Crystal and MJ's Reader/Writer Portal!
I now have a Discord server where you can interact with me in real-time, participate in my online events, and chat with fellow readers!
For a while now, I've really been wanting a way to better connect with my readers and followers, and now I think I've found it!
I've partnered with my friend and co-author, M.J. Padgett, to create a joint Discord server where we can host online events, chat with our readers, do workshops and info sessions with fellow writers, and more.
Discord is unique in that it allows me to host a private (invite-only) server where I can set up "Channels" for a variety of different chat topics, do live-streams and screen-shares, host group video chats, host online events, create breakout groups for specific events or topics, post videos and links, and lots of other fun things. It also allows for users who join -- like you! -- to text chat in the channels with me (and each other), message other users, and even jump in to group video calls when I set them up.
In short, it's the perfect platform for me to connect with you better, and also for you to find others who have read my books and may want to chat about them, as well as connecting with fellow readers and writers who share your interests.
It also has a fun leveling system where you can Rank up by interacting and chatting in the server. When you hit each new rank, you get access to special titles and exclusive, story-themed custom emojis... and there's even a Leaderboard with a special reward for the Top User!
And it's all FREE for you to join and use!
When you join as a readers (and/or a fellow writer), you'll immediately find a post which will let you sort yourself into channels based on whether you are a reader or a writer (or both), and whether you are interested in interacting with MJ, myself, or both of us! You will also get access to the channels to interact with your fellow readers and/or writers who join our server.
We're just getting things rolling in the Discord server, but plans for its use include:
Dedicated chatting channels for readers of my books, MJ's books, and also our cowritten work
Scheduled live-streams and/or group video sessions with myself and/or MJ (probably usually me--I'm the live video dork!)
Scheduled character chats, book chats, etc., where you can "chat with the characters" from our books and/or find out more about particular book worlds we've written
Dedicated chatting channels for fellow writers, with future plans for scheduled writing chats, critique groups, brainstorming groups, and occasional writing workshops
Ask the Author sessions where MJ and/or myself will be available for questions and discussion via group text or live video
Exclusive Beta-Reading opportunities
Early access to news and announcements
I am SUPER excited about the chance to connect more directly with my readers, and I can't wait for this thing to really get going!
If this sounds like something you're interested in, join through the link below, and then just follow the prompts/instructions once you set up your account.
All you need is an email address! (Discord does have an app for mobile and desktop, but you can also just use your browser.)
You'll want to check the #welcome-and-rules channel on the left panel first when you enter, and the friendly Server-Bot will walk you through how to get into the server from there!
...And I'll be waiting to greet you on the other end. :)