Please help us give a warm welcome to author Chris Scully, who’s doing some reminiscing of her own about where she was 5 years ago, and she offering a great giveaway: the chance at an ebook of the winner’s choice from Chris’s backlist, or an advanced e-copy of her upcoming short story collection, Do Not Disturb.
As Lisa and TNA celebrate their fifth anniversary, I decided to get a little retrospective. Five years ago, I was naively about embark on this exciting, challenging, emotional rollercoaster of a journey as a published author. I was receiving my daily Dreamspinner Advent Calendar story and thinking that maybe, just maybe, I could do this too. After all, I had always considered myself a writer, even if I had never had the courage to publish. So, soon after Christmas 2011, I took a chance and submitted my first novella, Fourth and Long. It was published later that spring. Little did I know then that this side career of mine would be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Five years ago, I wasn’t on Facebook or Goodreads; I didn’t have a blog (which to be honest I still don’t manage to update frequently anyway); I didn’t know what an ARC was, and I had no idea there was this whole book review blog universe out there. And while I still may not be very active in social media or in the larger writing community, I take it very seriously. I watch, I read, I listen, and here is what I’ve learned over the last five years:
- Writing is the easy part, and everything that comes after is the challenge
- Sometimes it’s best to stay quiet and smile
- Every reader matters
- Always write as if no one is reading (and then find a great editor!)
- Unless you are a masochist, authors should stay away from reader reviews (good or bad)
- Without readers, reviewers and blogs like Novel Approach, who volunteer their time to spread the word, I would have given up long ago
Congratulations to everyone at Novel Approach on your milestone and thanks for your hard work over the years!
Coming January 2017
DO NOT DISTURB
Chris Scully presents three tales of erotic romance.
Welcome to the Benton Hotel, where we’re not satisfied until you are.
In Watch Me, a hotel clerk borrows a uniform, which leads to a surprising discovery about his colleague’s personal life, and an even more unexpected discovery about himself.
A married man has a night of passion when he meets a stranger in a hotel pub in Wedded.
And in Wanted, a young man exploring his sexuality has more than a hook-up when he books a hotel room for the night.
About the Author
Chris Scully is the author of several gay romance novellas and two novels. In 2017, she’ll be releasing a collection of erotic short stories called Do Not Disturb, and a new romantic suspense novel from Riptide Publishing.