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Forty-Eight Hours to Publish My Book by Book Country Member Len Webster

Posted by June 17th, 2015

Forty-Eight Hours to Publish My Book by Book Country Member Len Webster

Book Country member and best-selling author Len Webster shares the final days before the publication of SOMETIMES MOMENTS. Len workshopped SOMETIMES MOMENTS on Book Country.

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48 HOURS TILL PUBLICATION

With forty-eight hours to go before I published my third romance novel, SOMETIMES MOMENTS, I found myself considerably overwhelmed. To the point where I wanted to throw up. Not like a little. Like I got wasted just before 10PM on New Year’s Eve and ended up in a disgusting and highly unlady-like puking fest.

Forty-Eight Hours to Publish My Book by Book Country Member Len Webster

 

 

 

 

 

True story?

You’ll never know.

When it comes to publishing, time has been both my friend and my enemy:

Friend: I am excited that all the work I put into writing and editing SOMETIMES MOMENTS would finally result in a book.

Enemy: I still have a million things to do, but not enough time before the release to do them.

Damn, time.

WHAT I STILL HAD TO DO:

Create promotional pictures and keep a careful eye on my pre-order sales.

I also had to tell my brain to stop overthinking “No one will like it!” thoughts and replay some “Someone will love SOMETIMES MOMENTS!” ones in my mind before I fell asleep. Continue reading

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Give a Character a Valentine Sweepstakes!

Posted by February 10th, 2015

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FLASH SWEEPSTAKES ALERT! With Valentine’s Day just 4 days away, we thought it would be fun to give away one Book Country notebook to 10 random contestants of Book Country’s Give a Character a Valentine Sweepstakes! To enter, answer in the discussion thread: What fictional character would you give a valentine to? 

You may also email your submission to info@bookcountry.com with the subject line “Give a Character a Valentine Sweepstakes.” Sweepstakes ends at 11:59pm ET  on February 10, 2015. Good luck! Continue reading

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How I Turned My Hilarious Love Life into a Science Experiment (and later a Novel) by Melissa Pimentel

Posted by February 4th, 2015

LOVE BY THE BOOK by Melissa Pimentel

Melissa Pimentel is the author of the newly published LOVE BY THE BOOK, which details her foray into following a different dating guide for a month in London and blogging about her experience. This “science experiment” eventually led to Melissa landing a publishing deal with Penguin Books! Melissa shares her whirlwind journey to publication with us below. 

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  1. First there was the idea. It was 2009, and I was single, living in London, and finding that, when it came to men, things seemed to be getting lost in translation. Frustrated by my lack of success on the dating front (and always in search of a funny story), I decided to turn my life over to the experts: every month, I’d follow a different dating guide and record the results.

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4 Reasons to Go to a Writer Conference by Noelle Pierce

Posted by October 17th, 2014

Noelle PierceIf you’re a writer and you’re trying to decide whether to go to a regional or national conference, then my advice is to go. Granted, my experiences are limited to conferences related to the romance genre, but I think some things are going to translate no matter what genre is represented. Whether it’s a national or regional conference, there are going to be pros and cons—and I feel in most cases, the pros will outweigh the other.

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What conferences can give you:

1.  Networking with other writers at various stages in their careers. A conference is one of the best places to meet a critique partner or mentor. It’s also a place to be with like-minded individuals. I cherish those few days a year where I can walk up to virtually anyone and have something in common with him/her. Continue reading

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Publishing Your Best Book on Book Country

Posted by May 15th, 2014

The RT Booklovers Convention 2014 is well underway in New Orleans. We are having a fantastic time meeting romance writers and readers in this colorful, fun-loving city.

Today is the second of our Book Country panels here at #RT14:

Publishing Your Best Book on Book Country

Book Country is an online writing and publishing community featuring all of your favorite romance categories. Lucy Silag will demonstrate how to join Book Country, and how to publish and distribute your book across all of the major retail platforms. Book Country’s best-in-class, a la carte publishing services (from cover design to author-marketing tutorials) are turning this community of writers into published authors. This panel will include Book Country giveaways — books written by published Book Country authors — and exciting raffles for 2 Custom Cover Trios and a Discover Publish Package.

Event Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Panelist(s):Lucy Silag (Book Country, Book Country Community and Engagement Manager)

Location: 4th Floor

Room: Iberville

Add it to your agenda here.

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Book Country + Romance Writers = LOVE

Posted by May 2nd, 2014

welcome romance writersOne of our absolute favorite genres here at Book Country is Romance. Since our inception in 2011, romance writers have been flocking to our online writing and publishing community to learn about the craft of writing and the business of publishing in this ever-popular genre!

Romance writers will find lots of great resources on Book Country: we’ve got dedicated discussion boards where you can chat with other romance writers about everything from writing sex scenes to romantic cliches to how to plot the perfect romantic triangle. You’ll also be able to find fellow writers to meet up with at conventions and conferences (such as the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans, where Book Country is headed in a couple of weeks!). Explore the Genre Map to learn more about how Romance intersects with YA, Fantasy, Westerns, Women’s Fiction, and many other genres.

This blog is also a great spot to learn about what’s happening in the Romance genre. We’ve enjoyed guest posts and Q&As with some amazing traditionally published romance authors, including Maisey Yates, Christina Lee, Z.A. Maxfield, Roni Loren, Cara McKenna, and Savanna Fox. The blog is also where we’ve learned incredible tips for self-publishing romance books from our members Jessica Hawkins, Ellise Weaver, and Samantha Jane. Curious to learn more about Romance subgenres? Take a deep dive with our explanatory guides to Paranormal Romance, New Adult, and more.

Best of all, Book Country is a place where romance writers can read each others’ work. If you’re looking for romance eBooks to load on your e-Reader, head right over to the Book Country bookstore. And if you are looking for a place where you can read and review other Romance WIPs and get feedback on your own romance manuscript, the Book Country workshop allows you to upload drafts, collect reviews, and get tips from other like-minded romance writers.

Romance writers, please join our community!

Have you uploaded a new Romance project to Book Country? Be sure to announce it to the community here!

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Upload Your Erotic Fiction to Book Country

Posted by January 29th, 2014

Welcome Writers of Erotic Fiction!

Things have been heating up on Book Country lately, with lots of discussions about writing about sex. Sex is, of course, a constant in contemporary fiction, whether you are trying to write like Philip Roth or E.L. James or somewhere in between. Learning techniques for writing about intimacy, and then having the chutzpah to try these out in your prose, is an important development in many writers’ growth.

That’s why we’ve been inviting erotic fiction authors who we admire to write on our blog, and that’s why we’ve been working hard to introduce writers of erotic fiction to one another via Book Country’s connection features. We’ve been learning a lot about the concerns that come up for writers who write about sex, and we’ve been having a lot of fun reading these steamy genres!

We invite writers of Erotica, Erotic Romance, and all the Romance subgenres to join Book Country and upload your work to share with our community. Book Country is a place where you can get feedback on your steamy manuscript, participate in discussions about how to write in erotic fiction genres with like-minded writers, and best of all, build a community through connecting with those writers, reading their work, and finding your writing voice as erotic fiction continues to grow in popularity with readers around the world. We also have Erotica and Romance shelves in our online Bookstore for when you are ready to publish your erotic fiction. Continue reading

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Member Spotlight: Meet Romance Writer Samantha Jane

Posted by September 30th, 2013

Samantha Jane photoRomance writer Samantha Jane has been on Book Country right from the site’s launch in 2011, workshopping books and eventually going on to publish her first novel, PHYSICAL THERAPY, via the Book Country publish tools. PHYSICAL THERAPY, a contemporary romance, was released two weeks ago. I wanted to chat with Samantha to find out what life’s been like since she published her debut, and what’s next for her writing.

LS: You’ve got a lot of different genre interests as a writer: Contemporary Romance, Regency Romance, Romantic Suspense . . . very impressive! What draws you to these 3 categories, and are there other categories you are planning to try next?

SJ: I have always been big on variety, especially as a reader. While I love to see the struggle of couples of today and how everything plays out, I’m a person who tends to live in the past—and the historical novels with pirates and gypsies and lords and ladies definitely fit that bill.

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Young Adult Contemporary Guidepost #3: Genre-benders very welcome!

Posted by August 27th, 2013

guidepost 3 imageEver heard of a little genre-bending book called TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer? TWILIGHT took the publishing industry, and then the movie industry, by storm when the series launched a few years ago. Paranormal themes had indeed been dancing around YA lit for many years, but TWILIGHT was the book that took it to the mainstream, in an unforgettable way. Suddenly, readers from middle schools up through senior centers were declaring themselves “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob.” (One mom I know always jokes that she’s “Team Charlie”–you know, Bella’s single dad.)

What we’ve seen since TWILIGHT is that publishers and readers embrace genre-bending Young Adult fiction in a big way. Take the New York Times-bestselling SHIVER trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater: It’s YA Paranormal, but it has many of the the hallmarks of YA Contemporary as well. It definitely takes place in the contemporary world of small town Northern Minnesota. We go to high school with the characters, who wear jeans, backpacks, and rainbow-striped mittens. We ride in cars with them and eat candy and canned soup with them. Their cell phones ring. There’s nothing about this book that isn’t contemporary. It’s actually because SHIVER is so realistic that the haunting paranormal romance also works: once we as readers start to believe in the “real” world that Stiefvater creates in her fiction, we more readily accept the incredible plot twists that ensue (SPOILER ALERT: There are werewolves).

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Romantic Suspense Author Stella Cameron’s Tips on Handling Rejection

Posted by August 7th, 2013

At this summer’s Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association Conference, I picked up some great advice about rejection from romantic suspense author Stella Cameron. At the Friday night dinner panel, Cameron told the audience to:

Always have something in the mail (or email). If you’re always submitting your work to editors and agents, you’ll always be waiting for good news. That way, if you do get some bad news, it won’t feel like the end of the world.

Write before you check your mail (or email). Get your creative work for the day done before you find out if something you’ve submitted has been rejected. Your day’s writing won’t be plagued by self-doubt if you’re blissfully ignorant of any possible rejections sitting in your in-box. By the time you go to write the next day, the original sting will have likely subsided. Instead, you’ll already be thinking of how you can use the rejection as feedback.

It was wonderful to hear Stella Cameron, the author of more than 60 novels, remind us that every writer has a long history of rejections underpinning their success.

How do you handle rejection?

 

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