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WorldWind Virtual Blog Tours Presents: The Dreamer By EJ Mellow: Guest Post

15 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before

Hi there! My name is E.J. Mellow and I’m the Author behind The Dreamer, book one in my NA Contemporary Fantasy The Dreamland Series.

Today I’m super excited to do a guest post on the topic, “Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before”. I thought it would be fun to ask a few fellow author friends (all in different stages of their careers) to collaborate in an effort to gather the best answers. In the end I’ve compiled fifteen points that I think are pretty spot on and insightful.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

15 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before

1)Self-promoting will always feel odd and slightly wrong.

2)It’s okay if it takes a while (both finishing a MS + becoming published).

3)Writing and storytelling are two different things.

4)The journey to publishing can be filled with self-doubt so it’s important to connect with the writing community and surround yourself with all the amazing people in it.

5)It’s important to give yourself non-writing days where you don’t think about your book or project. Go fly a kite! As they say ;-)

6)Going to conferences are a must.

7)Tea and coffee will become your best friends (so will certain junk foods).

8)Being active in social media is imperative.

9)Your editor will take on the role of your childhood security blanket.

10)It’s harder to write for money than for free.

11)You have to be more excited about your book than everyone else, or they simply won't care.

12)You must be patient—the process is long.

13)Payment never comes when you need it, but always when you're too busy with other things to bask in the glow.

14)Writing the book was the easy part—because then there’s querying, synopsis perfecting, querying some more, opinions, editing and re-editing, marketing, feeling weird marketing, so forth and so on.

And last, but definitely not least,#15) It might be one of the best decisions you’ve ever stuck by to see through.

Thank you all for stopping by! I hope these points have been helpful J. I also want to shout out and extend my gratitude to the below authors for being so generous and sharing some of their wisdom with us. You ladies rock!

Allison Rose -
Pauline B Jones -
Amanda Uhl -
Linda Tiernan Kepner -
Shaila Patel -

The Dreamer Summary

It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite Shooting Stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.

But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?

Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.

The first in a spellbinding contemporary fantasy trilogy, The Dreamer opens doors into the subconscious and follows the journey of a young woman torn between two worlds as she questions the power of the mind and battles between fate and freewill.

About The Author

E.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy Trilogy The Dreamland Series. When she's not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.

Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter.

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