Guest Post: Advice For New Authors By Diane Alberts
That you never forget!
My very first yes was for my novel, Reclaimed. I was sitting in a kindergarten orientation for my third child, Gabriel. I had spoken with the publisher earlier, but wasn’t sure if I did indeed have a contract. But, in the middle of a crowded gym, surrounded by at least sixty other sets of parents, I got the email. The one that, instead of saying “Thank you for sending your work, BUT” said “We’d love to offer you a contract.” Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it does finally come!
I had almost given up on Reclaimed. It was my first book ever, and I read many people don’t get published with their first attempt at writing. Many write three books before a publisher grabs them. This must be my case, I told myself. I wasn’t meant to be a writer, I thought quite often. But, something in me persisted. People just had to read about Isaac and Sabrina. Their story had to be told! So, each rejection (and there were lots), I revised and rewrote. I’d take another self-editing class (I can highly recommend one I took), and I’d submit it to another round of submitting, limiting it to one or two submissions at a time.
So, don’t give up. But don’t keep re-submitting without changes. If someone rejects it, and offers a golden morsel of advice—TAKE IT. Apply it to your manuscript all throughout it, and then try another publisher. But you must continually update it and fix it with the lessons you learn. Or else, you just keep getting rejections, because the problem still exists. I re-wrote Reclaimed six times before I got my yes.
Yes, six times.
And each time I learn something new, I wish I could write it another time.
Don’t give up, and never stop writing!
Synopsis: Jasmine Baruch is a jinn-a supernatural being who fights demons with fire. While that’s difficult enough, she’s got bigger problems. She’s a virgin, and in the jinn culture, that is sheer blasphemy. Jinn are supposed to be passionate, promiscuous creatures-everything she isn’t. Due to marry the next day, she takes matters into her own hands by using 1NS. But, like the rest of her life, nothing is easy. The man chosen for her, though incredibly gorgeous, is a demi-sanguine; a half-human, half-demon – her enemy.
Gavin Werbato is looking for an easy night of sex. Nothing more, nothing less. Instead, he gets a gorgeous jinn convinced it is her duty to kill him. He can certainly think of better things to do with her soft hands than murder. He need only convince her of that…
Can the fire sparked when these beings collide be controlled, or will it consume their world as they know it?
About The Author:
Diane Alberts lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband, four kids, and a bird. She lives in the mountains-but wishes it were the beach. She has been writing since she was in elementary school, but only recently fulfilled her dreams of being published in 2011. Enjoys dyeing yarn and knitting in her “spare” time.