Fangtastic Monday Welcomes Carly Fall
We’ve switched Fantagtastic Friday to Fangtastic Monday this week, but I think you’ll find it was worth the wait because Carly Fall has a fun post and some fine prizes in store.
Before we get to the details of her giveaway, here are some words of wisdom from Carly…
What would I tell a new author?
Dear New Author,
Congratulations on finishing your book! Seriously, that’s fabulous. Do you know how many people write but never finish anything? A lot, so high fives and fist bumps to you.
So it’s done. What are you going to do now? You’re not sure? Well, you better get a plan together. You need to decide about agents, research publishers, write queries, and wait.
No, it’s not very much fun. You think you want to self-publish? I say go for it. Your book has been edited by a professional, right? No, your mom and best friend really aren’t considered professionals, unless, of course, they edit for a living.
You should really look into getting it professionally edited.
So whether you waited around for a publisher or agent to take notice of your masterpiece, or if you self-published, your book is now available for the world to buy and write fabulous reviews about it. You’re going to kick back and sip margaritas and wait for the checks to roll in.
But New Author, whether you decide to self-pub or go with a publisher, now the real work begins. The fun part was the writing. The work is the marketing.
You better have all of your social media up and running because publishers like that, and your fans will want to connect with you. A blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads…the whole nine yards. I really recommend a newsletter. It takes time to keep that stuff active, although there are tools to help you get stuff done in a more timely fashion.
You should probably reach out to other authors and make some friends. Those author buddies are invaluable for all sorts of things: letting you know of promotional opportunities, they will help promote you, they’re willing to do BETA reads, and they are great for venting about writing, reviews, and if you get close enough, a spouse that is driving you crazy and kids that won’t listen to you.
Speaking of reviews, you will get a bad one. Or two, or three or seven. I mean this with all the goodness in my heart, but suck it up, Princess (or Prince). You can’t please everyone all the time. Just remember that. Just like not everyone loves chocolate, not everyone is going to like your writing.
And lastly, just because you’ve finished your masterpiece doesn’t mean that you stop there. Keep writing! Because once someone has read your work and loved, loved, loved it, they are going to want more from you. And more. And more!
I really hope I haven’t scared you. This world of being an author is an amazing place to be, filled with ferociously beautiful and kind people. People just like you who want nothing more than to have others read their work, and are happy to help you so that you will help them.
So please, continue to write your stories. Let them loose. Something in your story could inspire someone, make someone feel a little better about life, or just put a smile on their face.
That is so worth it.
Great advice, Carly. And now, dear readers and writers, here’s a blurb about Carly’s new book, Finding My Faith.
Growing up in a small Northern Arizona town, Faith Cloudfoot’s life was spent playing in the forests surrounding her house under the protective eyes of her father, and learning about the legends of her Native American heritage. Yearning for more out of her life, she moves to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of twenty-three where she is kidnapped and almost killed.
Rayner has a special ability, one that weighs on him like a curse. He can see spirits trapped in between life and their final resting place. Because he can’t do much to help them, he studiously ignores them. He concentrates, instead, on working with his fellow warriors to right the wrongs caused by the evil criminals from his home planet.
When Rayner sees Faith in her spirit form while investigating a lead in Phoenix, his attraction to her is immediate, yet he follows his own personal code and ignores her cry for attention. When he realizes that she may be a stepping stone to getting him home to his own universe, he engages Faith and begins to use her as a means to an end: going home.
As the attraction grows stronger, Rayner finds himself breaking all sorts of self-set rules, as well as the code of ethics set by him and his fellow warriors. When Faith nears death, Rayner realizes that he must do everything in his power to save her, because if he doesn’t, he may just lose himself.
And now for the prizes…
Carly will be giving away two eBook copies of The Light Within Me (the first book of this series) and a $15 All Romance eBooks GC for one randomly drawn commenter.
Follow Carly’s tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: http://www.goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/03/virtual-book-tour-finding-my-faith-by.html