The Chuck Taylors (A Writer Networking Space)

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Welcome to The Chuck Taylors (a writer networking space.) This is a space to trade and share information on craft and marketing. It doesn’t matter where you are on your writing journey, we’re all here to support and help each other grow. Topics usually concern but are not limited to the following:

  • Self/Indie, Hybrid, and Traditional publishing.
  • The writing process.
  • Craft.
  • Networking.
  • Querying.
  • Taking/signing contracts.
  • Building an audience.
  • Serialising and content monetization.
  • Adaptations.

Don’t be afraid to hop in! It doesn’t matter where you’re at in your writing journey.

Introduce yourself

  1. Name/Nickname:
  2. Preferred pronouns:
  3. Genres you write:
  4. Where you plan to take your writing journey:

Also, take a look at the #3 post to check the topic for the day if you’d like to jump-start a conversation.


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  • This is a focused discussion thread, please try and stay on topic. If you’re new, try introducing yourself, replying to the daily topic, or squeezing your voice into a current conversation after introducing yourself!
  • As per the rules of the Improve your writing section, asking for critiques, mentoring or feedback is not allowed on this thread. It is a thread for craft, networking, and marketing discussions. You can go here if you’re looking for someone to give you feedback. I will have to ask repeat offenders to leave, or I will have to report them to a mod.
  • This thread is not for excessive venting or complaining. If you would like a space to do that, go here.
  • This thread is inclusive. There will be marginalized authors who will speak about their marginalization. This is a safe place to do so and I would like to ask people to refrain from posting comments that are hateful/discriminatory in nature. If discussions like this upset you or make you uncomfortable, please refrain from engaging here.
  • We understand that some people would just like to lurk and read (and that’s okay!), but we ask that they should understand how jarring it is to hop into conversations like they know people. You might know people from lurking, but they don’t know you and we do want to get to know you. So please introduce yourself!
  • A reminder that this is a public space and that people see what you post here. This is quite a visible thread. Only post things you would not be ashamed of defending later.
  • A lot of wattpad stars, industry insiders and popular writers post on this thread, yes, but it’s for anyone regardless of their position in their writing journey. We just ask that you respect this space for what it is: one for discussing craft and marketing. Though, if you have specific questions for these users, feel free to ask them.
  • Be excellent to each other! Collaboration, not competition, is what makes writers strong.

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On Writing

Serialized Fiction

Thoughts on Writing Serials.

Writing Guides

KR’s Punk Rock Novel Planning Workbook.
Cal’s Novel Planner.
mariavicente.com—Writing.
Links and Resources for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers.
Writing With Color.
Reference For Writers.
Janice Hardy’s Revision Workshop.
Books on Writing.
Novel Writing Bootcamp: a ten part guide + book on novel writing.

World Building Help

N.K. Jemisin’s master class in world building | The Ezra Klein Show.
GROWING YOUR ICEBERG: Crafting a Secondary World That Feels Ancient in 60 Minutes (or less) By N. K. Jemisin.

Pep talk

Sometimes It’s Okay To Quit Writing The Thing You’re Writing.
The Story About The Story: Or, How Writers Talk About Their Books.

On Querying

Writing A Query Letter

How To Write Query Letters.
mariavicente.com—Querying.
Manuscript Wishlist Compilation From Agents.

Synopsis Help

How to write a 1-page synopsis.

Rejection

Self-Rejection: What It Is, Why You Do It, And How To Eject Its Ass Out The Airlock.

On Marketing/Branding

Articles On Book Covers

Book cover clichés: why using them will actually help you sell more books.
5 Guidelines Can Help Your Book Cover Design Pass The 7-Second Test.
Book Cover Design Mastery.

Sites For Creating Book Covers And Promo Graphics

Adobe Spark
Desygner
Canva
Placeit
The 3D Book Mockup Creator You’ll Love To Use.
Inkarnate - Create Fantasy Maps Online.
Diverse Stock Photos

Branding Help

Brand Stylesheet.
mariavicente.com—Branding.
MixtusMedia Tips.

On Editing/Revision

Well-storied Editing Help.
Critique Circle.
Eight Awesome Steps To Revising Your Novel.
Self-Editing Checklist.

On Organization

Scheduling

Free Twitter Post Scheduling Tools.
Social Media Planner, by Jandra Sutton.

Keeping Track Of Goals And Creating Check Lists

Trello (for check lists and bulletin Broads.)
Mindmeister (for check lists and bulletin boards.)
Online Writing Log (keep track of your daily, weekly, and monthly word count.)

Link Shorteners

On Adaptations

Comics

Comic Creator Resources.
Team Up With An Artist.

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Publishing

Traditional Publishing

Hybrid Publishing

Hybrid publishing with brooke warner.

Indie/Self Publishing

Ten Business Models for Indie Authors.
Encore Opinion: Why Author Income Should Be A Measure of Publishing Success.
Best and Worst Self-Publishing Services Reviewed & Rated by the Alliance of Independent Authors

Web Serialization

Wattpad Related

Wattpad Guides For the Newbie, Or Just Those Looking For New Tips

The Big Thread On How To Get Reads
Prisimpad: A Guide to Wattpad, Writing, and Whatever.
Wattpad Writer Resources.

Resource Collections By Other Wattpad Users

Kale’s Masterlist of Free Writing Resources.
The Motherload of Resources.

Social Media

Twitter Lists And Tags To Get You Started

ThatCalamity: Writing (Stocked with people in publishing to follow.)
A list of Wattpad writers to follow by Saint Caliendo.
10 Twitter hashtags for writers.
Instagram
Facebook
Youtube
Pinterest
Websites/blogs
Snapchat
Podcast
Ask Fm/Curious Cat

Writing Advice

Books And Articles

How To Kill Your Writer’s Block With Tarot Cards.
WRITING HELP: How To Show, Not Tell.
10 Traps To Avoid As A New Author.
Writer’s Treasure Chest (A Comprehensive Guide From Idea to Bookshelf.)

YouTube Channels

Hello Future Me.
Alexa Donne

Branding Advice

The Basics of Building a Writer’s Platform.

Monetization

Patreon
Ko-fi
Wattpad
Radish
Tapas
Website

Other Writing Platfroms

Tapas
Radish
Webnovel

Staying Organised

Update Schedules
Social Media Post Schedules
Book Launch Schedule

Work Adaptation

Novel to Comic
Novel to Audio Book
Novel to Game
Novel to Media Story
Novel to Text Story
Novel to Play

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Everyday there’s a new topic. Check this post to keep track of the conversation, or look at the schedule for the coming week.

Conversation Schedule, (JAN 6TH - JAN 12TH.)

JAN 6TH: Author websites/blogs: do you need one?
JAN 7TH: Serializing on Multiple platforms: Advantages and disadvantages.
JAN 8TH: How we include and handle mature themes and topics in writing.
JAN 9TH: Making readers laugh: How to Humor.
JAN 10TH: Editing and rewrite approach - what does your editing method look like once you’ve written that first draft?
JAN 11TH: How niche is too niche?
JAN 12TH: Building a community of readers and writers.

Upcoming Week.

Conversation Schedule, (JAN 13TH - JAN 19TH.)

JAN 13TH: How to write children characters.
JAN 14TH: Pen names and anonymity.
JAN 15TH: Writing for a market.
JAN 16TH: What does your writing space look like?
JAN 17TH: What motivates you to write?
JAN 18TH: Examining your lense: A discussion on diversity and privilege.
JAN 19TH: Multi-POV stories.

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HELLO

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  • Name/Nickname - Cal, Calamity
  • Preferred pronouns - She/Her
  • Genres you write - Fantasy, SciFi, Horror, slipstream, thriller
  • Where you plan to take your writing journey. - published, hopefully trad one day. Pipe dream of no longer working in the place I do now.

HELLO.

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Wait so this wasn’t about Converse??

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  • Name/Nickname - Rose/Rosemary/whatever (cough not my actual name anyway)
  • Preferred pronouns - She/Her
  • Genres you write - Spec fic, mystery/thriller. Diverse settings, often historical/historical-inspired. Unreliable narrators. Sprinklings of romance, mileage varies.
  • Where you plan to take your writing journey. - Maybe monetization. Mostly to continue getting better at writing and keep entertaining myself

Hello folks

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  • Name/Nickname
    Fray

  • Preferred pronouns
    She/Her

  • Genres you write
    Primarily Dark Fantasy - but with a lot of action, adventure and romance in there! All NA, all super queer, almost all super OwnVoice.

  • Where you plan to take your writing journey.
    This is an exceptionally good question. Right now I’m just focusing on capitalising on different platforms. Trad. pubbing has always been a dream but I’m not so sure anymore. Self-pub is also an option. At the moment I’m just focusing on platforms.

Can’t wait to get this going! :muscle:

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this is a big mood tbh.

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  1. Name/Nickname: Saint.
  2. Preferred pronouns: She/her.
  3. Genres you write: NA Romance and Low Fantasy Novels. My current two projects are Urban Wolf (Urban Fantasy set in Toronto with college-aged kids), and Aristocrat (1500s Scotland, pre reformation politics and a romance in the middle of it all.)
  4. Where you plan to take your writing journey: Right now I’m focusing on serializing fiction, and monetizing my work that way. Eventually I hope to step into Indie/self publishing.
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Right? I was sure there only was trad. before but there’s just so many avenues now and I’m not sure trad. is the best one for me???

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Wait, replied that to you by mistake, lol. @absterstheninja

aw yiss.

  • Name
    Hlumelo/Milo

  • Preferred pronouns
    He/him.

  • Genres you write
    OwnVoices African fantasy with a double shot of queerspresso.

  • Where you plan to take your writing journey.
    In the long term, to a full-time author career. In the medium, building a strong author platform with multiple income streams. In the short term and just always in general, working on my craft until something breaks.

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  • Name/Nickname - Pat, Patricia, Patsy

  • Preferred pronouns - She/Her

  • Genres You Write - Fantasy, Historical Fiction

  • Where you plan to take your writing journey - I plan to take my writing journey as a fantasy/historical author.

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Ope. it’s all good :joy:

Same, but I’m getting a headache from how much work it is. :joy: I need to get better at allocating my time and energy.

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If you want to get added to the tag list feel free to tag me. I wish there was a way to let everyone edit the threads.

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this is why I’m sticking to one for the time being. (for now.)

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