All about Helping…

This month our topic was, well, there was no topic. It’s a “freebie” month. Scene13ers get to blog about anythingFirst Cover Reveal!they want. Well, normally I don’t like freebies. I freeze. I over-think until I can’t think. I stress myself out to the point that my stress is stressed. But this month something really great happened and I want to share.

Last month I shared that I signed a contract to publish my first young adult contemporary romance, “Unspeakable.” Now I have a novella, “Finding Willow,” releasing, too. But as great as that is, it’s not what I want to write about.

When I wrote my debut novel, “PODs,” I knew nothing about the writing community. I didn’t use critique partners or Betas—I didn’t know what a Beta was! I had no idea there were bloggers that lived to review books, nor did I know how many there were.

But writing “Unspeakable” I had a group of ladies who read my work and told me honestly what worked, what they liked, and what they loved. Man, that was a great feeling to hear them gush over my book! Then came the second half of their email… “And this is what sucks…” Well, that let the air out of my balloon.

Second Cover Reveal!

Second Cover Reveal!

So I read their critiques, did some rewriting and had some Beta readers take a look, mainly girls the age the book would be marketed toward, and of course my group of critique partners.

Their suggestions made a huge difference. “Unspeakable” went from a good book, to a great (IMHO) book. And I realize now how essential, how priceless my CPs and Betas are in my writing career.

But there’s one other group of people other than the bloggers who are golden to authors, CPs and Betas who are priceless, and that group is other authors.

I had two cover reveals in a week. I found out about both the day before. Whoa. So I started emailing anyone I could think of that might help. And the response was Amazing. Many of you already know this because you blog here, and you stepped-up and helped. I want to tell you, you are AWESOME.

The authors that dropped everything to set-up a post at the very last minute—twice—just rocked. The way they came together to help really showed me how tight the bond is between authors. Well, how it should be, anyway.

I love helping other authors. I keep a blog for that reason, and only that reason. But to have it turned around and the help focused on me was a very prodigious experience. And for those of you who helped, thank you. You made my cover reveals awesome.

How about you? Have you ever had a time when you needed help and authors or bloggers jumped in?

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TRANSITIONS

The topic of the month for us at Scene 13 is transitions. My biggest transition? Going from unpublished writer to published author!

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My debut, Triangles, comes out on June 18. This journey has been amazing, scary, fun, upsetting, thrilling, and ulcer-inducing all at the same time.

Some of the best stuff?

*getting that offer of publication!

*working with amazing editors and cover designers

*seeing my cover for the first time

*holding my book for the first time

*reading good reviews from people who enjoyed the story

*seeing the book spotlighted in the Bermuda News

*signing my book at BEA

Some of the scary stuff?

*worrying if people will like it

*worrying about how well it will do when it’s released

*worrying about promotion, if I’m doing enough to get the book out there

*reading reviews of people who didn’t care for it

In life, every step, every transition, tends to have all those elements I mentioned above. That’s what makes life worth living—the emotional roller coaster we take when we do something worth it. Something like writing. So as I transition from unpublished to published, I will take the ride—and the good with the bad—and learn from it as best I can, improve my writing and my stories, and welcome whatever transitions are ahead of me!