Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Confession of a new author, but old reader

Every old author was a new one at one point in time. Can I imagine Julie Garwood with her plethora of books trying to get a book deal all those years ago? Or Janet Evanovich trying to pitch her Stephanie Plum series? 

These days it is easier to get published because there are so many publishers around who don’t deal with agents. If a new author can’t get or doesn't want a publisher then self publishing is always an option.

Here is my confession. I am more critical when I read a new author’s book than I am with older authors who have proven themselves already. There, I said it. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love reading new authors. I love supporting their work and writing honest reviews for them. New writers are more accessible than the well established ones. I believe I would fall down in shock if Debbie Christiana- wait wrong list- I meant Terry McMillan sent me a personal e-mail. But I’m in contact with new authors (now insert Debbie) all the time, and I love it because it makes being an author a more attainable goal.

Be warned, new authors, that until you become more established, I’ll be reading your work with a fine toothed comb in hand (does that make any sense? Just be aware.) 

I was so happy when I first heard from her. 
Grinning from ear to ear
 (I love this book, it's actually
her second, I loved the first one too)

I may go fan crazy if she
contacted me. Just a little bit of screaming

 would be involved.

Do you prefer to read new authors or old?

By the way, being a new author and all, My blog tour giveaway is still going on. Enter to win one of three $10 Amazon Gift Cards.


  1. Thank you again, Nana for the wonderful mention. I'm honored to be the same sentence with such a great author as Terry McMillian.

    1. You are welcome Debbie. You are one of my favorite authors, and biggest supporters. Now all we have to do is push you to Ms. McMillan's status, that would rock the world.

  2. Oh good, I'm not the only one tempted to pull out the killer red pen when reading other authors. However, I tend to look at the older authors and say, "They wouldn't be able to get that published today with the demand for instant action and suspense from the very first page."

    Thanks for your honest opinion, Nana!

    1. I too am glad that I'm not alone. Thanks for stopping by Carole.

  3. I'll mentally edit every book I read. Whether it's written by a new or an older author doesn't matter. I can't switch off my inner editor! lol

    1. LOL, Lynda. That's one of the shortfalls of being an author. You never turn it off.


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