I knew zip about being a writer before I entered this field last year. I had a bunch of ideas for books and a few friends had read my work and thought it was good. So, I ran out and found an editor and began my journey as a writer. I’d say I’m getting pretty good at it. I’m growing and that’s the important thing.
So, are there things you should know before you go into this field? You bet!
First, a lot of what you’ll need to do is marketing. If you self-publish, you need to market your work. If you don’t self-publish, you’ll basically be marketing anyway because you need to sell it to an agent or a publisher first and then after being published, you’ll need to do a lot of the marketing yourself, too.
Second, you’ll need to network. You need to connect yourself with other authors for joint projects and joint marketing efforts and to help spread the word about your books.
Third, you don’t get time between books to relax and recoup. Your readers want the next book and you need to publish again and again to stay at the top. In fact, if you’re self-publishing, I strongly encourage you to have at least three books completed before you publish and then begin writing the fourth one as soon as your first three are out there.
Last, the thrill you get from opening that first reader email telling you how much someone loves your work or reading the first five star review of your work or seeing your name in one of Amazon’s Top 100 lists cannot be beat! It’s worth every drop of sweat and every minute of wringing your hands wondering if someone will like your work.
So, don’t procrastinate. Get out there and write. Show your work to friends and get feedback. Get help and accept criticism gracefully. Rewrite, edit, and rework. And, someday, send your baby out into the world. It’s worth it.
Lori Ryan writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She is frequently ranked in the top 100 romantic suspense authors on Amazon.com. To find her work, visit http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CFUKD1E.
Jennie Evan’s heart broke when she lost her high school sweetheart and husband just after college graduation. She’s found some semblance of a new life with good friends and a job she loves at Sutton Capital, but she knows she’ll never love again. That part of her died with Kyle.
Chad Thompson sees the heartache Jennie hides from the world. Despite the chemistry he and Jennie always fight against, Chad vows to keep their relationship friendly. Anything more would hurt Jennie and Chad knows he can’t cause her more pain.
When their well-meaning friends throw Jennie and Chad together in a plot designed to push their comfort zone, Jennie ends up in more danger than anyone could have foreseen. Chad knows he can protect her, but he isn’t able to protect his own heart in the process.
Fans of Sutton Capital have been waiting for Jennie and Chad’s story. Dive in and fall in love right along with them!
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Genre – Romantic Suspense
Rating – R
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Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has written three more books since then. Each of Lori’s books have made their way to the Amazon bestseller list and she quickly climbed the Amazon bestselling author list, as well. In November, 2013, Lori and a group of romantic suspense authors landed on the USA Today and NY Times bestseller lists with an anthology only eight months after the release of Lori’s first book. Lori loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog. Oh, and if you’ve read Lori’s books and loved them, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.com. Writers live and die by their reviews and Lori promises to do a happy dance around her office every time you write one!