I would like to thank Con Riley for taking the time to talk to us about being a published author and her latest, Recovery. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Ten things I wish I had known about being a published author before I became an author.
- That writing books is the easy part. The tough part starts once you are done, but if you ask for help, and are open to constructive criticism, editing can make your words shine much more brightly.
- That publishing isn’t a race, and you aren’t in competition with anyone else. Write at your own pace, even if everyone else seems to be more prolific. Take your time. Once a book is published there are no take-backs.
- That other writers make the best support teams. Lean on each other, and be ready to hold them up too. Sharing makes the genre stronger.
- That professional advice isn’t free, and is worth every penny. Pay for content editing. Invest in a cover you will be happy to look at every day. Speak to an accountant. You are building a career — take it seriously.
- That googling yourself is the fastest route to a wordless day. Your writing might provoke negative as well as positive reaction. Be humble. Both responses mean your words had impact.
- That time off is often necessary. Don’t feel guilty. Recharge your batteries. Your readers will thank you.
- That you can write super-fast, and you can publish high quality work you’ll be proud of forever, but doing both at the same time is rare. Really rare. Take your time. Sit on your story for a while. Rewriting rarely makes a story worse.
- That you should record ideas in a way that syncs everywhere you write. Emails get buried. Notepads get lost. I now use the free Evernote app that sends my ideas to all my devices.
- That you should back up your work. Don’t ask me how I learned this tip.
- Finally, that you should always back up your work somewhere else as well. Trust me on this.
From the Publisher:
San Diego is a city of second chances for Jamie Carlson. His new career as a photographer is taking off, and with the support of a loving surrogate family, he’s finally putting his party years behind him. The Bailey family helped him solve his drinking problem, but there’s no easy solution to staying sober now that Belle Bailey’s dying. Her last wish is a challenge Jamie can’t overcome without help.
Solving problems is Daniel Priest’s specialty. More than twenty years older than Jamie, he’s successful and experienced. He makes his living resolving corporate crises—but his personal life has been far from perfect. Now that his marriage is over, Daniel’s determined to make up for lost time. One night with Jamie isn’t nearly enough for him.
Daniel’s honest offer of help is more than Jamie expects from a one-time hookup. Even so, fulfilling Belle’s last wish is a tall order. Repairing her damaged family as she requests proves difficult when Jamie has to face his own past as well.
Jamie could risk his hard-won recovery by admitting why he hit rock bottom in the first place. If he wants a future with Daniel, he’ll have to address those reasons head-on.
About the Author
on Riley lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds, and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean.
Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time instead. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that makes them live and breathe.
When not people watching, or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don’t disturb her—she’s probably thinking up new plots.
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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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