Creating Real Readers from Virtual Worlds pt.1

Virtual me deep in thought in Innsmouth

Virtual me, deep in thought, in Innsmouth

At the end of 2014 I wound up visiting a virtual recreation of the town of Innsmouth from H.P. Lovecraft’s novella, Shadow Over Innsmouth.

I had never read the story, or anything by Lovecraft, but the wonderfully creepy town inspired me to find the story and explore the virtual world and discover it through literature.

That was my goal back when I recreated Heylel’s house from my own book, End of Mae, in Second Life. It was a success, and the virtual creation inspired many new fans to explore my work. My virtual recreation was selected as an Editor’s Pick and featured in Second Life Destination Guide. I credit the virtual Heylel’s house to much of End of Mae‘s success.

This week I want to focus on a different kind of resource for writers than the usual shareonsocialmedia strategies – virtual worlds offer support groups, forums for sharing as well as the ability to create your book world in an explorable virtual world.

It will be a week long exploration, so prepare yourself by opening your mind and forgetting all you thought you knew about Second Life from watching Oprah approved Life 2.0 and read an article I wrote for Blogcritics a few years ago on the topic here.

And tomorrow I will be back with how writers can interact with each other, and grow their skills and fan base, in their pajamas. You can also visit Innsmouth in Second Life yourself.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at
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2 Responses to Creating Real Readers from Virtual Worlds pt.1

  1. WHOOT !! :-)

    Looking forward to the series…

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