5 Things You Didn’t Know About Becoming a Published Author
Thank you so much for having me here today! Welcome to my "5 Things" virtual book tour, otherwise known as "Two Weeks Getting To Know a Little More About Allie." While I'm touring with Reading Addiction Blog Tours to let readers know about my newly released book, The Promise of Paradise, I'm also chatting about my writing life (and okay, sometimes my non-writing life too). Anytime you leave a comment on one of my blog posts during these 2 weeks, you'll be entered for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift certificate. So comment away! I'll be popping in here all day to see what you have to say
Now without further chat, here's a little more about what it's like inside the life of a published author...
So you've done it! Sold your first book (or decided to indie publish your first book). Now you can sit back, let the accolades and the royalties roll in, quit your day job, and buy that island in the Caribbean you've had your eye on. Right?
Not exactly. I started writing with the goal of publication in early 2002. Didn't really know what I was doing, so I joined a couple of writers' groups, studied the craft, and wrote. A lot. Finally, in 2007, I published my first book, One Night in Boston, with Samhain Publishing. Since then, I've published 4 more books, and my next one will release this May.
So what have I learned in the last 6 years about becoming a published author?
1. Promotion will take up more time than writing if you let it. One of the toughest parts of being an author is marketing yourself and your work. It will take hours upon hours of time (and lots of money, depending on your budget): arranging reviews, setting up tours/signings/appearances, writing blog posts, designing swag items (bookmarks, pens, postcards, etc), creating/buying ads, researching places to take out those ads, regularly participating in social media interaction...The bottom line is, don't forget to keep writing! Seasoned authors will tell you that the best promotion effort is writing your next book.
2. Meeting or hearing from your readers is really cool. Getting the word out can be tough and time-consuming, but there really is nothing like the moment when someone tells you "I loved your book!" or walks up to you at a book signing to ask for your autograph or emails to tell you how much their book group is enjoying your latest novel. Yup, those moments are priceless!
3. It doesn't change your daily life. Unless you are one of the very lucky few who signs for a million-dollar advance and a movie deal, publishing your book won't significantly change your life. The laundry and the dishes and going to work and spending time with your friends all still happen. The world goes on pretty much the same way it did, the day before you became a published author – except now you need to find time to write your next novel!
4. You still struggle to come up with new ideas. I do, anyway. I have this private fear that someday, I'll simply run out of plotlines or characters. Some of my author friends don't have this problem at all: they have so many ideas they fear they'll never get a chance to write them all! I'm just the opposite. And even if I come up with ideas, I struggle to develop them into full-length novels. Creating complex characters and plots never gets easier for me.
5. Seeing your book on a shelf is the best feeling in the world! Sadly, a lot of bookstores are closing their doors these days. Still, I will never get enough of walking into a brick-and-mortar store, going to the romance section, and running my finger along the A-B shelves until I get to where my name should be. A couple of years ago, I was visiting New York City for the day with my husband. We went into the Borders on Columbus Circle...and look what I found! Shelved in a Manhattan bookstore, baby. Yup, my smile says it all:
Date Published: 2/14/13
Ashton Kirk, youngest daughter of a prestigious senator, fiancee of a hotshot attorney, and fresh Harvard graduate, is headed for a promising law career when scandal breaks apart her family. To escape, she rents an apartment in the sleepy town of Paradise, New Hampshire, where no one knows who she is.
Ashton hopes for solitude, but all bets are off when Eddie West, the town’s most eligible bachelor, moves in downstairs. Eddie likes his women and his cars shiny, sleek, and fast, and when he meets his new housemate, he wastes no time getting friendly. While he's looking for a no-strings romance, though, he gets more than he bargained for in Ash, who sees through his bravado to the pain of a loss too fresh to mention.
Can two people from different worlds find common ground, a place to fall in love and build a future? Is it possible to find your soul mate in the place you least expect?
Near the curb, engine still running and rock music bellowing from the speakers, idled a red pickup truck. White and yellow flames danced along both sides. Bending over the tailgate was a broad, bare, definitely male back. Yow. No wonder Jen looked like she was about to start drooling. Even one floor up, Ash could trace the outline of nearly every muscle in his arms and back. A bright red and yellow king cobra tattoo curled around his left triceps. Wavy brown hair fell across the sides of his face. His jeans, faded in all the right places, sat low on his hips. Ash squinted harder and ran one hand over her hair.
Oh God. They still make men who look like that?
“Turn around, please,” Jen commanded under her breath. As if he’d heard her, he straightened up, biceps flexing as he hauled two large boxes from the back of the truck and turned up into the sidewalk. Her sidewalk. He looked up, and Ash’s heart dove into her stomach. A neatly trimmed goatee underscored a crooked nose. He flashed a smile and winked.
“Hey,” he called up. “You live here?”
Jen nodded and jabbed a thumb in Ash’s direction. “She does.”
“I’m Eddie West. Movin’ in today.” It was hard to hear him over the noise of the truck’s humming engine and the music. Ash watched his mouth move instead.
Allie Boniface is a small-town girl at heart who's traveled around the world and still finds that the magic and the mystery of small towns make them the best places to fall in love and find adventure. From the New England coast to Rocky Mountain hotels to tiny European bars, she's found more character and plot inspirations than she could ever count. Currently, she's lucky enough to live in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley with her own "Hometown Hero," a guy who can fix, build, drive, and grill anything and is the epitome of the strong and silent type.
When she isn't writing love stories, Allie is a full-time high school English teacher who gets a kick out of helping her teenagers negotiate the ups and downs of writing along with the ups and downs of life (because, really, she's still trying to do the same thing!). And while she'll continue to travel far and wide, Allie knows there's really nothing like coming back to the place where the people who have known you forever welcome you home with open arms.
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Anytime you leave a comment on one of the tour blog posts during these 2 weeks, you'll be entered for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift certificate. So comment away! Allie will be popping in here to answer questions and respond to your comments.