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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Jennifer James Promo & Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to Jennifer James to 
Book Lovin' Mamas today.  
Transitioning from Reviewer to Author 

     Hi! Thanks very much for having me on Book Lovin’ Mamas today. Once upon a time, a long time ago (actually about one year… *grin*) I wrote book reviews for a website called GraveTells (GT) as Captain Dirty Pants or simply The Captain. GT specializes in books in the PNR/UF/SciFi genres and I had a blast reading and reviewing books for the site. Those are my very favorite book genres and I discovered some really kick-butt authors during my tenure there.
     But then I started writing my own fiction and it was *strongly* recommended that I no longer write reviews, especially since I write books in the very genres I’d be reviewing. I won’t get into the politics of why an author should or should not review books…it’s a fierce debate and I agree with arguments on both sides. I will say that I miss it. There’s nothing I like better than telling everyone about an awesome book I’ve found and doing my darndest to pimp out an author.
There are some things you learn as you begin to write books that you didn’t know as a reviewer. My own experience as an author is as one who publishes through a house and not indie, so I’ll talk to you about that.
     One of the first things you learn as you start to send your work out to try and find a publisher is how incredibly nerve wracking it is. You bust your hump on a book, then you have to send it out into the wild to sink or swim all on its own. This is the first time that someone outside your circle is judging your work, and it’s gut wrenching. The whole process is one of “hurry up and wait.” And wait. And wait. And wait.
      Then you get rejected. Probably several times. And it sucks! When you finally find a publisher, its complete elation followed by more waiting while your work is put in the editing queue and assigned to an editor, who will send you a letter telling you all the things you still need to do to make your work as perfect as possible.
       Depending on the length of your book and the amount of work the publisher/editor thinks it needs, you go back and forth with your editor working that book over. This takes months as well, because after you do your part of the polishing, the editor gets the book back, looks it over, and then sends it back again, with more notes.
       After all those content edits, you get copy edits, then proofreading…and finally a galley copy of the book. At some point in there you fill out forms that the publisher uses to design a cover and they’ll rework your blurb to make it as awesome and shiny as possible.
So now, when I read a book I really love, I’m deconstructing it to try and see how the author made it so incredible and am even awed by the level of awesome the content editor has. Because I know now how much work goes into a really wonderful book. It’s a huge collaborative effort that takes an entire team of people to produce.
       I think becoming an author has also made me more forgiving of small issues in a text. Things that used to drive me crazy, like a missing comma or even word here or there don’t send me into a cranky spiral of rantiness against the author because I know how easy it becomes to miss things like that when you’ve been over a text ten times. The author is such a small part of the picture in that respect. If the story is rockin’ and the characters compelling and sharply drawn, that’s the author and his/her content editor, and you’ve gotta give them super big props. I probably would rate books higher now as a reviewer than I used to, because I know firsthand the incredible effort that went into each and every sentence of a book.
Hunger Embraced
(The Hunger Series: Book 1)
by: Jennifer James
Publishing Date: 12/7/12
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

She’s fed up with being fed on. 
All Miranda Thibodeaux really wants to do is survive corporate hell and be left alone. But as the daughter of the Incubi king, being left along isn’t on her schedule. And as an avatar to a goddess with multiple personality issues, taking things in stride isn’t either. 
Daniel looks like an ordinary surfer boy--T. T. B.--Tall, Tanned, and Blonde. Hot he may be, but ordinary he’s not. Beneath the pretty packaging lies a ruthless warrior, a servant to the Vampire Council. His mission is to find Miranda and present her to the council, then get the hell out of Dodge before he loses his focus. The last thing he needs is the distraction of the testy female. 
When circumstances force Miranda to turn to T.T.B. for help, they both end up with more than they bargained for. And that normal human life she wanted? Not really doable when everyone wants a piece of her...
Purchase Links:  
Website | Facebook | Goodreads | The Para-Posse
Jennifer James never thought she would be a multi-published author of erotica and erotic romance. What she likes best are happy endings – whatever that might mean for the characters. Wife, mother of two Tiny Divas, and college student, when not writing Jenn enjoys the outdoors, adventures of all sorts, horror movies, and the occasional comic book.
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Beckey said...

Thanks, the books seems like it'll be a great read :)


@Beckey: Thank you very much! :) I hope you like it.

Thanks to the ladies of Book Lovin' Mamas for hosting me today!

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. Hunger Embraced sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it to see more of Miranda and Daniel.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

I Love the Cover...Wow


Christine said...

Hunger Embraced sounds like it is going to be another great read, cover is great too!

Christine S
cms72023 at gmail dot com

@Joanne: Thank you so much! :) I hope you like them as much as I do.

@Josie: Awww, I'm sure Annie will be thrilled to hear that.

@Christine: Thanks very much!

Judy said...

Congrats on the new book. It looks like my To Get list just got another book on it. :)

chey said...

Hunger Embraced sounds great!
chey127 at hotmail dot com

Veronika said...

Thank you for the chance to win!

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed your post and I can only imagine how nerve wracking it could be to send your baby out there risking rejection. But obviously it's all worth it in the end! :)

Unknown said...

@Veronika: You're welcome!

@Crystal: Thanks. :) It's terrifying and gut wrenching...but rewarding. :)

Honestly I give authors a lot of kudos for all the hard work you go through. I am not sure I could handle the rejection.

Rafflecopter Name:Dawna Newman

@Dawna: It's HARD, and not for the faint of heart, or the thin skinned. But if you get a good support group together and lots of chocolate and alcohol, you can make it. ;)

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great read... it is now on my list. Happy holidays.

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