On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, Secret Sister by
Emelle Gamble went on sale at Amazon.
It's my first new book for sale in over a decade. I won't bore you with the
details of why this is (but it is spelled L–I–F–E), but let me
say that, while it's just as exciting now being a ‘new author' as it was the
first time, it's a lot more nerve–wracking the second time around.
In my past life as Harlequin Intrigue writer M.L. Gamble, when I got a new
idea for a book (always the ending first, then the title), I'd get a thrilling,
chilling little ‘pop' of excitement inside my head. Sharp inhale.
I knew the creative process had begun.
A few days before the contract deadline (most of the time) I printed the
whole thing out on paper. Addressed a big–ass envelope. Drove to the
United States Post Office. Bought postage and insurance ("It's a manuscript,
I'm a writer." This sentence was always worked into conversation with the
postal worker). Watched the now impressed (surely) postal employee throw the
package in a bin, giddy with the knowledge it was going to end up on my New York
Editor's desk in 48 hours.
Then, four to six months later, there would be a knock on the door and there
was a box of books. Beautiful books. My books. Exhale.
Delirium. My book would be read, my story shared. I was a new
Now, ten years later, the creative process hasn't much changed, except for
the fact it's done electronically instead of on paper. But everything
else, and I mean EVERYTHING else has changed.
On behalf of Secret Sister, I've
contacted myriad review sites, I've asked friends, family members, and fellow
authors to read and consider posting reviews. I've spent hours to set up a
website, a Facebook Author page, a twitter account, a GoodReads
Author page. I have a blog. (Worth the ten hours it took figuring out how
to do it just to see the look on hubby's face when he saw it!)
I've put up a book trailer on YouTube. I've sat with local book
sellers, three librarians, two newspaper columnists and spent money on a
website, book covers, copy editors, and a top notch ARC giveaway site,
NetGalley, a Facebook ad campaign, a GoodReads ad campaign, and a publicity blog
tour campaign with Goddess Fish Promotions. (And I have the surreal Paypal
receipt for the IRS to prove it!)
Which brings me back to Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
Exhale. Delirium. My book is being read. My story is
being shared. I'm a new author. Again. Some things really are lovelier
the second time around!
Sister by Emelle Gamble is romantic women's fiction with a
paranormal twist. It came to me (with that thrilling, chilling little pop of
excitement) with a single question... "What if everything about you changed,
would your true love recognize you?"
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