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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Once in a Black Moon Book Blast, Guest Post, and Giveaway - Starting out as a Writer—5 Things You Should Know

The promotion of Once in a Black Moon continues as does the release day giveaway for an Amazon gift card.

Paranormal/Fantasy Time-Travel Romance
Date Published: March 3, 2020
Publisher: Ink & Magick

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Chicago journalist Erin Nichols isn’t about to give up when she’s fired for writing an exposé. But when a combination of murder, magic, and celestial events transports her through time and space to 1900 western Canada, city hall corruption becomes the least of her worries.

But the past isn’t any safer. Awaking to learn she may be the victim of some unknown crime, Erin takes shelter with the local Mountie—the picture of upright Canadian fortitude. As tragedy stalks the nearby First Nation reserve, Erin learns from a Romanian mystic that magic is dying, and the fae are turning to their darker natures to survive.

While the reserved and sexy Mountie helps her navigate a time in which she doesn’t belong, the mysterious and seductive conjurer helps her try to find a way home. As they alight feelings and desires Erin never knew she was capable of, she begins to wonder where she truly belongs.

Starting out as a Writer—5 Things You Should Know

1. There will be people who don’t like your work.
It doesn’t matter if your book is absolutely perfect (I mean, that’s unlikely, but go with it). There will always be a reader who doesn’t like it, and let’s you know in no uncertain terms. On the other hand, you can only hope that this is balanced out by the amount of people who do enjoy it. My advice? Write for yourself. At least if you like it, that will be salve on the gaping wound you will surely have inflicted on you.

2. Writing the book is the easiest part.
You think you are going to put “The End” and it’s all peaches and cream after that? That the emotional reaming you just experienced must be the worst part? Nope. Having an editor rip it to pieces (no offense intended; it’s the job), having to become a marketing expert overnight, having people leave you horrible reviews that keep you awake at night…oh my friend, “The End” is only the beginning.

3. It’s an addiction.
After you start, you will live and breathe writing. Every book you read, song you hear, movie you watch, every conversation you have, person you meet, they will all factor into your writing somehow. Whether it sparks a new idea, or you’re analyzing someone else’s approach to storytelling (and inevitably comparing it to your own), you cannot escape it. It’s a high to finish a book. And once you’ve done it, you won’t want to stop. Even the thought of quitting brings intense anxiety (only matched by the anxiety of continuing this thing that has engulfed your life). So, my best advice? Remember to live your life. It takes effort and discipline to put it away. But at the very least, consider that going out and experiencing things unrelated to writing (if there is such a thing) can make your writing better. Living life will make you a better writer. So in essence, putting it aside is part of the job.

4. You aren’t likely to make a lot of money.
Of course, this isn’t always true. You could make tons of money. But statistics aren’t on your side. If you’re traditionally published, you aren’t getting much in royalties. And if you’re self-pubbed, you have overhead costs to worry about. There is a reason so many authors have to have other jobs to support their art.

5. Yes, you still need an editor.
I don’t care who you are. You cannot effectively edit yourself to a satisfactory level. Some authors are better at self-editing than others, of course. There is no shame here, no lack of competency. You are simply blind to the errors because you know what it is supposed to say. Even professional editors have editors.
About the Author

D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.
When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.

She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John) and cats (Yin and Nox).

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