Writer Wednesday Welcomes Wren Emerson! – On Monday!!

Can I please start with how completely fun my new friend Wren is? I luv this bio, the post, OMG I’m buying the book. She’s fabulousness and I wanna share her. Also, she was too good to stall until Wednesday, so we’re celebrating writer Wednesday on Monday!! *applause* *confetti* Without further delay, please meet Miss Awesomepants herself….Wren Emerson!

BIO:

Wren Emerson was born on the mean streets of small town Kansas 30*mumble* years ago. She first put pen to paper at the tender age of 12 and wrote an epicly awful story. She then became publisher and editor in chief of a family newspaper which included articles written by indentured servants/siblings. It got rave reviews from all 8 members of her family.

Now in adulthood, Wren still enjoys bossing people around so she became overlord to a small army of minions; her true love, kids, a cat, and a dog. When she’s not plotting to form a dictatorship she writes. When she’s not writing, she plays video games, reads books, practices her iphoneography skills, and spends way too much time hanging out in #pubwrite on Twitter.

How NOT to write a guest post: by Wren Emerson

I’d just like to thank Julie, first of all, for having me here today. I appreciate the invitation to entertain your readers.

Today I wanted to talk about the fine art of writing guest posts. Or more specifically how not to do it. When Julie asked me if I’d like to write a guest post, you’d better believe I jumped on that offer with both feet. Her blog is attractive and seems to be visited by a great group of loyal readers. These are great incentives for anyone to agree to write a guest post, but I’m not just anyone. I’m a debut indie writer.

To get you guys up to speed on me right quick, I’m Wren. I released my first novel, I Wish… a novel about a teen girl finding out she’s actually a witch with an incredible power, on May 15th. I had astounding success the first week for a debut indie without a platform. I sold 53 copies in the first week alone. Clearly, I was poised to be bigger than Amanda Hocking and John Locke put together. Except…

My sales slowed down a  lot after the first week and I’ve been forced to admit that I’m not necessarily a one in a million success story, I’m just a girl with a lot of friends. I sell consistently, I’ve never had a day with less than 2 sales, but as of the time I’m writing this (June 15th) I’ve only sold 58 copies the entire month so far (versus the 50+ I did the first week).

So that’s where I’m coming from.  As you can see, it would sure be nice to reach a new audience of potential readers and charm you with the hopes you’ll visit my blog or better yet, buy my book. I’ve done next to nothing in the way of promotion. Frankly, I can talk about other people’s books all day and will happily approach a stranger for my Interview and an Excerpt feature because I really believe I’m helping people by connecting new writers with established authors and facilitating the exchange of book sales and industry information.  But approach someone to do a review of my book or to let me do a guest post? Oh jeez, no way.

But you’re reading this post so clearly I found a way around my crippling self promotion shyness. This is a golden opportunity and one I’m truly grateful for. So let me tell you how I did everything in my power to mess it up.

My first mistake was not saving the information in the original email somewhere that I could easily find it again. I couldn’t for the life of me find it when I sat down to write this post and had to email Julie to ask her to resend. What an unprofessional way to get off on the wrong foot.

Pro tip: Copy relevant information to a location where you can find it quickly and easily.

The second thing was to not have a clear idea of what to write. I’d think about writing my article and then decide I had plenty of time and I didn’t once sit down to come up with a good working list of ideas for this blog. I’ve been attempting to write it for the last 4 or 5 days and get a couple of hundred words in and realize I don’t know what to say. Rather than plan what I wanted to say I’d just quit and do something else.

Pro tip: Spend some time thinking about what you’d like to post about before you start writing. It’ll save you a lot of time in the end.

Speaking of doing something else, another good way to make sure your guest post doesn’t get written is to avoid working on it. Since school has let out, I’ve been struggling to find ways to keep my minions occupied. Luckily, I’ve found a lot of community programs and we’ve spent a lot of time swimming and going to the park. This is all good stuff, I’m glad to be able to do it, but I should have budgeted some time into my day for this post. Or at least multitasked and did some brainstorming while I watched them play.

Pro tip: Give yourself plenty of time to write your guest post so you don’t find yourself straddling the deadline in a panic.

The last way I attempted to sabotage this opportunity was to doubt my ability to write anything anybody would want to read. I don’t have a bit of trouble writing on my own blog because I don’t take it too seriously. I will often post pictures of myself looking weird, posts about my art, and things I find humorous or interesting right alongside the more serious natured posts about writing. It’s a little eclectic, but it works for me. I trust that people who come to my blog will spend a few minutes looking around and getting to know more about me. The ones who appreciate my quirks and decidedly odd sense of humor will stick around.

When you write a guest post you have exactly one chance to sell yourself. That’s a lot of pressure. I couldn’t decide if I should try to be funny or serious or something else entirely. I couldn’t quite seem to force myself to be funny on demand so that was out. Ok, so write something serious then. Except I don’t really feel like I’m much of an expert on anything and I don’t have a new spin to put on the topics that are done often. So now what? I was so intimidated that I was even more reluctant to write.

Pro tip: You have a unique perspective on the world. Take advantage of that. I’m candid and self-deprecating so that’s the kind of post I went with.

Luckily for me I managed to overcome all the things that were holding me back and I was able to write a guest for you guys to enjoy. I don’t know if this will ever be easy for me. For being so outgoing, I’m strangely reluctant to talk about myself. I imagine it’s a skill like any other and with some practice I’ll be as smooth with the ladies as Seth Green (if you don’t agree that he’s the sexiest man alive it might put a strain on our friendship).

OMG I smiled wildly all the way through this post. Wren is made of cuteness and I totally appreciate her putting herself out there and telling it the way it is. Thank you so much Wren! I can’t wait to get my hands on I Wish!

I Wish by Wren Emerson

All she ever wanted was a chance to settle down in one place.

Thistle Nettlebottom knows her life isn’t exactly normal. She travels the country with her secretive mother and bestselling author grandmother in a pink RV going from book signings to crazy research trips. She’s never been to public school or had a boyfriend, but she can pick a lock and hotwire a car. One day the phone rings and they set a course to a tiny town that’s not on any maps. Suddenly, Thistle finds her whole life changing.

She’s finally found the home she’s been searching for.

Thistle soon realizes that Desire isn’t like other towns and she’s not like other girls. The family she trusted has lied to her about everything her entire life and the things she doesn’t know about herself could cost her everything. Her legacy as one of the most powerful witches the town has ever seen has made her enemies that have been waiting patiently for a chance to destroy her. Thistle needs to learn to use her powers to protect herself before they succeed.

Be careful what you wish for.

Thistle has a power unique even among the magic wielding witches of Desire. She can wish things into existence. At first she enjoys the freedom of having everything her heart desires, but she soon realizes that her power comes at a terrible price. She’s losing her grip on her sanity at a time when she can’t afford any weakness. Her enemies are closing in quickly, but she might not have the strength to save herself.

Find Wren around the web and say Hi!

Blog: http://wrenemerson.wordpress.com
Twitter: @wrenem
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/I-Wish-Witches-Desire-ebook/dp/B0050X8UJA/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1
B&N link: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/I-Wish/Wren-Emerson/e/2940013598713

Thanks so much Wren for stopping by and making me smile! Come back anytime!!

3 comments to Writer Wednesday Welcomes Wren Emerson! – On Monday!!

  • Valerie Haight

    I love your self confidence and simultaneous lack of it. You remind me so much of myself. We’re daring enough to write a novel for Pete’s sake, but talk about ourselves? Rather eat crunchy beetles. (I’ll speak for myself here. You’re welcome.)

    I went through some of the same frustrations when I was lucky enough to land a spot on Julie’s blog, who’s so pop-u-LAR, btw, because of her extraordinary wit, her writing consistency and the fact that she’s a HUGE inspiration to anyone and everyone, not just the writerly types.

    Great post, girls. Wren, keep doing what you’re doing and don’t second guess yourself. The type of dry humor you display sells. We see it every day on t.v. Moreover, it’s YOU. And that’s who we want more of! Can’t wait to read Wish… !

  • Carlie Cullen

    Great article – wish it had been posted before I wrote my first guest blog about 3 weeks ago! I could really relate to some of the things Wren said; once I’d decided what to write it on, I went through several re-writes before I felt it was even close to being good enough to submit and even then I had serious doubts that anyone would want to read it. Such is the life of a new writer I guess – lots of ideas maybe, but not alot of confidence.

    I loved the synopsis of I Wish, so much so that I’m going to buy it!!

  • Phew, I’m a day late getting here to leave a comment due to having sketchy internet at the lake, but I’m here now! Thanks again, so much Julie for having me. It was a fun opportunity and I’m flattered to have been included in such a popular blog.

    Thanks, Valerie and Charlie for understanding the struggle. I didn’t realize how hard it would be until I sat down to do it. I have unbelievable amounts of respect for the authors who line up entire blog tours. OMG, I die when I think about it.

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