Thursday, 11 March 2021

#WEP #Winners #GuestPost - Jemi Fraser on being a newbie author!


Hello everyone! Denise here! The winner of each WEP challenge gets to do a guest post, and today we have Jemi Fraser, whose flash fiction, Sin and Sunshine blew us away. As Nick Wilford, our judge said: "Beautiful, romantic, devastating. The ending hits hard."

Today Jemi is going to post about being a newbie author. I'm sure we'll all find something helpful and encouraging within Jemi's words of what she's learned in her short time of self-publishing. I'm currently reading an ARC of her latest, Reaching for Roots in her Bloo Moose series and can attest to her writing skills!


 So, take it away, Jemi!

Thanks so much to Denise, Renée, Olga, Laura, & Nila for allowing me to take over the blog for the day!

 I think of myself as a newbie author.

 A couple of years ago, my first published story Until Release, was published in a DLP anthology Tick Tock: A Stitch In Crime.

 In a few weeks, it will be a full year since I published my memoir/self-help Dancing With Dementia. I wonder if then I’ll think of myself as an author without the newbie label.

In July of 2020, I published the first 3 books in my Bloo Moose romantic suspense series. Will I feel like a fully-fledged author when that anniversary rolls around?

I’m currently working on the 8th Bloo Moose book and the first book in the next series. Will publishing that new series be the time?

 I’m not sure.

 This is an industry with a long and bouncy learning curve. Learning one thing leads to more questions and more learning and I don't know if I'll ever lose the newbie feel.

 I started writing about a decade ago when I didn't know agents did anything other than represent famous actors. When I'd never heard the term query letter or first draft or even show not tell.

I've learned a LOT both about writing and the publishing world over the years. I stockpiled stories and ideas until I knew enough to write them properly. I've got multiple stories that will never see the light of day and others that are waiting for a rewrite and so many Shiny New Ideas. But I still feel like a newbie.

 I thought pressing Publish would be the moment.

I thought the first 5 star review would be it.

Or the first 5 star from a complete stranger.

Holding my paperbacks in my hands.

The first contact on social media from someone who loves my books.

The first email where a woman called me a favourite author. (eek!)

Hitting 100 reviews on my freebie series starter.

 Those are AMAZING moments.

Yet, I still feel like a newbie.

 There is so much to learn. Not only about the craft and publishing, but about marketing and promotion (definitely a newbie there!).

 There will always be a lot to learn.

Thankfully, that learning is also part of the fun!

 How about you? Anyone else feel like a newbie? Anyone else looking up the steep hill of the next learning curve?

 Jemi Fraser writes romantic suspense filled with hope, heart, and humour. Her stories combine her love of mystery with the satisfaction of a Happy Ever After.

 For a peek at the Bloo Moose small-town romance series, sign up for her newsletter for a free short story or check out Reaching For Normal (free at all retailers). For more info, check out jemifraser.com

 Armed with a mug of tea and freshly-baked cookies, Jemi is living out her own HEA in beautiful Northern Ontario.

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Thanks Jemi! Very shortly Laura will be with you to kick start our April challenge! Please join us! You could be guest posting for us in May!





26 comments:

  1. The very hugest of congratulations to you Jemi. And long may you write, and publish.
    Your Dancing with Dementia danced on my heart strings, shamed me and awed me. I am SO looking forward to getting to your Bloo Moose series.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sue! Your words mean so much to me. No need for shame -ever! Dementia is such a horrid and difficult disease. We all do our best!

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  2. Congratulations! You've had a lot of success in such a short amount of time. You should be proud. I understand what it's like to feel like a newbie. That feeling likes to linger. And there is always a lot to learn, but that's part of what keeps life interesting.

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    1. Thanks, Laura - I'm not what qualifies as success, but I'm having a lot of fun!
      I agree - it definitely is interesting :) Not sure I'll ever not feel like a newbie - but we'll see!

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  3. Thanks Jemi for this. I enjoyed reading about your experience which will be helpful as I follow in your slipstream!

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    1. Thanks, Denise!
      Can't wait to see your journey take flight!

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  4. I feel like you a lot, Jemi. I think all of us, creative types, feel like eternal students most of the time. There is always something new to learn.

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    1. There really is! Thankfully, most of us like learning!

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  5. Thanks WEP team for posting Jemi's guest post about authoring ... I'm sure you need to have that passion for getting a book to publication, otherwise the eye of the reader will feel deprived ... your enthusiasm shines through - many congratulations ... the Blue Moose series sounds wonderful - while your Dancing with Dementia rang true ... as I read bloggers' posts about it. All the very best Mrs Jemi Author!!!! Stay safe - Hilary

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    1. Thanks so much, Hilary! Passion is an absolute requirement - and not just for romance writers :)

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  6. I don't know if I feel like a newbie, but I sure don't feel like a pro--especially when it comes to all the marketing and social media stuff. I mean, I'm still learning more about the craft of writing--that never should end--but I feel after 10 years of writing seriously as though I have a clue or two. But as soon as I hit "publish" I lose all sense of competence!

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    1. You're so right! There will always be new craft aspects to learn. And I'm with you on the disappearing sense of competence, too!

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  7. You captured the angst of most all of us creative sorts. Learning is a lifelong task, which you've mastered. Congratulations on all your success! I've read all of your books and I can attest to your amazing talent! Thanks for being a part of the WEP family and sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Wow - thanks so much, Renee!
      As a teacher, learning has always been part of the fun - and that's continuing in the writing world!

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  8. Perhaps feeling like a newbie is what helps keeps your writing so fresh. Either way, love your words. Congrats on your win.

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    1. That's an interesting thought!! Thanks so much, Toi - your words mean a lot!

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  9. I have been in it for a few years now and I still call myself a newbie. I think it's good to not get comfortable. To feel you have to continuously learn.

    Congrats on the win, and the success of your series. :-D

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    1. Thanks so much, Tanya! I doubt I'll ever be done learning!

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  10. Thanks for sharing, Jemi! I love how much you have accomplished so far. I think it is a fantastic start.

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    1. Thanks Steph! I'm having fun!

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  11. Hi Jemi
    Welcome to the world of publishing, writing and all things writing. Love your attitude. Looking forward to reading your next WEP story.
    Nancy

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! The WEP stories are always so fun to write - and even more fun to read everyone's take.
      There is a never-ending learning cycle, isn't there? :)

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  12. URGENT EFFECTIVE LOVE SPELL TO GET YOUR EX  BACK FAST AND TO SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE NOW CONTACT DR.DAVID ON  WHATSAPP  DIRECTLY +2347040654140 .

     My name is MICHEAL RACHEL. When I read a testimony online on how DR DAVID the great and most powerful spell caster helped to bring back Divorce husband or wife EX LOVER. I was wondering how this can be true, Because many have failed me in the past without any result from them. I just let the post pass by and move on to the forum. To my notice under again, Some person posted and said tested and trusted spell caster. After reading through the mail it was this same man DR DAVID she was talking about. So I have no other option than to really check up how he works. I was totally devastated when my beloved husband left me. It was like my entire world vanishing into sorrow and pain. I know it sounds weird but out of all the spell casters I contacted, he was the only one to give me that impression of being so true and trustful. More than his words, He brought my husband back and he made all my wishes come true. He is now loyal, pays attention to me, he offers me flowers every Sunday, and we often go out at the cinema and the restaurant. My husband came to me and apologized for the wrongs he did and promised never to do it again. Ever since then, everything has returned back to normal. My family are living together happily again.. I will be forever thankful for turning my life from hell to heaven! I believe those who need help should get to him for help. May God continue to use you to save broken relationships. To every one with marital problem, divorce issues, lost lover or any relationship related issues, you can contact DR DAVID wonders the ultimate spell caster contact him on his Email Address @ awesomespelltemple@gmail.com   or directly on his WhatsApp +2347040654140 ..

    ReplyDelete
  13. My name is MICHAEL RACHEL I am here to make a review about how Dr. DAVID helped me in fixing my marriage and also to those out there seeking for help and advice on how to save your broken marriage or relationship, few months ago I was having issues with my husband I noticed he has been having an affair with another young lady in his place of work I confronted him but he got angry and say to my face that it’s true, as if that was not enough he went ahead by telling me he doesn’t love me anymore that he wanted a divorce I was to devastated and confused, I pleaded with him that I don’t want a divorce but he insisted, before then I had heard about Dr. DAVID while browsing on the internet how he use to help people with broken marriages and relationships, I gave it a thought and I decided to contact him, he promise to put a smile on my face again, I followed his instructions and after 3days I was so surprised to see my husband kneeling before me and apologizing for what he had said about the divorce, this is something I never expected, I thank Dr. DAVID for what he has done for me, now am living happily with my husband and he has stopped seeing the other woman. Please if you are having issues like this I advice you to contact Dr. DAVID on Email : awesomespelltemple@gmail.comwebsite:  http://awesomespelltemplem.website2.me/WhatsApp: +2347040654140
    https://www.facebook.com/UrgentEffectiveLoveSpell  

    ReplyDelete

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