This article originally ran on Sept. 11, 2015.
Editor’s Note: This article originally ran on Sept. 11, 2015. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are tapping into our archives more, particularly for arts and sports. This special section will return to its regular schedule when the crisis concludes.
By Yasmine Mayne
Aspiring author Danielle Mohr is determined to get published and has entered the Nerdist Collection Contest on the crowd-funding website Inkshares.
The month and a half long competition will end on Sept. 30, and the top five novels to get the most pre-orders will be published.
“I’d like to get my writing out there, and see what it brings back to me,” said Mohr.
Inkshares is designed to help authors get published by having them post the first few chapters of their novel on the website.
Then the public can read the chapters for free, but if they want more of the story, they need to back to back the book by placing a pre-order.
If the author amasses a set amount of pre-orders — 750 for an eBook and 1,000 for print — the book is published.
With this competition, in particular, Nerdist.com — a digital media website — will choose one of the top five books to promote on their website, as well as offer the author an opportunity to develop their work into other media such as a movie, TV series, or other digital productions.
Mohr is hoping to make it into the top five and currently needs about 100 more pre-orders to move into the number five spot.
“This is my dream, and I’m really hoping to get it started,” she said.
Mohr has always enjoyed writing and just graduated with her bachelor of arts in English this spring from the University of Alberta.
“Writing can take you to places of your mind you didn’t even know existed,” she said.
The idea for her science fiction novel Drift has been in Mohr’s head since her days at Memorial Composite High School, and now she is finally putting it down in ink.
“Once I was done school I thought I have to make this happen,” she said.
“I have made it into a second job for myself, and I set aside specific hours that I have to sit down and write.”
Drift is about a military training captain named Zade who lives in a post-apocalyptic world where genetic modification is common.
Zade returns home from a training mission, only to find out her brother, Sam, has been abducted by a rebel group.
“That’s where the second chapter ends,” Mohr said.
The story gets more complex in the future as Mohr reveals some secrets that Zade has been hiding.
Those interested in what happens to Zade can visit www.inkshares.com and pre-order the book for $9.99, though individuals will not be charged unless the book is actually published.
Mohr hopes that if she gets published, she can use this book as a resume to enter the editing world.
“I would love to work for a publishing company … that really intrigues me,” she said.
“And I want to keep writing novels as long as I can, and as long as people keep buying them.
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