Sunday, June 1, 2014

Guest Post by Christie Cote- Author of "Rain"

Title: Rain

Author: Christie Cote

Publisher: CreateSpace

Published Date: May 6, 2014

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Guest Post

'How Rain Came to Be' 
by Guest Blogger Author Christie Cote

I started Rain as an assignment for my college fiction writing class. When I began writing it, I didn’t expect to fall in love with the story and characters as much as I did. I couldn’t stop writing, and continued to write until I finished it. I shared the beginning with a few people outside of my class and all around got a good response. When I finished the book I decided I wanted to go after my dream and publish it. I thought hard about whether I should try to publish traditionally or self-publish. I decided that self-publishing was how I wanted to publish my debut novel, so I can remain in control of the story that I love so much. Before I completed the book, I made an author facebook page. I already had a twitter account, personal facebook and review blog, so already being immersed in that world has helped a lot. I made a separate blog for my author website using Wordpress where I post updates and other things.

I then designed the cover myself using a stock photo and Photoshop. I spent hours searching for the perfect picture, until I found the one that I used and manipulated for the cover. Once the cover was complete I organized a Cover reveal and a good amount of bloggers participated. I’m very thankful for the blogging community they have been a huge help. I also managed to choose a release date in time for the cover reveal.

During this time, I also went through and edited Rain myself before sending it to my editor, Mickey Reed. During the extensive editing process, I planned the blog tour. I sent requests to bloggers and set up host dates for reviews, guest posts, spotlights, and excerpts. I also created a blog tour banner using Photoshop.

I also designed bookmarks using Photoshop and gave a bunch away.    
Once the editing process was complete I started sending the E-ARCs to the bloggers that signed up to review Rain. I also loaded the book and cover into Create Space to request a proof copy. Once I received the proof copy in the mail I went through it and found missed errors, formatting issues, and some over used words. After I finished going through the proof, I made the changes and uploaded the new version to Create Space for the final proof.
I’m sure there were also many little things along the way that I’m not thinking of, but those are the main events.

The last step was to Sync the book to Kindle Direct Publishing for the e-book and hit publish on both of them for May 6, 2014 and the paperback and e-book are available for the world to read. Now it is all about marketing and getting the book into reader’s hands. The journey is never really over; I still have a lot more to do. I would like to get Rain into bookstores and schedule book signings.

This has been a major accomplishment and a wonderful experience. I look forward to seeing where this journey brings me.

Christie Cote

Christie Cote resides in Vermont with her Husband and their dog. When she isn’t reading, writing, or dreaming up her next story, she can be found shooting targets with her bow, drawing or baking.
Rain is her first book.

Christie writes Young Adult Realistic Fiction, Fiction, and New Adult novels.

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