I asked author Jolene Perry what lessons she’s learned in her journey to published Author. This is what she had to say (I especially like #6):
Lessons learned in becoming a published author:
1. Good writing doesn’t sell a book. The HOOK sells your book (at least the first few – and the writing still needs to be good). Good writing simply keeps people coming back for more.
2. Once you get an agent, you think it’ll be smooth sailing. It is not. Your agent does to pub houses, what you did to get an agent!
3. Just because an editor tells you they love your book, doesn’t mean that the people holding the purse strings of publication will want to pick it up.
4. Lovers of books are the best kind of people.
5. Some fights on covers/editing/marketing are worth fighting for, and some aren’t. Pick your battles carefully.
6. Don’t burn bridges. You never know when you might run into a publisher or editor again (fortunately, this one was learned by someone else . . .)
7. If you want to be a published author – be nice in book reviews, because one day it’ll be your book up there waiting for criticism . . .
8. Everything in publishing takes forever.
9. Once you get there, it’ll totally be worth all the trouble it took you to get there.
10. As vain as it is, being able to call yourself a published author is totally worth it
Thanks for having me!!
Night Sky Summary
After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.
As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums – she’s way more than distraction. Jameson’s falling for her fast.
But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.
Jolene Perry’s Bio
After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.
She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.
Night Sky Twitter hashtag: #NightSky