Open Letter to Science Fiction Readers

sci fi readers

I’m so glad you found my spec fic website! If you’re anything like me, you devour science fiction, fantasy, and horror faster than you can find it. And during your quest for the next great speculative story, you stumbled onto my page. But you’ve never heard of Ava Lock before. So what gives?

Sure, this is a clean-looking website. Nice logo. Fancy animation. Cute icons. Fast! But what you really want to know is if my stories are any good. Let’s face it. A lot of writers overhype their books on social media, but in the end, their fiction doesn’t deliver.

It’s tough being new

I’m going to be honest with you. I’m just starting out, and I know I have to earn your trust as a reader. For the past couple years, I’ve been writing in isolation. It’s been a dreamy break from reality, but I knew the day would come when I’d have to get back online. And after I finished my third sci fi book, I realized that it was time to start sharing my work. So, for the past few months, I’ve been pondering how to break through all the online noise. How do I find real science fiction readers? In short, how will I win you over?

FREE spec fic samples!

I thought of the friendly lady handing out tasty tidbits at the grocery store. How does she get you to try something new? She let’s you taste a free sample, then offers you a coupon. If you like it and want more–you buy. So, how does a writer get a reader to try something new? She let’s you read short stories for free, then gives you exclusive discounts on her future sci fi books.

So, I decided that’s what I’m going to do. All I ask is that if you love something, please post a comment. And if a story lingers with you… If it grips you and just won’t let you go… Tell a friend. Heck, while you’re at it, come follow me on Twitter and tell me!

My speculative fiction

Short spec fic

I write short stories when a new character, technology, or setting demands more of my time than my current novel will allow. So, when the muse demands, I take a detour from my larger work and write something short. Sometimes these stories read more like fantasy or horror. Sometimes they’re soft sci fi. But always, the result is… Amazing.

FREE short stories you can read now

Open Letter to Science Fiction Readers

My spec fic books in progress

Why you matter

Finally, I want to ask you to take a moment to follow my website. You might think it’s no big thing, but having a list of real science fiction readers who are following my work is vital to my success in traditional publishing. They call it “building a platform.”

I need to be able to count my readers, not just web traffic. You can help me do that by following Every three months, I’ll send you a very short email with a link to a new FREE short story. That’s it. No spam. No boring writer chat. Just a direct link to the newest story online. By following, you’ll help me add a verifiable number to my query letters. Thanks to you, I’ll be able to say, “See Miss Agent, I’ve got over 7,700 readers waiting to read my next story.” That’s HUGE.

You’ve been kind enough to read this far, so, please take a moment to fill in your email address and click the “follow” button. If it hasn’t already, a pop-up window should appear any second now.

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. And as always, thank you for reading.

Digital regards,

Open Letter to Science Fiction Readers

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