Now Lola must decide whether to use her ability to teach the school's most evil bully a lesson while not losing herself in the process. The results will surprise both Lola and those around her when something unexpected happens that makes her glad to be seen.
Jeanne Bannon's debut novel, INVISIBLE, (Solstice Publishing, 2011) is a memorable read in all respects, and I'm delighted she is here today to share what it's like after you've inked your first contract.
Approximately three weeks later I was assigned an editor. I didn't hear back from her for almost a month, and when I did it was only to approve her copy edits. This was easy. It just meant a read through of my novel. After another round of light editing, INVISIBLE was ready to go. It came out first as an eBook Sept. 7, and from that day forward my new job was to promote the book and myself—branding. I had to build a following using various social media such as Facebook, Twitter and blogging. I'd started to do some of this after my book was accepted for publication, but once the book was made available for purchase, I had to step up my efforts.
So is there writing after the contract is signed? Well, I went from being a dedicated and disciplined writer, writing each day for a minimum of one hour (but usually writing two to three hours) to occasionally writing on the weekends. Now, if I get in three hours a week I'm lucky. Presently, I'm polishing up a novel I've been working on for two and a half years, and at the rate I'm going, it'll be another year before it's finally done.
In the beginning promotion was fun, exciting even, but now after two solid months of constant promotion under my belt I find myself yearning to write. As far as advice for those faced with the same issues as I am, I'd have to say go with what your heart tells you. You'll know when it's time to cut back on the promotion, because that next book wants/needs to be created. Come the new year, I'm going to switch back into writing mode. After all, I am a writer first and foremost, and it's what my heart is telling me do.
Jeanne, thank you very much for these wise and constructive words. Having been fortunate enough to read an ARC of INVISIBLE, I am delighted to hear another book is in the works.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeanne Bannon has been in the publishing industry for almost 20 years and currently works as a writer and freelance editor. She lives in Canada, where she is working on her next novel, DARK ANGEL, a supernatural thriller.
Learn more about Jeanne at her blog, her Facebook fan page; and on Twitter. The book trailer, which is awesome, is on YouTube.
INVISIBLE is available on Amazon, Smashwords, Solstice Publishing and Goodreads.
THE NEXT STOP ON JEANNE'S BLOG TOUR
Nov. 9, Letters Inside Out, review and giveaway