When I signed my contract for my debut historical romance series, The Infamous Lords, in 2016, I had no idea how publishing worked. I had no clue what to expect when I received my edits. Would there be red ink strikethroughs everywhere and scratched notes in the margins that I couldn’t decipher? Thankfully, my editor sent me a very nice letter explaining the plot changes she thought would enhance the story and made her comments in the Word document containing my manuscript, as did my copy editor, so there was no red ink or indecipherable notes.
I also didn’t know what a galley was. If you’d said the word to me, my mind would have thought about a boat or a galley type kitchen. Now, I know that a book galley is an Advance Readers Copy, also referred to as an ARC. They are uncorrected proofs, which are sent out to reviewers in advance and are not the final product since they might still have a few typos or an inconsistency.
My biggest learning curve has been social media. Most publishers want you to have a presence on social media, and I can completely understand. Since signing up for Twitter, it’s become my favorite social media site. You can find me here. Facebook is still a work in progress. And though I love Pinterest, yes, I’m a visual person, it can suck me in for hours, so I don’t use it as much as I’d like to. For me, social media is like getting into a cool pond. I move slowly, first toes, ankles, knees, but I hope to be swimming soon.
There’s Sanity in Numbers
If I had to give debut authors advice, I’d say join a group of other debut others. I joined Authors18. We all have our debuts coming out in 2018. This group has been invaluable. It’s good to know you aren’t alone and that your worries aren’t all that odd. And that if you have a question you can reach out and ask others experiencing the same concerns as you. Experiencing this journey with other new authors helps with the solitary nature of writing. It also helps that fellow Romance Chicks Christy and Dylann are part of this group.
Interested in Meeting New Authors?
If so, tonight, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the Authors ’18 group will be having their first Facebook party. I’m up first at 8:00 pm est. So, if you’d like to meet some of my fellow debut authors and get a chance to win a book, we’d love to have you join us. Here’s the link. Authors18 Facebook party
Hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, check us out at www.Authors18.com!
Thanks for stopping by!
Romance Chick Renee Ann Miller writes historical romances that are sometimes witty, sometimes dark, but always sexy. Her debut, Never Dare a Wicked Earl, will be available January 30, 2018.