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Several tips from a newbie author
The path of a struggling indie writer is beset with challenges, uncertainties and surprises. This much I can tell anyone who has no idea what we go through every day. Often times, you come across one of those memes about what people think writers do and the actual fact. It is downright funny but they are true. There is a difference between the public perception of what we do and the real deal. It’s not glamorous at all. It involves a lot of hard work, a heavy dose of lessons learned and a great deal of perseverance.
Would I keep on doing it over again? Hell yeah.
In most interviews I’ve done in the past, I’ve graduated from wide-eyed newbie to a grounded, realistic newbie after four published books. If any aspiring author would like to find out what to expect, here are few tips I can offer with my eight months’ worth of experience.
1. Brace yourself for the ride. If you think your work is done after writing a kick-ass story, then you are sorely mistake. That is only half the job. You have to allot some time for three things- promotion, promotion and promotion. Seek the help of people you trust, but be prepared to do most of the work yourself.
2. So you bared your heart and soul in your novel. You gave it all you can, right? Be prepared to have someone tear it apart. It’s almost a rite of passage. You can’t please everyone. The sooner you believe it, the faster these negative reviews will roll off your back, and you’ll be happier for it.
3. Its not all rainbows and unicorn farts. Most likely, you will experience this sooner than later. Don’t fret. Your high will come from the reviews from impressed readers who ‘get’ what you mean. They may be few and far between, but the effect will sustain you for a long time.
4. I believe in writing for myself. At the end of the day, it’s only me who I need to please and convince. As I see it, If you’re not happy with your written work, it will manifest itself in the finished product.
5. This is still a work in progress to me. As a part of my effort to improve and rid of my insecurities when facing people, I made it a point to do more public appearance this coming year. My advice is not to be afraid or embarrassed to talk about your book or projects in front of people. They are potential readers who need to hear what you have to say. So don’t be afraid to speak up. If you make a fool of yourself, you will learn from it. Practice makes perfect. It doesn’t hurt to be self-deprecating because it makes you more human in your audience’s eyes.
In an effort to help me get over my ‘shyness’- I already scheduled two appearances for the first quarter of 2014.
February 15, 2014– Reading and book signing of all my books at the Pasadena Public Library – Hill Branch.
March 22, 2014– Authors Under the Lights (I will be one of the signing authors) Universal City Walk Hilton, Universal City, California
Hunted- Book One- The Gates Legacy (March 2013)
Tor Burns is committed to saving vampires from the Vampire Council and agrees to guard the beautiful and timid Allison Tack. Allison is infected and hunted, and her friends are determined to keep her safe.
Time has made Melissa desperate to discover her son Demetrius’s fate, and she wages war, not realizing that she herself has fallen into a trap.
A life must be given for a life taken. Who will pay the price?
Indivisible Line (July 2013)
Sarah Jones accepts her tribe’s customs and agrees to an arranged marriage. Reluctant to marry without love, she still works to become the town’s doctor.
Greg Andrews wants to escape his troubles but is shot and ends up at Sarah’s clinic. When she operates without her leader’s consent, she is banished.
Greg convinces Sarah to become his live-in nurse. Soon, they must both decide whether the indivisible line that separates their worlds is enough to pull them apart.
Feather Light (October 2013)
Parker Davis is at the peak of his career as a massage therapist. Nothing can stop him, not even his diminishing vision. He is capable and in control of his life.
Kelly Storm, a famous actress, is in dire need of a break from the glitz and glamour. Finding her way onto Parker’s table, sparks fly and the attraction is undeniable. Parker has no way of knowing who Kelly really is. Kelly is hesitant to share her real identity.
Pieces of Broken Time (coming soon- July 2014)
When Blake Connor returns from Afghanistan, he is plagued by the memory of his best friend Trent’s death. He also has to carry the burden of his promise to watch over Trent’s fiancée.
Trent’s death changes everything for Jennifer Owens, and she needs to learn more about the man she had promised to marry. When she meets Blake, she recognizes the beauty underneath the scars, but before they can be together, he needs to heal.
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Breakthrough Authors Blog Hop November 25 – 29 2013