Today marks the last day of my book tour. It’s been a fun journey and thanks to those of you who have supported me along the way. My last guest post is featured on Long & Short Reviews. I was given a list of topics to choose from and I opted to share why I think people should read a book from an unknown author. I took a big leap of faith in publishing my book, so I hope people will be inspired to take a chance on an unknown author. We all have to start from somewhere.
I chose to write about this topic because let’s face it, people have never heard of me. Out in the Open is my debut novel and has only been in market for about five months. Writing a book has always been my dream, and while I’m so proud of my accomplishment, I never realized how many others had the same dream. Okay, I knew many people aspired to write a novel, but I didn’t think there were that many that would actually do it. It seems that there are hundreds of new books available each day. So what makes mine stand out? And why should someone read my book? I attended a number of writing seminars and recall one of the speakers saying, “You need to find your parking lot. What is it about your book that makes it unique?” This piece of advice really stuck with me. I work in marketing and we are always trying to find the “white space.” What is the one area that no brand has tackled yet? Or how would you do it in a way that is unique? I felt this advice was a parallel to a topic I’m faced with constantly at work. But now I had to figure out a solution in my personal life—and without a brilliant team supporting me.
This is a tall order because it seems that just about every topic has been covered. But the fun part of writing is that while most romances have a set formula, it’s up to each author to figure out the journey to getting to happily ever after. I decided that I wanted my novel to feel aspirational yet attainable. If I had to sum it up in one word I was going for real. So often I read books and walk away thinking, “Yeah, that’s great but it could never happen.” So I chose to write about the struggles of a young twenty-something who is trying to find love while navigating her career. It’s a realistic situation people can relate to, whether they are in that life stage now or can look back and remember what it was like to be young, single, and trying to establish yourself while still figuring out who you are. I used advertising as a backdrop because I work in the industry, plus I think it’s fun and glamourous, though I’m a bit biased. While it’s a workplace romance, it’s really more about the character development and the struggles they face in balancing love while trying to advance their careers.
I will admit, I don’t have a formal writing background. It’s a craft I’ve always loved and I’d like to think I have a knack for it. When I first told my friends I wanted to write a novel they weren’t surprised. Although when a close friend served as my beta reader she had an amusing reaction, “It’s just like a book you’d read at Barnes & Noble!” That’s what I was going for. J So back to the question of would I read it? The answer is yes. If I liked the synopsis and preview of the first few chapters I’d take a chance on someone new. Everyone has to start from somewhere. But don’t take my word for it. As Lauren said in her review, “I loved every aspect of the book – the writing was top-notch, the character development was stellar and the storyline was extremely well-crafted. I devoured the book, eager to find out what was going to happen between Lexi and Jake, and the ending definitely did not disappoint (boy did I not see that one coming).”