I am so pleased to welcome author and my good friend Jessica E. Subject. Jessica has written an amazing post for us today about going from book blogger to author. She has also been nice enough to give away her amazing book Celestial Seduction (check out my review HERE ) and some awesome swag. So please give a warm welcome to Jessica.
Thank you so much, Diana for inviting me to guest post on your blog!
Over a year ago, with some convincing from my web savvy cousin, I joined Facebook and shortly after, Twitter. I had already been writing for over a year, but knew nothing about the publishing industry. I followed and friended as many authors as I could find, traditionally, self-, and e-published.
I learned a lot and continue to do so every day. Many of the posts I read emphasized that all authors should have their own website. So, even though I had nothing published, I started my first blog (with help from my sister-in-law).
Thinking I had a lot of things to say about the stories I’d written and the things I’d learned, I figured blogging would be easy. Honestly, I couldn’t think of much that others would really care about. Instead, I started writing quick book reviews about the books I’d read. I started getting more hits and even requests from authors to review their books. I thought I’d hit the jackpot. I mean, people were giving me FREE BOOKS!! Then I became involved in book blog tours.
I continued to write and learn as well, joining a critique group and finding some online critique partners as well. And then I learned about Six Sentence Sunday, a fabulous venue for published and aspiring authors to showcase their writing.
Through this resource, I connected with many fabulous authors, bought and enjoyed books I may not have read otherwise and learned about Decadent Publishing’s 1 Night Stand series.
On the day I drew the names of the winners for my one-year Blogoversary draw, I also received a contract in my inbox for Celestial Seduction, the short novella I submitted to Decadent with hopes of it being a part of their 1NS series.
Since then, my blogging habits have changed, as well as the layout of my blog. I have less time for author interviews and book reviews (although I still post some), opting instead for guest blogs and book features. And for some reason, I have even more giveaways than before, some my own and others offered by my blog guests.
It’s been quite a ride, and I realize the journey is different for everyone. I’m glad I went this route before being published though, as the friendships I’ve made are invaluable and the lessons I’ve learned, imperative.
I’m offering an ebook copy of Celestial Seduction (see blurb below) as well as book swag to one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment relating to the post. Contest is international. Please leave your email in the body of the message so that I may contact you if you win. Contest ends at midnight EST on September 18th, 2011.
Celestial Seduction blurb:
At the end of his obligated commitment to the Space Service, Frey Berger decides to stay on Earth to further experience human emotions rather than return to Ginnun where his intended has already mated with another. Looking for real love and someone to accept him for what he is, Frey enlists in Madame Evangeline’s popular dating service. Although he does not understand the concept of a one-night stand, he hopes to find his perfect mate.Carrie Cooper’s husband divorced her for someone who could provide him with children, leaving her with little self-confidence and no desire to let a man hurt her again. Her best friend convinces her to join a dating service, claiming Carrie needs to get laid, while not winding up with a broken heart since her date requires no commitment after the night is over.Although several misunderstandings nearly derail them before the date has even begun, Carrie and Frey end up becoming closer than they ever believed possible. Still, Frey will need to convince Carrie that her perfect mate isn’t human at all, and that one night can lead to a forever love.
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Watch for Beneath the Starry Sky coming soon from Decadent Publishing as part of their 1 Night Stand series.
Bio: Jessica Subject went from fearing the possibility of aliens to reading and writing about them. Combining her love of both science fiction and romance, she creates happily-ever-afters for the entire universe. She lives in Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband, two children and their seven year-old rabbit.
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Thank you again Diana for inviting me to your blog! I wish you all the best on your own journey!