- 1: You spend a lot of money on books. Even at thrift stores and used book stores. You can never get enough.
- 2: You have bookcases, shelves, or stacks of books EVERYWHERE.
- 3: Most of those shelves are warped from the weight of all of your books.
- 4: You can never pass a bookstore or a store with a selection of books without having just. one. glimpse. inside. ("Just one, I swear!")
- 5: People give you books or giftcards to bookstores as gifts for special events.
- 6: You ALWAYS have a book with you. Even if it is a huge hardcover edition.
- 7: You can never stop talking about books. Ever.
- 8: You occasionally say, "Oh, that movie looks interesting! Better read the book first, since it's probably even better!" Or some variation of that.
- 9: You proudly show off the fact that you read an incredibly difficult book that not a lot of people have read. Be proud!
- 10: Your parents have told you to do something social... maybe go outside, see the sun, smell fresh air.
- 11: You have mastered the "don't-talk-to-me-or-else-you're-dead-to-me" look for people who have boundary issues when you're reading.
- 12: Sarcasm is occasionally your friend when people say obnoxious things about you reading so much.
- 13: You salivate over pictures of books. It's okay, we all do it.
- 14: You can't browse the deals section of a cheap book website because you know you can't really afford it, but you'll shop anyway.
- 15: One of your goals in life is to have a personal library in your home when you have your own house.
- 16: The smell of new books, or old books, is something you look forward to.
- 17: You always take a step back after putting your book haul away and stare at your growing book collection.
- 18: You basically live at the library, bookstore, or secondhand bookstore closest to your home.
- 19: You want to marry a book lover, too.
- 20: You occasionally break into emotional hysterics when reading a really intense book in public.
- 21: You ask yourself: physical books or ebooks?
- 22: You need to place a book buying ban on yourself.
- 23: You know your favorite bookstore better than some of the employees.
- Have any more? Feel free to add!
Fact 1: Reading can make you a better conversationalist.
Fact 2: Neighbours will never complain that your book is too loud.
Fact 3: Knowledge by osmosis has not yet been perfected. You’d better read.
Fact 4: Books have stopped bullets - reading might save your life.
Fact 5: Dinosaurs didn’t read. Look what happened to them.
Hi there. My name is Vivid, otherwise known by my pen name, L. Holland. Don’t be surprised that you haven’t heard of me: I’m not a published author. But you can help with that, just by reading this.
Early this year I did some inquiries regarding book publishing. I was in the early planning stages of my first novel, and wanted to know how to go about getting my work published once I was finished writing and self-editing. The woman I spoke to told me all about my options: agents, self-publishing, or just sending out my manuscript to every publishing house possible. All of it I had heard before.
However, then she told me what I’m going to talk about right now:
“If you can prove that you have a readership of at least 50, 000, it could work as a great foot in the door for you with most agents/publishing houses.”
At the time 50, 000 seemed like a huge, unreachable number. However, now that I think about it, it can’t be that unattainable.
So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to list some of things that feature in my novel, and if they sound at all like the kind of shit you’re into, reblog this post. These include:
- an asexual, agender protagonist
- and the story doesn’t center around their being asexual/non-gendered— it’s about them having an epic adventure
- the story isn’t about romance— it’s mostly about friendship
- people with cool, horrifying and crazy-ass powers + lots of fight scenes
- not just teenagers saving the day: also young adults, adults and older folks
- cats, LOTS and LOTS of CATS. Why? You’ll have to wait to find out.
- includes individuals of all ages, races, body types, genders, and sexualities
- also bad-asses of all ages, races, body types, genders and sexualities!
- Eldritch Abominations/Monsters — do you like teeth and tentacles? Then this is definitely for you!
- ACTION, and also quite a bit of gore. Blood, guts and bones? You betcha.
- (I have also been informed there is much “shipping fun” to be had?)
Also, I aim to address the issues that I outlined in this post. Plus many more.
These days YA books seem to be all about romance, and the importance of being in a relationship. While this is fine, I know that I’m certainly not the only person who is bored with this. I want to be one of the many authors who are seeking to change that. If you would like to help me with my writing, simply reblog this post and share it with your friends/followers. If I can reach 50, 000 I will have a shred of proof that this is something that people want.
Are you an aspiring author who is writing/wants to write a story that breaks away from today’s convention? Then send me a message! Let’s network and get our shit published.
Also, while I’m at it, I am in the market for an artist. If you have magical art skills, are looking for a big project, and any of this sounds right up your alley, send me a message and let’s have a chat.
To sum up, if anything I just mentioned sounds like something you would enjoy reading, reblog this post. You’d be doing me a huge favor. Thank you!