Today, we have guest author, Traci Sanders. Traci is a mother of three, family child care provider, and multi-genre author. She has published a number of parenting/children's books, but has recently branched out into adult fiction.
Take it away, Traci.
10 Things I've Learned about Publishing a Book
In the past two years, I have self-published five books. Most of them are parenting/children’s books; however, I did release my first work of adult fiction this year. Each book that I released taught me a little more about the industry, my strengths and weaknesses as an author, and relationships with my friends and family. Here are a few things I have learned since becoming an indie author:
1. Writing the book, for most authors, is the easy part.
2. Some authors edit their own work, and do a great job. But I have learned that professional editing does pay off, and IT’S NOT THE SAME as general (or even college-level) editing. These guys know more about comma splices, fused sentences, correct tense, passive and active voice, and the use of single and double quotation marks than most authors. Most of them became editors because they enjoy the technical side of writing, whereas most authors simply enjoy the creative side. This is not to say that there aren’t some excellent author-editor superheros out there. But chances are, they either received formal training on editing, or they took the time to research the process and became better with each book they published.
3. The cool thing about researching editing tips is, once you learn them, you tend to not forget them, which saves you time and money on future published books.
4. Most authors are too close to their own work, and too emotionally invested in it to be able to edit thoroughly. Many times it’s because they know their story inside and out, and tend to skip right past common errors – such as passive voice, proper tense, and omitted words.
5. Asking for reviews from friends and family is like asking them to help you move. They love you, and want to help, and even want to be able to come visit you in your new home from time to time (i.e. – read your book); but if it conflicts with their lives or schedule, it’s probably not going to happen.
6. Friends and family are not always going to tell you when your book needs work, again, because they love you.
7. Marketing is an every day endeavor that most authors dread; however, the greater level of online presence and engagement you have, the higher your sales will be. And you will receive more reviews.
8. Success doesn’t usually happen overnight, but new connections that lead to success can!
9. Supporting others goes a long way in the industry. One hand washes another. Eventually, YOU will be the one with clean hands! Until then, you must keep digging in the trenches.
10. If writing is your dream, just keep at it. Passion tends to be an infectious thing…it eventually spreads to others. If you write what you are passionate about, eventually, you will find others who share your passion!
Local news anchor, Amber Woods, seemed to have it all – a thriving career, two beautiful children, and a doting husband named Drake. Life was perfect…until her world was turned upside down in one fateful night.
While the incident caused Amber to renew her priorities; Drake was unable to deal with what happened, and sank into a deep depression laced with infidelity and alcohol.
Hoping a change of scenery would salvage her quickly deteriorating marriage, Amber agreed to move to New York; but it didn't take long for her to discover that the past is not always left in the past.
Can Amber save her marriage without losing herself along the way? What will she do when darkness breaks her will to keep trying?
Excerpt from When Darkness Breaks
Her mind wrestled with her heart about what she needed to do, versus what she wanted to do. She hadn’t known Paul very long, and wasn’t even certain she had real feelings for him – well, not the loving kind anyway. It was more of an animal hunger that made her mouth water. She licked her lips, like a dog vying for a morsel of steak to be dropped to the floor during dinner. Oh God! Has it really been that long since I’ve had sex?
It wasn’t like her to have lustful thoughts about other men. Drake was the only man she desired; but she couldn’t remember the last time he made her feel as wanted as Paul did. Amber finally slowed her mind, and drifted off to sleep. Scattered images of her kids, and the life she’d built with Drake, played out like an 8mm motion film. One in which Paul had begun to make frequent appearances.
Tamie Dearen lives with her very romantic husband of thirty-two years. She has two beautiful daughters, two amazing son-in-laws, and one awesome grandson. She plays piano, flute, harmonica, keyboards, and guitar, and loves composing and art. And she hates housework. She has been a dentist in private practice for thirty years. In her spare time, she writes books.