course, all writers share that dream of being able to write and do nothing else. After all, we’re writers. We all share the goal of writing our book, getting it into reader’s hands, seeing readers enjoy it, and then moving onto our next writing project. In the olden days of traditional publishing, that was all a writer really had to do for publishers helped their writers. However, times have changed drastically for writers. Now, writers have to do it all.
I knew that if I ever was fortunate enough to get my book published, I would have to do some promotion and marketing to get it out into the reader’s hands. I had no idea, however, how much of that would fall on my shoulders. I had no idea I would have to sell my soul. It’s maddening. Because of the volume of new books released every day, publishers want writers to do it all. There’s social media to deal with and I’m still learning how it all works. Trying to learn how all the sites work is an experience in developing patience and perseverance. It requires the patience of a saint. I understand the purpose of a web site. We want to connect with our readers and allow them to connect with us. But then there’s Pinterest, watt pad, face book and more. All the time spent on social media takes a great deal out of my time and energy that I’d rather be spending on writing. I’m nearing the end of my blog tour for Shattered Lies now and I’m totally exhausted.
I’m a writer. All I want to do is write. I want to finish my next novel. I’m not a publicist or a marketing manager. I recently read somewhere that being a writer means 10% writing and 90% marketing. Some authors spend 30 hours or more a week on promoting, which means less time to write our books. Marketing and promotion, oh my! What’s a writer to do? Talk about a conundrum. I’m determined to trod along and do my best. After all, it’s my job. I don’t know about other writers out there, but I’d rather be writing, writing and writing. What’s your take on it?
Kate Thayer has a good life as a veterinarian, running the family horse farm—until she uncovers an act of unimaginable treachery by those she trusted most and learns that everything she knew about herself was a lie. Her paternal grandmother, the woman who raised her, is behind a number of devastating secrets Kate is compelled to discover. But the deeper she digs, the more betrayal she finds, changing her life in ways she could have never foreseen.
S. J. Francis is a freelance writer with over three hundred publication credits, a University Lecturer with doctorates in English, Mass Communications and Law, and most recently, a novelist. A frequent traveler, she has resided in thirteen states and three countries. A confirmed bibliophile, when not writing Francis can be found reading a good book, or spending time in the outdoors. She currently lives in Mississippi, where a major part of Shattered Lies takes place—but grew up in New York City, where the latter portion occurs—and has a great respect and fondness for both places. Francis’ first novel, Shattered Lies is a women’s fiction/mainstream/family saga novel. Future projects include a sequel to Shattered Lies and a novel about the dynamic relationships in Hollywood. Shattered Lies was released by Black Opal Books on Oct. 24th, 2015 and is available at all on-line retailers and independent booksellers.
Book Giveaway for Shattered Lies by S.J. Francis
“In celebration of the launch of my debut novel, I’m offering a free book giveaway. To all those who leave a comment during my blog tour at my website, you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a personally autographed paperback copy of my debut novel, Shattered Lies. Two copies are available giving two of you a chance to win. To keep up with my stops on my blog tour please visit my website.
Just leave a comment at my website and drop me a line with “Giveaway” in subject line at:
Be sure to leave a valid, working email address in case you win. Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by. It's always my pleasure to connect with other authors and readers.
FYI: The drawing will take place at the end of my blog tour on Saturday, December 12, 2015. I will contact the winner at their email address at that time to request your mailing address to send you the printed copy of Shattered Lies.