I’m so excited to bring you an exclusive guest post from the author of The Dream Protocol, Adara Flynn Quick. She gives her take on how to stand out in the book/publishing world. Check out the book blurb below and make sure to enter to win the awesome prizes Adara is offering at the bottom!
The Dream Protocol: Descent
Adara Flynn Quick
Publication date: April 20th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T GET OLD. In fiery young Deirdre Callaghan’s home of Skellig City, no one has dreamt their own dream in over a thousand years. Dreams are produced by the Dream Makers and sold by the Ministry, the tyrannical rulers of the city. In Skellig City, years of life are awarded equally and the ruined are cast away beneath the city on their 35th birthday.
Unbeknownst to the Ministry, Deirdre’s handsome friend Flynn Brennan is afflicted with a terrible disease – a disease that accelerates the aging process. Knowing his fate if the Ministry should ever discover his illness, Flynn has lived his whole life hiding from their watchful eyes. When Flynn’s secret is finally discovered, Deirdre is determined to free him from the Ministry’s grasp. But to save him, she will have to reveal herself to a shadowy enemy…one that none of them even knew existed.
GUEST POST BY ADARA FLYNN QUICK
How to make yourself stand out in the book/publishing world
The most difficult struggle as an indie author is getting optics on your book. And it’s only then that you can start to gauge whether you have an audience or not. The new media has led to an explosion of creative production. But this results in more “noise” in the book world, making it difficult for people to find your book. The best approach is to rely on the quality and craftsmanship of your product. Good work always rises, however you get it out there (indie or traditional publishing). But it can’t rise unless people SEE it and get a chance to react.
Traditional publishers have a basic strategy that has been very effective. But it relies on big market buys and connections to brick and mortar booksellers. Indie authors don’t usually have access to those strategies so we have to find different ways to promote our books. As an indie author, I’ve done the best with organic marketing strategies. For me, the main things that I did to stand out in book land were to write the best book I could, go through multiple rounds with an editor, network on multiple social media sites, and launch my book using NetGalley.
I wasn’t getting traction as an indie author until I started using NetGalley to promote my book. NetGalley is a platform traditionally used by conventional publishers to distribute ARCs, find beta readers for an author, and create buzz around a new title. In the past NetGalley was solely used by conventional publishers and now it is opening up to indie authors. It’s an awesome method for indie authors to get the attention of “readers of influence” in the book world. It gets your book reviewed and lets readers know that your book has been vetted.
I am so excited about all of the great stuff that indie authors are doing. There is no longer the ivory tower of the publishing world that is controlling the gates of what is seen and read. Now, it’s more of a grassroots process where readers and bloggers organically filter out their preferences. Write on indie authors!
Irish-American author, Adara Flynn Quick, is the writer of The Dream Protocol series. Early in her career, Adara was fascinated by dreams, the unconscious, and the healing stories of many cultures. As a contemporary author, she writes young adult literature that brings ancient myths and legends into futuristic worlds. She is an accomplished visual artist and uses her background as a psychotherapist to inspire the finest and darkest moments of her characters.
Driven to distraction by her computer, Adara writes all of her stories longhand. Pen and paper are two of her favorite things. The author tortures her husband with a passion for downtempo electronica and too many pillows. She is a firm beleiver that there are never enough pillows.
- 1 signed copy of The Dream Protocol: Descent
- “Sky in Motion,” oil on canvas, 8 x 8, framed in silver leaf
“The Singing Fields,” oil on canvas, 8 x 8, framed in silver leaf