Hiya, readers! My guest on the blog today is Lynn Cahoon, an author I met a little less than four months ago, but with whom I share a unique bond: we're both debut authors with a totally new line of romance novels. Lynn is smart and funny and she doesn't hold back...so on with the blog!
I’m independent. I like being able to make my own decisions and plan my life. (Stop laughing guys) Okay, I’ll admit it--I’m a bit of a control freak and a loner.
It’s not I don’t like groups, I do. But I’m not the one chatting everyone’s ear off at my chapter meetings. I don’t even mind meeting new people and I can strike up a conversation with anyone. But don’t make me do it for long. And don’t expect me to like it.
I’m a writer.
I like being alone with my thoughts and the voices who become my characters. (The sane people are backing toward the door – the writers reading this are just nodding.)
This March I became part of an elite group of women (I’m pretty sure we’re still an all girl group). I became a Crimson Romance launch author. To say this is an experience I’ll never forget is an understatement. The women who make up part of the freshman class of CR authors are generous with their time and knowledge. Being new to social media, we’ve taken a crash course in marketing an e-book – on line and with our personal connections.
I’ve learned about edits – copy, line, and galley proofs. I’ve learned when I send something to my publisher, it needs to be spot perfect – because that might be what they use for promotion. And I’ve learned to ask questions when I’m curious and when I don’t understand something.
But I’ve learned something more than the technical side of being an author.
I’ve learned that when we work together, we accomplish more than alone.
Yes, I’m sounding like a bad public service announcement on late night television. But it’s true.
This group has built its own Facebook page and yahoo group. We have a group dinner scheduled at RWA Nat’ls. We’ve been sharing ARC’s to read and review to make sure our babies have positive voices out there when they launch, telling the world the good news.
I’m sure the group will continue, long after the memory of the first books launched by Crimson Romance fades. But for me, being part of this beginning has been a joy.
And it’s all started with 25 authors and an acquiring (intelligent) editor who chose us.
Thank you all.
ALL ABOUT THE BULL RIDER'S BROTHER: Shawnee, Idaho is known for two things. Amazing salmon fishing and the first local rodeo of the summer. For four friends, growing up in Shawnee, meant one thing, making plans to get out. Five years later, that wish has been granted for all but one. What happens when they all get together again changes five lives.
When James Sullivan visits his hometown’s rodeo weekend and learns that his high school sweetheart had his child - six years ago - Lizzie’s world is thrown into turmoil. In THE BULL RIDER'S BROTHER, James struggles with family and Lizzie questions the risk of love.
Available at Amazon/Barnes and Noble and iTunes.