Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Release Day Blitz, Guest Post and Giveaway --> As Is by Rachel Michael Arends


Title and Author: As Is by Rachel Michael Arends
Print Length: 203 Pages
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Language: English
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb:
Gwendolyn Golden and Armand Leopold have been America’s go-to couple for home decorating tips, letting the cameras into their So Perfect house, their So Perfect life, their So Perfect marriage. 

One problem: it’s all an act. 

Actually, two problems: America just found out it’s all an act.

When a picture of Armand kissing another man hits the newsstands, everyone knows the jig is up. Both are evicted from their home and eviscerated by the press. While Armand deals with his very private life becoming very public, Gwen Golden returns home to Riveredge, a quiet town where her sick father, her angry sister, and the guy who got away still live. 

After years of pretending, Gwen has to rebuild her life for real. But while turning a new house into a home, and starting the next chapter of her life will be tough, reconnecting with the man she once loved may prove to be the most difficult of all.

With humor and charm to burn, Rachel Michael Arends has written a beautiful novel of rekindled romance, home improvement, and how only the truth can really set you free.


Buying Links:
Amazon.com: Paperback | Kindle Ebook
Amazon.in: Kindle Ebook
Diversion Books: EBook

Guest Post--> Author's Experience of writing her book in her own words & her tips for aspiring authors! 

Thanks for inviting me to guest post about my experience of writing a book, as well as my tips for beginning writers.

As Is is being published as my debut novel, but it’s actually the second novel I wrote. Since I think there’s more to learn from hearing about how my first novel, SETTLING, was created, I’ll start there.

Here were the simple, straight forward steps I took when writing SETTLING, complete with tips:

1. Wrote until I thought I had something worth sharing.

2. Bugged friends to read. (Tip: If you do this, pick your bluntest friends. You do not need sunshine blown anywhere, you need the cold hard truth.)

a. Rewrote based on their feedback.

3. Continued 1-2 above until I had a completed draft.

4. Hired a freelance editor to read. (Tip: Many writers utilize writing/critique groups instead.)

a. Rewrote based on his feedback.

5. Queried agents.

a. Rewrote based on feedback from agents who read and shared insights. (Tip 1: Use agent query.com to find agents. Tip 2: Appreciate any feedback agents offer—remember, they don’t owe you anything.)

6. Hired another freelance editor to read.

a. Rewrote based on her feedback.

7. Queried agents again.

8. Landed my first agent.

a. Rewrote based on her feedback to get it ready to pitch to editors.

b. Held my breath while she submitted to editors.

c. Cried when the last of the rejections came in.

d. Wished my agent the best when she quit agenting to get an MBA.

Elapsed time from 1 through 8: approximately 3 years. Easy, huh? What could be simpler? And so far, completely pointless.

Somewhere within number 8 above, around the b-c stage, I saw the writing on the wall and knew I’d likely need a new agent soon. I’d read that you can’t query agents with material previously pitched to publishers, so, I wrote AS IS. Here’s how that process broke down:

1. Wrote in a desperate sprint for seven weeks straight, pausing only to meet the basic needs of the children and household, and not showering much. (Tip: I don’t recommend this approach.)

2. Queried agents.

3. Landed my second agent.

a. Held my breath while he submitted to editors exactly what I had sent him, with nary a revision. (Tip: Though they seemed endless and painful, all those rounds of revisions on my first novel taught me to see flaws that I had previously needed other readers to point out.)
b. Cried when the last of the rejections came in.

c. Wished my agent well when the next novel I wrote didn’t turn him on. (Tip: Don’t burn bridges! Stay professional, even when your ego is bruised. And your ego WILL get bruised—it’s part of the process.)

4. Celebrated three years later (yup, three years), when my fourth (yup, fourth) agent sold As Is to Diversion Books.

5. Guest blogged on this site when As Is, as my debut novel, launched in May, 2014.

Thanks again for inviting me to guest post!


About the Author:
Rachel Michael Arends lives in Cary, North Carolina, with her husband and three children, including twins. She has been a public library director, a corporate consultant, and she silently co-owns a successful software firm.


Follow the Author:
Website: http://www.rachelmichaelarends.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-Michael-Arends/438817039551662
Twitter: http://www.twiter.com/RMArends
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RachelMichaelArends




Giveaway:
  • 3 ECopies of As Is by Rachel Michael Arends
  • Open Internationally
  • Ends May 31st 2014
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