3 Things I've Learned About Writing From Veronica Del Rosa
1. Mod a kickass group on Goodreads.
Read Romance, Write Romance. Is. Awesome. Del Rosa, Rachel Annie, and Kat Desi all moderate this group, and they are supportive, courteous, enthusiastic, and genuine. If a member posts in the wrong area, or accidently (or not) promotes their book where it’s not allowed, they’ll gently move the post, or delete anything in violation of the rules. And it’s always done with happy professionalism and a supportive comment.
I’ve gotten so much insight and support from RR,WR. So many of the authors involved in this group encourage and champion each other. I wouldn’t have had the courage to enter any contests without the experienced knowledge I found there. If you need a buddy writer, go to RR/WR. Have a romance question: religion in romance, squick me out loud words for sex scenes (squelch anyone?), coming out as an erotica writer? So many neat conversations to get involved in. And not once have I seen anyone belittled or attacked in the group.
So go join it. Please :)
2. Follow through on interviews
I felt like a rockstar when Del Rosa approached me for an interview. It was a huge honor. I tried to be cool and not, YES ABSOLUTELY WHERE DO I SIGN UP YES OF COURSE I WILL! She sent me the questions, I filled them out and within 48 hours (I’m sure it was less) it was posted.
This is way cool because 1) I got to be interviewed and didn’t have to troll the internet, stalking bloggers. And 2) she did what she said she would. I’ve been stiffed on two interviews in the last five months, as I’m sure all writers have at one point. It sucks.
I get it. Life happens, we’re all busy; most of us work and raise families and struggle to fit writing in somewhere. But that’s what makes those authors/bloggers/mods that do it all so fantastic.
3. Review, Review, Review
Confession: I never reviewed a book before I started writing. I almost never reviewed anything. Now that I know how important each and every review is for us authors, especially for indies, I try to throw one up on Goodreads when I get a chance. Unfortunately, I rarely get a chance to read anything more than one book every two months.
Indie authors who can write, work, raise families, run groups, run websites, and then read and leave reviews are pretty damn epic. I have a list of indie authors I’d like to read, authors I’ve “met” through RR/WR, but I haven’t made it as far putting their books on my “To Read” shelf. I have good intentions, I really do, of reading their work and leaving a review. That’s as far as I’ve gotten. My updates from Goodreads shows Del Rosa leaving review after review, and many of them are for indies. Bad. Ass.
The most enjoyable part of my writing experience is witnessing how utterly supportive writers are of each other. From hugely successful traditionally published authors, to indies just getting started, we form a community that cares about each other’s success. It’s amazing, and it’s shown me how to step up my game and not just write.
I’ll leave it there and get to the free stuff!! Below is the grand prize list. Join in people! You might get set for months with hot, sexy reading material. You can also check out:
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Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme
Something in the Air by Marie Landry
Magic Resistant by Veronica DelRosa
The Naughty List by Cori Vidae
Firefly: Ice Born by P.M. Pevato
Thirteen by Shannon Peel
Enemy Within by Marysol James
Questing for a Dream by P.D. Workman
Vice by Rosanna Leo
Lakeshore Secrets by Shannyn Leah
Guarding Midnight by Kacey Hammell
3013:Renegade by Susan Hayes
The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros
Alien Next Door: Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject
Slow Ride Home by Leah Braemel
One Gold Heart by Sadie Haller
Unconditional Devotion by Kayleigh Malcolm
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