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Writing & Publishing a Fiction Novel With "Pink Slips" Author Beth Aldrich! by Donna John

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The gripping and emotional suspense thriller, "Pink Slips," made its debut this month on bookstore shelves nationwide. We were thrilled to have our very own 30Seconds contributor, Beth Aldrich, who just happens to be the author of this delightful book, with us this week for our #30Seconds Twitter chat and our livestream! Beth shared the best way for new writers to begin crafting a fiction novel, tips for publishing your book, how to spread the word and so much more. Read on for her insights, and watch the video to see her in action!

Q. What’s the best way for a new writer to begin crafting a fiction novel?

  • Write, write, write and in between read “how to” books on writing. 
  • Decide which character or narrator will tell the story. 
  • Remember to stay in proper tense (present, past) throughout. That’s one mistake writers make.
  • Always keep a notepad with you. When an idea hits you, write it down. 
  • Keep track of dreams and curious thoughts or characters that enter your mind. 
  • Write every day, consistently, on a schedule. Make it a part of who you are. 
  • Have second and third ideas in your mind in case you hit a block.

Q. How can someone publish a book? 

Publishing can be through an agent/publisher deal or Indie self-publishing. Here are the pros and cons to both.

  • Plenty of online resources to guide you.
  • Indie publishing is easy: ebooks: Kindle KDPSmashwordsDraft2Digital 
  • Print: Ingram Spark and CreateSpace, etc.
  • Self-publising MUST – get great editors (four different processes – all important).
  • For developmental, copy, proofing, edit, format and cover designer with an agent/publisher, plan on writing pitches and time to wait for deals and book to hit shelves – average took two years.
  • Self-publishing – You pick timeline.

Q: What’s the best way to get the word out about a self-published book?

Well before the book comes out, send a clean manuscript to reviewers and influential people for promo leverage. Make a list of book bloggers to review and do giveaways for when your book comes out. Ask for Amazon and Goodreads reviews – author’s gold. Contact local bookstores an book clubs to set up placement and appearances. Be generous an give books to get them out there – reviews are gold. Actively participate on social media –genuinely interact. Find online book tweet company’s that help get the word out – tons of impressions.

Q: What are some of your favorite fiction books?

I love the sweet cozies of Debbie Macomber. My favorite is "Angels at the Table." Inspiration for my holiday book coming out in the fall. For years, I read tons of Dean Koontz suspense thriller books. I love Watchers, the dog-inspired Barney in “Pink Slips.” Any books from James Patterson. I took an online writing class with him. He’s charming, gifted and inspiring. I love “Pink Slips.” It’s full of twists and suspense. The perfect summer travel and beach read. A must-read.

Q. What was the easiest or most fun part of writing your book?

The easiest part was, I had full control of the story, where it would go, characters experience, etc. So many moving parts, but very exciting. The fun part about writing “Pink Slips” was that I was able to know my characters, intimately. I've spent more time with them, than my family lately. The exciting part was being able to see immense growth Betsy Ryan experienced through the course of the novel. Watching her fight for her life was exciting. It was intense to imagine and then write some of the more suspenseful parts of the novel. I would get butterflies while writing, feeling Betsy's fear.

Q: What was the most difficult part of writing your book?

The most difficult part about writing “Pink Slips” was saying goodbye to the characters. I didn't want the story to end. They're a part of my life now. One difficult part about writing the book was the many edits to the manuscript I'm a creative person, not technical. I had a story to tell, regardless of a few misplaced commas. Challenging to make major developmental edit and then change other elements of the story to match. Meticulous! It was tricky separating Betsy Ryan from myself. Oftentimes, I would slip into her head and write as if it were me. I then jumped out and gave the words back to Bets.

Be sure to follow @BethAld16like her on Facebook, visit BethAldrich.com and PinkSlips.com and check out her 30Seconds page.

Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Congratulations on your new book, Beth Aldrich, CHC, AADP, CNT ! I'm enjoying reading it right now. Can't wait to chat with you, chica! 💗
Nicole DeAvilla
Congratulations Beth Aldrich, CHC, AADP, CNT on your book! I can't wait to learn about it Wednesday!
Meredith Schneider
Woohoooo! Congratulations Beth Aldrich, CHC, AADP, CNT ! Can't wait to hear what you have to share with us this week. xo ;) <3
Fred Cuellar
Congratulations Beth!! 😃👍👍
Pam McCormick
I'll be there! It's my favorite night on twitter!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Aw, we love you, Pam McCormick , and #30Seconds chat would not be the same without you!! xoxo
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
I'm so excited for you, Beth Aldrich, CHC, AADP, CNT! Looking forward to this chat!
Rachel W. Lewter
I hate that I missed this one. It seems that Rachel has certainly lost her groove. I'll wake tomorrow and try it again tomorrow. 🤔
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
No worries, we hope to see you next week! Missed ya, Rachel W. Lewter !

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