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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Guest Post/Giveaway: Infected by James Schannep


Infected
A Click Your Poison Book
James Schannep

3 Unique Storylines. Over 50 Possible Endings. Just one question... Will YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

Here’s how it works: You, Dear Reader, are the main character of this story. Live, die, and rise again based solely on the merit of your own choices. Each link represents a choice, and there’s no going back, so choose wisely.

Everyone has their plan; what they’d do to survive if and when the zombie apocalypse happens. Now you can see how you’d hold up against the legions of undead—without needing to call the CDC because crazed bath salts users are trying to eat your face off.

"Infected. Is. So. Good." -- A girl just like you.

"Holy $#*% this is awesome!" -- A guy more or less like you.

Like the gamebooks popular in the 1980s-90s (Choose Your Own Adventure, Give Yourself Goosebumps, etc), this is a series where you choose how to progress through the book. Unlike any others, this is the first series designed specifically for adults. And as an ebook, you simply click your choice and the story flows forward for you. No flipping pages.

Get INFECTED!

When Your Work Rises From the Dead

By James Schannep

                Indie writers have a bad rap. There’s a stigma that these authors couldn’t cut it in the real world of publishing, and therefore used the resources of the internet to bypass the gatekeepers of talent. Some writers, admittedly, deserve this stereotype. For your first story, you probably shouldn’t publish it. You should email it to friends and family for their enjoyment, ask for feedback from strangers online, and grow before you try to stake a professional claim.

                But what about projects rejected for reasons other than talent? Those rejected because they are considered “not marketable”? Marketability is actually more important than talent to the business side of publishing. Don’t believe me? How else can you explain this? Sure, at some point, talent is marketability, but not always. You could’ve penned the best vampire novel ever written, but the odds of getting accepted by a publishing house are extremely low—the market is flooded with vampires and therefore it might be rejected based on marketability.

So they will kill your work before it’s even born, and it’s up to you to resurrect it. You have the power. It’s no longer “Can I?” but “Should I?” Short stories are a perfect example. Youcan’t market a single short story as a publishing house, but you sure as hell can self-publish it online as an indie author. And if it’s good enough, you should.

                Which brings me to INFECTED and “Click Your Poison” books. No, it wasn’t rejected by a publishing house—it wasn’t even submitted to a publishing house—it was rejected by Hollywood. Back in 2008, INFECTED was a screenplay. It made some ripples in the pond, did well in contests, and even won me a little money. What it didn’t do was attract studio attention. Why not? It was good, I was told, but it needed to either be based on existing intellectual property or be a zombie musical rom-com. Read: Marketability. Not wanting to compromise my story, I shelved the project.
                Cut to four years later and an idea to make a “Choose Your Own Adventure” series for grown-ups.* I knew right away that INFECTED needed to rise from the dead. A book where the reader can finally find out for themselves if they would survive the zombie apocalypse? Marketable! I believed this so much so, in fact, I decided not to even attempt the traditional publishing route. It’s the new Wild West in publishing, and that makes indie authors the new outlaws. But soon, very soon, “self-published” will no longer be a dirty word.

*Choose Your Own Adventure® is now a registered trademark of Chooseco, LLC, and is not associated in any way with Click Your Poison™ books.



Thanks, James, for an awesome post!  I can't wait to read this book, myself, and I know the readers are going to be excited too!
Readers, here is your chance to win a copy of Infected!  Just enter in the Rafflecopter.  Giveaway is International, as long as you can accept a B&N or Amazon gift.  Ends 8-November-2012.  Good luck!


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8 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea! I remember choose your own books and enjoyed them. I look forward to trying this one.

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  2. I am definitely curious about how this works and where I will end up with the choices I make - you never know you just might end up with a reader shambling up behind you at your next signing LOL Thank you for sharing the fun with us today.

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  3. I remember seeing "the choose your own" books, but I never had the chance to read one, I always wanted to though. It's nice to know they are still out there, I'll have to try it out :)

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  4. I loved CYA books as a child! This looks like so much fun and I love that it's an ebook.

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  5. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Liz! Good luck to everyone and thanks for your interest.

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  6. It was a screenplay first??! Crazy! I loved CYA books when I was kiddo...my friends and I used to trade them back and forth... so very cool to be able to read another :) Thanks so much for giving us all this chance!

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