A simple Google search for “first time author advice” produces a literal plethora of sites, filled—I’m sure—with valid, useful information about how to write a good book, and how to go about getting it published. But it’s all a bit overwhelming. And by jiminy, where does one even start? A few years back, as an aspiring writer, I found myself in exactly this situation.
What I needed was an author survival guide.
Now, five years older and maybe a teeny bit wiser, I can honestly say I’ve had some experiences. SOME experiences. Some EXPERIENCES, let me tell you! And I got to thinking about how nice it would have been if I’d had a simple, basic roadmap to guide me on my journey toward publication of that first novel. How much time and tears, effort and exasperation I could have saved.
An author’s guide. So, I wrote one.
The Road to Publication: A Writer’s Navigation Guide will officially release on March 17, 2017 in eBook and paperback. It’s not a looooong book—if it was, it would be little better than that endless list of blogs and articles and websites I came up with after search after Google search. No, at a little over 100 pages, this is a simplified, condensed overview: A blueprint, if you will. A roadmap to guide the wannabe writer, the I’ve-written-a-novel-so-now-what-the-hell-do-I-do-with-it author, and the newbie author who’s wandering aimlessly at the bottom of the pack and thinking, “I’m published! Why the hell am I not making any money?”
Is this a memoir of my experiences through the battlefield called publishing? No. Well, sort of. I do share some of my tales of wonder and woe—enough, anyway, to keep the reader entertained. But mostly, it’s the book I wish I could have found when I first started my career as a novelist. And, in the words of my editor, Allie Rottman, “This is a great book, and I believe a necessary one…so much more entertaining to read than a straight how to guide.”
You can find out more about The Road to Publication here. And I’d love for all my creative writing soulmates to join me for the Facebook Launch Party on March 21st from 4-8 p.m. EST, when I’ll be giving away one paperback (U.S. only) and three digital copies of this first in my series of Author Resource books. That link is here.
Claire Gem is a multi-published, award-winning author of five contemporary romance and supernatural suspense novels. And now, a nonfiction Author’s Resource guide. Find out more about her at her Website, or her Amazon Author Page.