Top 10 Tips to Aspiring Authors ~ A Guest Post by Adele Downs, Author of Lip Service

Top Ten tips to Aspiring Authors

Always be polite when communicating with publishing professionals.

A positive attitude may make the difference between an acceptance or a rejection.

Editors and agents are eager to work with authors who play well with others and meet deadlines.

Negative, difficult authors rarely survive in the publishing business.

If an editor has the choice between two equally well-written manuscripts, and can only choose one, she will choose the more professional author.

Be prepared to present a promotions plan to your publisher after acceptance.

Select a few social media platforms and post consistently. Present your best self.

Avoid potentially divisive, emotionally charged social media posts. Your public face can enhance or tank your publishing aspirations.

Everyone makes an occasional mistake. When you do; apologize, make it right, and move on.

You thought I was going to write about writing, didn’t you? 🙂 Writing is only the first step in the long road to publishing. Build positive relationships. Good luck!

BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – LIP SERVICE
AUTHOR – Adele Downs
GENRE – Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – April 28, 2015
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – Short Novel 40,550
PUBLISHER – Boroughs Publishing Group

Lip Service - Book CoverBOOK SYNOPSIS

Some ghosts won’t take “yes” for an answer.

Jack Harris has loved Legs Anderson since they were kids. Now that he has her in his bed, he has no intention of letting her go. Aunt Ada has other ideas, even from the grave.

GETTING BETWEEN JACK…

Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death. Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too.

…AND HIS LEGS

Patience is not one of Jack Harris’s virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots. Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment. But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is…and then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.

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EXCERPT

The roar of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Rachel’s block and the rev of a throttle in her driveway announced Jack’s arrival. Legs tried to appear nonchalant when he walked through the poolside gate, but the sight of his sun-streaked hair and tanned, muscular good looks nearly knocked her off her seat. She eased her sunglasses down the bridge of her nose to get a better look.

When he stepped into the pool area dressed in black jeans, black biker boots, and a white muscle shirt that framed his pumped-up shoulders and biceps, she caught her breath. Everyone in the group said “hey” and Rachel offered him a cold drink, but his focus had remained on her. He slid his sunglasses on top of his head and nodded in her direction.

Legs remembered his gaze meeting hers before his attention strayed to her gold and black bikini then savored every inch of her skin. An appreciative smirk curled his lips and desire flashed in his beautiful blue eyes. He took a long pull of the soft drink someone handed him and then set the can down on the patio table. He looked her way and said, “Want to go for a ride?” The invitation came out like a dare.

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AUTHOR BIO

Adele Downs writes contemporary romance novels, some with a touch of magic, inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines inside the USA, UK, and Caribbean.

Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as a past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report) and has presented workshops for writers.

When Adele isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.

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One comment on “Top 10 Tips to Aspiring Authors ~ A Guest Post by Adele Downs, Author of Lip Service

  1. Adele Downs says:

    Thanks so much for hosting me while I celebrate my new release LIP SERVICE.

    Best–Adele

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