I'm bouncing with excitement to introduce Rebecca Hamilton on Finding Bliss. Rebecca is the author of the first New Adult book I ever came in contact with- The Forever Girl.
Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. Welcome Rebecca!
I did have the goal of publishing from the onset, but I'd only hoped to publish one book, sort of as a "bucket list" item. But then writing became something more for me.
1. When you began writing, was it with the goal of publishing or just for a hobby?
2. Did you begin your career by querying agents?
Yes! Well, actually, agents started querying me, and when those who queried me didn't work out, I began querying others. I received a lot of positive feedback, but nothing ever came through. In the end, I self-published, but shortly after that I was picked up by an overseas agent who has been AMAZING. Really, the things he has done for me I think are far beyond anything the agents I queried could have done for me, so it left me thinking "Everything happens for a reason."
3. What are the major things you've done to build buzz (platform) for your books... what worked for you and what didn't?
You know, I'm really not sure what worked and what didn't. I tried everything (blog tours, giving away copies of my book for review, giveaways, etc), but I'm still trying everything and sales aren't as good as they were. I think a lot of it was luck. But, I think one of the best things I've done is get to know my readers. They are amazing people, and I wouldn't have any success if it weren't for them.
4. How long should an author work on building a presence online before publishing?
As much as they feel necessary. I had about a year, but only 3 months of seriously working at it, that I spent building my platform before publishing. However, I wish I'd spent more time. As much time as you can, without losing the support you have, is what's best, in my humble opinion. Because once your book is published, you'll have a lot less time to spend working on your platform. You'll be busy marketing and writing more books, all under a lot more pressure than you had before!
5. I consider you a pioneer in building the New Adult genre up. In your words, what separates NA from Young Adult?
6. What is the most outstanding thing that has happened to you since you became a published author?
The MOST outstanding thing. I'm honestly not allowed to say. I've had TWO really amazing things happen. For the first one, I'm allowed to say that The Forever Girl is coming to Germany, translated for the German-Reading Audience! I couldn’t have done it without my super-agent (Rossano Trentin) or all of the readers who have supported The Forever Girl up until now.. The other thing, the news is EPICLY HUGE but I can't even give a hint what it is at this time. It sucks, because I'm BURSTING AT THE SEAMS to share the news. but, other than those two things, the best thing that happened was my favorite author,Nancy Pickard bought a copy of my book. That was, and always will be, the first big highlight on my publishing journey.
I personally am loving the New Adult genre that is forming after books like Rebecca's. How do you feel about this emerging category?