What Would I Tell a New Author? by Barbra E. Ross – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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What would I tell a new author?

I have been writing for years and I still feel like a new author. I learn new things everyday about advertising, writing and editing. It is an ongoing process. When I look back to when I started writing, I think about what I would have liked to know then, that I know now. Here is my list that I would tell myself or anyone who is thinking of starting to write.

1.) Don’t ever give up. I know this sounds easy, but when you get your first bad review and they tear your writing to shreds, it is not that simple. It felt like someone kicked me in the ribs and knocked all the wind out of my body. I wanted to crawl in bed and forget the world. Thankfully, I had a great support network who reminded me that you can’t please everyone.

2.) Write what your heart tells you to write. Don’t let trends or people tell you what you should write. It won’t be believable if it isn’t true to you.

3.) Promote yourself. Go to local bookstores, libraries and show them your work. Just because you published, doesn’t mean the work stops there. That is when the real work begins. Writing was easy to me, marketing myself wasn’t.

4.) Network with other authors. See what they are doing to advance their work. You can get great advice from fellow authors.

5.) Learn how to write an effective query letter for agents and publishers. I self-published, but I still send out queries to agents and publishers. You never know when that one letter will land on the right desk.

6.) Invest in yourself and your book. It takes money to get your name and product out there. But who better to invest in than yourself. If you wrote it, believe in it and go for it.

7.) Make a website and join social media to promote your work. I can’t tell you how awesome it was when readers started writing me and telling me how they enjoyed my books. It still gives me butterflies when I think about it.

8.) Take care of you and give yourself the time to write. Set up free time where you can do your best work. I like my days off from work, when I am alone to write. Just me and my animals while I type away.

Bottom line is… do what you love to do. If I had listened to people who told me I was crazy for writing vampire romance, I would not be where I am today. And I am darn happy with what I have accomplished so far. You are never too old or too young to do anything. Keep reaching for the stars. Or in my vampire’s case, keep flying to the stars…

Barbra E Ross

One night changed everything for bachelor Justin Bertolli. A womanizer at heart, never quite ready to settle down, he meets the woman who would change his life forever. Ambra Taylor is that woman, but is she all that Justin bargained for? When Justin discovers the truth about who and what she is, will he still love her? Will he still want her? Find out, as their hearts collide in this epic tale of love.

The sequel, MARZIO’S REVENGE, is now available.

Enjoy an Excerpt

“Justin, please, don’t leave!” I heard her yell.

“Why the hell not? You are playing me for a fool!” I yelled back.

“No! I am not. I love you!” she yelled.

“I am not stupid Ambra! I know something is going on here.”

“Nothing is going on! Please believe me!” she cried.

“Oh yeah? An empty closet? You, running away every morning, working every single day. Even God took a day off Ambra,” I said, smartly.

“I cannot tell you! I cannot!”

“Then we are done. Finished. Over.”

I opened the door and went out in the hallway. I pushed the button over and over again for the elevator. I was on fire. I heard her come into the hallway. I looked up at the glowing numbers, waiting for them to count up to her floor. She stood in her doorway and I heard her sobbing. I glanced over at her and she looked so sad. I felt badly for second and quickly snapped out of it. I knew I was being played.

“Justin,” she whispered.

“I’m done talking,” I said and noticed the elevator was close now. Finally.

“Please. I am begging you to change your mind,” she said and I heard the ding of the bell. The door slid open and I put my hand on them to stop them from closing.

“Give me one good reason why I should. I don’t like being lied to. I have never lied to you Ambra,” I told her, still holding the doors.

“Because, I believe you are the only man I will ever love. I knew it the second I saw your face, and I believe that you feel the same way about me,” she said, still crying. I let go of the doors and they slid shut.

“Then tell me the truth,” I said. “Or I am gone.”

About the Author: Barbra E Ross lives in Michigan and is a nurse by day, lover of fiction at night. When people ask me what my book is about, I pause a moment because it is not so simple to describe. It is a vampire romance, I say and then, I pray that doesn’t scare them away. Because what are books really? I believe that books are a way to escape the daily routines of life.
I wanted to take an ordinary man and put him in fantastic situations. To bring a bit of fantasy down to reality. It is a love story at its heart. If I can take the reader on a journey and give them a laugh, cry, or simply bring a smile to their face, then it is all worth it. This story helped me through rough times in my life, and I can only hope it will do the same for the reader.

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