#ImmerseOrDie strapped on The Five Elements, by Scott Marlowe, and got rocketed across the finish line
Jefferson Smith of the Creativity Hacker web site threw down the gauntlet for indie books: Submit a novel to him and he’ll attempt to take it through a 40 minute reading session on his tread mill. Each entry is allowed three immersion breaking occurrences. Break immersion for the reader more than that, and Jefferson stops reading, the final time is recorded, and it’s time to write up a fair, brutally honest critique highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I took Jefferson’s challenge, submitting The Five Elements. As you can see from the graphic above, The Five Elements survived! I encourage you to see what Jefferson has to say about the book.
I encourage every independent author to seek out these sorts of opportunities. There’s no better feedback than the unbiased opinion of others. There’s always a moment of fear or nervousness, but you have to lay it on the line in this business. Putting stuff out there that you’ve written is what separates a writer from an author. If you decide to accept the challenge, good luck!