Thursday, October 18, 2012

What Is All Of This?

So, I'm sure some of you are asking by now just what the heck is all of this? Word Weavers, just what is it you guys do?

Well, I'm more than happy to tell you.

Q: Who created Word Weavers?

A: Word Weavers was founded by Jennifer Miller and Mel Chesley way back in 2006.

Q: How did it all come about?

A: Well, Jennifer and Mel were both published by Publish America at that time. Neither one of us knew what a scam it was until Jennifer found some links on Absolute Write dot com's Water Cooler. I don't want to speak for Jennifer, but I felt like I'd been kicked in the stomach.

But let me back up a bit. When you are a part of PA, they have forums on their site. Other 'authors' (I don't want to belittle the term or some of the people who knew full well what they were getting into with sorry) would ask for reviews in their book's genre. As you can imagine, fantasy wasn't a thriving posting thread. I think Jennifer and I were like the only two on there. I had a couple other people offer to read mine, but they weren't too thrilled with my choice of genre. So Jennifer and I decided to help promote each other as well as ourselves.

Q: Where did the Trading Card idea come from?

A: That was Jennifer ~ "I stumbled upon an online trading card editor - so we took the idea a step further, designed our own templates/icons/card designs, and then went out on a limb asking our members if they'd like a free one.

A lot of them did - that began a trading card ring - where they would host each others cards for a week - spotlighting them on WW and other places, and then being asked to mail a printed set to the trading card museum."

Q: So what exactly does Word Weavers do?

A: Word Weavers consists of a group of authors who are looking to get the word out about their books. Word Weavers offers up several different avenues to help. We have the Facebook 'Like' page, the Facebook group, this blog and a website.

Every week, we spotlight an author. This gives them the opportunity, for a whole week, to promote. They're given a day for links to all of their pages and sites. Links to purchase their books, etc. They get a day of Q & A where they have the option to give away a copy of their book(s) to anyone who posts a question. They have links and information on our website. And finally, we offer them the opportunity to share their own books on this blog. We also ask that they guest post and/or do book reviews for the blog as well.

I hope this helps shed some light on what exactly Jennifer and Mel do. Their efforts would be for nothing if not for the support of the group. While they manage the group and maintain a lot of the different aspects of it, there is always a way for someone to help out. In the writing industry, you get further by supporting your fellow author.

If you would like to contribute, please read our policies and contact us through the contact page of this blog.


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