Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Sophie Bonaste for taking the time to talk with us today. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.
Title: Death Gets a Boyfriend
Author: Sophie Bonaste
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
Hello! My name is Sophie Bonaste and I am the author of the brand-new novella Death Gets a Boyfriend, which is being released by Dreamspinner Press on September 24th. And today, I am here taking over Prism Book Alliance. So before I begin I want to send a giant thank you to Brandilyn for letting me guest blog today.
I think it is a common mindset for us humans to go back and think about the past. Things we might have done differently if we knew what was coming. Now, of course, we all know this isn’t possible. We can’t really go back in time and fix our mistakes. But we can help someone else with the wisdom we have gained. So for all of you aspiring authors out there, I present to you the Ten Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Published Author. Enjoy!
10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Published Author:
10. How Many Resources There Are For Authors and How Only About 20% of Them Actually Help You
If you go to Google looking for hints on how to handle being a published author, you will find millions and millions of articles. Unfortunately, like so many things on Google, not everything will be helpful. Some are blatantly obvious while others are too personal to the author. Out of all of the articles out there, I have found that only 20% of them actually help. That is not a lot considering what you have to shift through. I know because I wasted a lot of time doing just that. Take my advice and find an author, like myself, that is willing to answer any questions you make have. It is a lot faster.
9. How Tough Reviews Are to Read
I am sure you have all heard stories about how tough reviews are to read. And many of you might have thought the same as I did when I first started out: how bad can it really be? Well, I am here to tell you, it is brutal. Even the good ones, you read with bated breath, waiting for them to change their minds and say something bad. Of course, it is not realistic and reviewers offer a great service to readers and authors alike. It’s just tough to read what people thought of your baby.
8. How There is No Guide for Being Published and all of the Role Models in the World Will Only Get You So Far
Most new authors have done some sort of homework in this one. We all have our favorite authors that we follow on social media. We read about what they are doing in the writing process and we talk to them about what to expect. But there is something to be said about finding your own path. And at some point you need to stop playing copycat and create your own brand.
7. How Your Favorite Part of Getting Published, Aside from the Contract, is the Cover
You would think there would be all sorts of amazing things on the road to publication and there are. But the very best of them all isn’t what you do. It’s getting that email with the cover drafts in it. Best thing ever!
6. How Hard Marketing is
Marketing is hard. Period. No ifs, ands or buts about it. It’s not as simple as creating one blog tour for each release. (And for the record, blog tours are hard too. Hence why Pride Promotions is doing mine.) But beyond each release, you need to put together a blog or a website, Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts and everything else. And you have to keep them all active and interesting whether you have a new book coming out or not. So like I said, it’s hard. Plus, that brings me to my next point…
5. How Much Time It Takes Away From Your Personal Life
So I have already scared you about the marketing, so let me keep going. Publication is a major drain on your time. First you have to write a book, which takes a lot of time. Then you have to get it published and go through an intense process of getting the book ready for publication. And with each one of those steps, you have deadlines that must be met. There are many nights when you have to decline the chance of going out or having fun because you have to work on a new round of edits. And that is something you have to be willing to sacrifice.
4. How Involved the Publication Process Would Be
There are so many moving parts on the road to publication. There are usually three or four rounds of edits at various stages, covers that need to be looked at and critiqued, biographies and blurbs that have to be created, marketing campaigns that have to be developed and the list goes on and on. There so many things that I didn’t think of when I started this journey and for my first publication, I was clueless. If it wasn’t for some wonderful people who helped me out, I would have been in trouble.
3. How You Can’t Set the Bar Too High
When you first get that contract, it is easy to have delusions of grandeur. You think you will be the next Stephen King. But when the book comes out and it doesn’t sell five million copies, it can be a bit of a let-down. You just have to remember that every author needs time to build up a fan-base. And your first book probably won’t sell as much as you want. Also, know that release day isn’t as amazing as you think it will be either. It’s awesome to see your book on the New Releases page, but that it really the only thing that will happen. You will not get a parade it your honor. Sorry.
2. How Many Amazing People I Would Meet
I am sure that many of you have heard about how amazing the M/M genre is and that is absolutely true. I wouldn’t be in this position if not for the amazing support from the publishers, authors and readers. They are some of the most open and warm-hearted people I have ever met and I am so grateful to be part of it. And a side note to all of you aspiring authors out there, when you do get started in this genre, reach out. We are all happy to help.
1. How Awesome the Road Is
It may sound sappy, but it is true. This is one of the best things I have ever done in my life and I am so grateful that I have been given this opportunity. It may be hard, but it is all worth it. And I encourage anyone with the inclination to give professional writing a shot. Because it is so worth it.
So there it is. That is my list of Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Became a Published Author. Authors out there: what do you think? Do you agree or not? What would be on your list? Aspiring Authors: did that help you? Let me know in the comments. Thanks again to Brandilyn and everyone and Prism Book Alliance for letting me guest post today. And Happy Writing everyone!
Death is in a lonely business. Since the beginning of time he’s been reaping souls then returning home to his little condo in the sky. It’s not a bad job. There are perks. But Death would kill to meet his soul mate, no pun intended.
Tommy Neilson is the next human slated for death. But when he can see Death, Tommy turns his whole world upside down. Curious, Death seeks Tommy out. The chemistry between the two is immediate and soon an unlikely romance starts to form. While Death may not be lonely anymore, he isn’t allowed to interact with humans. Consequently, he must make a choice: billions of souls or the one that makes being immortal worth it.
About the Author:
Sophie Bonaste is a novelist who never set out to be a novelist. As a child, she wanted to be a Broadway actress and spent her childhood in numerous productions. But when adulthood set in and reality took over, Sophie chose to give up the theater for a steady paycheck and instead turned to writing as a creative outlet. She stumbled into the M/M genre through fanfiction and never looked back. Sophie is quite happy with her change in artistic expression and doesn’t plan to stop writing for a long time.
A self-proclaimed nerd, Sophie is an avid fan of all things Star Wars and Harry Potter. (Sophie is a member of the Slytherin house, for those who were wondering.) Sophie also spends many hours watching and re-watching nerdy television shows. When she is not obsessing over the latest and greatest in nerdy entertainment, Sophie can be found screaming at her television during American football games. (Go Pack Go!) Sophie currently lives in Pennsylvania, about twenty minutes from her childhood town of The Middle of Nowhere.
Sophie loves to hear from readers! You can reach her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SophieBonaste, or on Facebook as Sophie Bonaste. You can also check out updates on Sophie’s writing and other musings on her website at http://sophiebonaste.blogspot.com.
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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