10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being An Author I Didn’t Know Before – Guest Post By Christina Bauer, Author of Crowned

Crowned by Christina Bauer

(Beholder, #4)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: November 28, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Beauty. Romance. Power. It’s all in the eye of the BEHOLDER.

At last, Elea has found the love of her life. Unfortunately, the evil Tsar Viktor is about to unleash an army of twisted mages bent on killing everyone Elea cares about… including the man who’s stolen her heart.

So what’s a powerful witch to do? Why, organize a league of magical warriors, of course!

Elea recruits and trains a fighting force to take down the Tsar. That’s challenge enough, but on the eve of battle, Elea realizes that her true enemies may be far more powerful than even Viktor: The deities Oni and Yuri could be out to destroy her as well. With major battles brewing on two fronts, Elea’s not sure that she’ll win, but with true love to inspire her, she’s certainly ready to fight.

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Guest Post – 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being An Author I Didn’t Know Before

As part of the launch tour for my new book CROWNED, the awesome folks at the Leigh Anderson Romance blog have asked my to list the “Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being An Author I Didn’t Know Before.” So without further ado, here goes:

10. It’s okay to suck as a writer

Every author is positively rotten when they start out. Why do you think we begin writing by learning the freaking alphabet? Everyone starts with nothing and needs to work their way up. The trick is to stick with it.

9. Stick with it

Okay, I just listed this one as part of #10 above, but it bears repeating. Writing is an endurance sport. Be prepared. I find mocha lattes help a lot.

8. Enjoy the ride

There’s a reason why accountants make a lot more for playing with numbers than writers often do for toying with words: the work itself is part of the reward. So, enjoy your reward as you go along. Enjoy the creative process and try not to be obsessed with readers, ratings, and publishers.

7. Play with words

The best part of writing (for me anyway) is figuring out how to use language to simulate experience. Whether you alternate consonants or vowels, play with the length of words, or love alliteration…there are a ton of other tools at your disposal to create a vivid world for your readers.

6. Have a business plan

Most writers can create a number of different stories for a wide variety of audiences. Why not take some time and research which ones can make you money? If it’s all the same, there’s no shame in pursuing the ideas that can financially support you through your next book.

5. Welcome criticism

As an author, there can be a lot of boo-hooing about ‘what do you do with a bad review?’ Here’s my advice: ask for people to pick your stuff apart, both in terms of your writing and your business plan. Be ruthless and then go back to #9.

4. Appreciate your support system

It’s a romantic idea: the lone writer. In reality however, successful writers rely on reviewers, editors, proofreaders, other readers, and loved ones. Know who yours are and thank them a lot.

3. Be patient

I didn’t really get into my groove with writing until book eight. There’s a lot of focus in the industry on new writers and manuscripts. Ignore it. Work your craft.

2. Enjoy your tribe

As you publish more books, you’ll get the chance to gain wonderful readers who enjoy your writing. This is THE BEST.

1. Read a ton

What you put in your mind is what comes out on the page. Be super careful of any and all storytelling you consume, especially if you want to create something unique or new. If you’re taking in the same stories as everyone else, that’s what you’ll produce.

So that’s my list. Thanks for the opportunity to share some insights and I look forward to seeing you at the next launch!

Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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