Guest Post & Giveaway: Betwixt by Melissa Pearl (Blog Tour)

Posted December 9th, 2013 in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post / 29 comments
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Welcome to the Betwixt Blog Tour. When I first saw Betwixt by Melissa Pearl I just knew I had to read it one day. The blurb caught my attention right away. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading it yet but I couldn’t pass up the chance to giveaway a copy of the Betwixt Series to one of you lovely peeps. There is also a great guest post about the 10 things every writer should know. I think bloggers will find these tips helpful as well.

Betwixt  by Melissa Pearl
(Betwixt #1)
Publication date: November 5th 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well.

Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.

Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it’s too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?

The 10 Things Every Writer Should Know

by Melissa Pearl

1. It’s really hard work. Super fun, but hard. You have to be willing to really commit to it.

2. Sometimes stepping away from a project can be the best way to get over a mental block with the story.

3. Studying the craft of writing will only do you good. It’s worth taking the time to read excellent books or do a course on the ins and outs of writing. There are so many things I didn’t know about until I started studying. I have learned SO much. Two books I’d highly recommend are: Story by Robert McKee and The Writer’s Journey by Chris Vogler.

4. If you want to publish, study up on marketing as well. I’ve been learning as I go, but it’s been really hard. I’ve learned the most from generous authors who have told me what’s worked for them, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

5. Be organized. I guess this one depends on how productive you want to be, but lists really motivate me. If I write that I want to get so many words written in a day or so many chapters, I will make it happen. Working towards a goal on my list definitely makes me more productive.

6. Aim to produce the best work you can, this means being open to critical feedback from beta readers and paying a professional editor to give your script that extra edge.

7. Be willing to spend a little money. You do have to be sensible with how much you spend, but you do need to be willing to spend money on good cover design, editing and marketing if you want your book to get off the ground.

8. Be approachable and open. I think readers are far more wiling to support an author who is friendly and honest. It is much easier to show loyalty to someone you like.

9. Read both good and bad books. You will learn something from both of them – they’ll either inspire you to up the ante with your own writing or they’ll highlight mistakes you never want to see in your own work.

10. On the hard days, remind yourself that you have the privilege of doing something you love. Not many people in the world get paid to do something they absolutely adore. If you write because you love it, then you are a lucky person. Don’t forget that πŸ™‚

Author Bio

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. β€œBest. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has produced four more books and has a YA fantasy trilogy coming out this year. Unknown and Unseen (The Elements Trilogy) out now!

β€œI am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”  Blog | Goodreads | Twitter

Enter the giveaway below for the chance to win one ebook copy of the Betwixt Omnibus Open internationally. Ends Dec 29th. The email used to sign into rafflecopter is the email will receive your prize if you win.

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29 Responses to “Guest Post & Giveaway: Betwixt by Melissa Pearl (Blog Tour)”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    Awesome tips and I totally agree with spending money on a good cover, some books I adore have awful covers and it is hard getting folks to see past a bad cover.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I totally agree. A great cover is #2 on getting your book sold. I had the hardest time getting people to read Magic Bites (one of my favs) because of a bad cover.

  2. Giselle

    Great post! I think #2 is really important. Too often we drive to finish ASAP and especially when it’s going all wrong you just want to get it over with but the best thing to do in most cases is take a break and get back to it with a fresh mind a while or a day later. I also think reading a lot of books in your genre would be helpful – also reviews of those books so you can get an idea what readers enjoyed/hated about them. πŸ™‚

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