I Googled this word, thinking it was a Real Word…….it isn’t, as it transpires, but it should be.  It speaks for itself:  it’s what you do when you whack people over the head with your book, though not literally (my definition.)  And don’t we all do it, all us desperate indie authors who have no money to spend on Real Advertising (you know – the kind where your book appears on the side of a bus). “Bookwhack” was coined by a Goodreads group called SIA Showcase for Readers and Writers who describe themselves thus:

From the group that coined the term bookwhack*, here is the official bookwhack group! In all seriousness, we at Support Indie Authors understand how difficult it is to be seen and to make our books known. As we are a group intended for authors, our goal is to help one another, not sell to one another, but we see a lot of folks who strain at the boundaries of what is discussion and what is a bookwhack. Thus, this showcase was born.

(SIA – Support Indie Authors)

This was my introduction:

The Exodus Sequence is a collection of connected science fiction novelettes with an exploration of other genres: horror, fantasy, even a moment for romance.  The first trilogy (Wired, Reflected and Walked) introduce the reader to the “aliens,” creating mysteries without solving them.  The next trilogy (Spooked, Suicided and Crashed) introduce main characters that will appear again.  In fact, several characters appear in different stories but are often not recognisable in that particular incarnation.  The idea is create the mystery in the first book and then begin unravelling the details in two subsequent collections.  The third trilogy (Woken, Experienced and Caged) are my most experimental works.  Woken is the first real fantasy-type story I’ve written and while it drips beauty and romance, at its heart is an intense and philosophical discussion about immortality.  Experienced is written from the viewpoint of one of the “aliens” so quite a lot of backstory is revealed providing you can get through the dense drug-comedown narrative.  And since these are “aliens” so to speak, the drug is not like any other anyone has come across before!  One of the secrets of Atlantis is revealed in Caged, the final story of the last trilogy and is as easy to read as Experienced is difficult.  The very last story, Drowned, is an extra, existing in the Exodus Sequence universe without any consequences.  It’s the only story not to be published singly.

As an unknown writer, I’m really desperate for reviews. If you’d like to read and review this collection, I’m happy to send a PDF to anyone who asks.  As the first nine stories are available to buy singly, you could just read one or two stories from the collection to review, rather than the whole thing.  All the novelettes are available from Amazon.  The link is for the collection, free to read on Kindle Unlimited.

And that’s me bookwhacking on my blog. It’s what it’s all about anyway.

Link to SIA Showcase:  SIA Showcase for Readers and Writers



About susannahjbell

I am a writer of science fiction and other strange and surreal works. I mostly write novels and the occasional novelette. My published works include A Doorway into Ultra, the Fleet Quintet and the Exodus Sequence. I live in London in an attic flat but really want to live in a tree. I wanted to be an astrophysicist but would settle for an alien abduction. I write because I don’t know what to read.
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