Wednesday, October 8, 2014

[Blog Tour] Princess by Christmas by Jennifer Faye #Tips for Writers

A Princess by Christmas
By: Jennifer Faye
Releasing October 1st, 2014

A royal kiss under the mistletoe…

Prince Alexandro Castanovo arrives in snowy New York intent on protecting his royal family from scandal. And when Reese Harding—down-to-earth and heart-stoppingly beautiful—finds room for him at her inn, it seems like the perfect twist of fate.

Not long ago Reese's world came crumbling down, shaking her foundations. But this enigmatic stranger intrigues her! She's learned to be wary of secrets…but when she discovers Alex's true identity, might there be enough magic in the air to make this regular American girl a princess by Christmas…?

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Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming romances. Jennifer has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous awards. Now living her dream, she resides with her patient husband, amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter is off chasing her own dreams) and two spoiled cats. She'd love to hear from you via

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Tips for Writers (Top Five Mistakes NOT to Make)

Hi. Thanks so much for having me. :-)
I’ve dreamed of being an author for most of my life, starting with short stories that were passed around the lunch table in elementary school. I had a fascination with books and when I read my first Harlequin as a teen, I hoped one day I’d be a Harlequin Author.

And so this is a list of things I wish I’d known on my long and windy journey to becoming a romance author.

#1 – Dreams do come true. This is vitally important to know. You have to believe in yourself and in your abilities because not everyone is going to pat you on the back. You need to believe that one way or another, you’ll achieve your dreams so that you can let go of the negativity that will come your way.

#2 – Don’t be in a rush. Yes, it’s good to have forward momentum, but don’t forget to slow down and polish, polish, polish. Whether you’re going the traditional route or the indie avenue, you need to present your cleanest work and no it won’t be perfect, no book ever is. But you need to know that you did your absolute best.

#3 – Don’t spin your wheels. Learn to let go. Before I was published, I was the queen of rewrites. I was a punster in those days and when I found a mistake with the story, I’d have to rewrite it. Now I plot and I fix the synopsis before writing the book. But in the end, some stories just aren’t salvageable. Just like when my hubby asks me what happened to such and such story, I tell him that the story is gone. Never to see the light of day. I can see the surprised look in his eyes but in the end, it’s for the best.

#4 – Don’t try to be the master of every sub-genre. Find what sub-genre fits your voice. Just because you love to read a certain genre doesn’t mean you can write it. And there are a lot of contests with editors looking for fresh voices. When you’re starting, pick your strongest sub-genre and focus in on it. The more you write, the better you’ll get.

#5 – Don’t give up. Yes, I did give up at one point. I was so totally frustrated and hurt with my first “R” (rejection) that I tossed aside all of my writing and gave up…for a few months. As Michelle Styles taught me, it’s all about what you do after the “R” that counts.

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