Sarah Ahiers – Author of Assassin’s Heart
The Best and Worst Things About Being a Debut Author.
What is #Wo2016?
Wo2016 originally stood for ‘Waiting on 2016’ and was started as a supportive FB group for writers publishing a book in 2016 by Suzanne Van Rooyen and Louise Gornall. The group is comprised primarily of YA and NA authors, about 70% of whom are debuts. The idea behind the group was to provide a safe space for writers to chat about their anxieties, share little successes and offer/advice and encouragement for one another as we all journey down the publishing road! The group also runs a fortnightly twitter chat on a variety of subjects.
Guest Post by Sarah Adhiers
Today on my blog I am thrilled to have the author of Assassin’s Heart, Sarah Ahiers (she has a great name btw ;)) I asked her to tell us a little bit about what it’s like to be a debut author. I can’t imagine the thrill and the total fear that would come from putting a new novel out into the world. So, Sarah is going to share with us the best and the worst things about being a debut author!
by Sarah Ahiers
Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.
With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.
Guest Post Sarah Ahiers: The Best and Worst Things About Being a Debut Author.
You’ve made it. FINALLY! You have struggled for years (decades maybe!) to hone your craft, to write the books you love and think other people will love, too. You landed an agent, then the amazing book deal. And then, two years later, here you are.
Your first book is out in the world and you are officially a DEBUT AUTHOR! CONFETTI EVERYWHERE!!!
Being a debut author is amazing and terrifying and a whole bundle of new things to experience. And though maybe your established author friends can help you a bit on the way, many of the things you’ll come across are things you have to experience yourself. Like the list below.
- Your friends and family will be genuinely happy for you! (unless you have friends and family who are jerks and in that case, find new friends. Hell, I’LL be genuinely happy for you!)
- Strangers on the internet will read your book and they will LOVE IT.
- Seeing your book on a bookstore shelf for the first time. Maybe you think you’ll be over all the hubbub by that point, but you won’t. You will still grin like a maniac.
- Signing something for the first time. It may not even be your book. Could be a bookmark. Or a book bag.
- People will solicit and respect your opinion on things. Just remember to try and pay things forward.
- You will make great new author friends.
NOT SO GREAT THINGS
- You will have to go to the post office ALL THE TIME to mail books and swag and all that jazz.
- Strangers on the internet will read your book and they will HATE IT. (But that is okay. If they hate it, it wasn’t for them. They aren’t your target audience.)
- Not making a “best of” list. And, listen, there are so many lists and some of them you won’t even qualify for (Best list of books coming out in March? Why am I not on it? *cries into cereal even though your book comes out in June*)
- Other debut authors will get all the things. Book tours. All the stars from trade reviews. Monies. But that is OKAY. Those authors are also cool people, and can be your friend. And they are feeling the same things you are feeling. Their path (and book) is not the same as yours
- People will reject your book (and you) for no logical reason. They’ll be mad that your book has teenagers in it and spread that hate everywhere even though it’s a YA book so of course there are teenagers in it. Just ignore these people. They will go away.
So, yeah. Being a debut author is awesome! And stressful. Exciting! And sad. It’s a rollercoaster of feels. A glass case of emotions. It will be different than you think it will be, and that’s great! You’ve accomplished a lifelong dream, and don’t ever forget it. It’s worth everything that has pushed you to get to this point. You are amazing and your book is amazing and someone is going to love it with all of their heart.
But just remember to put your head down and get back to work. That book 2 isn’t going to write itself.
Sarah Ahiers’s debut novel Assassin’s Heart about a teen assassin setting out on a path of vengeance for her murdered family, released on February 2nd, 2016. She lives in Minnesota with her siblings and a house full of dogs and critters. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good family, and good friends.