It was a pleasure to be featured on Rising Shadow this past week! My guest blog post “The Siren’s Song of the Trunk Novel” covered how I answered the enchanting call of my trunk novel, and how I completed it to be what is now my first novel, now published with Crossroad Press.
I put my book away. No more, I said, no more of this tale of two-tailed mermaids who transform into great white sharks, no more of this angelic civil war and pre-Biblical lore, no more.
I imagine my writer’s trunk to be a Victorian round-top steel and dark wood luggage piece when in actuality it’s my laptop, but either way I slammed the lid down. This ten-year saga of writing my first novel was over. Nothing would come of this huge monstrous tale: The Falling Dawn had indeed fallen.
Link to Rising Shadow guest post: https://www.risingshadow.net/articles/guest-posts/844-guest-post-the-siren-s-song-of-the-trunk-novel-by-gwendolyn-n-nix
I’m so excited to finally say Happy Book Birthday to my first novel, The Falling Dawn: Celestial Scripts Book One! It’s been a long journey to get to this point and finally seeing it on Amazon (with Prime shipping, you guys, Prime!) made me smile this big goofy grin.
As a first-time author, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do in the marketing realm of things. I created my Amazon Author page, my Goodreads Author page, and I lurked around the BookBub website. I’ve queried blog review sites and have created t-shirt—t-shirts, I say!—along with business cards for when I go promote the book at a local science fiction fantasy convention.
What else is out there for a newbie author learning the ropes? Any advice you writers out there have that you wish someone had told you?
I know this is a long con game and that I’ll be promoting these scribbles of mine until the end of my days, but at this point, I’m in the mindset to sneak my books anywhere someone might read them…the free book libraries around the corner from my work, the actual library, the local bookstores!
It’s such a rush seeing your novels live online. Something about it feels like you’re setting out to sea and your words have been packed in trunks, while your edits are the fat that have been left back on shore. It’s a voyage into the great unknown, sailing into the horizon of authordom, and it feels incredible. I’m going to relish in it. Soon enough, the journey will become hard again, my stocks of words will dwindle, and I’ll be back to square one.
But for now, look at that beautiful cover. Check out that link. Maybe I should get that ISBN number tattooed on me (978-1948929868). We’re building an empire, dear Reader, one book at a time.
Smashwords ePub: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/827140