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No, not the vegetable.

Who here has heard of the reading app called Radish? When it was first released a year ago, it was only available on mobile devices and this is still the case.  They’re still making it suitable for all devices and there’s it will soon be accessible on the web but I’m not sure when.

Why am I talking about Radish?

They sought me out on Wattpad and asked me to write to them. You might be thinking Radish is yet another method of reading books for free but let me tell you, that’s not all there is to it. Yes you can read works for free, but authors can also make money from Radish.

How?

It’s quite simple. Authors can choose to ‘publish’ their works using three different methods:

Free – this is as it sounds. Similar to Wattpad, you post your story and people read it for free. Simple.

Freemium – the first three chapters are free to read. After that, chapters are locked for 7 days after publication, requiring coins to unlock, before automatically unlocking after that one week period. Then they stay free. If readers use coins to unlock chapters before they become free, the author gets a commission from this.

Premium – the first three chapters are free to read. After that, all chapters require coins to unlock. They do not become free after a certain period, unlike the Freemium method. Once again, the author gets commission from coins earned.

Radish is becoming increasingly popular. There is one author already making $70,000+ a year! Unfortunately it isn’t me. 😉

However, the point is, Radish is becoming a thing. If people enjoy a story and want to keep reading, they’ll spend money to read more. And this is where I’m asking for your help.

I have three stories on Radish. One under each method. If you would like to read, and if you would like to support me financially as an author, I would really, really appreciate it. The commission is small, which is pretty normal even in the publishing world, so the more readers I get, the more commission I’ll get. One day I would love to earn money from my writing and this is a starting point. I would really love it if you could help.

Below is a list of my stories and their blurbs, currently available on Radish. You can even access the story by clicking on the picture under the title. Remember, though, you can only read if you have the app on your phone. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Oceans Apart – Premium

Oceans Apart

Exclusive to Radish! A sweet, contemporary romance. Updated twice a week. Click on the picture above to read the story.

Blurb:

A family holiday. A cruise ship. Two sisters who don’t get on.

Nikki Eckhart has never had the desire to travel. She’s always been content sitting at home, running her home-based business and looking for Mr Right. But when she breaks up with her sixth boyfriend of the year, she realises something has to change. She’s wasting her life when she could be out there having fun. So when her her brother-in-law suggests a family holiday—a cruise—for her parents’ 30th wedding anniversary, Nikki can’t really say no.

As much as she knows this is a chance to finally enjoy life without a man on her arm, she dreads it. All because her sister, Katie, will be there. The one who makes Nikki’s life a living hell. Nikki goes along though, hoping she can figure out why her sister hates her so much and rekindle the relationship they once had many years ago.

What she doesn’t expect is to meet someone…a man named Gavin. And maybe, just maybe, he’s the Mr Right she’s spent years looking for.

Now, along with trying to fix the tattered relationship with her sister, she’s trying to pin down Mr Right too.

The holiday suddenly looks very interesting.

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History Repeats – Freemium

History Repeats

A young adult story. Available on Wattpad and Radish, however updates are twice a week on Radish but only once a month on Wattpad. Click on the picture above to read the story.

Blurb:

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Sally Mumfry thinks she’s invincible. Sleeping with her high school teacher is supposed to be harmless fun. No strings attached. Then all hell breaks loose. Her invincibility is lost and she has a huge decision to make.

A year later she finally has her life under control and it’s time to start University. Her lifelong dream is to become a veterinarian. Determined not to lose sight of this dream, she makes a firm resolution not to make the same mistake she did in high school. The university lecturers are OFF LIMITS.

That is, until she meets her veterinarian lecturer John Simpson…suddenly it’s looking like history is going to repeat itself and Sally doesn’t think she can stop it.

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Always the Bride – Free

Always the Bride

This story is on Wattpad AND Radish in an attempt to get readers. Updates on Radish are twice a week. Click on the picture above to read the story.

Blurb:

I was just an ordinary girl—independent, a lover of life, easy-going, a girl who took everything in her stride—then I got my heart broken. Then I met Gregory. Then I got married. Then…my entire life became one big, complicated mess. I didn’t intend for it to get this out of control. But heartbreak and an emotional breakdown will make any girl do crazy things. It makes me do crazy things. My name is Teresa and I have an addiction. This is MY story.

Join Teresa in the first book of the ‘Always’ series. Also available on Wattpad with over 1 million reads!

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If you decide to read, thank you. Please forward to people you know, help me get my name out there.

Thank you and enjoy!

Lisa ❤

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So everywhere in the world has by now finished day 1 of NaNoWriMo. How did everyone go?

I know I promised an update at the end of day 1 but after a busy day, I just didn’t get time. But it’s still day 2 so I’m not THAT late. 😉

So my results for day 1: I wrote 4,116 words even though I had an insanely busy day. I got nearly all those words down in the last 4 hours of last night. I was tired by the end of it but am glad I got a decent head start.

It’s still day 2, but so far it’s not going well. I’ve only written around 600 words so far but I’m certain I’ll pick up as the night continues. I had a few things to do that was writing related but didn’t count towards my word count then we had to go out. I’ve been able to write this afternoon but have had a few blocks. As long as I get around 2,000 words today I’ll be happy. Tomorrow WILL be a better day, I’ll make sure of it.

I don’t have much to report right now so I’ll update again in a week.

Let me know your progress in the comments below.

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There are only 2 days to go until NaNoWriMo begins. Who’s psyched up for it? I know I am! I’m so keen. Along with NaNo, is my month off work so I’m super keen. Finally I have the whole month to focus on my writing.

As usual, throughout the month of November I will blog about my progress. As I produce a new blog, please let me know in the comments how you’re going too. I love hearing how everyone is doing. Even if you’re not doing well, it doesn’t matter. It’s giving it a go that counts, if you only get 5,000 words written then that’s still great!!

Here’s  recap of my plans for NaNo.

This year I’m writing a brand new story (last year was a rewrite), which is partially planned out. I had hoped to have it fully planned by the 1st but I’ve been so busy at work it just hasn’t happened. I’m not too fazed though. I’ve got about half of the story planned so that’s a start and I can continue planning during November.

My goal, as is everyone’s, is reaching 50,000 words but I’m also planning to go one step further and complete the novel. I’ve been so excited to write this since I had the idea so I’m hoping it’ll flow out of me when I begin. With no work interruptions, I should be able to do a lot better this year with having a lot more writing time.

Okay, so this will be my last NaNo blog until the 1st. I will blog at the end of that day to advise you of my day 1 progress.

For now I must get some work done work as I’ve got lots to do before I finish for a month.

Have a great day or night, wherever you are.

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I know I promised to blog the link to each chapter of my book ‘Writing Tips 101: How To Be A Good Writer’ but I actually forgot. Sincerest apologies!

About a month ago I posted the first lesson on Planning. The next lesson is on plots and subplots.

Check out the lesson by clicking on the below link:

https://www.wattpad.com/147026261-writing-tips-101-how-to-be-a-good-writer-plots-and

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions either post them either here or on Wattpad.

I will post the next link in a few days.

Enjoy!

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This past weekend I’ve attended the online Claytons Conference through Romance Writers of Australia. They always hold a face to face conference too (this year it was in Melbourne) but not everyone can attend, hence why they do an online version. It was, in my opinion, just as awesome.

Over the two days, many topics were covered. In time I’ll post reviews on all the forums but for now there was one in particular that stuck out to me…author branding. When it comes to branding, it’s basically making a name for yourself. Think Apple and you’ll know exactly what I mean. When it comes to authors think Nora Roberts, John Grisham, Terry Pratchett. Even if you haven’t read their work, you’re sure to know their name. That’s how you become a brand. People know of you.

I’ve started my branding but I’m not very well known yet. I’m a regular member on Wattpad. I have this blog, albeit it’s still not updated regularly but at least I have it. I also have an author page on Facebook and a Twitter account. So my branding is slowly coming together but there is still a lot of work to do.

If I want to really take it seriously I need to act like I’m a business. I need logos, tag lines, you name it. But I’m keen. I’m really keen because I’m so excited for people to read my work. One thing that was made clear was to have your brand known before your first book is published and that’s what I’m doing.

The only thing is…my name. My author name right now is Lisa Stanbridge. To me it’s boring. It doesn’t have an ‘author’ ring to it. You know what I mean? The names I mentioned above are perfect examples. Some others are Harlan Coben, Sophie Kinsella and Jane Costello. They all have a ring to it. Mine doesn’t.

When question time came about at the end of the author branding topic, I posed that exact question. What do I do if I have a boring name? Bruce, the presenter, said to me my biggest problem would be the spelling of my name. Everyone will get it wrong, and trust me they do! They add a D after the N. Some just change the name all together. It’s very frustrating. As an example he said I could use ‘Lisa Stan’ as a name. But to me, there’s still no ring so this is where the title of my blog comes in. Pseudonyms – to use or not to use?

My answer is…there is nothing wrong with pseudonyms if you want to have a catchy author name. So I have made a decision. As an author I no longer want to be known by my real name. So what will my pseudonym be? Well, I’m still undecided! Sorry for the let down but I promise I’ll advise as soon as I know.

Once I’ve decided, I’m going to change my name on all my social media accounts to be known by that. Bruce mentioned consistency and that’s exactly what I’ll do.

So on that note I will say this: if you’re a writer and you either don’t like your name as an author name, or you just want to use a pseudonym, then go ahead. You still use your real name for contacting agents and publishers but you tell them you write under a pseudonym and that will appear on any books published. So many authors do it.

I will post a proper review on this topic in a few days once I receive the information handbook from the organisers of the online conference.

For now, I shall leave you in peace. Feel free to ask any questions below. 🙂

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So today I started my new book on wattpad – ‘Writing Tips 101: How To Be A Good Writer’. The first lesson is on Planning.

Check out the lesson by clicking on the below link:

http://www.wattpad.com/142439563-writing-tips-101-how-to-be-a-good-writer-planning

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions either post them either here or on Wattpad.

Enjoy!

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I’m starting a new book on Wattpad called ‘Writing Tips 101: How to be A Good Writer’. In here I’m going to be sharing what I have learnt in my years of writing. I’m not a professional (yet!) but I know enough that I can share with others.

Every time I post a new part with a new tip, I will post the link in a new blog so everyone on here can benefit. I am open to all questions, suggestions and comments.

I’m really excited about this. I love writing and I love helping people become better writers.

Keep your eyes peeled, I will be commencing as soon as I’ve created a cover. 🙂

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So a few months ago, my friend Tara and myself held a competition on Wattpad called Best Short Stories 2015. The competition was aimed at amateur writers on Wattpad who did not have much exposure. They were required to write a short story in any genre and the winners and runners up would get promoted to help them get more exposure.

The competition ended a few months ago but sadly I haven’t had time to do the promoting until now. But as they say, better late than never. I am now very happy to announce the winners:

@alissawonders – wrote a beautiful short story called ‘Can I be first in your heart?
@RedBandit – wrote a wonderful story called ‘The Hate Circle‘.

As winners, they had their stories posted in the Best Short Stories 2015 book posted by @Tarasplace. If you want to check them out, just click on links above.

And finally, the runners up:

@RossiRamblings – who wrote ‘Carnival’
@TNTift – who wrote ‘Inhuman Escape’
@NerdFightersForever – who wrote ‘The Tale of a Young Princess’

Congratulations to all! Please go check out their profile and their work.

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What has inspired this blog you may ask? Well the other day I was reading a story on wattpad and I left some comments on a chapter to help the author improve their writing. The story wasn’t bad, it was actually quite good, but there were issues. For one, there was a lot of telling and not enough showing. There were some badly structured sentences and some tense and grammar issues. This author mentioned his writing needed work and welcomed criticism. That was all the encouragement I needed so that is exactly what I did.

Now before you think he took offence at it, I’ll say now that he didn’t. What did happen shocked me, I must confess. Another random reader came along and replied to one of my comments saying just two words…. ‘stop hating’.

At first I was shocked and it stumbled me. I had to think quick and for a moment I panicked. Had I been too harsh? Was my comment rude and thoughtless? Then as I read through the previous comments, I noticed she said the same thing to another person who made a very similar comment to mine. I looked through all my comments and previous comments and came to this conclusion: there was no hating whatsoever.

This girl who took offence at it assumed we were being harsh. I wrote back and said we weren’t hating, we were offering constructive criticism. She responded immediately saying ‘no it’s hating’. I asked her if she wanted to improve her own writing and if so, would she want to accept criticism. Do you know what she said? I’m sure you’ve guessed it already. She said no!

So this is what inspired me to write this blog. So how important is constructive criticism?

My answer… It’s extremely important! If you don’t accept criticism you’re never going to become a better writer.

I’ll be honest, criticism can hurt. A lot. Being told your work is crap is like adding salt to an open wound. You feel like your heart is about to burst out of your chest. It’s the most painful thing you’ll endure as a writer. You’ve spent hours slaving over a story…it’s your baby! Then to be told it has flaws…wow it’s the most crushing feeling. Sometimes it means having to rewrite your entire story. All you want to do is cry. Burn the entire manuscript. Give up being an author all together. Trust me, we’ve all been there.

All I have to say to this is: Never give up.

Accepting criticism makes you a better writer, trust me. You’ll learn where you’re falling short and soon enough you’re ten times better at it. It will improve your future writing, which in turn won’t have as many criticisms. It’s a happy outcome really.

Once you’ve learnt how to overcome the heartbreak of criticisms, you’ll realise how important it is. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still feel that twinge of hurt when someone pulls your work to pieces but you’ll hold your head high, take it on board and make improvements.

This is basically what I told that girl. I sent her a private message because I didn’t want to argue with her in the comments of this guy’s story. I learnt she was 13 so she still has to learn a lot about writing and I just explained how important criticism is. Her final response was ‘I just don’t like criticism’. Well, duh. Who doesn’t like criticism? Okay, some people might but not many of us do. For me I don’t like it per se but in another sense I do. I don’t like that pang when I’ve been told something doesn’t work but I love learning how to improve and I love how much better my writing is afterwards.

So to finish off, let me stress once more that while criticism isn’t nice, it’s so important. You will become a much better writer because of it.

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So here I am again, this time blogging about goodreads.com. Although I’ll admit, this is primarily for my benefit. But hey, that’s the point of blogging, right? 😉

What is Goodreads, you may ask? Wikipedia says it beautifully:

‘On the Goodreads website, users can add books to their personal bookshelves, rate and review books, see what their friends are reading, participate in discussion boards and groups on a variety of topics, and get suggestions for future reading choices based on their reviews of previously read books.’

What it doesn’t mention is it also has eBooks you can download and you can even upload your own eBook. Awesome, right?

I’ve recently upgraded my account to an author profile, which I am very excited about. No I’m not published yet but I am, in time, going to list my completed books from wattpad.com for people to review. Also when I’m published I’ll list them on there too.

So far I have only listed one book. It’s titled ‘In Love With Mr Wilson’ and is a YA novel. It has done surprisingly well on Wattpad, which I’m extremely happy about.

The statistics of that book is as follows (as of 2nd July 2014):

Reads: 310, 744

Votes: 3,077

Comments: 649

Of course it’s not one of the most popular on Wattpad, after all it’s a tough world out there! But considering how tough it is to get noticed, I think it’s doing pretty damn good. The reads keep going up every day too.

So if you’ve read it, or if you’re interested in reading it, pop by and have a look. I would also really love if you left a review on Goodreads. I’ll even post the links below for easy access.

For those who haven’t really looked at Goodreads, it’s a really great idea. If you’re not published in eBook or print but you’ve published online (like me with publishing on wattpad), I’d suggest giving this a go. It’s a great way to get honest reviews.  If you are published, then obviously I’d suggest using it anyway.

Thanks in advance.

Here are the links as promised:

My author profile on goodreads.com

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8341045.Lisa_Stanbridge

My profile on wattpad.com

http://www.wattpad.com/user/LisaStanbridge

The story of In Love With Mr Wilson

http://www.wattpad.com/story/1788044-book-one-in-love-with-mr-wilson-student-teacher

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