I am please to welcome Crymsyn Hart as a guest today. She takes the time to talk about writing and her process. Welcome welcome.
In a little over a month, I’m heading to a new writer’s convention in Louisville, KY called Imaginarium. Because I’m preparing to go I’ve had to order stock so I can (hopefully) sell my books. Along with the other swag that I have and a few other things I still have to get. However, the first of my books showed up yesterday all neatly stacked and smelling like heaven. It was like being in a bookstore and inhaling the sweet perfume of paper. Sadly, I have never seen my book on a shelf in a large bookstore, but I’ve come to terms with that these past many years.
However, that doesn’t break my excitement when I see my books in print. Let’s face it, I suspect that it’s every author’s dream or to get a publishing contact that will net the a million dollars. If only it were that easy.
Writing is not an easy job. It can suck the life out of you. It can leave you emotionally broken and half-crazy because of something your characters did and you didn’t know about at the time you plotted your novel. Writing can show you the twists and turns of your imagination that you never knew existed. And that’s all in the first page.
But writing is also a job.
I think some people forget that.
Once you finish the first draft you have to go back and edit, shredding the pages you poured your heart into. Then once you edit the book you have to find a publisher, agent, or self publish. If you go my route, the indie one, then you wait on being accepted, agonizing over if they will like the book. And then you get the rejection and are devastated. Don’t stop there. Move onto the next one and then you get the acceptance. Joy. Elation. You have been validated for all your long hard hours of working. The late nights staring at the blinking cursor on the unforgiving white screen have all been worth it. Next it goes to an editor and (assuming you get a good one) then you child comes back to you battered and bruised by red ink and comments off to the side. You cry and curse the editor because what do they know about your work. Nevertheless, you toil through the edits and realize that sometimes the editor is your friend and knows what they are doing, but it doesn’t mean that you don’t secretly hate them for touching your baby.
Once the edits are done and the book is polished, then it hits the markets. Then the dreaded, marketing (which I freely admit is not my strong point). What do you do then?
· Beg friends to buy the book.
· Beg strangers to buy the book.
· Beg friends and strangers to blog about the book.
· Tweet constantly about it and all the links you can get the book.
· Facebook the hell out of it in groups (basically again begging people to buy your book)
· Pin the cover to Pinterest board
· Beg some more strangers to buy your book.
· Watch the Amazon ranking constantly to see if the book is selling.
· Obsess on Goodreads to sees what reviews or stars have come in.
· Update your website
· Tell your waitress at your local breakfast stop you have a book out.
· Tell everyone you know.
· When that is all done you jump up and down at the royalties that come in because it’s official.
· You’re a true published author.
Then you join convention to do some more marketing and meet some interesting people and make great connections and do some schmoozing to sell more books. All the while you are writing your next book hoping it will become a best seller.
Once that is done, the process begins all over again.
In this whole process I’m in several stages. Getting ready for a con. Editing a book to send to a publisher. Blogging to promote a book. Writing another book and courting another new publisher, hoping they want it.
So the process never really ends. It just depends on where you are.
Oh....yeah. I forgot.
Buy my book. :-)
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About Crymsyn Hart: Crymsyn Hart is a national bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.
To find out more about Crymsyn Hart, please visit her website at www.ravynhart.com
Death’s Dance Book Synopsis: Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.
Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.
From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance.
From there things went from bad to worse.
Death's Dance is Book One of the Deathly Encounters Series
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