Naomi is offering one e-version of her YA/NA novel TREVELYAN to one randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, August 8th, between 5-6 PM EST. To be entered in the Giveaway, please leave your contact information within your comment. Thanks!
Blurb for TREVELYAN:
Five men and two eleven princes have embarked upon a quest: to save a sister from the wasteland of the Great Winter where she is held in the clutches of a Monster Lord who all believe brought desecration and ruin to the once glorious kingdom of Trevelyan. It is a land where hideous creatures and madness prey upon the careless, a land where faerie magic has taken an evil turn. For fifty years, no man or ally of men has been safe beyond the Cranreuch Plain.
Until Belle's choice leads them all to discover the truth.
Now rescuing her might come at a cost no one expects -- and from an evil no one but a princely beast and the faeries of Evensong ever anticipated.
Only Brave Writers Need Ride by Naomi Musch
To market, to market, to learn how to write.
Home again home again, writing all night.
To market, to market, to book contests run.
Home again home again, sure wish I'd won!
To market, to market, to proof read and edit.
Home again home again -- the publisher read it!
To market, to market: See my pretty new book?
Home again, home again, to my writing nook.
That little rhyme expresses almost every writer's up and down excursion as we pursue our dreams of authorship. We study. We attend conferences. Craft! Craft! Craft! We're told to never stop learning it. There in the trenches we write, inching our way up to the heights. With trepidation we hand over our work to others for their critique.
It really can feel like we're screaming down an incline, almost puking while we wonder what the beta readers, the critique group, the contest judges will say. Then we rewrite. We catch our breaths and try again. Finally we submit to a publisher or hire an editor. We throw our hands into the air and let go.
In the end, we hopefully garner a publishing contract or cleanly edited manuscript ready for the final journey. A smooth finish, right? When we finally think we've arrived, the marketing begins. One last climb and plunge. It's hard, uncertain work getting our shiny new book out there in the public eye. In fact, it's exhausting even while it's exhilarating. Yet, once we ride the writers' roller coaster to the finish, we find we're ready to do it all over again, so we go back to the keyboard and buckle in.
What part of that ride are you on right now? Are you just beginning to learn the craft, or are you a veteran author looping between marketing finished work and making new submissions? Do you have insights to share? I find that I'm usually in several places at once, always trying to learn more about the craft, constantly searching for new venues and sets of eyes to have a look at my work, teetering around the precarious turns of marketing my published work, and always, always writing something else.
Wherever you are, stay with it! Many people say they're going to write a novel, but most of them don't finish what they start (if they start). Everyone has ideas, but not everyone is brave enough to move them forward. Yes, it's grueling sometimes, but I hope you hang in there. In the end, it's a thrill ride. The finish might be more gentle and quiet than a giant whoosh! Your book might not shake the foundations of the publishing world, but you'll get closure. You'll have great joy every time your inner voice cheers, I did it! Some will love your work and become fans. Yes, and strangely enough, you'll probably decide to get back on the track and do it all again.
Godspeed on your ride. Keep going. Be brave!
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Author's Bio and Places To Connect:
Naomi writes from the pristine north woods of Wisconsin, where she and husband Jeff live as epically as God allows on a ramshackle farm where they spend quality time with their children and grandchildren. Amidst it, she writes novels about imperfect people who are finding hope and faith to overcome their struggles.
In non-fiction venues, Naomi spent five years as a staff writer for the EPA award-winning Midwestern Christian newspaper, Living Stones News, telling true-life stories of changed lives. She has also written dozens of magazine and internet articles for the purpose of encouraging homeschooling families and young writer, and she is currently serving on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Writers' Association.
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