The WEbook Way
Greg Kemp, author of The Legend of Vinny Whiskers writes about his experience on WEbook.
When I first heard about WEbook, I’d recently finished The Legend of Vinny Whiskers. As any writer who has just completed a first novel will tell you, being “done” is both joyous and nerve wracking. You’ve put thousands of hours—maybe years—into making your dream a reality and now you have to figure out how to get it published, which might just be harder than writing the book itself.
In the midst of this, I found WEbook. A friend had read an article about the site in The Washington Post and suggested I check it out. It didn’t take long for me to find a project on the site that piqued my interest. It was called 101 Things Every Man Should Know How to Do. I’d just put everything I had into Vinny Whiskers, and 101 Things—a kind of manly jaunt into the happy idiocy of “dudeism”—was the perfect salve. I posted my first essay and got quality feedback within hours. It was exactly what I’d been missing across all those months while I wrote Vinny—a sounding board for my ideas, an audience to keep me on task, to help me sharpen my stuff. Within days, I was fully immersed.
When WEbook announced its inaugural voting cycle a few weeks later, I immediately decided to enter Vinny in the vote. It wasn’t a tough call. If it got chosen from among the thousands of other projects on the site, it would be far more validating than getting published in the traditional way. Simultaneously, 101 Things was gaining momentum and there was talk of submitting it to the vote as well. For the next month, I worked tirelessly on both projects. My day job is a homemaker and I was far from the model “employee” during this time. The fridge got bare. I was scraping fuzz off two-year-old pickles and serving them to my wife as a side dish. Our bathroom took on a decidedly undergrad feel (read: foul). I barely noticed. I was far too excited.
A month later, I was on a cruise to Norway when I got a message from WEbook's Melissa. Both projects—Vinny and 101 Things—had been voted into the top 10 percent by the WEbook community and selected for publication by the WEbook editors. I’d hit the exacta. I was going to be published, twice. Better still, I was on a cruise ship laced with bars. Ahoy.
Dear WEbook writers and readers,
After five wonderful years of running WEbook.com, it is with great sadness that we have decided to close the site. We are one of the last to take this step but despite spending a huge amount of our own money, at some point the money runs out and we, like Book Country, Authonomy, Figment and many others, have been forced to make this painful decision.
The lights will be turned off for a final time on March 31st 2018, after which WEbook.com will cease to exist. Any work that you would like to retain must be downloaded from your account by midnight GMT on March 31st, 2018. Anything that is left on the site after this will be unrecoverable in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998.
Although our time with WEbook has come to an end, if you would like to make us a serious offer, now is your opportunity. Drop us a line at: email@example.com
WEbook has taken us on a wonderful journey, with a group of really talented writers. Thank you to everyone for putting so much effort into the site, and of course into each other's writing.
Just don’t stop writing because of us!
The WEbook Team
(28th February 2018)Close