Okay, I took a LONG time to write Mark Reads Eclipse, but after weeks upon weeks of editing/writing, re-editing, and even more editing, I’m finally happy with the final result. So, my dear readers, I now give to you: Mark Reads Eclipse!
Featuring at least five brand new reviews, the Mark Reads Eclipse eBook is now available for purchase for a low price of $2.99 in three eBook formats:
- Kindle mobi
- ePub (for Nook, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch)
Additionally, you can still purchase Mark Reads Twilight and Mark Reads New Moon on MarkDoesStuff.com for the same price in all three formats!
But you know what this actually means, don’t you? DON’T YOU? Okay, probably not, so let’s talk MORE EBOOKS.
I have just one final Twilight eBook before I can bury this series forever, never having to read another word of Stephenie Meyer’s. It’s like burning the final photo I own of a particularly bad boyfriend! I WILL DO IT. So a copy of Breaking Dawn is sitting on my desk at home (and it’s the hardcover edition and it is so massive that it makes me want to break into tears) and I will start the massive, unholy process that is trying to turn 38 reviews into a book-like narrative. I am not excited to write about:
- Marriage wank!
- That sex scene!
- Edward and abortion!
- Abortion propaganda!
- THE BIRTH SCENE I WILL NEVER HEAL FROM THAT DAY
- The chapter titles for Jacob’s point-of-view!
- IMPRINTING ON NEWBORNS HOW IS THIS OKAY
- Shapeshifters, or How I Learned To Appreciate Meyer’s Nonsensical Plot Twists and Love Them For the Absurdity They Represent!
but omg my epilogue review. Sorry, I love that thing. I’m really proud of it.
But guess what happens then??? Well, there will be one more book-related surprise….and then! Oh god, I will finally be able to start working on the MARK READS HARRY POTTER SERIES!!!! I cannot WAIT to be working on something I actually enjoy. There are so many wonderful surprises I have for that series, including an amazing partnership with an awesome organization, new reviews, OBSESSIVE FOOTNOTES, and…well, let’s talk about this!
I currently have a group of about 15 editors who peruse through my work to provide the much-needed editing that these original reviews need to be adapted to book form. One of the biggest challenges is removing/adapting all references to it being a blog; I ideally want them to read more like a diary or journal, a day-to-day, chapter-by-chapter process, so I have to strip out all the bizarre references to the Internet/comments that don’t make sense. For Twilight, I was totally unaware/bigoted towards a lot of terms/phrases/unfortunate implications, and I swap out a lot of problematic shit that remained in those pieces. But the hardest thing to do is turn it into a distinct narrative with a proper flow, and it takes a lot of work. I used a lot of image-heavy, quote-heavy reviews during Eclipse, so stripping those out and re-writing my original thoughts was time-consuming.
And even after all of that, there are still a ton of mistakes. It’s hard to catch everything when the writing comes from your own head! You think it makes total sense, and the editors are there to say, “WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU SAYING HERE?” And it is a beautiful thing!
I would like to NOT take as much time to get the HP books done, and I would also like them to be about as flawless as humanly possible. SO, MY READERS AND FELLOW HARRY POTTER FANS. I am looking to expand my team of editors! Do you love reading? Have a penchant for picking out bad grammar or poor sentence structure or problematic ideas? DO YOU WANT YOUR NAME IN MY BOOKS AND ALSO YOU GET ALL MY BOOKS FOR FREE AND ALSO STUFF. I don’t need folks to have A MASTERS IN GRAMMAR BOSSERY or anything, but if you think you have the chops to be a fantastic editor, let me know! I’ve found that those who are writers themselves or have acted as betas in fanfiction circles work really well, so that counts as a qualification! Please email me at:
markreadsandwatches [at] gmail [dot] com
Please provide information on any experience or work you’ve done with editing. I’ll probably be adding 10-15 more editors to my team. (Also, current editors, y’all are safe and welcome to continue on to HP, so this is not me replacing you. YOU ARE ALL ANGELS.) I’ll give you more information about the process if I think you’ll work out, but the position is flexible. You don’t have to edit every book if you agree to it, and we will be moving towards a system more like beta-ing in fanfic where editors can sign up just to edit a block of chapters if they don’t have time.
OH MY GOD Y’ALL I LOVE YOU. Holy shit, like 100 of you replied. I will go through and try to find a way to accommodate all of you, so expect replies from me this week about availability and whatnot. BUT YES PLEASE NO MORE omg my poor email inbox 🙁
Mark Reads Harry Potter Art Contest!
This is not the official announcement so much as a heads-up to the community to keep this in mind. I designed all the covers for the Mark Reads Twilight books, and they are poorly done, but whatever. I write words. I am awful at pretty pictures. That’s okay, I’m generally more concerned with the words inside the book than the cover.
However, Mark Reads Harry Potter is a big deal to me. I want to do these books right. So, once I finish Mark Reads Breaking Dawn, I am going to announce the full details of a contest to award one person the chance to design all seven covers of the MRHP eBooks. I ideally would like them to all be aesthetically complimentary to one another, and I can’t do such things!
But this wouldn’t be a contest if it was just me saying, “lol enjoy the prospect of doing work for me lol.” No, my dear readers, the actual prize is that whomever wins designs all seven covers and then gets paid for each one. I’ll announce the exact specifications soon, but artists deserve to be paid for their work, yes? So, if you’re a graphic designer or artist, keep this in mind. DON’T SEND ME ANYTHING YET. Just let the cogs in your brain start turning!
Okay, AWESOME. Lots of new info! Buy my books, support me, and I shall return the favor with more awesomeness. Thank you all!