Last month we gave away a signed copy of Brandilyn Collins’ new novel Over the Edge. (If you didn’t win, you can buy Over the Edge here.) This month we’re giving away a signed copy of Lauraine Snelling’s A Heart for Home.
And to go along with it, here’s part 3 of our interview with Lauraine. (If you missed part 1 and part 2 of our interview with Lauraine Snelling, it’s not too late to check them out.)
GWP: You have more than two million books in print. For writers who are just beginning their career, whose first book has just come out in print, what advice could you give them for a successful career?
Lauraine: Be willing to do the promotion things that will get your name out there. It takes time to build a career. Time, effort, and a heart for learning. One book does not a career make, but in today’s economy, if that one doesn’t sell well, you might not get to do another.
Get an agent. I’ve often said it is easier to get an editor than an agent, but I don’t think that is the case any longer.
Be willing to invest, not spend, your time and money–scary topic–to get the training you need. I am a strong believer in writers’ conferences as a chance to get to meet editors and agents. You can’t just send a book to an editor any more, not like we used to. Get to know the industry. The rules are changing swiftly, and it will be interesting to see how things settle out.
GWP: Is there anything else you’d like to share with us and our readers?
Lauraine: One of the things that readers can do to help their favorite authors is to post reviews on Amazon and CBD and other places. Many new readers buy books based on the reviews.
Writers can help each other the same way. I love to talk about the books I’ve read. I so often choose to read a book because someone recommended it to me. Share the good news. Give books for gifts. Read, read, read. I know the old I don’t have time to read drill but books come in so many formats today that you can find a way, if you want to bad enough. Oh, oh, here I am, preaching to the choir.
Thank you for the opportunity to share some of my thoughts. My latest book out is On Hummingbird Wings, a story of a mother and her two daughters, and yes, a pair of hummingbirds have a part in the story too.
The latest Blessing book is A Heart for Home, but in October a new series will start. Wild West Wind is the series title, book one is Valley of Dreams, the story of wild west show star, Cassie Lockwood, and her band of misfits on their trek to find her father’s valley in South Dakota Black Hills region. Cassie will be available to entertain you in October. See you on my website or Facebook page.