Tamara Carrington always felt different. One event in high school left her wondering if maybe she really was a freak, although she’d managed to leave that experience in the past—buried deep in her psyche.
Release Date July 16th, 2015
Tamara Carrington always felt different. One event in high school left her wondering if maybe she really was a freak, although she’d managed to leave that experience in the past—buried deep in her psyche. With the arrival of the exchange students from the planet of Azelle to her college, Tamara’s long buried memories threaten to erupt. As Tamara’s emotions build and her friendship with the Azellians grows, so does the knowledge of secrets within her own family.
With the deterioration of her mother’s health, Tamara doesn’t know where to turn for answers or solace. What has her family been hiding? Why does she feel inexplicably drawn to the Azellians? What will happen if she unleashes her long-suppressed passion? Will she survive or even recognize herself afterwards? Wanting answers, yet being afraid of what she might find, Tamara wonders if it would be better to remain asleep.
How to Sell Your First Novel
The steps I took in selling my first novel are certainly not typical, but were effective for me:
1) Free yourself from any inner demons that might be blocking you from being fully who you are. Fear of revealing yourself to the world to have your baby (and you) poked and prodded is very much an author’s demon. For me, that involved going to counselors, healers and other spiritual growth groups to get free of the weight of years of beliefs and expectations around what being a writer “means”.
2) Get clarity around what you want. Do you want to sell lots of books or just a few? Do you have a series? Do you want to build community or do you just want people to read the book and don’t care about the community? Do you want to make money or are you more interested in speaking your truth? Do you want both? Anything and everything is okay….just know what it is you want, so your choices become easier and much clearer. For me, discovering that I really wanted to write full time, and play with possibility, completely changed how I looked at the publication process and the specific steps I took.
3) Research different publication options to find out which one best fits your personality, financial means and goals. In this day and age, there are a host of options from self-publication, to a traditional publisher, to hybrid versions of publishers that range the spectrum between self-publication and traditional publishing. Each one has its pitfalls and pleasures. And they all require you to have a strong stomach and determination, so…
4) Surround yourself with a strong group or groups who support you completely and fully. Whether it be other authors, or a spiritual group, a mastermind group or a group of friends, have a place to go when you’re forgetting why you started this in the first place. They will help remind you. For me, I had several different groups of different types: the more the merrier. It also helped me get more comfortable with revealing myself to others as an author.
5) Start the publication or submission process, depending on what you’ve chosen as an avenue to get published. If you’ve done item 1 and 2 and have 3 in place, it’s not actually all that difficult. Things just sort of fall into place.
Depending on what publication route you choose to go, some of the smaller steps may vary, but in essence, this is all it took. Once I had Item 1, 2 and 3 in place, I went the hybrid publisher route, because I know how to run a business and have a group to support me with the advertising piece that I didn’t have the expertise for. Determination, a great team and a willingness to learn is all it takes, so whatever fits for you, ready…set…go!
About the author:
Sara L Daigle has been creating stories since she first forayed into the world of writing at the age of eight. As an avid reader, growing up in a small town without much access to a library, and before the birth of the Internet, Sara devoured her mother’s extensive stack of science fiction and romance novels to keep her literary thirst quenched. Soon afterwards, she began writing her own stories and entertaining her friends by composing plays for them to act out.
A passionate interest in astronomy, anthropology, and linguistics, coupled with this early background in science fiction and romance, led Sara to merge the two fields and create a series of interlinked stories built around a fictional planet’s culture and its interaction with ours.
Sara currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and three very loving but energetic dogs.