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Title: Imposter in Zebra-stripes Briefs
Author: C.C. Dado
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance, New Adult
When recent college graduate Nathan Harris makes a life-changing move out from under his mother’s thumb and into his own place, he is determined to take some risks. He is tired of not being good enough, tired of allowing his fears to control him.
What he thought would be an exciting adventure ends up being one jaw-dropping mishap of embarrassment after another, leaving him with a life he doesn’t even recognize anymore.
His once boring, lonely existence has been replaced by a brownstone filled with colorful friends, a rough around the edges, tattooed bad boy best friend, and a stripper for a boyfriend who’s not even sure he’s gay.
Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a published author and why?
- The rules of grammar. The fact that I wrote a book is pretty humorous to me. I have always said literacy is my kryptonite, but I had a story to tell and figured I could fumble my way through. I have learned you cannot fumble your way through the rules of grammar. J I have learned so much going through the editing process and I think I have made huge leaps from my first short story.
- How to use Goodreads. It is difficult as a new writer to get people to see you. I have a great day career outside of writing so this is not about how many books I can sell, for me it’s about how many people can I make laugh while reading something I wrote. How many people that were having a crappy day picked up my book and their worries were temporarily forgotten?
- How involved the editing/publishing process is. It takes a long time to publish a book.
- The importance of the timeline. Having a timeline written out as you progress can save you from losing the reader by breaking the reality of the story.
- The benefits of an outline. My first story did not have an outline and was more free flowing, which is okay but working through the outline and solidifying the timeline is much cleaner for me, I find I have less go back, and rework this way.
- The value of a thesaurus. “I have highlighted the repetitive words” I saw this editor comment a lot in my first short story edits.
- My last four all role into this: Being an author is much more involved than I ever could have anticipated. Trying to reach your readers is this weird vortex of the unknown. How to promote your book, Goodread ads, newspaper ads, Twitter, Facebook, Blog spots, not sure what works and what doesn’t. And how to deal with other authors, it’s like there’s this unspoken authors etiquette that you are supposed to know and it’s like I’m sitting at the table still trying to figure out which fork to use. It is an amazing experience that I am learning as I go.
- How to be an author outside of just writing the book.
- How to build a following of readers.
- How to do promos.
- Author etiquette.
Ding…. He heard his phone go off again as he was grabbing an orange from the fridge. Nathan set the orange on the counter and pulled his phone out of his pocket.
Maybe I’m jumping the gun here. What are you into?
Nathan wasn’t quite sure how to answer that. He leaned back against the kitchen counter and stared at the keypad for a second before responding. Guys?
Ding…. I’m literally shaking my head at you right now….
Ding…. Josh instantly followed up his last text. I meant what turns you on about a guy. Eyes? A nice ass? I need to know what I’m working with here.
Nathan felt like the entire world could see his words as he typed his response. I think men’s feet are sexy.
Ding… Josh responded, apparently not fazed at all by Nathan’s answer. All right then, let’s start at the toes and work our way up.
About the Author
I write painfully awkward, usually embarrassing, romance because long confident gazes followed by sexy dancing never happens to me.
I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, and will probably never leave since I’m a hypochondriac sundae, with claustrophobic sprinkles, and a cherry of anxiety on top. I read and write to relax my mind and I love getting lost in someone else’s story, even if it is only for a little while.
Where to find the author:
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