An Indie Author’s Motto: HUSTLE

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I’m very excited to be speaking at the Virginia Writers Club 2017 Symposium this August! Prolific writer Jane Friedman is the keynote speaker, and I can’t wait to meet her. My topic? As if it’ll come as any surprise to you: Beating the Self-Publishing Stigma. It’s a topic close to my heart (as seen many times on my blog, such as here) and I’m always excited to introduce the idea to hardworking new writers and/or reinforce the option as a substantial career move if you work hard enough.

While I’m working on the hand out for attendees, it got me thinking about how hard so many of us work to get where we are or want to be. So, while it’s certainly not a new concept, I give you my new motto for writers:

HUSTLE

Honor the process of research, rewrites, edits, cover design and marketing so that you stand above those who don’t.

Understand your genre’s market reader demographics so you can market to them and actually, you know, make sales.

See what others are doing in the market to up your own game and make your work the best it can possibly be.

Test everything – genres, POV, keywords, categories, blurbs, to see what works for you and readers.

Love what you do – readers will see if it’s not your passion!

Enjoy your hard work once in a while (mine’s dessert or prosecco)!

New Release: GHOST CODE by Sarah Negovetich

The wait is over! From the bestselling author of the Acceptance series, comes an all new YA-standalone that’s sure to be the first summer smash-hit! Sarah Negovetich delivers and you won’t want to miss out. Grab your copy today!

Title: Ghost Code

Author: Sarah Negovetich

Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi

Release Date: May 15, 2017

“Ghost Code is a fast paced thrill ride that will take you to the very edge–of life and of love–and leave you begging for just one more page.” 

-Bestselling Author Sherry D. Ficklin (The Hacker Series)

 

 

“Without dreams, what’s the point of being awake?”
After a lifetime of fighting cancer, eighteen-year-old Viv Quiroga is dying. But she’s determined to go out on her own terms. Instead of wasting away in a hospital watching her mom worry over their mounting debt, she volunteers for a private research program.
For thirty days she’ll live in a coma as a human lab rat. When her time is up, they turn off the machines and pay off all her medical bills.
It’s supposed to be a one way trip.
Until Viv wakes up and learns what it really means to live.
     
Sarah Negovetich

Sarah Negovetich knows you don’t know how to pronounce her name and she’s okay with that.Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it’s accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.

Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and performing on stage at BE Theatre. Her goal in life is to never grow up.

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Happy Release Day Sarah and Ghost Code! Join us in wishing Sarah all the best with her new release by reaching out to her via Facebook or Twitter at the links above you will not regret it!

Grab your copy today!

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Title: Ghost Code
Author: Sarah Negovetich
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 15, 2017

“Ghost Code is a fast paced thrill ride that will take you to the very edge–of life and of love–and leave you begging for just one more page.”
-Bestselling Author Sherry D. Ficklin (The Hacker Series)

“Without dreams, what’s the point of being awake?”
After a lifetime of fighting cancer, eighteen-year-old Viv Quiroga is dying. But she’s determined to go out on her own terms. Instead of wasting away in a hospital watching her mom worry over their mounting debt, she volunteers for a private research program.
For thirty days she’ll live in a coma as a human lab rat. When her time is up, they turn off the machines and pay off all her medical bills.
It’s supposed to be a one way trip.
Until Viv wakes up and learns what it really means to live.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34914770-ghost-code

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USA Today bestselling author Jane Redd 
Miranda Hardy and Jay Noel 
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Audrey Grey 
Elana Johnson 
Megan Linski 
Elizabetta Holcomb 
Cindy M. Hogan 
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Cameo Renae 
Jen Minkman 
Cortney Pearson 
Ainsley Shay 
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USA Today bestselling author Emily Martha Sorensen
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5 Years in Publishing: A Celebration

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It’s my 5-year anniversary in the publishing business. It’s hard to believe. Without getting cheesy, I’ve been reflecting a lot lately over the last few years and how they’ve shaped where I am today. I am forever grateful to my day job for helping with the foundation as I learned so much about writing and marketing. And of course, huge thanks to those who have carried my books in their stores, hosted me for signings, and TO YOU THE READERS for taking a chance on my work. It’s really been a whirlwind, and while there are always struggles to go with the celebrations, I wouldn’t take back a single second of it because it’s how much I appreciate where I am today.

In the past 5 years I have:

  • Published:
    • Gifted, Donovan Circus book 1 (May 2012)
    • Burned, Donovan Circus book 2 (December 2013)
    • Hunted, Donovan Circus book 3 (March 2015)
    • Ignited, Donovan Circus book 4 (October 2015)
    • A Reaper Made (October 2014)
    • Witch Hearts (October 2013)
    • Heroes of Arcania trilogy
      • SuperNova (June 2016)
      • Fortune’s Favor (July 2016)
      • Unbreakable (August 2016)
    • “The Two Ringmasters” short story in The Peculiar Lives of Circus Freaks anthology (April 2017)
  • Public Speaking: This is a big part of my resume now, thanks to this career. This includes classes and workshops at various conferences, moderating or participating on panels, and solo opportunities to talk about a variety of topics in regards to self-publishing, marketing, social media, and more.
  • Conferences and signings: I won’t list them all, but I’ve been lucky to participate in dozens of events that connect me with other authors and readers.
  • Started Roanoke Author Invasion: now headed into its 4th year, I’m honored to bring so many authors and readers to my city. I love hosting this event and am so proud of its reputation of welcoming all into the fold, because I hope that’s how people see me in the publishing world – friendly and helpful.
  • Become Director of Roanoke Regional Writers Conference: while this one is more of a regional event, it’s one that has really helped me in networking and growth in the Roanoke area. I get to meet amazing writers (especially those outside my genres which can be a breath of fresh air sometimes!) and/or help those wanting to learn.
  • Set goals: Learning to set goals was a new one for me – by setting goals, I can work backwards to see how to reach them, which in turn helped me better understand marketing. It all goes hand in hand, like it or not, and is so much more than just publishing a book and waiting for it to sell like crazy. Setting goals and marketing plans for each title have really helped me not just get where I am, but become stronger in my career for the next title, and the next.
  • Author Connections: I have met some of my very best friends thanks to the book community. We help each other through everything – the mundane, the frustrations, the exciting celebrations – and I am so lucky to surround myself with quality people who have my back as much as I have theirs. Even introverts need besties!
  • This Blog: I am so glad to have met so many people who stop by to read my blog, whether they’re looking for tips or pep talks. I’m always surprised when people bring up something they read here, and so touched when they tell me that it helped them move forward to the next step in their process. MAN, that’s humbling.

So, what about the next 5 years?

  • Publishing:
    • My hope is to release the 5th and final book in the Donovan Circus series this summer (aka SOON!).
    • I have at least another 3 book ideas I’d like to work on (including one that’s nearly done with the first draft), with one to possibly query due to timely market needs
  • Public Speaking:
    • I’ll be speaking at the Virginia Writers Club Symposium in Charlottesville, VA this August!
    • And I will continue to add on these opportunities to my resume. I love speaking to people on topics I’m passionate about, and helping other writers with their journeys is incredibly gratifying.
  • Big goals. Now that I know how to set them, I can attempt to hit or even surpass them. Without going into too much detail, I’ve got a couple things lined up later this year that will hopefully be great for the writer career. Such as…
    • Hit a USA Today or NYT bestseller list
    • Branch out into new genres (I’ve forever wanted to write a murder mystery, possibly cozy, in addition to about 150 other ideas)
    • Attend more/new events = more author friends! New readers!

There are always more goals to add to the list, but rather than being afraid to try or overwhelmed, I’ll simply take it day by day and keep putting words down. And that’s the real thing, right? At the end of the day, writers have to write. We have stories bursting in our minds and hearts and no matter how you publish, or you have 2 readers or 2,000, putting great stories out in the world truly makes it worth it. So, here’s to my first 5 years in publishing – and here’s to many, many more! Cheers, friends!