10 Challenges Aspiring Authors Face

Being a writer is hard. Getting your writing published is even harder. Sometimes, it can feel like you’re all alone out there. That no one else knows the struggles you face pursuing your publication dreams

If you’re thinking of becoming a writer, or dream of publication, it’s better to know the challenges you’ll face from the start. Remember, though, that you’re not alone! There’s an entire community of people out there suffering just like you 🙂

10 Challenges Aspiring Authors Face:

1. Having a million ideas shooting through your head, and you can’t follow through on any of them.

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2. Having NO ideas shooting through your head, and you’re grasping at straws.

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3. Imagining a scene in your story perfectly in your brain, but totally blanking when you go to put it into words.

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4. Writer’s Block – When your brain simply says “nope”.

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5. Explaining to your friends and family that your writing isn’t just a “hobby”.

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6. Editing – The act of taking the manuscript you poured your heart and soul into, and ripping it apart.

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7. Procrastination – The internet is not your friend, and wants you to fail.

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8. Writing a query letter – “Please love me!”

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9. Swimming in rejection, more rejection, and oh, look! More rejection.

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10. Starting work on your next novel while the rejection letters roll in on your first one, because you refuse to give up on your dream.

 

Part of the challenge to publishing is being able to overcome all the challenges to publishing. It’s those people that stick it out, are dedicated to the process, and thicken their skins that ultimately make it. It could take two months, or it could take twenty years, but if your ultimate dream is to see your very own book on a bookstore display, then you have to stay in the game. Remember, you’re not alone! We’re all struggling together.

Until next time,

Erin K.

Book Trailer!

Hey all!

Just taking a quick break from editing to drop my latest surprise…a brand new book trailer!

Music: http://www.bensound.com

You can also find it on the website with information about the books.

Stay tuned for more surprises, including a countdown to the cover release!

Until next time,

Erin K Broich

Book Three News!

Hey everybody! I’m excited to share that Book Three is in its final stages of editing, and I’m looking at a June publishing date. As I get closer to completion of the book, I’ll let you know the official launch date. In the meantime, I’ve got a few exciting things planned to hold you over until Book Three is released!

First off, keep your eyes peeled in the next week for the official cover reveal. Soon after, I’ll release the official back cover blurb of the book. I’ve got a few other surprises planned, including special sales of Books One and Two (for those of you still needing to buy those in order to get caught up before Book Three)!

Don’t worry, though, I’m not going to make you wait for the first surprise. To give you just a little taste of what’s coming, here’s an excerpt of Book Three!

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Kandin and the others realize that they won’t be able to face the forces of evil alone, and decide to call upon all of Anoera to help them…

When she was finished, a heavy silence fell around the table. Marner let out a long whistle.

Finally, he said, “Let me see this stone.”

Andreena reached into her bag and drew out her piece of the broken stone.

She placed it on the table before Marner. He touched it with a hesitant finger. When nothing happened, he sat back and sighed.

“So, there is to be war, eh?” he asked.

“There is no need for you to fear,” Andreena insisted. “My mother’s army will…”

“Did you not say your mother’s army is small?” Marner stated. Andreena nodded. “It can be assumed that whoever is behind this has had years to prepare. You cannot know the size of their army. No, Rutnuck will not sit by while our world stands in peril. My army is yours. We will fight by your side.”

“Marner, you don’t know what you’re saying.” Andreena waved away the idea with her hand. “No, I won’t risk the lives of mortals for this.”

“But if not mortals, then who?” Marner asked. “This is not the world of Immortals. This is not Narlec. The Guardians fight to protect, but they protect out of duty. They have come to love this world, I am sure. They cannot live in a world for thousands of years without learning to love it, but they were not born and bred here. They are not connected here through generations of bloodshed and hope, sacrifice and gain. They did not build this world. Mortals did, and it is mortals who will stand and fight for this world alongside the Immortals, and any other creatures who would wish to battle the evil that threatens our existence.”

Shaena smiled. “Well, that pretty much sums it up, I guess. Don’t try to argue, Andreena. Marner is stubborn, and his army will likely show up whether you like it or not.”

“As it should,” Kandin nodded, an idea coming to him.

“What are you saying?” Andreena asked, noting the glint in his eye.

He stood and paced around the table. “Marner is right. We cannot know the strength of our enemy’s forces. So, we must build our own, great in numbers and power. Gather forces from every region. Corenora, Rinore, and Drandoe.”

“Are you serious?” Bandin raised an eyebrow. “How are you going to gather so many people?”

Kandin didn’t hesitate. “Send your fastest messengers to every kingdom. Send one to Bindare forest to gather the centaurs and creatures there, and have a centaur head towards the Southern Peninsula. Andwin, he’d do it, and he would not hesitate to join us. He could gather the sea-people. We could send something…a token so that they knew the message was from us, and then…”

“Kandin, do you honestly think this will work?” Andreena gasped at him.

Kandin broke away from his thoughts and turned to face them all. “I believe that every man and woman in Anoera that wishes to fight to save their existence should have their chance. The message will spread once it is out there. This war started millenniums ago in a world not our own, but it will end here, in Anoera. The regions will unite as one and fight together. Not as Andirians, not as Corenorians, Rinorians, or Drandoans. They will fight as united Anoerians and face this threat, as one people.”

There was a pause, a heavy silence as Kandin’s passionate words sunk in. Then Marner stood and walked to Kandin’s side.

“I am with you,” he said, reaching out his hand. Kandin smiled and grasped the king’s forearm.

Shaena grinned, stood, and joined the men.

She placed a hand on Kandin’s arm. “Count me in.”

Bandin blew out a deep and sarcastic sigh.

Standing, he shuffled towards his lifelong friend. “Guess I’ll need to be there to bail you out of trouble.” His grinned mirrored Kandin’s as he punched his shoulder and followed it with a bear hug.

Bane rose as well.

“We’ve come this far together,” he said with a nod. “I’ll finish it out with you.”

They looked towards Andreena, who still sat at the table.

“Andreena,” Kandin said in a singsong voice.

She met his gaze and shook her head.

“This is a bad idea. You can’t expect it to work. It’s sloppy, has no dimensions, and it’s just unrealistic.”

“What’s your point?” Kandin asked with a playful grin. “Come on, you know you like it.”

Andreena stood and walked towards him. “Let me get this straight. You’re going to gather different people from different parts of the world in the hopes that they can fight together in an organized fashion, and defeat an army of demons bent on world destruction. Am I missing anything?”

“The fact that you will be leading it?” Kandin smiled.

“Now that’s wishful thinking,” she laughed. “I don’t want any part in this madness.”

She stood in front of him, her arms folded across her chest in a defiant stance.

“Any chance I can change your mind?” Kandin asked.

“Probably not,” she said with a dainty shrug.

“Guys, we may want to leave,” Bandin cut in. “I can sense an awkward moment coming on.”

Kandin shoved Bandin in the shoulder.

Andreena chuckled. “Fine, I’ll make you a deal. You lead this army. I will advise you, but it was your idea, so you’re in charge. I’ll help until I see it’s starting to crash, and I’ll back off before the burn.”

Kandin stared at her. “Me? In charge of an army that size? I don’t think…”

Andreena framed his face with her hands and met his eyes. Her gaze was an intense green that filled him with longing.

“You were born for this,” she insisted. “This is what you were meant to do. You’ve gone your whole life staying back, letting others control you. This is your time. This is your chance to step up and take charge. You were destined for this, Kandin. It’s not meant for me, or anyone else. It was always meant for you. I knew it, and deep down you always knew it too. I’m doing the best thing I can do for you and stepping back. You lead us now. You’re ready.”

Kandin grabbed hold of her wrists and took a deep breath. “In that case, what are we standing around here for? Let’s get started.”

I hope you liked that excerpt, and remember to keep an eye out for more surprises and exciting reveals leading up to the release of Book Three!

If you haven’t already, you can like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram to get the most up-to-date information about the Trilogy as soon as it’s released.

Until next time,

Erin K Broich

Welcome to My New Site!

Hello all! I know, I know…it’s been ages. Lot’s of things have been happening in my life, including a new degree, and The Guardians just haven’t been getting the love and attention they deserve.

That changes now!

I’ve got some exciting new things planned, and some news I know a lot of people have been waiting quite a while for.

First off, welcome to my new website, erinkbroich.wordpress.com! Going forward, this will be the central hub for all things Guardians. Throughout the site, you’ll be able to find information about the books, about me, and easily explore my connected social media sites, including my Twitter, and the trilogy’s Facebook page. This site will also be the new home for my blog, “To Anoera and Beyond” (which you’ve probably already figured out given the fact that you’re reading this on the website).

I’m exploring a few other possibilities to keep you all connected with The Guardians, including a newsletter, and possibly a video series…we’ll see what I can come up with.

Finally, what I’m sure many of you have been waiting for…

Work is well underway on the third and final book of The Guardians of LightIt’s too early yet to set an official release date, but the goal is to have the book finished this year. Stay tuned for updates, and more specific information about Book Three’s timeline!

I’m both excited and sad to be reaching the end of the trilogy, but I can’t wait for you all to finally know how the story ends.

Be sure to check back here for any news and updates, and if you haven’t yet, like the Facebook page, and/or follow me on Twitter!

Until next time,

Erin K.

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Introducing "To Anoera and Beyond…"

When I was fourteen years old, I was watching my cousin play a video game…and I was bored (I wanted to play).  It was one of those tournament fighting games that doesn’t have a real storyline, so, in my boredom, I made one up for some of the characters.  As the story began developing in my head, I began to write down some of the details.  Then I started typing it out.  Eventually, I was planning a whole trilogy, and so The Guardians of Light was born.  I finished the first book, The Betrayer, in a year (Christmas break to Christmas break), and then had kind of a “now what?” moment.  I knew I wanted to publish it, but didn’t know how to do that, so I started doing some research.  What I found out was I had pretty much no chance of publication without an agent…and at the time, I was to impatient to find an agent (I’m still pretty impatient).  And then I discovered self-publishing.  It was a lot more work, but I thought it would be worth it.  So, I set about preparing the first book for publishing.  I edited it, and had others edit it as well.  I found a print-on-demand company that I thought would solve all my publishing problems (they had a dog for a mascot at the time, which really drew me).  I learned how to draw (kind of) so that I could design the cover and illustrations myself.  I did all this while maintaining a very busy high school career (volleyball, speech, mock trial, drama, 4-H, golf…the list goes on).  In the end, it took me four years before the book was
ready, and I finally self-published it when I was eighteen.  I thought that would be the hardest part, and the rest would just fall into place.  I was very, VERY wrong.

I had no marketing skills, and had no platform from which to launch any kind of marketing strategy.  I was young, inexperienced, and had entered into a world I wasn’t really prepared for.  I went to some book talks, and had a signing at my school, but I was basically flailing around in the dark.  Then I just kind of…gave up.  College started, and life became more demanding.  I continued writing, continued working on the other two books, but the fire that had led me to publishing the first one died a bit.  The print on demand method was expensive, and I wasn’t making any money.  It was another four years before I came to my next big decision…I was going to look for an agent.

I started my agent hunt in the fall of 2013, after going through the first book and editing everything again.  I’m still looking, and have done extensive updates to the original manuscript, filling in some plot-holes, and maturing the story.  I’ve done a lot of growing up since I first wrote The Betrayer, so it needed to grow up a bit too.  I’ve learned a lot more in the ten years I’ve been doing this, and have even considered giving self-publishing another chance if an agent doesn’t respond (it’s proving difficult to get someone to represent a high-fantasy book in a dystopian saturated market).  This blog will be my outlet and my platform.  Hopefully, through this, I am able to share the world of The Guardians with a wider audience, and to receive feedback from the people interested in exploring it.  So, I hope you stick around for the journey.  It’s been a long one already, but now it’s really going to get interesting.

E. K. Broich