Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Guest Post--Alecia Stone

As many of you know, I love sharing the success stories of other writers and how they finally achieved the dream of a published story. Today, I get to do that again.
As a special addition to the Talisman of El blog tour, I am fortunate to have this fabulous guest post by author Alecia Stone,sharing her writing journey with us.


Guest Post: A Writer’s Journey

by Alecia Stone

Three years ago, I had an experience that changed my life. I wrote a book called Talisman Of El. Why or where the idea came from, I don’t know, but within seven months of deciding to bring the story to life, I had a completed manuscript. I had never attempted to write fiction before as I never planned on being an author. At the time I began writing my first book, I had only written poetry and a few short film scripts. And then this character just popped up out of nowhere, and suddenly, I had a story to tell.

After I had completed the manuscript and went through all the editing process, I decided I needed to do something with the book. I couldn’t just let it gather dust. I had no idea about publishing, so I did my research and found out that it was a good idea to get an agent. So, I learned how to write a query letter and sent off my submissions. I received a number of requests for the manuscripts and some rather interesting feedback. I did receive two offers for publication from two independent publishers which I later declined as one of the feedbacks I received from an agent gave me the encouragement I needed to go about publishing this book myself. The submission process was a great learning tool, and it took me one step closer to realising how important this book was to me and how passionate I was about the story.

I’ll be honest. Writing a novel is hard work. Publishing a book is even harder. Marketing a book is on another level to writing and publishing. But, one thing can be said about all of them and it’s that they all require dedication and, more importantly, passion. I think, ultimately, every writer has to learn what’s right for them and take that path. I went from dreaming about writing a feature film script to having an Amazon bestselling novel and learning a hell of a lot about the publishing process. It just goes to show that life is full of surprises, and this was a pleasant one.

Author Bio:

Alecia Stone has been in love with anything and everything paranormal for many years. She grad­u­ated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in tele­vi­sion for a short period of time before branch­ing out into storytelling. When she isn't writ­ing, she enjoys going to the movies, lis­ten­ing to music, and travelling. Talisman Of El is her first novel. She currently lives in England, UK.




Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome Alicia that a agent recommended you publish this. I loved hearing your road to publication. Good luck with your book.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome Alicia that a agent recommended you publish this. I loved hearing your road to publication. Good luck with your book.

timetraveltimestwo said...

Love hearing the story behind a story!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Alicia, thanks for sharing your road to publication. I find it interesting that you chose to self-publish rather using an agent or one of the small houses that made you an offer.

Allyn Stotz said...

Wow, that seems very unusual that an agent recommended you self-publish especially when you had to acceptances, but it sounds like you did the right thing! Congratulations!

DMS said...

So fascinating to learn more about Alecia. I enjoyed learning aobut what her road to publication was like. Thanks for sharing!

Rosi said...

Very interesting story. It just proves how much publishing is changing these days. Thanks for sharing.

Misha Gericke said...

That's a really interesting publishing story. Best of luck with your publishing journey!

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