Thursday, April 10, 2014

CARRIER Cover Reveal


It's cover reveal day!

COMING 6.16.14 from Carina Press is CARRIER, Book One of The Line Series from Carina Press

Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. Excommunicated after getting pregnant with twins, she's left with no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her at the institution by the time she gives birth, or have her babies taken in her stead.
Ric Bennett wants to help. A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, he runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya's records, prevent her from having to make an impossible choice, and free her forever. But when his plan is sniffed out, things get bloody, fast. The Line wants them back. The organization has discovered information about Naya and her twins that make them more valuable than just sex slaves. It makes them dangerous—and part of the The Line's larger plan.
As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya's quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they'll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.

Friday, April 4, 2014

CARRIER Cover Reveal Sign Ups

GOOD NEWS!

I have the cover!
Wheeeeeeeee!
And it's GORGEOUS.

The Cover Reveal Tour for CARRIER may now commence!
It's on 4/10 - and I can't wait for you to see it.

If you'd like to participate in the cover's "coming out" party - the sign ups are here:
http://xpressobooktours.com/2014/04/04/cover-reveal-sign-up-carrier-by-anne-tibbets/

YAY!
Thanks all!
Hope to see you there. :)
XO,
--Anne

Thursday, April 3, 2014

CARRIER Blog Tour Sign Ups

The official Blog Tour Sign ups have begun for CARRIER!

If you are a book blogger/reviewer and/or want to participate in my upcoming tours…

Yes, that's tours with an S…

We have the book tour, the cover reveal tour, AND the book trailer tour - ALL COMING SOON!...

Follow this link to sign up.

http://xpressobooktours.com/2014/04/03/tour-sign-up-carrier-by-anne-tibbets/

Hope to see you there!
XOXO,
--Anne

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Art of the Blurb

Let's say you are a writer!
That's not a far stretch of a guess, considering you're reading my blog.
But let's assume you are - even if you're not.
Got it?

Let's say you're a writer who has an agent, and has been out on submission, has gotten a multiple book deal from a real life publisher, and you have two books coming out this year …

You're sitting pretty sweet. Aren't you?
It's all up from here! WOOT! Good for you! ;)

Let's say you are in the beginning stages of planning your marketing push for the first book to launch this year, and all that confidence and knowledge you've gained from getting an agent, being out on submission, getting a multiple book deal from a real life publisher, and having two books coming out this year - IT'S GONE.

Poof!
Like a wisp.
You are back to feeling like a complete idiot and a nobody. Just. Like. That.

Do you want to know how someone who appears to be sitting so pretty can all of the sudden be reminded of how a creative business like publishing has a 95% rejection rate?

Blurbs.

Author blurbs are those lovely little quotes other famous writers give to someone else's book.
"A fantastic read that kept me up all night!" - Signed, some writer you've probably heard of

To get these blurbs for my first book coming out this year, I asked a few traditionally published authors that I knew:  "How do you do it? Is there a particular procedure one needs to go through to obtain author quotes?"

I'm the first of my writer's group to publish so unfortunately I had no close buddies to ask, but the authors I approached were kind enough to respond.

The procedure? The "correct" way to get an author blurb?
Just like there is no one way to getting published, there is no one way of getting an author blurb.

The advice I got from the other authors was all different.

Method #1: Have your agent contact the agent of the other writer, and do the asking for you.

Method #2: Ignore method #1, that won't get you anywhere. Ask the author's directly, they respond better to the personal touch.

Method #3: Ask your writer friends for referrals. Don't email writers you don't personally have a connection to - it's like Six Degrees of Separation - "We both mutually know [So-in-So] and he/she suggested I contact you. Would you like to read my book, and if you like it, give a blurb?"

Method #4: Ask your editor and agent if any of their other writers would be interested in giving a blurb.

Now, remember how I mentioned that traditional publishing is 95% rejection?

Well, it's 95% rejection all of the time, for everybody, even if you have an agent, have a publishing deal, blah blah blah - unless you are one of those authors that gets asked to give blurbs (in other words, unless your name and work are widely known by the public), then I imagine, it's quite a bit easier.

But for the rest of us commoners, it's a bit trickier - and I have a truck-load of sympathy for any author out there who is contacting their favorite writers, and querying for blurbs - because MAN -

There is nothing like having one of your favorite authors ignore you.

And here you thought agent and editor rejections were bad?
(Not bad for all of us, I am one of those sick and twisted individuals that didn't mind agent and/or editor rejection - I always figured that if they passed, it was for the best)
…But to have your idols reject you?

That's way rougher on the ego.

Ego.
Ha.

As if this industry allowed one.

Don't get me wrong!
This is a good problem, and any person sitting in this position would be a fool to wish it otherwise - but I just have to say, with each new lesson I learn about the publishing industry, my skin thickens and callouses and my mind grows sharper and more shrewd.

I have just begun the blurb process, and I have 1 writer willing to read the book without guarantee of blurb - but it's a good reminder.

Don't sit back.
Don't relax.
Selling books is a hardcore business.

Even the small parts are hardcore - even a one-line quote on the book's Amazon page which most people don't bother reading anyway.

Just keeping it real, folks.
--Anne


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

BOOK TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT

YAY!

I am very pleased to announce that I am scheduled for a book blog tour for my up-coming New Adult release The Line Series, Book One: CARRIER on June 30th - for three weeks!

The tour will include a Rafflecopter giveaway, prizes and swag, guest blog posts and interviews, and free review copies!

If you are a book blogger and are interested in participating in my blog tour, or having me contribute a guest post to your blog during the tour, please contact:

Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours
xpressobooktours[at]gmail[dot]com

Hope to see you there!
XOXO,
--Anne

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pre-Order Carrier Links

PRE-ORDER

CARRIER
By Anne Tibbets



Publication Date: 6/16/14



Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. Excommunicated after getting pregnant with twins, she's left with no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her at the institution by the time she gives birth, or have her babies taken in her stead.
Ric Bennett wants to help. A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, he runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya's records, prevent her from having to make an impossible choice, and free her forever. But when his plan is sniffed out, things get bloody, fast. The Line wants them back. The organization has discovered information about Naya and her twins that make them more valuable than just sex slaves. It makes them dangerous—and part of the The Line's larger plan.
As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya's quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they'll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Facebook Fan Page - Is it worth it?

Hey all!

It comes to my attention that only about 3% of you who have "Liked" my Author Page in Facebook are actually receiving my status updates. 

Facebook is offering to up that percentage if I pay a fee. I think this is odd. I mean, if you "Liked" my page, surely you'd WANT to see what I post. Right? Why should I have to pay for you to see it, when you "Liked" me to begin with? 

What's the point in "Liking" anything, in that case? It also makes me wonder, "Why bother having a Fan Page if my fans can't even see what I'm posting?"

In light of this, I am going to recommend you all join Twitter and follow your favorite authors, and/or sports teams, and/or TV shows, etc. there instead. You can find me there @WriteforCoffee . And guess what? EVERY tweet I post, ACTUALLY posts! AND, you can see it. FOR FREE! Isn't that revolutionary??

OR - you could always SUBSCRIBE TO MY NEWSLETTER! The subscription tab is on this blog up and to the left. ^ and to the < Up and to the left. ^ and to the < Up and to the left...

In the meantime, I actually paid to "boost" this post in Facebook, just for the sheer irony.

See you on Twitter and here on WILL WRITE FOR COFFEE!
But seriously, FB - why bother?
XOXO,
Anne 

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Pull of a Publication Deal

I've been to quite a few writers conferences in my day. So many, I've lost count. But that's a good thing as I've learned a lot from these events, and I feel that it's time well spent.

In going to these events I've heard a lot of writers giving various speeches about craft, their path to publication, and career management. One of the things I've heard from many writers speaking to career management has been to "protect your writing time," because, they say, once you have a publication deal in place you will get pulled in a million different directions, and then suddenly, the writing time you had so leisurely enjoyed before is now gone. You have deadlines, editors, responsibilities, the sequel or the next book (if it's a multiple book deal), and all your time is full, if not gone.

As an unpublished writer sitting in the audience at these conferences I'd silently scoff to myself about these published writers, not complaining per say, but warning the rest of us of what lies ahead, as if editors, deadlines, and responsibilities were bad things, and I would think to myself - 'Bah! I will have NO PROBLEM protecting my writing time.' As if I'm somehow superior to them in my time management skills. Or, in my more humbler stages, I'd think that was a problem I'd worry about later. Why worry about protecting my writing time now? I'd think: 'Please! What a great problem to have! If only I was so lucky!'

Fast forward to now.

Now, I have an editor (a great thing! not complaining!) - but there is a new voice inside my head as I write book two, it whispers to me in between key strokes. "Will she like this? If I were she, what note would I give in regards to this paragraph?" All said and done, it's probably a good thing that I am trying to fix editorial problems before they occur - but I have noticed this slows down my word count drastically as there are now TWO voices inside my head. Mine, and the one pretending to be my editor.
That's a bit crowded for my feeble brain, and it makes it hard to focus while I'm writing.

Now, I have a deadline. When previously I felt spent, or tired, or cranky, or fell behind on laundry, or my kids started to act up and needed my attention, I had the luxury of putting my work-in-progress aside and the ability to concentrate on my life, family, household, etc., and then the privilege of picking up my draft right where I left off whenever I felt like it.
No more.
Now I have a ticking clock. A contractual obligation. A job.
Now, I don't write for fun. I write for a living  - and holy hell in a hand basket that's totally different.
Right now I can hear the unpublished Anne in my head mocking me, 'Oh, boo hoo. You have a deadline! Wah wah. You pooooor baby!'
But there is an element of truth to it.
It's not only for fun, anymore. It's work.
That does tend to damper my creative juices in the slightest of ways, and also, it slows down my word count just as much as the additional voice inside my head. Now, I'm slowed down two-fold.

Great.

But, one of the things that I have yet to hear from any of the speakers at those conferences, in regards to publication, probably because it is a sticky sort of development - but you will also experience a new pull from your friends.

Writer friends are a very important aspect of writing. They help you stay sane. They give advice, give notes, remind you that writing, although solitary, is also shared by them, and I always come away from any writers meeting or conference feeling part of a "tribe," as the SCBWI calls it.
It's like a giant AA meeting.
"Hi. My name is Anne. I'm a writer."
And the crowd answers knowingly, "Hi Anne."
We get each other's insanity.
So, staying in touch with writerly friends during your publication process is important, it's vital. I'm not suggesting you cut yourself off from all other writers, you're going to need them.
But they will pull at you.

It's not all bad to be pulled.

I was stuck for almost all of the month of December and two writer friends wanted critiques, so it worked out well for me that I did those because they got my juices flowing and helped me jump back into my draft. But it occurred to me that not all writers are like me and if I had been anyone else it might have been a bad thing.
More voices in your head, someone else's words filling your eyes, when you already have your editor's voice and a ticking clock distracting you?
Good for me. For anyone else? It could be bad. Very bad.

Writer friends will want to have lunch with you. Writer friends will want critiques from you. And not just writer friends, I've had spouses of friends ask me to read and give comments on term papers, short stories, and writing samples. Suddenly, you're in demand. You're an expert and now everybody wants a piece of you.

Now, personally, I love that sort of thing. It actually feeds my creative energy.
But you will have to judge for yourself if this sort of time-sucker works to your benefit. Every one is different.

Now, even non-writerly friends want things from me. Time, advice, lunch. I've been asked three times in the last few weeks for joint Spring Break vacations. No joke.

I've never, ever, ever, EVER been the popular one - the person that people seek out to spend time with. I'm just not, and I'm actually quite good with this. I have a few select close best friends and a slew of people I kinda know, and that works for me.

But publication will not only change the way you feel about your work, and how you manage your time, it will also make you desirable to others - success breeds attention, and although lunch dates and joint vacations, weekends away with your girlfriends, and more writerly conferences than you can shake a stick at, are very important - you'll want all these people to buy your book when it comes out - BUT - it's a pull. It pulls you away from the work.

And THAT'S what those writers were talking about...

NOW I GET IT!

What all those smart, intuitive writers were saying? About protecting your writing time?

It meant to judge how much you resist, or don't resist, the pull.
It meant that every writer is different, and every experience varies, but the one constant when a publication deal finds you is this:

Get pulled, get challenged, have more than one voice inside your head, network like crazy - but if you don't write - then all the rest (every last drop) will go away and disappear like a drop of water on hot cement.

Number 1 Goal: Write

Everything else is just another pull that is designed to distract you.
Use it to your advantage, as best you can.

And then write some more.





Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I Dub Thee, January, Word Count Month

I hath not forgot thee.

After a crazy busy December when my creative juices were squeezed dry by trips, holidays, children and events - I am now in January, and freaking out just a bit on how much I have to do, and how little time (it feels) I have to do it.

Soooo, don't take this personally.
Don't think for a moment I am not well aware that I am neglecting my loyal blog readers.

I'm merely assuming that my posts are not the pinnacle of your existence, and I'm guessing you won't miss me altogether THAT much if I take a few weeks and get some massive word count done on my WIP.

Here's hoping you'll still remember me come time when I poke my head back into the light.

Wish me luck!
Hugs and Stuff,
Anne

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas + Deadlines = PANIC

Ahhh, December…

This terrible, horribly distracting favorite month of mine when I have a hard time getting ANY WRITING done because - honestly? I think the twinkling lights of Christmas distract me.

Normally, I'd take the month off and think nothing of it - but this time I'm under deadline, and all these days passing me by with little to no writing getting done is starting to stress me out.

I have a book due in the middle of May.

THE MIDDLE OF MAY!!!

I can't afford to get distracted by mistletoe, and church luncheons, and shopping, and decorating, and classroom secret santas, and toy drives, and cooking, and cards and ARGH!

So, I wrote up a plan.
I broke down my word count and divided it by how many weeks I had to write = 12 weeks. ::cries::
And how many weeks I wanted to give myself for revision = 8 weeks ::cries::
Which means I have to write 5 days a week, 1,300 words a day.

NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

The good news?
I probably don't need to worry too much - I didn't calculate the 12,000 words I've already written of the proposed 80k (it'll land somewhere between 75 and 80k) - so there's a little bit of padding in there.

BUT STILL!

[insert minor freak-out fest and/or panic attack]

Ugh.

It's day two of this plan and I've already failed.

Send help.
I think I'm gonna need it.