploit the holes within this system. Split in to two parts, the book shows the positive and the negative of online advertising and journalism; first, Holiday explains why blogs matter and how they drive the news forward, but also how they can be manipulated. The second part of the book goes on to explain what happens to media when this is done, and the consequences of such a media system that relies on blogs and the like for their information. He shows how easy it can be to put forward a false story, and how quickly it can ripple through media outlets.
Holiday exampled this with the political blog Politico and its coverage of Tim Pawlenty leading up to the 2012 election. While Pawlenty did not actually have an official campaign, the manipulation by Politico created a firestorm that placed Pawlenty as a genuine Presidential candidate. Holiday also used other examples of this nature to explain how easy it is to manipulate within the current media systems.
In the lead up to its release, Holiday put his theory and experience to the test as he infiltrated the public relations service Help a Reporter Our and posed as an expert on various subjects. The purpose of this experiment was to show that many journalists would print statements and facts without fact checking. Some of the 'fact's Holiday provided spanned topics such as insomnia, vinyl records and boating upkeep, and appeared in media powerhouses such as The New York Times, MSNBC and ABC.
Released in 2011, the book and its creation was immediately an example of everything Holiday wanted to expose with the story. Picked up by the Portfolio imprint of Penguin, it was reported that Holiday received a $500,000 advance to create an expose tell-all of the clients and modern media system. However, since then it has been reported that this was an example of false news released, and how easily it spread.
Hitting the best seller list with the Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Forbes, The New York Post and more, it was clear the book was groundbreaking with regard to the modern media system and the use of social media to cultivate news. Publishers Weekly cited the book with the statement "media students and bloggers would do well to heed Holiday's informative, timely and provocative advice."
The book was named "Editors Best Book of the Month" in 2013 on Amazon, and one of the favourite books of the year with the Edmonton Journal in 2013.
Since I have been admittedly neglecting this blog over the last new months, I havent been keeping you guys up to date with what I have been writing. My bad.
My last Wattpad project just finished a few weeks ago, and it was a dystopian magical world in which aristocratic Elites controlled the lower class Timeless with promises of years to their lives for labor. But punishment would leave them with years removed, or if severe enough, drained completely. When the sister of the Elite leader falls for the head of the rebellion, they are faced with the fight to free the Timeless from slavery and change the social classes completely.
It was a fun project to write, as I have never done anything quite like it. There will be a second book to the story, but admittedly I havent even started it yet. Again, my bad.
The reason the sequel is delayed is because my short attention span was pulled in another direction, and I ended up writing a young adult contemporary which is a 13 Reasons Why meets Follow Me Back. Alex is a high school junior who is tormented by her peers over an untrue rumor, and she feels there is no escape. But at the insistence of her two remaining friends and her therapist, she does a social media cleanse to rid herself of the negativity and access her bullies have to her. This cleanse causes her to come across Nathan, who is the polar opposite of everything Alex knows. But she quickly learns he is far from innocent, and much closer related to the cause of her torment than she realizes.
That story will begin on Wattpad September 10, and will be updated each Sunday, so make sure you check it out!
As you may remember, October of 2016 saw the first official North American Wattcon event taking over New York City, bringing together Wattpadders from all over the world to discuss writing, stories and awesome give aways.
Well, this year is special, as the event will be held in Wattpads home town of Toronto, at HQ itself! October 21 will bring together another collection of Wattpaders right where it all started in panels and discussions, surrounded by the hallowed halls of HQ.
I will be there both as a user and a reporter for Fangirlish, and will be sure to bring you all the details! Unfortunately, tickets are already sold out, so if you didn't grab yours early, it doesnt look like more will be released. But if that changes, I will be sure to let you know!
Also, this weekend is Toronto Fanexpo, and I will be a media representative for Fangirlish. Again, I will provide links to my coverage from Fangirlish for anyone who wants to hear of all the happenings!
In the next few days I will try to post an update on my agent/publishing adventures, and a little info on my latest book!
SO sorry for the radio silence over the last while, but things have been a little crazy. I have taken a lap of faith and decided to leave my current career path of healthcare to pursue my passions of writing and social media. I have no idea where this new chapter will take me, but I know that whatever happens, I am finally doing what I have always wanted!
To keep you guys in the loop, I will be posting a few blog posts in the next few days on things that have been going on, such as the upcoming Toronto Wattcon event, new books I have completed, and what I am working on next! I can't wait to get back in to this site and see where it all goes from here!
I am incredibly proud to announce that I have joined the Wattpad RomanceSparks profile! A collection of Wattpad writers who love romance writing, novels, and everything love, we strive to bring you contests, anthologies and chats every Wednesday to discuss all things romance!
I am so honored to have been asked to join this awesome group, and cant wait for you all to see what we have in store for 2017!
As if February, with Valentines Day and the Wattpad Block Party, couldnt be exciting enough, the romance gurus of Wattpad, also known as @RomanceSparks, have used this month of all things love to host their Crazy For You anthology!
With incredible Wattpad writers such as Fallon Demornay, Shaun Allan, Gaby Cabezut and more, it is a collection of all things romance no matter your hearts desire!
Yours truly is also featured, my one shot of a lifelong love featured on March 3.
Be sure to check it out, read the posts and try your own hand at romance!
Its that time of year again, where the Wattpad community comes together in an anthology like no other! New chapters, exclusive features, give aways and more, make the Wattpad Block Party the best collection on the forum.
The winter edition III comes this February, featuring Kelly Anne Blount, LIndsey Summers and more (myself included)! Each day in February will bring you new features from several authors, their posts exclusive to the WBP event.
Make sure to add it to your Wattpad libraries, and follow along each day to check out the new features authors have created!
Click HERE to check it out
Wattpad readers know that Wattpad authors are some of the brightest and most talented in the writing world. As as more and more of these writers break into traditional publication, there are even more who remain on the site or balance between the two.
Well, Inkitt has taken notice, and has included many of these incredible writers in their Top 100 Online Indie Authors to Look Out for in 2017...
Many of the names you can expect with such a list, including Kelly Anne Blount, Rebecca Sky, AV Geiger and more.
It is an exciting moment for any author to make a top or best of list, so huge congrats to all these writers for this achievement!
Check out the full list HERE
With 2017 just hours away, I find myself reflecting back on 2016.
I have been incredibly fortunate with the success my work has found on Wattpad, the friends I have made and the support of my readers. Your encouragement and enthusiasm has kept me striving towards my goal of finding representation and publication, which I have strong hopes for in 2017. With several manuscripts currently under consideration with publishers and agents at present, I am hoping that good news will be coming soon!
My experiences with Wattpad have extended beyond simply writing and reading from my device, to becoming more involved directly with the venture. Becoming an Ambassador in October 2016, attending the 10 year anniversary party in November, and the adventure that was NYCattcon in October onlly further impressed on the community that is unique to Wattpad. There is no forum better, in my opinion!
I have also met some incredible writers who I have admired for a long time, including Lindsey Summers, Fallon Demornay and the incomparible Anna Todd. Their support and motivation has encouraged me to keep writing, keep taking risks, and their friendship has meant even more!
But to my readers, you are the biggest thanks I have to give. So many times I have thought of giving up, or taking a long break from writing. But your comments, your dedication and your feverish responses to my works has given me the energy to keep writing! Any time I finish one work, I find myself thinking of other possibilities that might delight you! It is for you that I write, and for you that I will continue to do so!
So for giving me a wonderful 2016, I thank you! I hope 2017 is amazing for all of you, and hope to meet more of you soon!
All the love!
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