Dawn Ryder | Preparing for Release Day
June 7, 2016
Now that is a giant topic! Preparing for release day begins before
you ever sell a book. In the case of ROCK STEADY, because it’s
book two in a series, I was outlining my plans to promote the book in my
proposal. That’s the business side of being an author. You can write the best
book in the world and it doesn’t matter if no one knows where to find it.
But let’s talk about the fun side. That begins when a book is bought. First, you
get an email or a call, which is shortly followed by the official ‘Happy Dance’.
That moment when all of those charters in the author’s mind suddenly become more
than ‘voices’ and ‘imaginary friends’ and you have sucked someone else into your
fantasy world!....um….well, okay, moving on.
There are days of writing the book, when the author wants to kill the hero. Yup,
Ramsey, that so happened. But then, by some miracle, it is finished and it’s
turned in and you wait to see if the editor likes it. There is polishing that
brings out the story perfectly and then….a cover will arrive! It’s a blast
because you can put on your website, social media, and it’s the first little
glimpse into your future thought baby.
There is nothing like that moment when you open a box of books. I started
dreaming of writing romance when I was about 14 and I tell you, I am still
tongue tied when I see that box on my porch. I know what’s in it, have been
keeping an eye out all week, sometimes longer for those first copies to arrive.
By this point, there have been blogs to write, tweets, and other materials, but
NOTHING compares to that book.
The new mother, author, picks up her baby and gently strokes it. Smiling like a
demented fool as you cradle it. I keep a copy of every one of my thought babies
in my office. They are there for those days when I want to give up, for those
moments when someone makes a snarky comment about ‘you’re seriously a romance
author?’…and I remember that I wrote those, I somehow connected with a publisher
who contracted it, and if I’m truly fortunate, I’ll even get some feedback from
Readers. You guys have no idea how that rocks my world.
So preparing for release day? It’s a lot like giving birth. Like any mother to
be, I want to share the moment with everyone who will indulge me. I snap
pictures of my baby and share them on Facebook, and try to tempt you with
excerpts because these books are very much alive to me.
Cheers and happy reading!
AKA Mary Wine
To celebrate the release of ROCK STEADY, Sourcebooks is
giving away a copy today!
Dawn Ryder has not been abducted by gypsies. She stepped through a
time tunnel and has been busy writing about Scots in kilts and English Knights
for Kensington’s Brava line. but she will return, very soon to her special
operations guys and the other characters that are demanding their turn to tell
HE KEPT IT CASUAL
Superstar guitarist Ramsey’s reputation as a bad-boy rocker is exceeded only by
his dedication to his music. He’s worked hard for the success of his hit metal
band Toxsin, and he intends to enjoy it—completely. When a jilted groupie gets
back at him for a one-night stand with an intimate—and completely
inappropriate—tattoo, he needs it fixed, and fast. Sparks fly between Ramsey and
his new tattoo artist, and Ramsey finds himself hoping for more than new ink.
UNTIL SHE MADE HIM WANT MORE
When a high-profile tattoo job lands Jewel an invite on Toxsin’s latest tour,
she can’t say no. It’ll be great exposure, after all. What she’s really worried
about is ruining the gig by hooking up with the first guy to completely rock her
world. She knows she should resist—Ramsey’s not the kind to stick around for a
morning after. But the way he makes her feel—as an artist and a woman—could be
worth any risk.
18 comments posted.
Re: Dawn Ryder | Preparing for Release Day
Thanks for sharing your story of the process and birth of your
labors! Very interesting! Congratulations!
(Kathleen Bylsma 9:09pm June 7, 2016)
Congrats on your release!
(Colleen Conklin 9:37pm June 7, 2016)
(Mike Craig 8:01am June 8, 2016)
Would love to read this book . I'm keeping my fingers crossed . Thanks for this chance to win .
(Joan Thrasher 1:26pm June 9, 2016)
I like tattoos, but I won't get any because I dislike
(Kimberly Miller 9:22pm June 9, 2016)
This book sounds like a great read and I can't wait to check it ou!
(Lily Shah 11:15am June 10, 2016)
i can't wait to read this
(Ann Unger 2:01pm June 10, 2016)
I love rock n' roll.....
(Melody Kaufman 7:23pm June 10, 2016)
love to read
(Dawna Preston 10:09pm June 10, 2016)
Sounds great!!Hope it becomes a bestseller!
(Joanne Schultz 4:30pm June 11, 2016)
Rock steady, rockin' till the break of dawn...
(Melody Kaufman 2:51am June 12, 2016)
A real love survives a rock steady vibe...
(Melody Kaufman 2:55am June 12, 2016)
Rock steady baby
Rock steady... woo!
(Melody Kaufman 3:00am June 12, 2016)
Rock, rock, very
Slow, slow, steady
Base, base, heavy
Drum, drums, ready
(Melody Kaufman 3:13am June 12, 2016)
Rock me, Rock me, Rock, Rock steady,
Roll me, Roll me, Roll me ready,
We’re gonna Rock,
All night long,
We’re gonna Roll,
'Til the break of dawn.
(Melody Kaufman 3:16am June 12, 2016)
"You've got the right... the right to rock steady....
You've got the right to roll when you're ready...."
(Melody Kaufman 3:26am June 12, 2016)
Here's hoping I'm selected!Again, thanks for such a great
explanation of your labors!
(Kathleen Bylsma 1:21pm June 12, 2016)
Congrats on the release. Would love to read.
(Valerie Miller 9:50pm June 12, 2016)
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