When I wear my editor’s cap for The Write Companion, I come up against the same ‘belief’ a great deal of time when working for a debut author. They feel as if St. Martin’s or Random House or one of the ‘biggies’ should take their book no matter what. Problem is, when this doesn’t occur, they become highly depressed and want to simply walk away from the whole ‘being a writer’ dream. This makes me extremely sad because, yes, it is horribly difficult to get in with a huge publisher; but when you receive a ‘form’ response or a negative reply, that does NOT automatically mean you’re writing isn’t up to par. Especially in this economy.
There are daily stories about how publishers are closing their doors, being bought out, how authors (some extremely well-known) are having their contracts voided, whereas other big houses are simply going with the big names and will no longer even look at a debut author’s work because they can’t take the risk. This is the economy. These are the days when making a move, going out on a limb, daring to put support behind a new name – is something that the bigger publishers simply won’t do. BUT, as I tell all the authors I work with, starting with a small company is in many ways far better.
A while back I had the opportunity to go with a big ‘name’ in the publishing industry but chose not to. I know, some people will say this is ridiculous – BUT, you should have seen the contract. There were some loopholes and odd phrases where I knew that if I didn’t do well – and quickly – that I would be in the proverbial doghouse when all was said and done. In addition, I’m one of those really annoying people who want to work with people who love my characters as much as I do, or at least 80% as much as I do. If my story doesn’t affect them, then they’re not the ones I should ‘team’ up with.
When a wonderful lady by the name of Nicole and I fell over each other when working on something else, things happened and Matthew and Emily were brought into the Tribute family. Until Next Time, the first in this series, was new for me. I had never written a YA novel and I knew that Nicole was taking a chance on me. Not only did she turn out to be a friend, but she is beyond professional, works twice as hard than ANY ‘major’ publisher would on my behalf, and even provided me with the BEST cover artist in the industry who made the characters in my head come to life. I was beyond humbled and extremely grateful.
When I emailed her – about anything – the response was almost immediate. When she needed something for the book – blogs, interviews, etc. – I did them for HER immediately. This was (and, thankfully is) the kind of working relationship I want for all my novels no matter what genre they are. In fact, Nicole has spoiled me; and, if possible, I have become even more picky after being a part of the Tributeclan and getting such professional service.
Writing is a lifelong career. It is also a lifelong struggle to be able to tell a great story that will entertain or effect reader’s lives in, hopefully, a great way. There will always be all-nighters, aggression with various social media networks when you want to throw your computer out the window and see if it will fly – all of that is part of the tough job of being a writer. But when it comes to the publisher, the partnership that you crave more than anything, make sure to NEVER discount the smaller presses, indie publishers, or eBook/electronic publishers. Chances are you will find a perfect partnership that you will be eternally grateful for!
About Gilded Wings (The Angel Chronicles #2)
When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become…
Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason – the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget…
Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life – one chance – to live and love the girl of his dreams…
The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.
What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.
As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both.
Genre: YA romance, fantasy
Blog Tour Read Along
Each stop of the Gilded Wings blog tour receives an exclusive excerpt of the first chapter of the novel. If you follow the tour stops in order from Day 1, you will read the entire chapter by the end of the tour. For a list of all tour stops, click the tour banner at the top of this post. Here is our portion of the read along:
As Anya turned, she noticed the butler had disappeared from her side. Walking slowly down the luxurious hallway, she entered the next open door. A fire was burning in a small hearth in the corner of the room and a large bed with bright white sheets had been turned down to welcome her.
“There’s a water cabinet to your left where you can wash…which I recommend. However, if you require anything else you’ll have to wait for morning because, as I have already stated, the household has retired for the evening.”
“Well,” Anya replied in a sarcastic tone, “it was certainly kind of you to wait up for us.”
“Yes. It was,” he stated, closing the door with a resounding bang.
Anya sighed, letting the breath escape her body for the first time since her arrival in America. She couldn’t believe her eyes. A finely carved dresser stood in the corner like an elegant sentinel, and the bed was quite simply the finest piece of furniture she’d ever laid eyes on. That bed, Anya thought, was fit for the lady of the house, not a mere governess.
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About the Author
Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.
She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.
Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.
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