Great news! My contemporary romance series L.A. Players is now more affordable to read on the Radish fiction app. The books are on the wait-to-unlock payment model, which means that after you read the first ten free chapters, the remaining locked chapters (which you can pay to read) will unlock (become free to read) one at a time. Previously, a new chapter unlocks after 12 hours. Now, a new chapter will unlock after only one hour. That means you’ll have less time to wait before a new chapter becomes free to read.
If you’re unfamiliar with how the wait-to-unlock model works, check out the video below where I demonstrate how to to use it. The app interface has changed a bit since I made this but it should still be useful.
My L.A. Players series is comprised of three novels — The Billionaire’s Price, The Billionaire’s Lie and The Billionaire’s Game. As the title can probably tell you, they’re contemporary billionaire romances. They’re rom-com-y, and kinda steamy. I wrote them by the seat of my pants, uploading each chapter as soon as I finished it. People seem to like them as they’ve gotten 5.1 million reads on Radish alone (I also serialized these books on Wattpad). If you think these books are your kind of thing, please do check them out on Radish.
The Radish fiction app is an app for reading serialized fiction. You can download the app for free on the iOS store and the Google Play store.
This series will remain on the one-hour wait time indefinitely, so please enjoy! If you have any questions, just drop them in the comments section here.
So I have a couple of stories up on the interactive fiction app Dorian. To celebrate, Dorian is hosting a giveaway to award a $50 gift certificate to one lucky reader of my interactive story The Billionaire’s Price on Dorian.
Some of you might be familiar with The Billionaire’s Price as a novel. The story that’s up on Dorian right now is the interactive version, where you get to play the main character (MC) and make choices that determine what happens in the story. I’ve always wanted to try my hand out with interactive fiction so I’m excited to be able to finally do so on Dorian.
All these interactive stories are on the Dorian app. You can download it for free on the iOS store and the Google Play Store . It launched just last week on January 15, and as a treat, all stories — including choices and bonus scenes — are free! They will be free until the end of this month (January 2021). So now’s your chance to binge on all the interactive stories you can cram in your reading time.
But wait there’s more!
Dorian also allows for live playing with your friends. Just be sure everyone has the app installed and you’re all friends on the app.
So how do you join the Easter Egg Hunt giveaway? All you need to do is read the story, make your choices, and in one of the plotlines (I won’t say which!), you will come across the “Easter Egg” which is a funny, out-of-place scene in the story. You’ll know it’s the Easter Egg because Sebastian will tell you and give you instructions on which scene to take a screenshot of to show us you’ve found it. Once you have the screenshot, all you need to do is post it on Instagram (be sure it’s a public account!) and caption it with your reaction to that choice you just made in the story. You also have to tag both me (@ansela.corsino) and Dorian (@dorian.live) in your post. Be sure to also be following these our instagram accounts! The winner will be randomly chosen by an algorithm and will will a $50 gift certificate to a store of your choice. The Easter Egg Hunt starts 9am PST on Friday, January 22, 2021 and ends two days later on 11.59pm PST (Sunday, January 24).
Don’t forget to download the Dorian app from the iOS store or the Google Play Store depending on which mobile device you’re using.
If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you know me from my books that are on serial fiction platforms such as Wattpad and Radish. If you are, there’s also a chance you may have considered publishing on a platform like Wattpad, if you’re not already doing just that.
You are? Great. I’m here to help!
I’ll be doing a live talk online about what it’s like to publish stories on Wattpad and other serial fiction platforms. I’ll discuss how Wattpad can start your writing career like it did mine, and how it can boost your writing career if you’re already a published author. Plus, I’ll tell you how and why publishing on apps like Radish can let you make money from your fiction. This is all happening on the #RomanceClass Twitch channel.
Because it’s an online talk, you can participate no matter where in the world you’re at and you can ask questions. The talk won’t include topics of writing craft, however, I will explain how online serialized fiction works and how to make your fiction work for the online serial model.
Q. How much will it cost me?
A. Zero. Nothing. Nada. The talk is free. Asking questions is free. The whole thing is free for you to participate if you can make it to the livestream, which will be on November 21, 2020 at 7pm Manila Time (GMT+8). However, if you miss the live or just want to see the whole session a couple more times, you can pay for a subscription to the #RomanceClass Twitch channel. Subscribers will have access to the video of this talk plus a lot of other author and/or book-related videos created by the #RomanceClass community.
Q. Hu dis?
A. You want to know why you should listen to me. Great! The journey of a career author is littered with bad advice from people with more confidence than qualifications. I’ve been there.
A. If you’re a published author, you’ll learn how publishing your books on serial fiction platforms can help you widen your audience and give you a space to experiment with your writing. Plus money! You’ll learn how you can make money on serial fiction apps. If you’re an aspiring author, I’ll teach you what you can do to find your audience on Wattpad and how you can leverage that platform to sell books.
Q. What if I can’t make it on the scheduled time?
A. You really should! But if you can’t make it 7pm on Saturday, November 21, you can get a paid subscription to the #RomanceClass Twitch channel. Subscribers have access to all their premium video content, including online events, live readings, and author training videos such as mine.
Q. What if I want to learn more about publishing serial fiction?
A. I’m running a newsletter program called The Serial Author Toolkit. You’ll get a couple of emails a month from me containing advice, tips, and news on publishing serial fiction. Plus, if you’re part of the program and you attend the talk on November 21, I’ll send you a PDF copy of the deck I’ll present in the video. All you need to do is wait for the password I’ll announce during the talk and have it ready when I email you.
Everyone in The Serial Author Toolkit program will get an email reminder a couple of hours before the Writing Serialized Fiction for Fun and Profit live talk. If you’re following #RomanceClass on Twitch, you’ll also be notified when we go live.
So I’m running a promo on my three-book series L.A. Players on the Radish fiction app. It was previously on a wait-to-unlock pricing method, which means that you can read the first two books and most of the third book for free if you can wait 24 hours for the next chapter to unlock for you.
If you’re not familiar with the wait-to-unlock method on Radish, this might be confusing. Which is why I did a livestream on my Twitch channel a few weeks ago to give a demo on how to read my books using the wait-to-unlock method. Also because the promo I’m running until November 5, 2020 means you only have to wait six hours for the next chapter to unlock, instead of 24 hours.
The video is also on my YouTube channel, if you’re not a Twitch kinda person. But I’m planning on doing more LiveStreams on twitch, and reposting the videos on YT later so if you want to join in the livestream and live chats, please do follow me on Twitch.
If you follow me on any of my socials, you may have seen me invite you to subscribe to my newsletter. I’ve had my newsletter for a few years now. I love it. I love being able to write an email and send it out to hundreds of my readers in one go. These emails can be as long, short, simple, or chock-full of info as I want. I like to send out news to my newsletter before I post it anywhere else. The newsletter also makes it easy to give away books to my readers.
Recently, it occurred to me that it might be fun if I figure out a more specific theme for my newsletter. It already had a purpose —to keep my readers updated on my book news and publishing news, and to give away free stuff. But because I’m a fiction writer, establishing a theme is important. That meant having a name for the newsletter. Because once it had a name, an identity would follow. At least, that’s what I hoped.
So I made a list of name ideas. I came up with a few. I wanted a name with the word “shipping” in it. Because… shipping! Right? Options included “Shipping News” and “Shipping Included”. I had also thought of using the name “’Shipping and Handling” but there was already a podcast with that name. And while I liked “Shipping Included”, I figured that anything with the word “shipping” in it would just confuse people if I were to talk about, say, how to order print books from me. So with a heavy heart, I nixed all the options with the word “shipping” in it. After a day or two, I added “W.I.P.” to my list of choices.
If you’re an author, you would know that W.I.P. stands for “work in progress”. Before I wrote books, I didn’t know this term, so I don’t expect all my readers to know it either. Still, I thought it might make a good name for my newsletter. If you think about it, aren’t we all works in progress? If that wasn’t a great theme for a newsletter where I talk about the books I’m serializing and the new recipes I’ve been trying ( just started including my cooking experiences in my last two newsletter issues), then I don’t know what is.
So that’s the story of how I rebranded my newsletter.
After I whipped up a simple logo, I was ready to send out my first email. And I did, a few days ago. I announced the promo I’m currently running on Radish for my L. A. Players series — reduced wait times. I also announced that I would do a live video tutorial on how to read my book for free with the wait-to-unlock model. Alas, I was pressed for time and wasn’t able to include anything about cooking. I will definitely do that next time.
I’m pretty excited about where this new theme and new direction will take me. It would be amazing if you can join me on this journey. So you haven’t yet, sign up to get The W.l.P. here. You’ll get a free short story ebook when you subscribe.
If, after one or two emails, you find that you’re not feeling it, you can unsubscribe (and keep the ebook and any other freebies you’ve already received at that point). In fact, you can unsubscribe anytime. Because that’s how newsletters work. Also, another way newsletters work — I will keep all your information private and confidential (is that redundant??), and will never give it away or sell it. I promise.
I’ll be sending out a new issue before the end of this month. Please drop a comment below if you have any topic suggestions. See you at the W.I.P.!
It’s not a new book. It’s a book I published four years ago, and pretty much the only novel I have that’s published wide. There are no revisions, the cover is the same. Most people wouldn’t notice anything new.
What I’ve done was switch print-on-demand and distribution services from Amazon print to IngramSpark.
It’s not really that big a deal. I barely make any sales of print copies of my book. If I decide to stop selling print copies of The Billionaire’s Price, I wouldn’t lose anything. Still, I do have the occasional reader who wants the book in print so I want them to be able to have that. Plus, as someone who grew up in an age where print books were there only books that existed, it was important to me that my book was available in print.
So why the switch? Amazon is evil, yeah, but they did a decent job of printing and distributing my book. My main reason is kinda ridiculous — I wanted my book in hardcover. Even if no one buys it and I’d be the only one who owns a copy. I don’t care. And IngramSpark is the only POD/distribution service that could d0 hardcover POD (print on demand) and distribution that I know of. A few successful indie publishers I know used IngramSpark, so I figured it was probably a safe bet.
The process wasn’t painless. In fact I was rather disappointed with the way it took them more than a week to setup my book imprint. I’ve used other book distributors — KDP, Smashwords, Draft2Digital, Publishdrive — and I could always create an imprint in under two seconds. IngramSpark has a button which says “create imprint” that doesn’t actually work and so you have to email them and ask them to do it for you. They told me it would take two days but which in fact took nine and only after I contacted support several times. Mind you, all these other services will let you set up books for free, while IngramSpark will charge you something like twenty bucks if you have to fix a typo.
(Luckily I found a discount code. You can use it too, it’s INGRAMSPARK2020. You’ll be able to do your uploads of new titles and revisions for free using that code, until June 30.)
Another thing I needed that I didn’t when putting up my books for POD on CreateSpace (it’s Amazon KDP now) was ISBNs for both versions of my book (paperback, hardcover). Yes, you need a different ISBN for different print versions/formats of the same book. Now, getting an ISBN here in the Philippines is a pain. Until recently, only registered companies could buy ISBNs. Now, you could buy an ISBN as an individual, but you have to be registered in the National Book Development Board as an author. If you go to the NBDB website, you won’t get anywhere. The site is a big ugly mess. The button you’re supposed to click if you want to register? It goes… somewhere. Just not to the online registration page. Or even a page that tells you how to register. I had to email them (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ask how I could register. They replied eight days later.
It was pretty clear there was no way I could get an ISBN anytime soon. Fortunately, a few friends’ media company had a few they hadn’t used yet, so I asked to buy a couple. Thank goodness for friends, amirite?
Still, it took me weeks before I was able to finish the process of setting my book up on IngramSpark. And I thought the hardest part would be formatting the hardcover design! It was the first time I had to make a cover design for a hardcover (I picked case laminate, with a jacket) using IngramSpark’s template and specs. Since I already had an existing cover, it was just a matter of going back to the PSD file and moving things around and resizing elements. I won’t know how it looks until I actually get myself a copy. When I do get a copy of the hardcover, I may do a video to show you what it looks like.
All in all, the process wasn’t entirely painless. Am I happy I made the effort to publish my book in hardcover? Yes, definitely. Was this all worth it to move my print production and distribution away from Amazon KDP? Absolutely. Am I excited to hold a hardcover copy of The Billionaire’s Price in my grubby hands? You betcha.
Would I recommend other indie authors do the same? I do! But like I said, it’s not painless. That’s why I’m writing about it, so you can see if publishing your book in hardcover or switching to IngramSpark is something you want to do. I hope this has been helpful.
It was 3am and I was feeling peckish. Luckily, I had some assorted rice cakes in the fridge. I picked the sapin sapin. It’s not something I’m particularly fond of — I’m more of a biko and cuchinta kind of girl — but a nice, warm rice cake always makes a lovely snack.
Since it’s been sitting in the fridge for a couple of days, the sapin sapin was cold. I had a microwave but you don’t want to just pop it in the microwave because that always leads to a dry, unevenly warmed rice cake. I did have an electric steamer but I didn’t want to have to deal with the cleanup. Luckily, my mom taught me a microwave hack that works nicely with heating up rice cakes. It actually works for various starchy food like rice and pasta.
You put the sapin sapin in a bowl. Make sure the sides of the bowl is high enough that if you cover the opening with a wet paper towel, the paper towel doesn’t touch the sapin sapin. And then you take a paper towel, wet it with clean water— I like to fold it and run it under the tap, then unfold it — and cover the opening of the bowl. Stick the whole thing in the microwave and warm it for a minute and a half on 50% or until the sapin sapin is hot.
The result? Warm and gooey sapin sapin.
My mom taught me this as a way of heating up steamed rice but like I said, it works with any starchy food like pasta and dry noodles. It also works great for dimsum, which is usually steam-cooked.
Now go forth and never eat dry rice cakes ever again.
As of a couple of weeks ago,The Billionaire’s Game is no longer premium, but wait-to-unlock. What does this mean? It means that once you start reading the first few free episodes (basically what we call “episodes” on Radish), one locked episode is unlocked every 24 hours. It means that you can read every episode (except for the last ten) for free if you’re willing to wait 24 for each new chapter.
If you don’t have the Radish fiction app yet, you can download it on Apple or Google Play. Once you’ve signed up for an account, just do a search for “The Billionaire’s Game”.
But wait, there’s more.
I’m giving away three coupons for The Billionaire’s Game to each and every Radish fiction reader. Story coupons can be used to read locked episode, and one coupon unlocks one episode. Radish has this lovely Gift Box feature on the app. So just look for it and find your free coupons for The Billionaire’s Game and other amazing stories. Be sure to do it now because these coupons are only available and usable until December 10.
I made a nifty video to give you a better idea of how this all works:
As for The Billionaire’s Lie, it’s also wait-to-unlock. Because I love my readers and want to make my stories more accessible to you. I’m trying to get some coupons for The Billionaire’s Lie in the Gift Box sometime in the next few weeks, so check your Gift Boxes every Tuesday or sign up for my mailing list and get notified by me through email!
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