Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Good Week for the Writers at Find My Audience

Let’s face it, the majority of us have day jobs. So our writing is delegated to the early mornings, the evenings, lunch breaks, and the weekends.  Indeed, the majority of us write, as blogger Mike Shatzkin notes, “because [we] have something to say, or a story to tell, and [we] want both to express it and have people read and react to it.” Ah, yes – have people react to, and even like, it! I don’t know about you, but the pleasure I take when someone likes my work is akin to first love – well, almost, and a platonic first love at that, but you get the point – and may have had a similar feeling.

At Find My Audience we are building a software tool that will help writers (and by extension, all creatives) “find their audience” on the social web – and then engage with that audience. But at the end of the day we go home and scratch away on our sheets, also. It’s not only how we fully express ourselves, but it’s a way of documenting our point of view – our existence, really. This week we learned that our own L.V. Torio had made it to the Quarter Finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest for his novel The Holding Company Loves You. And then we learned that Mark Schroeder had received the American Movie Awards’ Silver Prize in the Television Pilot Competition for his work, TrainHoppers. Getting noticed. That’s the first step. And soon, we might also be able to find our audience…and yours!

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2014 ABNA Reviews of The Holding Company Loves You

We’re proud to announce that L.V. Torio’s The Holding Company Loves You has made it through to the ABNA 2014 Quarter Finals! L.V. is not only a wonderful writer but he’s also a phenomenal software developer. When he’s not scribbling away in his garret, he’s in the backroom designing Find My Audience’s Writer’s Dashboard. The software will be out in September. We hope L.V.’s book will be, also. Below are his  reviews!
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What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt?

Love the concept. The best science fiction is that which is close enough to possibility to be really creepy, and this is definitely that. Everyone loves to hate on insurance companies (and let’s face it, they deserve it), so this should strike a chord. It sounds frighteningly similar to the way health insurance companies already behave.

What is your overall opinion of this excerpt?

The thing that really draws me in to this story is the concept of the over-insured world, with insurance companies making all decisions and pulling all strings. That will be a very marketable concept, I think.

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What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt?

The pitch is well done and certainly made me want to read this excerpt. Letting a man who wants to electrocute mice go while tasing an older women who just wants to make pickles for her grandchildren is an ironic and memorable twist. Showing incidents of how WORRIES actually works (and doesn’t work) to start the excerpt rather than just explaining it is a smart move on the author’s part. For the most part the author is consistent with a tone of dark humor and irony. The character A.W. is introduced well in Chapter 2 with both action and dialogue as is LuAnne and the green fuzz in the next chapter. I like the Rembrandt and Van Gogh metaphors in Chapter 4 to describe Stan Burton.

What is your overall opinion of this excerpt?

In a world of seemingly ever increasing government control and surveillance this excerpt has a very contemporary theme which should appeal to many. The premise reminded me a bit of MINORITY REPORT though that is not a bad thing as I presume this work has many original ideas and twists of its own. The first four chapters are all well executed, readable and quickly get the reader’s attention. The fifth chapter needs more work. I think the excerpt is a good one and it makes me optimistic about what the rest of the book contains.

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