Yesterday we celebrated the paperback release of Tell Me No Secrets by Lynda Stacey and today we have Lynda on the blog sharing her top 10 tips for becoming an author! Aspiring authors, take note!
When I began writing Tell Me No Secrets, it was a very different book. The whole story was different, it had totally different characters and a whole other plot going on. But the more I wrote, the more Kate Duggan screamed to become the heroine of the book. She just stood out, her personality was huge and after months and months of writing the initial story, I literally deleted it all and brought Kate Duggan forward to take the lead role … and now I’m so happy that I did. The story is now better for the changes and I’m really excited to have this book released as a paperback.
Kate is quite a complex heroine but I love her. Her back story is extensive and we join her at a time in her life when things really should be getting easier … not more difficult. She’s in a relationship with Rob, her fiancé. She’s about to start a new job, the first she’s had since being involved in a massive car accident that not only killed her only brother, but paralysed her sister and left her, Kate with the most horrendous red, puckered scar that had carved itself across her jawline. This whole event has left Kate with OCD, and I found this a really useful tool in the crafting of her character.
And with this in mind, here are my Top 10 tips for becoming an author…!
- Read as much as you can. Read widely, and read multiple genres. Look at how other writers construct their books. I’ve read for years and years. You could say I’ve been in training for being an author since I was around 4 years old.
- Write about something you are passionate about …!
- Don’t be afraid to start again. I’d written around 20,000 words when I decided that Kate Duggan just had to be the main character and no, I don’t regret the deletions.
- Stop talking about writing a book … sit down … and write. It isn’t going to write itself.
- Don’t show your writing to anyone else until you at least have a beginning, a middle and an end. I can guarantee that by the time you get even close to the end, you’ll have altered parts of the beginning and middle at least three or four times.
- Don’t send that first novel off the moment you’ve typed ‘THE END’. My advice is to put it away, start writing something new and come back to it after a couple of months with fresh eyes.
- Get a professional critique. I really can’t stress this enough. I had my work critiqued by the lovely Jane Lovering, who was amazing. I can honestly say that her critique gave me all the tips I needed to move my novel forward.
- Exercise patience. It takes months for agents or publishers to make decisions. Unfortunately, your work is not the only manuscript on their desk. Take the time to write something else.
- Build your social media profile. Follow people on twitter, create a professional author page on Facebook and above all else, keep your tweets/posts professional. Don’t get involved in politics or controversial subjects.
- Finally, DON’T ever give up. If you get rejected, write something else and try again. The first novel I ever wrote was rejected … it’s now been rewritten and is the second novel that I had published… Its title: Tell Me No Secrets…
About Tell Me No Secrets:
Can a secret be worse than a lie?
Every time Kate Duggan looks in a mirror she is confronted by her guilt; a long, red scar reminding her that she was ‘the one to walk away’ from the car accident. Not everyone was so lucky …
On the surface her fiancé Rob is supportive – but the reality is different. He’s controlling, manipulative and, if the phone call Kate overhears is anything to go by, he has a secret. But just how dangerous is that secret?
When Kate begins work at a firm of private investigators, she meets Ben Parker. His strong and silent persona is intriguing but it’s also a cover – because something devastating happened to Ben, something he can’t get over.
As Kate and Ben begin their first assignment, they become close. But, what they don’t realise is how close to home the investigation will bring them, or who will be hurt in the process …