Sunday, January 8, 2023

Assimilating Simily

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If you've read my previous post, you know I've been trying to find traction among the various venues for publishing stories and poetry. One of these is Simily.

I have a story and a haiku out there at the moment. I'll be putting more there over the next few months and will do a big push during National Poetry Month (April). I've had a couple of reads, but no feedback yet. I'm really just starting out, so I can't expect a lot yet.

My non-public home page on Simily

Much of what I post there will have a format similar to what I've done on Medium. These are short stories and haiga-style haiku. I'll be borrowing a few of my old Blogger posts for content along with new (or reworked) material. The idea is to have a more consistent posting schedule (if time allows) which most folks say builds readership.

For longer stories, I need to continue to work on my Kindle Vella project and novella(s). 

It is interesting that many writers on Simily are doing serialized stories like one would post on Kindle Vella. I would think posting on Vella would get more reads, but Simily is certainly easier even if the formatting isn't so great.

The one thing missing from Simily is a "friends" link where people can read without subscribing (If there is a way to do this, please let me know!). This is a feature I've found useful on Medium. You can access most of my Medium posts free by going through a public page I've set up on Patreon.

So, I'm still learning about Simily. Eventually, I would like to limit the places I post, but I need to find out what works best first.

In case you're on Simily, here are the links to my stories (as of January 8, 2023):
That's all for now! Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Happy New Year?

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I haven't had a lot of time for writing or art lately, but I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things for 2023. I've put out posts on Medium, Patreon (about Simily), and Simily looking to see if there is any interest and, if so, where. I'll try to be more active and consistent in posting until I can whittle things down to the more popular sites.

The Simily entry is a flash fiction horror story I borrowed from my blog with a few updates. So far, I can hear those crickets chirping away! I'm not sure how well Simily will work for stories with a lot of dialogue. The formatting isn't the best.

I did get to do a little work on a Kindle Vella story, but there's a lot to do on that before it's ready to publish.

I haven't done anything on Substack or the website. Now sure when/if that will happen...

I do have some news from other authors! Terri Deno has posted the first chapter of a new story on Wattpad. She had shown me the cover a long time ago, but hadn't had a story ready to go with it. Now you can begin reading Lola McAffrey's Great Disappearing Act today! Here's the blurb:

Lola McAffrey is in that sophomore limbo--she and her best friend Cori are no longer wide-eyed freshman, but they also aren't yet experiencing the privileges of being upperclassmen. When Lola comes up with a great idea for a social experiment to disappear, she risks everything--her friendships, her family stability, and maybe even chance at true love. Will it all be worth it in the end?

That's all I have for now!

Wait - I lied. I'm starting to collect books to give away at the Shore Leave convention in July. It should be quite a selection!

Okay, now I'm done!

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