Alecia Stone is the author of Talisman of El, a young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel that is FREE today.
Talisman Of El is your first novel. What writing tips can you give to people who have an idea for a novel but have never written a book?
I hear a lot of people say they have an idea for a book, which is great, but an idea can only get you so far. My advice is to stop procrastinating and get that idea down on paper. You’re not a writer until you’ve completed your first draft. The longer you take mulling over an idea, the longer it takes for the book to come to fruition. Also, familiarise yourself with the genre you’re writing in. It’s good to spread out and read different genres, but just make sure you know your genre.
What is your writing process like?
Some may call my writing process unorthodox for the mere fact that I don’t plan. I just write. I outline after I have completed my first draft. I’ve only written one complete novel, so I can only tell you about my experience from that project. I had an idea that I had to get out of my head. The idea started with a character who was almost fully formed, so I had something to work with from the get-go. I would like to say I write every day, but I don’t. When I do write, I try to spend at least a good three to four hours to sort through my project.
Given that Talisman of El is your first novel, how on earth did you get 48 reviews and 588 likes on Amazon.com?
Publishing is not an easy field to break into, but hard work and determination will get you far. I think how you market a book defines how far it will go. If you’re serious about your work, you’ll spend every waking hour promoting it to the reading world. I have to give book bloggers a lot of props for helping me promote my work through their blog tours and giveaways. Hosting giveaways is a great way to bring awareness to your product and it’s one of the thing that has helped drive attention to my book. You just have to keep marketing your product and try to build a fan base that will help spread the word.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last six months?
That will have to go to Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It’s a brilliant read. I’m glad I finally got the chance to read it. it was well worth the wait.
Check out Alecia Stone’s very highly-rated debut novel, Talisman of El. It’s FREE today only.