Thrilled to announce I won the RUBY!

Thrilled to announce I won the RUBY!

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Ummm so this happened…still in absolute shock… I just won the Australian Romance Book of the year for historical romance, for my debut novel THE DEVILISH DUKE!!! OMG!! I’m absolutely honored and thrilled to have won an award that is on my bucket list to win this lifetime… well goal achieved!!

A huge thanks to my publisher Entangled Publishing & my agent Pamela Harty from The Knight Agency!! And also to my family, who I couldn’t have done it without! And to my AWESOME readers – you all ROCK!!!!

OMG I’m a Finalist in the RUBY Awards!

OMG I’m a Finalist in the RUBY Awards!

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I’m absolutely thrilled and so honoured, to announce that I’m a finalist in the Historical category for Romance Book of the year, for THE DEVILISH DUKE, in the Romance Writers of Australia awards!! The awards themselves are a highlight of the year for us Aussie romance writers, and to be a finalist is a dream come true! And I’m in amazing company with Tanya Bird and Anne Gracie as my fellow finalists! It’s an absolute honor to have made the finals with my debut book – and I’m so thrilled that the readers that judged the competition enjoyed Devlin & Sophie’s story. Means such a lot!  

The awards night itself is being held on the 10th of August in Melbourne, at The Australian Romance Writers Association annual conference, so it’s going to be a fun night to say the least!! Very exciting and I’ll definitely post pictures! Now all I have to do is decide what to wear, lol!!  🙂

 

Some Exciting News to Share!

Some Exciting News to Share!

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Hi Everyone,

I’m finally sharing my wonderful news (which most of you already know about by now): I have been signed another book deal with Entangled Publishing to write 4 more books for them!! Book 3 in the Saints & Scoundrels series, and another 3 books in a brand-new historical romance series have been contracted! And I have a wonderful new editor, Stacy Abrams, who is the Editorial Director of the Entangled Teen and Amara print line! I’m very excited to be working with Stacy, as I just adore so many of the books she’s edited. Fun times ahead for sure!

In other news I’m also working on a Christmas Novella, titled THE MISTLETOE MISTRESS!! And I’m having such fun withing this one – which I can’t wait to share with you all! It’s coming out in a boxed set with about thirty other author’s in early October this year! It’s going to be AWESOME!! Though, I better get back to writing it, as it’s due to my editor shortly… lol! 

Take care and talk soon 🙂

Maddy

 

Mike Chen’s Successful Query Letter

Mike Chen’s Successful Query Letter

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Mike I’m thrilled to have you on my blog today, and thank you so much for sharing your querying experience with us. I had so much fun reading about your querying experience, and I know my readers and other authors out there will enjoy it too!

Hello! And thank you for having me! I love trying to help out fellow writers with the query process. I feel like I’m pretty good at breaking down the query letter, so happy to share my knowledge.

 

That’s awesome – after all, I think the more we help each other out, the better! So let’s begin with your query letter itself and then we’ll get into the questions:

 

  • How long did you spend writing your query letter?

By the time, I queried HERE AND NOW AND THEN, it was the third book I’d queried. My second one got pretty close with a really good request rate, and it was that manuscript where I felt like I learned the formula during that time. So the query for HNT, I probably drafted a few different versions and refined it over the course of a few weeks.

 

  • Did you revise your query letter at all during the querying process?

I actually didn’t! I just looked back at the first query I sent and it’s the same one that landed me offers despite being sent four months earlier.

 

  • How long did it take you from when you started querying to when you got your first partial or full manuscript (ms) request?

I just checked and it was two weeks.

 

  • How many partial and full ms requests did you receive?

18 requests over 90 queries.

 

  • Did you receive any rejections, and if so how did you cope?

Oh, I did for sure! The query to my now-agent was actually a result of getting a full rejection from one of my top tier agents, and I was so mad that I went on a revenge-querying spree. Up until then, I sent things out fairly methodically in small batches but I was in a “screw it!” mindset and blasted a bunch out.

 

  • Did you use any particular software, or system for keeping track of the queries you sent out?

Querytracker.net is the best resource for that. I used that with my own spreadsheet.

 

  • How many query letters did you send out at a time?

I tried to send batches of 5-10, and those batches would have a mix of first, second, and third tier agents.

 

  • How did you choose who you sent your query letter to?

I’m very much a believer in the idea that you don’t want to blow through your top tier first. Just in case your query isn’t working, or you get revision notes that make your manuscript better, it’s a good idea to mix it up. Also, different agents read/request at different speeds regardless of how long they’ve been in the business. When I started out, I did use Querytracker to see who typically responded the fastest and I identified those in my first batch just to get a sense of if the query was working.

 

  • Did you personalize each one?

I tried to personalize the greeting/opening paragraph especially if there was something personal that made sense. For example, my agent loves Nick Hornby and has a corgi, and I love Nick Hornby and had a corgi at the time who has since passed. But I mentioned that in my query.

 

  • Can you tell us a bit about when you received ‘the call’?

It wasn’t quite as dramatic as others have had. The first offer I got was from a smaller agent and first he wanted to talk. But we were having trouble finding time for a call so he said on email that we really should talk because he wanted to offer representation. That kicked off the whole thing. It wasn’t quite as immediate or explosive as some of my other friends!

I did wind up getting multiple offers (more on that below) and when I did actually get to talk to Eric, he said (and I totally remember these exact words) “I want to represent your book. Well, all of your books forever, actually.” He was the third of four offering agents that I talked to and I felt 99% certain that he was the one after that call, though I did my due diligence and took the last call.

 

  • Did you have multiple offers for either representation or publication, and if so, how did you decide who you were going to accept?

As mentioned above, I had four offers of rep. For friends who’ve wound up juggling multiple offers, I advise them to look for three things. First, manuscript feedback: who did you agree with the most? Second, personality: publishing is an intensely personal career, so who do you feel you mesh with the most? Third, communication style: this is an offshoot of personality, but different agents communicate in different ways. Some are very businesslike and others are extremely personal (mine is the latter). Talk to them, talk to their clients, and see what meshes with how you like to work.

 

  • What questions did you ask when speaking with the agent/acquiring editor that you were considering?

It was a mix of questions about my work and how they worked. A short list:

What did you like about the work?

What kind of submission list do you see for this?

What areas do you think it could change or improve?

Are you hands on with editorial or do you prefer the writer handle that on their own?

Can I speak with some of your existing clients?

What is your typical process in working with a new author?

 

  • What questions do you wish you’d ask, but didn’t?

I did not ask about communication style,  but I’m lucky that it didn’t end up being an issue. I’ve heard horror stories of completely opposite expectations in the relationship and no one is happy with that, so it’s definitely a priority question.

 

  • Any advice and top tips for others about the querying process and writing the query letter itself?

My most basic advice for querying is to focus on voice, pace, and stakes. I go into it a bit more on my blog post breaking down my own query, but those are the key elements. It’s okay to eschew world building and proper nouns to keep it lean and make sure the pace really goes. Every sentence has to build on the previous one to increase stakes successively. And the opening line should have some ironic hook, which should be referenced in the last line for a feeling of completing the circle.

 

  • Anything else you want to add?

I’m very active on Twitter and happy to answer any questions regarding the query process or writing queries on there. Don’t be shy!

 

Thanks so much Mike for sharing your Successful Query Letter with us! It was an absolute pleasure to have you on my blog, and the advice you’ve given will be so helpful to other authors out there and will certainly inspire those about to hunker down in the querying trenches, lol!

And for those of you who want to have a read of Mike’s absolutely amazing debut ‘Here and Now and Then’, it’s scheduled for release on Jan 29th, 2019. Click on the pic below for more info.

HERE AND NOW AND THEN:

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.

A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.

To order your copy of HERE AND NOW AND THEN, click on the book picture, or the links below:

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780778369042

https://www.amazon.com/Here-Now-Then-Mike-Chen-ebook/dp/B07B4Z433Y/

 

About Mike:

Mike Chen is a lifelong writer, from crafting fan fiction as a child to somehow getting paid for words as an adult. He has contributed to major geek culture websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and ghostwritten corporate articles appearing in Forbes, Buzzfeed, Enterpreneur, and more. A member of SFWA and the Codex Writers group, Mike calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, where he can often be found playing video games and watching Doctor Who with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals.

 

Mike can be found on the following platforms:

Website address:http://www.mikechenbooks.com
Twitter link:https://twitter.com/mikechenwriter
Goodreads link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36630924-here-and-now-and-then

Release Day for The Elusive Earl!

Release Day for The Elusive Earl!

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Whoo Hoo! THE ELUSIVE EARL is now available!

If you haven’t already picked up a copy, now is a fantastic time to do so – available at all major online retailers!

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The Devilish Duke on sale for a limited time!

The Devilish Duke on sale for a limited time!

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Whoo Hoo! THE DEVILISH DUKE is on sale for 99¢ for a very limited time, across all major platforms!

If you haven’t already picked up a copy, now is a fantastic time to do so

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The Elusive Earl $25 Amazon Giveaway

The Elusive Earl $25 Amazon Giveaway

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$25 Amazon Gift-Card Giveaway!

WHOO HOO!! IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!!

To celebrate the cover reveal and the upcoming release of THE ELUSIVE EARL a $25 AMAZON gift card is up for grabs on my Facebook Author page: https://facebook.com/MaddisonMichaelsAuthor
A big thanks to my publisher Entangled Publishing, LLC for offering this awesome prize to the lucky winner!!

THE ELUSIVE EARL blurb:

Brianna Penderley has a knack for getting into precarious situations, especially when it comes to her love for archaeology. In the heart of Naples, her terrible Italian has her accidentally becoming engaged to two men at the same time. Of course, Daniel Wolcott—the Earl of Thornton and the only man ever able to vex her—shows up to rescue her.

Daniel has spent the majority of his life exercising rigid control over his emotions, determined never to become the rake his father was. But when he goes to aid his mentor’s danger-prone niece once again, he finds himself struggling to control his attraction to a woman who is his complete opposite.

When their situation goes from bad to worse, Daniel and Brianna find themselves swept up into a perilous adventure, and they must work together to set things right. Now, if they can just avoid killing each other in the process.

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To be in the running to win the $25 Amazon gift-card, all you have to do is comment on the giveaway post on my Facebook Author page (link at the top of this post and shares will be super appreciated)! The contest will close on Friday 10th Aug at 5pm US ETD, and the winner will be drawn randomly later that night, and the name posted on my Facebook Author page.

Goodluck!

The Elusive Earl – New Title & Cover Reveal

The Elusive Earl – New Title & Cover Reveal

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Whoo Hoo! I can finally reveal the cover for book 2 in my Saints & Scoundrels series, and it’s had a name change too!

Without further ado, here is the cover reveal for THE ELUSIVE EARL, scheduled for release on the 27th August, but available for PRE-ORDER NOW!

Isn’t the cover great! It’s completely in theme with The Devilish Duke and works so well with it!

 

So what is The Elusive Earl about exactly? Well, let me tell you…

Romancing the Stone, meets Pride and Prejudice!

Brianna Penderley has a knack for getting into precarious situations. In the heart of Naples, her terrible Italian has her accidentally becoming engaged to two men at the same time. Of course, Daniel Wolcott—the Earl of Thornton and the only man ever able to vex her—shows up to rescue her.

Daniel has spent the majority of his life exercising rigid control over his emotions, determined never to become the rake his father was. But when he goes to aid his mentor’s niece once again, he finds himself struggling to control his attraction to a woman who is his complete opposite.

Then Brianna’s cousin is kidnapped by mercenaries seeking King Aleric’s lost treasure—and they claim Brianna’s family has the key. Daniel knows he can’t leave her side, as much as he might want to. And she’s determined not to lose her heart to such an icy, infuriating man.

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Interview with Annie Seaton

Interview with Annie Seaton

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Annie’s Path to Publication

Today I chat with the wonderful Annie Seaton, multi-published author, who shares with us her path to publication. Her upcoming novel ‘Whitsunday Dawn” is scheduled for release on July 23 2018!

Annie lives in Australia, on the beautiful north coast of New South Wales. She sits in her writing chair and looks out over the tranquil Pacific Ocean. She has fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an author, and is producing books at a prolific rate.

She writes contemporary romance and loves telling the stories that always have a happily ever after. She lives with her very own hero of many years and they share their home with “Toby” the naughtiest dog in the universe, and Barney, the rag doll kitten, who hides when the grandchildren come to visit.

Hi Annie, I’m so excited to have you on my blog, and thank you so much for sharing your ‘Path to Publication’ experience with us all. I know so many of my readers will love to hear about how you went from an aspiring author to a published one, and many will gather inspiration from the journey!

Hi Maddison, it’s fabulous to be here. Thanks so much for inviting me!

 

  • How long have you been writing for?

Ever since I walked into my first library when I was a very small child in Brisbane, the desire to write stories has consumed me. There is nothing like the feel and the smell of books and the crackling of the pages when you first open the cover knowing that an author is going to transport you to a world that you can lose yourself in for many hours. The dream was always there but I began writing in March 2011, so seven years exactly.

 

  • How long did it take you from when you started writing, to when you became a published (or soon to be) published author?

I wrote my first book in a couple of weeks in April 2011…a novella Winter of the Passion Flower and was contracted in May a few weeks later. My first contemporary romance was written and contracted in December, the same year.

 

  • Where do you write from, home, office, coffee shop, etc? And do you have any pre-writing or actual writing rituals (such as lighting a candle, listening to music, etc)?

I write at my desk looking at a blank wall in total silence.

 

  • Are you a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in-between?

I was initially an out and out panster, (or organic writer sounds much nicer) but I have moved closer to halfway over the past couple of years.

 

  • What is your favourite part of the writing process?

I love edits. A good editor will see deeper and polish your structure. And point out those things that you thought you made clear, but are actually still in your head!

 

  • What is the most important part of a novel to you: plot, characters, or setting?

Setting first— the beauty of our natural world has always evoked deep emotion in me: a sunset, a sunrise, a misty dawn, the breaking waves at the beach. I wanted to set stories in those beautiful and exotic settings. Secondly characters— I people-watch and make up stories in my head as I shop for groceries and pickup children… now grandchildren… from school.

 

  • Describe your writing routine (how long do you spending plotting the novel, time spent writing, editing, submitting it):

The vague plotting starts in my head and works it way around for a few weeks. My five single title print books have been accepted on synopsis, and my writing schedule (being indie, digital and traditionally published) is always very busy so I find myself always writing to a tight deadline. I can usually write 110k in six to eight weeks. A shorter contemporary in about four weeks.

 

  • How many books a year do you usually write (or are you aiming to write):

Since March 2011, and my first two contracts I have written thirty books.

This year I am aiming for seven books. Two single titles for Harlequin Mira, four longer contemporaries and a couple of shorter romances for my indie publishing. Ooh, I think that’s eight!

 

  • How did you get your agent, or your publishing contract?

My first twenty books were either accepted or published by digital publishers in the United States, or self published by me; however my dream was always to see my books available for purchase in a bricks and mortar bookstore in Australia. Those first books were a way of honing my craft and flexing my writing muscles. I was very busy with editing deadlines and putting out four to five books a year, but my readership was predominantly in the United States, although the books are available in Australia. My dream was to write Australian stories for Australian readers and an author friend told me that Pan Macmillan were actively seeking new authors.

I had written five thousand words of my first ‘long’ story so I subbed it to the commissioning editor of Pan Macmillan a week or so before I left for a writing workshop in Tuscany in 2014. (Yes, my author life is wonderful!)

I was at Dubai airport waiting to transfer to a flight to Rome, when I received the email saying that the editor loved it and was taking it to an acquisitions meeting the next week.
To cut the wonderful long story short, I was in London meeting with editing clients when I received the email to say that Pan Macmillan were contracting my three book series on the first five thousand words of Book 1, Kakadu Sunset! That was a moment to cherish.

After that three book series was in print I decide that an agent would be a good idea. I signed with The Nash Agency, and they secured a two book deal with Harlequin Mira within the first week!

 

  • How did you cope with rejection during the querying process?

Um. I didn’t ever get one.

 

  • Describe the time when you got ‘the call’ regarding publication:

The first call for my novella came by email on the morning of a writers’ group meeting, so it was very exciting to take that news to lunch. We drank champagne that day!

 

  • What were your biggest learning experiences or surprises throughout the publishing journey?

Some digital publishers can be very difficult to work for. They are often individuals working from their living rooms and calling themself a publisher. Technically they are, but ensure you do your homework. Don’t trust everyone to do the right thing, and read your contacts very carefully.

 

  • Looking back, what do you think you did right that helped you break in?

I established my brand first. ‘Annie Seaton’ (my pen name) was popping up everywhere before my first book was released. I’ve had so many questions about establishing my brand, I have written a short nonfiction book on ‘how to’. You can find it on Amazon.

 

  • Best advice you’ve ever been given, or have heard, about writing?

Be true to yourself and follow your heart. Don’t write to the market.

 

  • Any advice for aspiring writers on writing and submitting?

Persevere and follow your dream. Learn your craft, hone and polish your words and if you can afford it, get professionally edited.

 

  • What advice can you give to other writers on building a platform and gaining a readership base?

I did originally find Face book the best marketing tool, but times are changing. It is hard to predict what works so go wide on social media.

 

  • What’s up next for you, and what are you working on now?

When I talk about it, I panic. 

  • I am currently a third of the way through my next single title, tentatively titled Undara Shadows for release in 2019.
  • I am expecting content edits for Whitsunday Dawn (out in July 2018) in a couple of weeks.
  • I am waiting for content edits any day for His Outback Temptation out in early May 2018
  • I am planning the first book Her Outback Playboy in the Second Chance Bay series (release December 2018)
  • I am also writing two sequels to add to my series, Follow Me for Love Across Time, (August 2108) and Beach Walk (June 2018) release for the Bondi Beach Love series

 

  • How can people connect with you?

Many places… go wide!

They can connect with me through my website: http://www.annieseaton.net/

I can also be found on FB: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieSeatonAuthor/

Or Twitter:  https://twitter.com/annieseaton26    And     Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seatonannie/

  • Anything else you want to add?

For aspiring authors…Keep your passion for writing alive.

  • Be a risk taker
  • Make your stories character driven and not plot driven
  • Learn about tropes and ensure you are following the formula for contemporary romance if that’s where you ant to be published
  • Even before you are published, establish your author brand. 
  • Don’t give up, believe in yourself and keep submitting. 

 

Thank you so much Annie for sharing your Path to Publication with us! What an awesome journey, with many more adventures to come. Good luck with your release of ‘Whitsunday Dawn’ – can’t wait to have a read 🙂

And for those of you who want to have a read of Annie’s new book ‘Whitsunday Dawn’, it’s scheduled for release on July 23, 2018.

‘Whitsunday Dawn’

When Olivia Sheridan arrives in the Whitsundays as spokesperson for big mining company Sheridan Corp, it should be a straightforward presentation to the town about their proposed project. But when a handsome local fisherman shows her what ecological impact the proposal will have, Olivia is forced to question her father’s motives in the project.

Struggling with newly divided loyalties, Olivia is thrown further into turmoil when she is mistaken for a woman who disappeared more than 60 years before. When it becomes clear that Captain Jay is also keeping secrets, Olivia realises that there is more to these sunshine-soaked islands than she ever expected.

Seeking to uncover the truth, Olivia is drawn into a dangerous game where powerful businessmen will stop at nothing to ensure their plan goes ahead, even if that means eliminating her…

Against the epic Far North Queensland landscape, this is the story of two women, separated by history, drawn to Whitsunday Island where their futures will be changed forever.

 

About Annie:

Annie lives in Australia, on the beautiful north coast of New South Wales. She sits in her writing chair and looks out over the tranquil Pacific Ocean. She has fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an author, and is producing books at a prolific rate.

She writes contemporary romance and loves telling the stories that always have a happily ever after. She lives with her very own hero of many years and they share their home with “Toby” the naughtiest dog in the universe, and Barney, the rag doll kitten, who hides when the grandchildren come to visit.

Stay up to date with her latest releases at her website: http://www.annieseaton.net

Author of the Year Ausrom Readers’ Choice 2014

Best Established Author Ausrom Readers’ Choice 2015

Finalist for Author of the Year, Book of the Year, Cover of the Year, Ausrom Readers’ Choice 2016

 Best Established Author, Ausrom Readers’ Choice 2017

Shortlisted for Romantic Book of the Year 2016 (Kakadu Sunset)

 

Annie can be found on the following platforms:

Website address:http://www.annieseaton.net/
Facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/AnnieSeatonAuthor/
Twitter link:https://twitter.com/annieseaton26
Instagram link:https://www.instagram.com/seatonannie/
Goodreads link:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5779458.Annie_Seaton

Interview with Joanne Dannon

Interview with Joanne Dannon

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Joanne’s Path to Publication

Today I chat with the amazing Joanne Dannon,  a fellow Australian Author, who shares with us her Indie path to publication. Her novel ‘Kissing Under The Spotlight’ is book 1 in her Kissing Down Under series (previously titled, The Alex Jackson series, and the books were, Kissing under the Spotlight, Wanting Mr Right, Together At Last, Forever Mine. The book titles have changed but the book content hasn’t). Happy reading!

Multi published, award-winning Australian author, Joanne Dannon, writes to give her readers the experience she loves to savor–indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever-after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel.

Joanne is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family. She can be found on Facebook and her website www.joannedannon.com chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.

 

I’m super excited to have you on my blog, and thank you so much for sharing your ‘Path to Publication’ experience with us all. I know so many of my readers will love to hear about how you went from an aspiring author to a published one, and many will gather inspiration from the journey! So let’s get started:

  • How long have you been writing for?

12 years

 

  • How long did it take you from when you started writing, to when you became a published (or soon to be) published author?

9 years

 

  • Where do you write from, home, office, coffee shop, etc? And do you have any pre-writing or actual writing rituals (such as lighting a candle, listening to music, etc)?

I write from home but once a week, go to a coffee shop to write.

 

  • Are you a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in-between?

Plotter

 

  • What is your favourite part of the writing process?

I like all of it – the plotting, the writing, even the editing 🙂

 

  • What is the most important part of a novel to you: plot, characters, or setting?

The characters. I write contemporary romance that focuses on the journey of the hero and heroine coming together. It’s the characters that drive the story, not the plot or setting (for what I write).

 

  • Describe your writing routine (how long do you spending plotting the novel, time spent writing, editing, submitting it): 

I spent up to two weeks creating my characters and working out the GMC (Goal Motivation and Conflict). Once finalised, I start writing and that will take 2-6 weeks, depending on the length of the book. I write novellas that are 25K words and novels that are 50K words.

 

  • How many books a year do you usually write (or are you aiming to write):

I write 4-6 books a year, and also run boxed sets, with author friends.

 

  • How did you cope with rejection during the querying process?

Relied on the friendship and support of my author friends.

 

  • Looking back, what do you think you did right that helped you break in?

Worked hard, didn’t compare my journey to others, and wrote good books.

 

  • Is there anything you wish you could do differently?

I wish I’d learnt more about self-publishing before I hit the “upload” button.

 

  • Best advice you’ve ever been given, or have heard, about writing?

The difference between a published and an unpublished author is that one didn’t give up.

 

  • Any advice for aspiring writers on writing and submitting?
  1. Know that it’s not easy to write a book.
  2. Surround yourself with people who support you and want you to achieve (family and friends).
  3. Find your tribe! Spend time with like-minded artists like yourself.
  4. Keep writing.
  5. Remind yourself that overnight sensations take years of hard work to accomplish.
  6. Write what you love. Don’t write to market.
  7. Don’t let rejections stop you from writing.
  8. Learn your craft. Read “how-to” books, go to workshops and conferences.
  9. Find a writing partner or group who supports you, and wants you to do well.
  10. Read! As Stephen King says, “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.”
  11. Every author’s road to publication is different. Don’t compare yourself with others.
  12. Keep writing (purposely added a second time).

 

  • What advice can you give to other writers on building a platform and gaining a readership base?

It’s not easy to build a platform, create a brand and do marketing. Whether you’re traditionally published, self-published or hybrid, you need to be an advocate for your own brand. Don’t expect anyone else to do it for you. And, don’t wait till you’re published. Start now. It’s part of the writing process. Be active on social media, read and review books and share in others authors’ successes.

 

  • What’s up next for you, and what are you working on now?

In August 2018, I’m launching “Kiss Me: An Asian hero boxed set” featuring my sweet romance, “An Unexpected Forever”. In November 2018, I’m launching “Romancing the Holidays” featuring my holiday romance, “Christmas Kisses, in London”. And additionally in November 2018 I’m launching a holiday set, “New York Romance”, with my talented author friend Charmaine Ross. I also have a new steamy series planned for 2019, revolving around a sexy rocker and his entourage.

 

  • How can people connect with you?

All the links on connecting with me are on my website, joannedannon.com

 

Thank you so much Joanne for sharing your Path to Publication with us! What an awesome journey, with many more adventures to come. I’ve learnt so much from reading about your experience in the Indie publishing world!

And for those of you who want to read Joanne’s wonderful book ‘Kissing Under the Spotlight’ just click on the pic below for more info.

 

‘Kissing Under the Spotlight’

Can a superstar singer croon his way into the heart of an ordinary girl?

Violet McKenzie is in serious trouble. Her BFF often joked that if the police found her mobile phone they’d either think she was married to Alex Jackson or she was his personal stalker. So when said superstar crooner offers her a contract to be his personal physical therapist she struggles not to kiss him right there and then.

But Violet is too sensible for that. She knows an international superstar like Alex, with more fans than Michael Bublé and Ed Sheeran combined, isn’t going to fall for a track-pants-wearing wallflower like her.

Right?

KISSING UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT is the first story in Joanne Dannon’s Kissing Down Under series. If you love romances with sigh-worthy endings, you’ll love this series with real men and women who find love when they least expect it.

 

Joanne can be found on the following platforms:

Website address:www.joannedannon.com
Facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/joannedannonwrites/
Instagram link:https://www.instagram.com/joannedannon_writes/
Pinterest link:https://www.pinterest.com.au/joannedannon/
Goodreads link:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14156702.Joanne_Dannon

 

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