Web Serials That Made The Best Impressions.

The Challenge:

The old adage goes that “you should not judge a book by its cover” and though it is a virtuous sentiment it is not one that is typically followed. Every day, for 31 days, I read the first entry or chapter of a different web serial (or web fiction) and then gave my first impressions on them be they good or bad. In short: I judged a LOT of  books by their covers, and I did so with a reason.

The internet is a double-edged sword for many writers. Though it makes reaching an audience for your art easy by eliminating many of the gatekeepers of traditional publishing, the internet itself has EVERY DISTRACTION KNOWN TO HUMANKIND and thus makes it hard to compete with all of the noise. If you want to contend with all of the shiny things the internet offers your site design has to be on point, your hook interesting and urgent, and your writing has to be clean and engaging. If it isn’t, your reader will not be forgiving, and your hard work will be forgotten. The last thing an author wants is for a potential fan of their work to leave and never come back because they did not make a fantastic impression.

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Existential Terror and Breakfast 17.

Epiphanies taste better with toast.

 

I am nothing but a shadow, thought Malcolm. Malcolm is freaking out, needlessly might I add. Not just a shadow, he continued, but a shadow puppet. For the record, Malcolm has been completely sober for over a week. This was not the fretting of the inebriated, no, this was the anxiety of the mad.

After purchasing a cheap fast food burrito (cheap is all he an afford now) Malcolm Steadman trekked back to his lonely apartment to stay the integrity of his isolation. Though he was starved for conversation, and though he needed the catharsis of talking to someone, Malcolm was worried that he would have another public freakout. With this in mind, Malcolm limited the time he had around people. He had no positive influence on anyone anyways. How wrong he is.

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Day Thirty One: Train Wreck: The Wrath of Mom.

The old adage goes that “you should not judge a book by its cover” and though it is a virtuous sentiment it is not one that is typically followed. Welcome to day Thirty One of my 31 Days of First Impressions Challenge! In this challenge I will be reading the first entry or chapter of a different serial (or web fiction) and then give my first impressions on them be they good or bad. In short: I will be judging a book by its cover.

For my last entry *confetti* I will read Train Wreck, The Wrath of Mom by jeanne.

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Day Thirty: Nature’s Kingdom.

The old adage goes that “you should not judge a book by its cover” and though it is a virtuous sentiment it is not one that is typically followed. Welcome to day Thirty of my 31 Days of First Impressions Challenge! In this challenge I will be reading the first entry or chapter of a different serial (or web fiction) and then give my first impressions on them be they good or bad. In short: I will be judging a book by its cover.

For toady’s post I read Moonfeather‘s serial, Nature’s Kingdom.

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Day Twenty Nine: Godpunk.

The old adage goes that “you should not judge a book by its cover” and though it is a virtuous sentiment it is not one that is typically followed. Welcome to day Twenty Nine of my 31 Days of First Impressions Challenge! In this challenge I will be reading the first entry or chapter of a different serial (or web fiction) and then give my first impressions on them be they good or bad. In short: I will be judging a book by its cover.

For today’s serial I read Godpunk by Billy Higgins Peery.

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