impregnable - invulnerable; impossible to capture or enter by force; Ex. impregnable fort/argument; CF. take

edify - instruct; correct morally

protean - able to take on many forms; versatile; CF. Proteus: sea god to change his shape at will

anarchy - absence of governing body; state of disorder

extenuate - weaken; mitigate; lessen the seriousness of (bad behavior)

cower - shrink quivering as from fear; cringe

finesse - delicate skill; V: handle with finesse

hilarity - boisterous mirth(merriment; laughter); ADJ. hilarious: full of laughter

prattle - talk idly; babble; N. CF. prate

gloat - express evil satisfaction; look at or think about with evil satisfaction; view malevolently; Ex. The thief gloated over the stolen jewels.

I hope to see some use of these words as I prattle around the web.  :)

You have written this lovely book, edited it, have a great synopsis, even made a video trailer.  Now what?  You post it on Face Book and you Tweet it.  Try to get some interviews....  There has to be a better way. 

Exposure is the key.  Be a household name.  The best way to do that is to  find good and different ways to market.  I am a huge fan of revealing a chapter and then adding the link on where to buy.  If you have a good enough hook it works.

I have searched the internet for places to post and this is what I have come up with.   and    They offer excerpt uploads to link to.     This is a link to 60 sites to announce the launching of a book.   Another link to some useful sites to upload your promos.    More useful sites.

To the best of my knowledge these are all free.   Please be smart and read the instructions for each site.  Some of these may be more obscure than others, but using these links I guarantee you will, come up in more search engines, gain exposure,  and reach people who don't use social media.  These are writer/reader sites for the most part and therefore a targeted source.

I hope this helps!  Good Luck!

This fun little short story has been entered into a contest on WattPad.  The synopsis is as follows:

Miram's Uncle is in the service of the Union of States, most of his job is secret. Miram longs to follow her uncle on one of his adventures. See what happens when they go in search of a Mummy! (Each chapter will be a new adventure!)

It's only 5 pages at this point, but the story is complete.  Too short to sell at this point, I entered it in the contest to see how the idea would be accepted.  I have done it in the Steam Punk Genre. Ultimately, I intend to flesh it out and make every new chapter a complete and new adventure. 

It has well over 500 reads and a few very encouraging comments, but only 28 votes.  I think it's fairly well written.  I don't believe that because it's only 5 pages it's not being voted on, others in the contest are only one page.  I think the content is I tried to figure out what is holding it back.

I think in all honesty the truest answer would be apathy.  We are all afflicted.   I try to support my fellow authors as much as I can and I believe those are the ones that came through for me and voted.  Granted I am not huge presence on WattPad.  That may be the problem, I don't have the networking going for me there.  The fact remains, I Tweeted the heck out of it and got over 500 reads, and of those readers only 28 finished the job and voted.  It's a bit discouraging, but I believe in the story and my writing ability.

I entered another contest recently on a blog, just for fun, and it was going well until I found out you could take away votes as well as give them.  I had encouraged others to join in and the same thing happened to them.   Pretty silly... 

So I come back to my original question, To Contest, or Not to Contest ?  Does everything boil down to a popularity contest?  Is it worth the trouble to enter?  If the judging entity is likely to be impartial, and not associated with votes from a social site I might try again.  If any one else has had this experience, I would say to them, believe in yourself and your story.  I will go on to finish this story and publish it.  Whether it sells or not, is another story...but I will have satisfied what I set out to do.

In the mean time, this is the link, and if you'd like to vote I would greatly appreciate it.
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