What does it take for an author to succeed? What does it take to create a book from a single idea? Is it possible to do it alone?
As an author, I don’t believe it’s possible to take a book from idea to publication without a lot of help along the way. We can’t publish a book and then sit back while sales soar—it doesn’t work that way. Book publishing is a business and every single author out there is a business-owner. In order to make it successful, we have to rely on the knowledge of those who have experience, on other authors for support, and on a variety of online outlets in order to help market our work.
Thankfully there are many in this world willing to help authors on their path to success. We can find these kind souls on blogs and social networks—they’re ready and willing to do what they can. Whether the help comes from another author, a book blogger, or an avid reader, there are sources to help authors reach their goals.
Most of us know of the standard social media websites where authors and readers congregate, but here are three of my top choices for websites who go above and beyond for authors.
In the effort to help authors succeed, the most recent website I’ve had the pleasure of viewing and being a part of is A Novel Idea Live. “A Novel Idea is a coffee shop atmosphere where writers and readers can connect. A Novel Idea, helping authors climb the ladder.”
Another great site that helps authors to gain reviews for their books is An Avid Reader's Haven “Haven is a warm friendly place for readers to gather and chat about what they read, and a place for authors to advertise their books.”
One of my favorite blogs to discover new authors is I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. A lot is going on at this site, but with her loyal following and easy-going way of working with authors, this site is a great place for authors to interview.
So many of these sites exist and more are going live all of the time, so I’ve spotlighted just a few of my favorites. There are numerous resources out there for authors, so if you’re unsure of where to get started, just ask another author. Chances are they can help point you in the right direction!
‘McClintock was born on the west coast, but after less than eight years she left with her family to the Rocky Mountains. After more adventures around the country, business college and culinary school, McClintock found a place to call home in Montana.
"I've always loved books and spent more hours reading through school than any other activity. I wrote stories when I was younger and even tried my hand at a novel. It wasn't very good and I shelved the idea for years." She pulled the ideas off the shelf and began working on her first novel, Gallagher's Pride, the first in an historical series about a ranching family in Montana.
Over the years McClintock traveled the country and visited magnificent Scotland. She dreams of a time when life was simpler, the land rougher and the journey more rewarding. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, McClintock still calls Montana home. McClintock is also the author of Alaina Claiborne, the first of her British Agent novels. She is currently at work on her next book.’
Brenna Cameron travels from Scotland after losing someone she loves in search of family she didn't know existed.
Alone now in the world, Brenna makes an arduous journey, following the trail of discovery to Briarwood, Montana. Here she meets Ethan Gallagher, and the rest of the Gallagher clan. Only with their help is she able to discover lost family, heal old wounds and embark on a treacherous confrontation with a man who destroyed her family.
As head of the Gallagher clan, Ethan has more than enough to occupy his thoughts and time-he didn't need the complication of Brenna Cameron and he certainly didn't need the trouble that came with her.Ethan takes on the unwanted duty of self-appointed protector to the headstrong Scot, only to discover there is such a thing as second chances and more to life than revenge.
Are you out of your mind?” The words tumbled from her mouth before she could stop them, but he had gone and truly shocked her.
“No actually I’m not. It’s your safety I’m thinking of,” replied Ethan, more to himself than her. He loosened the hold on her arm.
Brenna let out an exasperated sigh, something her mother had always tried to discourage, and said, “I do appreciate your kindness, Mr. Gallagher...”
“…Ethan, but I’m certainly not the type of woman to just go home with two men whether I know them or not. It would be highly inappropriate, not to mention stupid.”
“And you’re not stupid.”
“Not as far as I can tell,” Brenna said with fire in her eyes. She rarely ever took offense at what people said, too comfortable in her own skin to care, but this man riled her and he did it effortlessly.