My Author Origin || Tag

I was tagged by Jessi Elliot to do the Author Origins tag created by Evie Driver. Watch the original tag.

Watch the original tag by Evie Driver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8frZUkbGQU8

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5 Things I Wish I Knew as a Teen Author

For those of you who didn’t know, my debut novel, Essence, was published when I was seventeen. Being published at a young age is an amazing experience, but it comes with a lot of ups and downs. In today’s video I’m teaming up with fellow AuthorTuber, Jessica Jurcan to talk all things writing as a teen. In my video, I’ll be talking about the five things I wish I knew when I was a teen author and for Jessica’s video she’s going to be talking about what it’s like to currently be a teen author and how she balances life and school.

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Organizing for Less Stress

My life is pretty hectic and I also have a tiny OCD problem in the fact that I love to organize things. Like, a lot. I love labels and draws and containers, and I LOVE planners. You guys have seen my Erin Condren planner a few times now, but I also have a permanent planner that I use for my permanent schedule like work, classes, and when I go to the gym (because otherwise I wouldn’t go).

How I organize my Erin Condren planner and time management: https://mandilynn.com/2014/10/10/time-management/

Get your own Erin Condren planner: https://www.erincondren.com/

Get printable weekly planners: http://elizaellis.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/free-printable-irma-weekly-planners.html

Marketing Your Novel || Self-Publishing

Oh marketing. It is a headache and a half. There’s so much to do, so much to learn! And the market is constantly changing so once you feel like you understand how it works, you have to change your game plan again. So read some good books on marketing to keep your head in the game.

And then there’s the must have’s:

-social media accounts (don’t do all of them, only choose a few!)

-posting on a regular basis

-a website that links back to everything

-cohesive design

I wrote a guest post on marketing on Teen Authors Journal, check it out! http://www.teenauthorsjournal.com/so-you-want-to-sell-your-book/

Books Mentioned:

How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn

Platform (Get Noticed in a Noisy World) by Michael Hyatt

 

Check out another video on marketing!

Awesome Book Alert!

Need something great to read? I hear I am Mercy by Mandi Lynn is pretty good, but I’ve also been told I’m biased so you should go check it out yourself and write a review on it so I know if you like it!

Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YCrVcGt5BI

I am Mercy:

Imagine living every day, knowing your family doesn’t love you. Imagine living a life in a world that looks at you as a curse. In 14th century France Aida is accused of being a witch when the Black Death wipes through her village. Abandoned by her family she is surrounded by death and disease, but when a woman who may actually be a witch tells her how to cure the plague it may mean uncovering a dark magic. But if that means being able to save those you love, wouldn’t you do it? Even if they didn’t love you back?

 

I Don’t Like to Read?

Time and time again I hear people say they don’t like to read but they like to write. This blows my mind for a few reasons. The first being that how can you not enjoy reading? Reading is so much easier than writing! Writing requires thought. Reading is mindless; you can transport yourself into another world without having to make it up yourself. Then there’s the fact that your writing can’t get better unless you read a lot. Sure, the more you write the better you are, but if you don’t also read, you can’t learn what makes novels tick. By reading you make it so you’re able to tell the different between good and bad writing.

I’m a Professional Writer?

Last week your guys heard me talk about my job a little bit and how I do a lot of non-fiction writing for it. In case you didn’t know I work as a marketing and PR intern at a large hospital in Massachusetts. I’ve been able to learn an endless amount of skills from this job, from marketing press releases, to just the ins and outs of working in a corporate world. Some of these skills I’ve even been able to incorporate into my novel marketing (it would be more helpful of course if I had a little more time to implement these skills).

 

Fiction VS. Non-Fiction Writing

Fiction or non-fiction? I’ve done both, but I’m definitely biased when it comes to fiction. I’ve written two novels (hopefully three someday) and although I write non-fiction on a weekly basis for my job, I don’t always enjoy. To me, non-fiction has more rules to follow and it always feels more uptight. I just love the free-flow of fiction and the endless possibilities. So I say fiction is my favorite genre to write in, but what’s yours?

I’ve Failed as an Author

I hope every author out there knows what I’m talking about. Writing and supporting yourself as an author is something that is very hard to do. For myself, I have doubts every day. Am I doing the right thing? Should I give up now and find something else to do? To put it simply, I’m terrified. It’s hard to keep up with everything. Heck, I have no idea when I’m going to finish writing book number three. I also don’t know when I’m going to sell those hundred copies of books in my car. With college and a job, it’s a lot. I just hope if you feel the same way, that this video makes you feel less alone. We just have to keep moving forward!

 

Teenage Romance || BookCase Club Unboxing

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Books in this box:
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano