Diana Rose’s GUEST POST-Art of Stories Blog By Allison Beckert

Guest Post By Diana Rose For ART OF STORIES BLOG ( http://art-of-stories.com/blog/ )

How to Write a Book and Publish It

By Diana Rose

I am from New York City, I have not yet been published yet but I am part of Across Genres Publishing House. I write Young Adult Fantasy Romance Novels for teens. In my books, I focus on writing about how to find true love. I am contracted with Across Genres Publishing House. I have a Facebook Author Page that can be visited at: https://www.facebook.com/DianaRoseRomance  as well as a blog that you can also visit at: https://themagicoftruelove.wordpress.com.

When I first started writing my first book, Book 1: Forbidden Love, I had no idea how to do it. I remembered one thing from my school days, “Write what you know,” my teachers would say. So I wrote what I knew. I liked reading about princesses and princes and fantasy characters so I incorporated into my writing as well.

My first book, Book 1: Forbidden Love is about a princess from the Moon Kingdom who meets a prince from the Earth Kingdom and her parents are opposed to their bond. Her parents attempt to separate them but no matter how many times they got separated they always found a way to overcome their obstacles and be together. My target audience is teenagers. Right now, my book is being edited and I started to do my first round of edits. I don’t want to lie to you all and say I have a date because I’m not even sure yet when it will get published.

How did I get my contract with Across Genres Publishing House? That’s actually a really funny story. I will share it with you. I was looking for an agency to publish my first book and I found an agency that wanted my book and I got signed but then, the agency I was signed with closed down unexpectedly. The authors who were writing for the agency including myself were devastated. But, we all decided not to give up on our writing dreams. So, somewhere within that time, one of the authors told me that she was opening a publishing agency with a friend of hers and they needed authors. I asked her if they published YA Fantasy Romance novels and she said that I have to talk to her partner and friend. So, I called the number she gave me and spoke to Tammy Jernigan. Mrs. Jernigan said that they will publish my genre. She asked me if my book was part of a series and of course I said it was. Mrs. Jernigan said she is prepared to publish my entire series. I was amazed and happy. Can you imagine that my entire series is contracted? Amazing!! Across Genres Publishing house publishes all genres of work.

At first Book 1: Forbidden Love was just something that I was working on for myself but then as I continued to write it, I began to think about publication. So I started to research writing and publication in general. As I researched and continued to write, I realized that publication is not going to be easy. However, I knew one thing. I knew that everything that is worth it is never easy. It may seem impossible when you first begin to walk the road to getting published but publication is not as impossible as you may think at first. Starting something is always hard and uncertain and to be honest with everyone who is reading this, I was uncertain if I could do it when I first started.

I started my publishing research from the last place you would think of….I started my research at Kingsborough Community College where I was enrolled as a student. I knew a few of my professors who included Hope A. Parisi, Dianne Bennett, who had published books, textbooks but I didn’t care much for the type of book they published as long as they published. So, I wrote up a list of questions about how they got published and made appointments to see them. One of my professors, William R. Burger, the Chairman of the Behavioral Sciences Department who wrote the books, Human Services in Contemporary America which he co- authored with Merrill Youkeles in 1999. He also published a book called The Helping Professions: A Career Sourcebook. Dr. Burger was kind enough to find time in his busy schedule to answer my questions.

I remember that when I asked him how he found a publisher for his two books, he said, “I don’t find publishing agencies, publishers come to me.” That statement surprised me. Of course Dr. Burger explained that he writes textbooks and textbooks are in high demand. I remember he said that he can’t supply more information but he had a person that could help me. He said her name was Susan Ednie. So at the end of our conversation he told me to wait while she would come. She was happy to hear about my book and wanted to see my work. She helped me a lot. When I did my research, I learned that publishing a book has steps to it and good writing is made from rewrites and that every author found his or own way into the publishing world which meant I had to find my own way in. Yes, I do apply what learned. I have done so many edits I lost count. And even today as I edit my work for it to be published, I know I have learned a lot and I still have a lot to learn. For example, I learned that literary agents are very picky but you don’t necessarily need them.

My writing was not ready then to be out in the world when the idea came to me. Let me explain what I mean. When I began to write, my writing was broken up into chunks of ideas, each paragraph was a separate idea and those separate ideas were not connected in any way. That is why I felt that it was not ready. But I was not giving up on this idea because I felt that it could be great. So I started to edit my novel with the help of Professor Susan Ednie at Kingsborough Community College, of course, she asked me in the process of editing what I wanted to do with my book. I said, “I want to publish it.” She smiled at me and after that we spent two hours in her office every month going over comments and she helped me add chapters to the book by discussing ideas with me.

I always wanted to be known for something great. I could always be proud of doing something as great as getting published. I realized early that getting noticed for your talent in writing is a lot of hard work and that is even harder than publication. You see, in order to get published you need to get noticed by the right people and acknowledged for your style and your talent. It took me a really long time to just get noticed. It took three years to get noticed by a publishing agency, two of which were spent on looking for literary agents which I might say that was a pointless thing in my specific case because no one was interested. When I realized that agents were not going to help me find an agency to publish my book I started to send out to publishing agencies that took authors without agents.

At first, it was Professor Susan Ednie who took notice and decided to help me with preparing my book to be sent out to agents and publishers. She thought it was a great idea what I was writing about. Then when I started sending out to publishing agencies, the first agency that took notice was Cool Beans Publishing and Editing and I thought that the contract they offered would last but shortly after that the company closed and I found Across Genres Publishing house who is now editing my work.

Of course, like many of you who are reading this post, I am human and I did feel like I was going through an endless tunnel where I was walking so slowly that I felt like I was not doing enough or doing something that was not exactly leading me to the result I wanted. It felt like I was doing something small that was moving but very slowly. I knew that I would be taking it slow and I needed to finally open up to people and yes, I was scared. I was terrified. But when I created my author page, I felt that I could finally show people who I am. I am happy I took that step to go public because if I had not done it, I would never have been noticed and would not have created a steady readership that is important for starting out authors to build their author lives and get their message to the world. I encourage all starting out authors to create and maintain their own author page so that when you do get noticed and published people will already know who you are.

Here, we come to the most important ingredient to the formula for publication which I have discovered over time…. The most important ingredient is to want publication so bad that you would do anything to get published. Persistence and patience in this work is key. If you persist against all odds and be patient that all your hard work will pay off, you will succeed.  For the people reading this, you may be thinking, “Oh, it’s easy for you to say, ‘persistence and patience is key.’ But did you ever think of giving up like us?”

My answer to that is, finding strength in yourself to continue on with something that might seem hopeless is hard. I did feel like I was going through a tunnel but what kept me going was that my family supported me and my friends all believed I could do it. But the biggest thing that kept me going was my dream to get published, to see my name in lights. Then, as I opened up to my grandmother about my writing, she was really supportive. I wanted to fulfill my dream because I knew that she wanted it for me as much I did. I always had a strong will to get my book published. How I stayed strong? That’s a good question. I always believed that my book would get published and that belief was stronger than anything. Yes, every time I failed, I cried. I was heartbroken that my dream would not come true but the strong belief that I would ultimately make my publication dream come true overpowered me. I am very stubborn and that stubbornness helped me to not give up when times were rough and any other person would have given up. Also, I knew that giving up was never a thing I would do. I love the characters I write about and I know that once my book gets published my readers will love my characters too.

Of course, wanting to get published is great but I want to encourage you to take action because without action there would never be anything. Action….Let me define that for you. Taking action means that you don’t sit back and wait for something to happen. Yes, I agree that when an author just starts out wanting to get published they may not know what the right thing to do is.

As all of us know, after you write your first draft you need to edit and proofread it. Now, edits and proofreading is the next step after writing. Edits take a very long time to do because you want your writing to be perfect before you publish it. There are services that are offered to edit your work but I advise you to try to find someone to edit your work for free because you would want to save that money for when you get closer to publication.

My techniques for editing……First, I would say that if I learned anything about editing it is that you cannot rush yourself with them. Do not focus on the entire book as a whole when you try to edit. I edited chapter by chapter. I went over each chapter as many times as needed. Only when I was sure that the chapter was completely edited and had no errors, I went to the next. I usually take a pen with colored ink and when I have the text printed I go over it reading through as I look for errors. If I am on the computer I usually use Track Changes in Microsoft Word to outline my errors and look for edits. The key with edits is to go slow paragraph by paragraph and line by line so you don’t miss anything. Proofreading for errors is a very important because you want to make sure your grammar is perfect.

Of course, I never went to an editing service because my professor at Kingsborough Community College agreed to help me edit my work. Professor Susan Ednie was very helpful and encouraging. She taught me a lot about writing and how to express myself better. She helped me add a few more chapters to my book as we were going through edits. Professor Ednie fell in love with my characters and she had a lot of great ideas. My experience with editing my book which started in Kingsborough was an extraordinary time that I would never trade for anything. Professor Ednie and I have become great friends over the time of my editing with her. Editing has taught me to be a better writer and I feel that my writing has grown from being school age writing to serious writing over that time.

I was surprised that a person can learn so much from editing. I also thought that editing would be this boring act that you would have to do. But it was fun for me to find new ways to write what I meant and discuss my ideas with someone who was so encouraging and helpful. Now, as begin editing with Across Genres Publishing House, I feel that I am growing even more as I do my edits and I feel that editing is the true development of myself as a person and my writing. I am becoming a better writer and that is what I feel is most important. What I expected when I first started was just a simple edit and I did not expect to make such a good friend. I did not know that I would begin to love edits as much as I love writing. But I love to see my writing develop into something great and the more I edit, the more I grow as person and as an author. The result of my first edits made me happy. It made me happy to see how my writing, my characters, and I have grown and matured.

After edits are done, I would suggest for you to find an agent for your work. But as I personally, have struggled with this task, I believe that literary agents are good to have but it is not a requirement for all writers. I have been searching for a literary agent for two years. However, I did not find an agent to represent me. I changed my approach somewhere within the second year and luckily I found Across Genres Publishing House who took me without an agent.

In the two years of searching for a literary agent, I went through the entire book called; Writer’s Marketplace and copied out pages of agencies that were searching for my genre. I tried writing a great query letter, synopsis and formatting my manuscript in compliance to the requirements of each agency but no matter how many agents I contacted everyone said the same thing. “Your writing is great but it is not right for us.” So after a search that did not give me what I wanted, I gave up. I gave up on agents and tried something different and it turned out that there were more chances of publishing than an agent could have offered. If I had not stopped looking for an agent I would not be signed with Across Genres Publishing House right now. I learned that having an agent is not easy and not always necessary for success. I realized then that I had to rely on myself to get myself noticed and it was up to me to find a home for my book. I just needed to find my own way into this. So almost a year ago, I created my Author Page. Then, I remodeled my old unused blog and started to go public.

All you need to do is find one person who will love your book as much as you love your story. I know it can seem hard to find an agency that will take your book but I believe that it is possible.

I have gone through this exact process and at times I thought it was going nowhere like many of you out there may be thinking to yourself right now. However, I am here to tell you that as a person who went through this process and came out on top, everything is possible if you believe in your writing and you don’t give up when times get tough. I’m here to tell you that getting published is a hard journey but if I can do it then you can to. The important thing is to remember that no matter what anyone says, you are a writer and you can and will get your work published. Keep writing. Do not give up on your books, they have a message that people need to hear.

Being accepted by a publisher made me feel like child again who got the toy she always wanted but couldn’t get. I felt like a girl who got to be princess for a day and wear a crown. I felt like flying, and hugging everyone. I was at home because it was a Friday and I don’t have class on Fridays. It was about four pm. And I was calling Mrs. Tammy Jernigan to talk about my book. When she said, “Yes, we take YA Fantasy Romance. In fact, YA is a big market.” I was happy. But what made me even happier, even thrilled, was when she said, “Send me your manuscript. Since you have a series we will publish your entire series. I will send you a contract.” I don’t remember what happened then because my emotions took over and I was thanking her so much that she felt uncomfortable. That weekend I signed the contract with Across Genres Publishing House.

How did it feel? It felt like I was finally achieving my dream. It felt like the thing I worked so hard for and no matter how many disappointments and failures I had along the way, I did it!! I felt like I was on top of the world. My mind was not thinking, I was feeling. I was dizzy, I was happy. I was scared. I was so many things. What would happen now? I thought. It was my first time getting accepted by a publisher. A publisher who want to publish my entire series!! My book had a home now. Every book in my Power of Love Series has a home, a home with Across Genres Publishing House.

Right after I got accepted into Across Genres Publishing House, I decided that it was time to announce it to everyone that I was accepted. So, I posted a life event post on my Author Page and added Across Genres Publishing House und affiliations. Also I decided to start finishing my second book in my series so that I could have it ready for submission. When I found out that I was accepted and even before I signed the contract with Across Genres Publishing House I told my mother about it. She was speechless at first but then after I signed the contract, my mom said, “We have to celebrate this.” And we did. We went to the Beach and had dinner at a restaurant. I told my friends and they were all impressed and happy for me.

Right now, I am working on the ending to Book 2 as well as editing Book 1: Forbidden Love for publication.

Coming Soon……..

My Dear Future Readers:

I have a few exciting things that will be coming to this blog and my Author Page.

  1. My Character Interviews for my characters from Book 1: Forbidden Love. I do this to give you an idea of how how my characters think.
  2. I have started working on a surprise for all of you. My hope is that this surprise will be ready by the middle of this month.
  3. I’m sure you were wondering about the history of my kingdoms, well they are all on my Author Page.

I would like to tell you that all these new things that I will be presenting to you soon are things that I am happy share with you because over the past few months your support and your interest in my writing has shown me how much I can truly make your lives better with my writing.

My Power of Love Series has a lot of interesting characters and connections within it. It is all intriguing and interesting at the same time.

I sincerely hope and as you know, I write this book series for teens and my hope is that through this series, I can make my readers see that there is a brighter world out there thatyb is full of love and joy.

I do apologize for not putting up my usual article reviews and I hope to get back to that soon. But for now, I would like to thank the growing group of readers on my Author Page and I glad that all of you are so loyal to me.

I look forward to hearing from you all soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

https://www.facebook.com/DianaRoseRomance

YA Fantasy Romance PUBLISHED Author

Coming Soon

My First Mention on the Radio!!!

My Dear Future Readers:

For those of you who would like to hear me mentioned on No Conduct Radio or you missed it at 6pm on March 17th, I found the link to the broadcast.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/…/17/gender-roles-do-they-exist

I would like to hear what you think of my mention.

I would like to say that I am truly and humbly honored to have such a wonderful privilege to be mentioned on a Radio Show!!!!

This FREE Advertizing Month has started off to a wonderful start and I am grateful to this opportunity that allowed me to reach a wider audience.

My Author Page has gone VIRAL and I am glad that I can share this success with you, my dear future readers.

You deserve to know that every opportunity I get is only because you are so loyal and loving to my writing.

I am truly and deeply grateful that I have such wonderful group of supportive people!!

You are all wonderful.

I am glad that you could now hear about my Power of Love Series and what it is about.

I hope you enjoy the Radio Show.

I look forward to hearing from you. I thank you all for your infinite support..

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

https://www.facebook.com/DianaRoseRomance

YA Fantasy  Romance PUBLISHED Author

When True Love Is Real…..

My Dear Future Readers:

I want to say that today’s article has to do with the fact that True Love is not only for fairy-tales and movies and fictional books like the books I am writing.

For a long time, I could not find an article that expressed exactly what I wanted to say about True love and how I wanted it to be identified for you, my future readers.

But then, I saw a picture on news feed on Facebook that got me thinking about how true love can really be.  It was a really sweet picture of two of my friends and I was amazed to see how true love is expressed in such a kind and sweet way.

True love is sweet and kind and it puts a smile on everyone’s face to see it when it is truly felt. No one can fake being truly in love and that beautiful calm pleasant and blissful face can only be when two people are truly in love.

“When you love someone, what you are saying is, “I accept you for who you are and you fit into my life.”

But that is true for the modern day true love idea. Modern day true love is not as simple ad it used to be and this portrayed in the article

Ashley Papa explains the difference between true an real love and simple yet confusing “lust.”

Lust is by meaning is a lack of communication and compatibility as indicated by Ashley Papa.

In my opinion, P, expresses love in a more modern way. But love in my first book, Book 1: Forbidden Love is much like this next quote in the article…

“Love always finds a way,” Ann O’Brien, an energy healer and spiritual teacher.

Is it not love that pushes a person to find a way to stay together? Is it not love that makes people do things to make their partner happy? When Ashley Papa  writes the quote, she means to say that love is powerful enough to move mountains.

I believe that love can make anything happen.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

https://www.facebook.com/DianaRoseRomance

YA Fantasy Romance Author

“GPS on the Path to the Heart” In Modern Life and Fantasy

My Dear Future Readers:

As we all know the journey that leads to the heart is not an easy one to travel on. But with the right strategy a person can find love. There are no proven method that is known for finding true love but there are plenty of ideas to try and find true love. It is not about the result but more about the creativity and effort that is put into the search. It is in fact the realization that the fantasy portrayed in my book can be turned into real life.

“You need, in short, to create an illusion of destiny.” -Daniel Jones, New York Times.

Today, I want to discuss with you an article I found that was written in the New York Times. The article discusses the methods by which it is possible to find love.

In his article, “GPS on the Path to the Heart,”  Daniel Jones explores the ideas and methods of modern life love searching.  He explains the ideas about how love searching is possible in the modern world today.

I believe that in some ways text messages seems impersonal. It takes away something intimate out of our romantic relationship. But it also is a quick and easy way to say something sweet but it will not replace heartfelt messages of love in letters like in the times of royalty.

“We are in matters of love never to chase. But chasing someone you love to the ends of the earth is different.” -Daniel Jones, New York Times.

This quote from Daniel Jones perfectly describes my male main character and the kind of love I write about in my book. The kind of love that makes chasing to the ends of the earth more than okay because true love never dies. I believe that if you truly love someone it is reason enough to follow them to the ends of the earth to be reunited. Loving someone so much that you would run after them to be with them.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/fashion/13Modern.html?_r=0

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Author

https://www.facebook.com/DianaRoseRomance

Why I Write For Teens?

Today, I am participating in my first EVER blog hop because Arlene Hittle asked me to join her in this blog hop. How could I say, “no?” This was my opportunity to speak and tell the world about my books that I am so proud of. I write posts on Facebook but I don’t talk much about my actual writing and how I feel about it. As I finish up my line edits for my first novel I realized that now would be a perfect time to talk to you, my readers about my books. So, let me start with no further delay…

What am I working on?

I am working on my second novel in my Power of Love series entitled Sacrificed Love.  My first novel is still in my computer waiting to go out there into the world for people to read. When I started writing my second novel I felt more confident in expressing my ideas. I chose the issue of sacrificed love because I believe that true love sacrifices itself for the eternal life of that true love. I would be grateful if the world would be happier and healthier with the kind of love that I express in my books.

 How does my work differ from others of its genre?

As I finished my first novel, Forbidden Love, I began to evaluate this question more closely. In my first novel, I wrote about the love that Amy and Darien shared. How their love grew and what obstacles they overcame in order to be together.

In my second novel which I am  currently writing, I explore the destiny of Amy and Darien’s first born daughter, Melody. How Melody finds love but then has to sacrifice her love for her boyfriend, Augustine in order to save her family from a scandal when Amy finds out that Melody is pregnant by a mystery man.

I hope that the magical fictional characters in my books will enchant my readers to want to know more about them. I hope that the reality of the relationships that are portrayed in my books will help my readers see a different way that love can be.

 Why do I write what I do?

I write Fantasy Romance Fiction  about the magic of true love because I want to find that in my own life as well. I believe that every person, man or woman deserves to experience the magical feelings of true love in their lives. I want to show the world what true love really means, how devoted and compassionate love can be. True love is not expressed in words but in actions that may seem small but those actions focus a woman’s attention on how a man really sees her. No matter what happens if the love is true like in my books, then all the obstacles and hardships can be overcome.

I write for teenagers because I want to show teenagers that even at thirteen and fourteen love can be found and it can be the most sincere and passionate feeling that a person can ever feel, even at such a young age.

 How does my writing process work?

I am in the early stages of my writing  career. My writing life started with my first novel Forbidden Love. I don’t know my characters unless I spend some time thinking from their point of view. I think about a certain situation and then I think about what each of my characters would feel, say, and do in that situation. I give them time to absorb the issue I place before them and then I let them guide me through their solutions. I let them show me how they feel, what they think and how they would act in a certain situation. Only after that, I can start to write.

Aside from that, I find that it is easier to write in pieces. For me, writing a novel takes a year or so. That may seem like an eternity when your goal is to get that book out there for people to read. I find I have an easier time writing when my head is clear and I don’t have anything important on my mind. I take a break during my midterms and finals in my college but other than that I usually write almost every day. Then after midterms and finals are over, I dive into my writing full force and my inspiration is recharged.

Thanks to Arlene Hittle for her generous invitation. I enjoyed sharing what I am working on  with you. Below are the writers who will follow me next week. I hope you’ll take a minute to check them out and follow them, etc. They each have amazing things to offer.

20140118-083853.jpg    Arlene Hittle

Author Bio:

Arlene Hittle is a Midwestern transplant who now makes her home in northern Arizona. Turquoise Morning Press released her first novel, DIVA IN THE DUGOUT, in October 2013. BEAUTY AND THE BALLPLAYER comes out in March 2014, followed by SLIDING INTO HOME in April. Arlene suffers from the well-documented Hittle family curse of being a Cubs fan, but will root for the Diamondbacks until they run up against the Cubs. Longtime friends are amazed she writes books with sports in them, since she’s about as coordinated as a newborn giraffe and used to say marching band required more exertion than golf. When she’s not writing, spending time with her boyfriend or slurping down Starbucks drinks, she works as a copy editor/page designer for the Arizona Daily Sun. Find her at http://arlenehittle.com, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/arlenehittle or on Facebook at Arlene Hittle, Author.

           IMG_0012_2         Kate Moretti

Author Bio

Kate Moretti is the author of the women’s fiction novel, Thought I Knew You and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.You can find Kate at http://katemoretti.com/about/

Wouldn’t Change a Thing….

Like fire and rain (Like fire and rain)
You can drive me insane (You can drive me insane)
But I can’t stay mad at you for anything
We’re Venus and Mars (Venus and Mars)
We’re like different stars (like different stars)
but you’re the harmony to every song I sing
And I wouldn’t change a thing

Love is compromising, never arguing….

Be yourself.

Love is intense, it can be overwhelming.

Please…hear me out..

You can’t keep avoiding my feelings, my eyes, and my smile.

You can’t bump heads and not feel love no matter how much you overreact.

Love is nothing but a feeling for the other. There may be moments you may disagree but you…

You, me… Still see love in each other’s eyes.

Different stars are still connected and so are we.

We can always find a way, no matter what we say.

We can never turn away from the love we feel today.

We are a linked pair forever.