Continuing our Writer Spotlight series, we’re delighted to host an article by Coral Russell. Coral lives in the Southwest (we’re guessing ‘of the US’ as she says it’s always sunny!). She spends her time writing and reading, as well as much ‘serendipitous Googling’ (is this now a word?).
Writer Spotlight is an opportunity for our members to draw attention to their iWRR ebook as well as to them as a writer, their style and interests. We’re not looking for anything in particular – so feel free to let your creativity loose!
Read Coral’s article…
Hooked on Reading
by Coral Russell
I am such a rebel.
On the last day of Kindergarten we were told to line up and place our books on the table as we passed by. The reading primer was a See Spot Run version, which has gotten a bad rap in education recently. I strolled along the long table, remembering the bright, cheerful pen and ink drawings of Spot, Jane, and Dick. Without thinking, I tucked the primer under my arm and kept right on going until I got back to my desk. I don’t think I was caught because I remember reading that book over the summer.
From that moment on I was hooked on reading. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t had a book and now an eBook lying around, waiting to be picked up and read.
I often seem to be in the right place at the right time. I’ve thought of writing before. Once, just because I read a not-so-good book and thought I could do better. Whenever I sat down to actually start something, I realized I would need to do a ton of research first. That seemed too daunting a task for me to even consider. I stuck to non-fiction and had my first big success when I won the McCaleb Peace Initiative for Peace on the Peninsula. You can buy it now and all the profit goes to helping Joplin, MO (my former hometown) recover from a devastating tornado.
Education taught me a great deal about writing, but not fiction writing. I worked with English Language Learners and ran across the site Bookrix when I was looking for a way to engage my students in writing. About a year later and a move back to Texas and I was browsing the website again when I noticed they offered writing contests. I have no idea what came over me, but I asked my husband for moral support, we wrote a short story, entered it, and won. Don’t worry it was a fluke. But, too late, the writing bug had bit me hard.
I quickly fired off three more short stories, one of which appears in Twelve Worlds, an anthology for charity that benefits Reading is Fundamental and then learned writing is the easy part, it’s editing that separates the wheat from the chaff. I devoured writing books, made some wonderful friends, a couple of enemies, and did what I do best – a ton of research. Which is where The Newbies Guide to Publishing and Konrath’s blog by the same name opened my eyes to the future of eBook publishing. It seems I had decided to start writing at just the right time.
Playing with Fire is a horror anthology that I put together with six other authors also riding the eBook/self-publishing wave. I tested iWriteReadRate with one of my short stories and then uploaded the anthology when I realized what a great resource it would be for writers like me. It is so simple to use, just upload your files and book cover and… that’s it! Sales and reviews are built into their website. I’m excited to have my titles featured on iWriteReadRate and look forward to seeing you there!
Thanks for your article and being an active member, Coral; oh, and, ahem, the plug for iWRR. Much appreciated!
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