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Almost to 200,000 reads on wattpad.com for THE FRUIT OF THE FALLEN! Why is this significant? 200K is the threshold for the bright red number indicator. In short, the change in color will mean my book is HOT!

What a journey it has been since first hearing about wattpad at a publishing seminar I attended at Stanford University. The publishing industry is changing, at least different doors have been opened, or holes busted through the walls if you have some publishers, and wattpad is providing writers an opportunity to squeeze through one of these new openings. Sitting in the seminar taking notes with one hand, my other hand was creating an account and uploading my first chapter.

Jul27Done. I had a page with my first chapter and a profile pic the same as my book cover, well almost, at least as much as I could fit. I’d change this later. I was one of two million plus aspiring writers with a story I was willing to give away in order to build a “platform” and gain the attention of an agent or publisher. Ha! It seemed like one might as well skip a rock across a pond and have a baseball scout offer a major league contract. Hey! It’s going to happen to someone, so it might as well be me, right? And It had already happened to a couple writers, even a teen girl not even out of high school.

Where does one start? By waiting. And waiting. Then, one begins to interact, write, share, write some more, make corrections, leave reviews, join book clubs, interact, adding a chapter a week, all the while building a small network of readers. It was hard work getting a foothold, but I made it. THE FRUIT OF THE FALLEN became a featured book. I’ve befriended accomplished writers, most notably Lauren Kate, author of the FALLEN series.

Now I wait for those beautiful scarlet red numbers to appear. Less than 5K more reads. What a journey. What an accomplishment, But, it is only the beginning.

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I know it has been a while since updating my blog. I’ve been busy, very busy. I am happy announce that I will be spending the summer of 2012 in Paris. I have rented an apartment in the middle of the city within walking distance of amazement. I will take each day and soak up the Parisian landscape and ambiance. I will visit and spend quality time in all of the museums, taking photos and tasting the very essence of inspiration. I will need it, because I am also going to be writing, and writing, and writing as I work to complete a creative writing certificate offered by Stanford University. My next novel will be the fruit of this effort (perhaps I should title it “The Fruit of Paris!”- how’s that for irony).

It is my hope to post regularly about all of my experiences, complete with a photo blog and a culinary guide for aspiring foodies. I want to find the treasures off the beaten path and share these unknown secrets with you. Stayed tuned. The adventure begins in 7 months and 8 days!

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