Young Adult Paranormal Romance/ Sci-Fi
Date Published: 10/11/2013
Hidden powers. Otherworldly boyfriends. FORBIDDEN SECRETS.
For Aislinn Moore, attending college at seventeen isn’t a big deal. Not when compared to the difficulties associated with seeing ethereal beings and having prophetic dreams.
As Aislinn learns to surmount the obstacles of her talents, she awakens something inside herself—an ancient memory, long forgotten. She senses there are reasons for her gifts, but remains unable to understand them.
When Alexander Welch enters her life, she learns of the Ewlishash—the hope bringers—and thinks she may have found her answer. Alexander is sexy, sweet, and his talents are like something straight out of a Sci-Fi flick. Aislinn wonders if she may be like him, but the more she tries to fit his mold, the more her instincts scream that her destiny holds something even greater.
Starting Out As A Writer – 5 Things You Should Know
When I first started writing, I had no idea that I would ever publish what I wrote. I was just writing for fun. At the time, this was great because it afforded me any possibility. It didn’t matter how long it was, if I switched tenses, or even if the novel fit into a genre. I was simply writing for enjoyment.
After the novel was finished, I decided to look into publishing it. I figured it was done, so why not? Imagine my surprise when I realized I’d written something classified as young adult, but it was 160k words. To those of you unaware of what this means, it meant I needed to chop my manuscript in half to fit industry standards. Each publisher is different, but generally, a YA is shorter than an adult novel. So tip number one is to know the length your manuscript needs to be before you write it.
Then I learned that there is something called Standard Manuscript Format. As in, 12pt. font of Times New Roman or Courier New, double-spaced, 1in. margins, indent paragraphs without the use of the tab key, and as with everything else, the individual agent or publisher may have a specific standard they want you to use. Tip number two is to make sure your manuscript is set up correctly to avoid the slush pile.
Tip number three is to have an appearance on social media. If you don’t have a manuscript finished yet, start now and build your audience through a blog or some kind of engaging online interaction where your followers or fans can potentially become customers.
Another great thing for authors is to join writing groups. Find one where you fit with other authors and the genres they write. Even if you write different genres, there are still things you can help one another with. Things like passive voice, split infinitives, misspellings, punctuation, or even plot holes are catchable. So find people knowledgeable on this stuff and do some swaps of chapters or even full-length manuscripts if you can. If you don’t know what something is, look it up. I can’t tell you how many times people have been confused over POV. Yet Google pulls it up within the top three categories. So tip four is to find a critique group close to you. I’m part of Cascade Writers.
Last, tip number five, establish a presence in person. Go to conventions, workshops; ask questions on panels, whatever you need to do in order to meet people. And please, be authentic about it. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me how they were followed to the bathroom and pitched a project while trying to use the facilities. This is not going to sell your work. Meeting people, talking about industry stuff, actually listening to what the pros are telling you, these things are key.
Alaina Ewing lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two boys. She holds a degree in Multimedia Production and is the Assistant Chair for Cascade Writers, a nonprofit Milford-style workshop. She also makes jewelry, dream catchers, and enjoys working with herbs and essential oils.
Her first novel, The Heart-Shaped Emblor, releases October 11, 2013 with Evil Girlfriend Media. The novel is the first in the Ewlishash Series. Read more about Alaina at http://www.alainayewing.com.
Twitter: Trinity1226 and/or EvilGMedia