I’ve said this many times in the past during interviews and to aspiring authors — I never had a mentor when I started writing in early 2008. Hell, I still don’t. I think the closest I’ve ever come to one, and sadly he passed away before I got to talk to or meet him, is Richard Laymon. In fact, when I go back and re-read A Writer’s Tale, I can almost feel him speaking directly to me. That’s pretty damn cool.
I think the hardest thing for a being a beginning writer; besides learning how to write well, getting published, the business side of writing, etc, is how to market and promote yourself and your work. Sure, you can set up a website, blog, post on message boards and the like, but how does someone pull in a potential fan to purchase and read a new book by an unknown writer? That’s a damn good question. But, believe me, that problem isn’t only geared towards beginners. Even mid-level authors experience that problem. That’s why I’m offering up my site during the month of March for new and established authors.
So how does this work, you ask?
If you’re interested in having a guest post on my site; email me a jpg of your book cover (up to two), a short synopsis, a bio, your website link, where to purchase the book, etc, to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll then reply and let you know the date (unless you specify) when your info will appear on the site.