Brutal Doom = Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

One of my favorite video games now has three number 2’s associated with it: today Doom 2 is 22 years old. I think that calls for a post!

Doom is a classic video game with many versions, and Doom 2 is my favorite iteration.

The first first-person shooter game I ever learned, I still love it, and now they have BRUTAL DOOM, a version more bloody with updated, more fluid controls, new fatalities, better weapons, and heavily updated graphics. It keeps the feel of the original and brings it into the 21st century.

Why am I telling you about this transition from 1990s cutting edge computer game to revamped and updated classic video game (with many versions in between)? Because it’s something happening constantly with books today. Take Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

This classic book has had many rebirths as films and through alternate tellings, including the strangely popular Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

This is a prime example of taking something people already love and giving it a spin that’s very popular today. I remember when everyone was joking about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but it became a bestseller and will be a film in 2016.

My point is that you never know what will inspire you to write, to imagine. And you never knowFeatured Image -- 1269 what piece of creativity is going to hit the mark with your audience. I’ve read historical fiction books for a long time, but I literally (and I mean that in the literal sense) never thought I would write historical fiction. My exact thoughts: I could never write historical fiction, it’s too complicated. Way too much research. And yet here I am. My first published book is historical fiction, and not only that, I enjoyed writing all the tiny historical details from life in the 1800s. I mean…wow. I went from “never ever” and “impossible” to having a 5-year publishing plan based almost entirely on dark historical fiction writing.

This should teach you one thing: never feel silly for hanging onto a kids’ book or playing an outdated video game. You just don’t know how it will positively affect your present – or your future.

 

Anatomy of a Darkened Heart Launches Today!

The day has finally come! Anatomy of a Darkened Heart is now available on Amazon for digital and paperback purchase. Celebrate with me on my new Facebook author page, where I’ll post giveaways, chats, and other fun things all day.

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Anatomy of a Darkened Heart is just the first book of five in the Dark Victoriana Collection. Three novelettes will launch in 2016 followed by a final novel in 2017, so go ahead and get addicted! Plus October is the perfect month to read this dark and disturbing piece of historical fiction.

Want a signed copy of the book? No problem! I’ll even personalize it for you. Buy Anatomy of a Darkened Heart directly from me and pay the exact same amount as on Amazon – only more special. Check out the details here.

See you at the Facebook celebration!

 

Write On vs. Wattpad

Have you heard of Write On by Amazon yet? Writer friend Brian Basham (@ninjadueces22) recently mentioned the soon-to-come service in his Goodreads group, Author Superfriends Teamup, and I’d never heard of it. Apparently it’s Amazon’s answer to Wattpad – in fact, it’s pretty much the same thing.

Right now it’s in beta testing mode, and writers and readers can sign up to help test it. Naturally I signed up to get the skinny, and there’s one thing you absolutely must know before you get excited about Write On. Amazon will own the rights to any work you post on Write On. I’ve copied the relevant terms for signing up below. Don’t post your work until you know what you’re getting into!


 

Write On by Amazon:

All content included in or made available through any Write On Service, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images (including images made available in any cover creator tool), audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the property of Amazon or its content suppliers and protected by United States and international copyright laws. The compilation of all content included in or made available through any Write On Service is the exclusive property of Amazon and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.”

Wattpad:

“For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting User Submissions to Wattpad.com, you hereby grant Wattpad.com a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the Wattpad.com Website. You also hereby grant each user of the Wattpad.com Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Website. You understand and agree, however, that Wattpad.com may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of User Submissions that have been removed or deleted.”


 

This is a serious difference that can make the decision for you of whether to post your work on Write On or not. Personally I won’t do it. I don’t know if using an Amazon service would give me more visibility, but my work is my own, and there’s no way I’ll give up my rights to it without a publishing contract.

What do you all think? Would you sign on anyway? Also, how can you go on to publish whatever you post on Write On when the rights no longer belong to you (read above: exclusive property of Amazon)?