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Words to Live By From a YA Author
by Deirdra Eden
With technological advances such as computers, spell check, the internet, and digital distribution, writing and publishing is easier now than ever.
Here is some advice I wish someone would have given me 15 years ago, when I first started in the publishing industry.
1. Don't publish the first thing you write.
Think of your first book as practice or a prototype book. Your writing skills will change and improve as your practice and learn new techniques. Develop your writing; edit and take the time to create something truly professional before you put it out there for the world to see.
2. Learn to be a business minded.
Whether you go through a publisher or self-publish, learn to be a smart business person. Learn about contracts, learn how and what to invest in, and learn to advertize and market.
3. Join a critique group.
I can't even tell you how valuable advice is from someone else besides your friends and parents. Not only can they help you hone your skills, but they can offer advice on the literary business.
4. Support other authors.
My book manager, Laura Watkins, said, "Books are a consumable." With this in mind, don't view other authors as competition but a allies. For more on this see her article here: http://lauralynnwatkins.weebly.com/home/turning-rivalry-into-sales
About the Author: "My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."
In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.
The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah.
“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watchers Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.
What piece of her writing-life advice have you experienced personally?