The Book Diva's Reads is pleased to play host to Jennifer Burrows, author of Into the Light. Ms. Burrows will be providing some great tips to many of you would-be writers. Without further ado, I give you Jennifer Burrows.
Starting Out As A Writer -
5 Things You Should Know
I love this topic! Everybody wants to know the secret to becoming a successful writer. Unfortunately, there isn't a set road map for everyone. If there was, it would be much easier. It's different for each individual based on the genre, networking capabilities, and if your story is what people are wanting. With that said, let’s dive in.
Number Five: The chances you're going to become mega successful are slim to none. My husband always says, "I can't wait for you to make it big so I can quit my job." I just smile and nod at him. Of course it would be amazing. I'm going to do everything I can to get there. But in the back of my mind, I continue to focus on what I love—writing. I get the opportunity to do what I am passionate about. That's the reward and I'm lucky.
Number Four: You don't need a publisher to publish your book. I had a publisher for my first book and I self-published my second. I've been more successful with my second book than I ever was with my first. My publisher didn't do a lot for me except create headaches. I've done all the marketing and networking on my own. Oh, and self-publishing is incredibly easy!
Number Three: Find a good group of beta readers. Your friends and family are not an asset where this is concerned. My husband is a lit major. No help there. My best friend is an avid reader and is very critical when it comes to books. Not really a lot of help there. These people are too close. You need someone who is objective and doesn’t give a crap about hurting your feelings. These are the people who will tell you honestly if your story sucks.
Number two. Networking is your best friend. Go to writers conferences, join an online group, become a part of a writing club, etc. Make friends. Share your experiences. That support group is so necessary. Writing can be a lonely profession. If you find a person to share your ideas, fan bases, and tips, it will make things easier for you. One of my author friends did a giveaway of my book on her website. I got almost 100 new likes on Facebook in one day.
The number one thing you should do is make friends with the bloggers. People told me this over and over. Common sense told me I needed to. The problem I had is I'm no one. I'm a new author. The bloggers get tons of inquiries a day to read and review books. One by one, I was shot down. Most didn't even write back.
In order to get their attention, I started giving them things to give away on their page. Mostly ecopies of my books. They love this. It gets you exposure while making their fans happy trying to win free items. It's a win-win.
About the author:
Jennifer is a Registered Nurse, and she holds a Master's degree in Nursing Administration. She has 15 years of experience working in the Emergency Room and the Intensive Care Unit of a major trauma center. While she is equally adept at all facets of patient care, Emergency room nursing is her passion, and is the inspiration for this story and A Shot in the Dark. Currently, she resides in Southern California with her husband and their three amazing boys. A Shot in the Dark was her debut novel with Into the Light following as the sequel.
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Into the Dark by Jennifer Burrows
ISBN: 9781495370700 (paperback)
ASIN: B00I3S7UVI (Kindle edition)
Publication date: February 25, 2014
After Laney is shot at point blank range, Josh works tirelessly to repair her life threatening internal injuries from the gunshot wounds. What's worse is he is forced to inform Laney's parents about the tragic accident. Having only just begun a relationship with the woman he knows in his heart he will spend the rest of his life with, he now has to reveal to her parents that a stalker has been tormenting their daughter. While his only mission is to save Laney's life, her parents have other plans for their daughter, none of which include Josh. They are determined to find a new doctor for Laney, and if her parents have their way, she will be taken thousands of miles away from him.
Just when Josh thinks his entire world has been turned completely upside down, he finds his sister Jillian has stopped taking her psychiatric medications and has become a person unfamiliar to him. Dealing with her psychotic world becomes even more of a shock, leaving Josh in a horrible dilemma. He is torn between trying to save Laney's life, keeping her parents from moving her away from him, and providing his sister the attention and help she desperately needs before she has a complete psychotic breakdown.
Will Josh be able to save the love of his life and prevent her parents from taking her away? Will he be able to help Jillian through her mental illness before it takes over her life? Will Laney's relationship with her parents ever be salvaged? Will Josh and Laney have their happily ever after, or will the hurdles they have to jump through prove to be more than they can handle?
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