Today, I have the kickass S.K. Falls! She's one of those authors who deserve more recognition. I found her through Netgalley with her book, Secret for a Song. I can't tell you how much I loved that book. It reminds me of This Song Will Save Your Life mixed with The Fault in Our Stars. That should be the pitch, just saying. I constantly get it mixed up with This Song Will Save Your Life because of the strong music elements and how good those two books are. READ IT.
Now with her highlights of 2013 as an author.
4 Highlights of 2013: An Author’s Perspective
I published my first book, World of Shell and Bone, in December 2012. This month, the sequel, Land of Masks and Moonlight, came out. In the twelve months between books 1 and 2, so much has happened. Thanks to Nova for extending me an invite to come here and talk about the highlights of my writing career in 2013!
4. I completed a series. Yay! So, okay, my series is two books and a novella long, not eight or nine books like some authors do. But still. It feels ah-maaazing to have completed a story arc.
3. I decided to experiment with a new (to me) storytelling format: serialization. Serial novels are not new, but they are seeing a resurgence of popularity (like Hugh Howey’s WOOL serial or Susan Kaye Quinn’s Debt Collector serial). My own serial novel is a paranormal romance, and it has been a blast to write! Though it’s not my big seller, I love that the readers who do manage to find it absolutely love it.
2. I’m going hybrid! And I don’t mean cars. In the publishing industry, many of the “norms” of old are in flux. Writers can be traditionally published, published through a small press, or self-published—or a combination of all of these. When I wrote a contemporary fiction novel, Secret for a Song, (which, coincidentally, Nova loved :)) (Nova Insert: I really did, though, seriously. Check it out. Please.), it caught the eye of a literary agent. She offered me representation, and we’re now working to land a publisher for some of my work (like my contemporary fiction) while self-publishing others (like my serial novel).
1. I have amazing readers. But the one highlight that’s most important to me? I have a base of loyal readers now that I didn’t have in 2012. This, to me, is worth a thousand publishing contracts and movie deals. Readers are a big, huge part of why I write. So, on behalf of all your favorite authors and me: THANK YOU!
SK has also donated a copy of her audiobook for World of Shell and Bone! Enter the giveaway below (no, seriously, no one ever enters my giveaway. This is an awesome author. Trust me, her book's worth it.)