I’m working on something new! No, not self-cloning. Well, kind of.

Next month, I’ll be publishing an eBook for the first time. And then I’m going to enter it into this fancy Seattle Writes contest, hosted by the Seattle Public Library and Smashwords. By October, you should be able to enjoy my super spookeh tale of killer mold spores in my forthcoming eBook, “Rotting Apricot.”

Cue the Smoke Machines

My fiction has been laying around unread in dark recesses of hard drives for too long. Each month, I workshop it with the lovely folks at the Contemporary Seattle Book Club for Writers. To deal with the crushing waves of anxiety and energy that come with publishing my fiction online, I’ve decided to document the process here in a series of blog posts called “eBook Machinations.”

“Nightmare fuel” is how one reader described my fiction.  So that’s what I’m preparing to unleash. Get the matches ready!

This weekly series will document my observations on this self-publishing adventure from the perspective of someone Who Has Never Done This Before. You’ll get to experience each obstacle and flailing mouse click with me.

What the Beta Readers Are Saying

Last week, I sent “Rotting Apricot” to a bunch of wonderful volunteer beta readers to gauge their reactions. Since most of my fiction is horror-oriented, I always want to know: *Is it actually scary?* **The reactions give me hope! Here are a few gems:

"I am speechless at the horror. Jesus. This is disgusting."

"...as someone who has been a horror connoisseur since childhood and has been professionally studying cross-media horror since 2003 – this is the purest nightmare fuel I have seen in well over a decade."

"I've been holding off writing you back because one of my favorite criteria of judging good horror is to see if it creeps me out for days after I've read/watched/listened to it.  Let me tell you, yours was an A+!"

"This story read much like a Twilight Zone episode."

What I love about writing horror fiction is this type of visceral, skin-crawling reaction you can elicit from your readers. In journalism, it’s rarely good to hear that someone wants to vomit after reading your story.

But when it comes to horror fiction, it’s great feedback! If my stories cause someone to change their daily routine because they fear mundane things, like breakfast foods, well then my work is done.

Steps I'm Taking for Week 2

This week I will be:

  • Making last minute content and editorial changes
  • Pouring over the Smashwords style guide
  • Watch a bunch of Tim Grahl creativeLIVE tutorials on how to get strangers to read this thing. Even if I don’t win the contest, I still want people far and wide to read my eBook.
  • Go over cover art ideas

I still have lot of work ahead of me. I hope you are all revolted by “Rotting Apricot” once it’s out!