An Author’s Journey


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Back in 2010 I wrote my first book. It felt like I was introducing my baby to the world and I didn’t like it when others found reason to criticize it. The problem was the book really did have problems. It had so many typos that some people didn’t like to read it. The formatting both in the print version and the e-book version were severely faulted.

Fortunately I didn’t have ten thousand copies of the book in my garage. I was smart enough to have written the book as a print-on-demand book. That was probably the only smart thing I did with that book.

Additionally, I am learning from my mistakes. I did a complete re-write of When God Turned His Head, reformatted it in print and on Kindle. My second book Soldiers Don’t Cry, The Locket Saga Continues was edited by a professional editor. I also used better formatting with that book. My third book Simply Vegetable Gardening is my first nonfiction book. It is a rewrite of numerous articles that I wrote on Hubpages. I published the book because I am passionate about this niche, and  I have a lot of experience to share.

My fourth book A Coward’s Solace I still need to get  back from my first beta reader and so I can make the necessary changes. When I finish, I will send it to my second beta reader and then to get it edited and finally I will be able to publish.

My biggest challenge in writing a book is not writing the book, editing, or formatting it. My biggest challenge is in marketing my books. if you are an author and have great tips on how to market and build platform, I would love to hear them. If you are a reader who loves the drama of great history, I believe you’ll love my books.

A Coward’s Solace

Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite cover for my upcoming book, A Coward’s Solace.

Here is the winning cover! 

I also wrote the first draft of the description.  So, what do you think? Is this a book you would want to read?  Any suggestions for improvement?

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Out of the woods a feverish white man dressed as an Indian stumbles into Elizabeth Thorton McCray’s home. What is his connection with Elizabeth. Why does the sight of  this man make Martha Dawson;’s heart pound?

In the backdrop of these same frozen woods at Valley Forge, Continental Forces huddle together during the darkest hours of the American Revolution. General Washington had just suffered the worse campaigning season of his career. His contemporaries considered him a coward and incompetent. Phillip, Elizabeth’s husband, since deserting the British army is unsure what his place is in the conflict. Are these men cowards, or is some greater drama unfolding?

 

 

 

 

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Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon.

Where to find Cygnet Brown online

Where to Buy In Print

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/cygnetbrown

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2 comments
  1. Oh, I think you speak for a great many writers. We all love to write, but few of us like to market. Thank you for sharing your feelings so that others will understand that they are not alone.

    • 1authorcygnetbrown said:

      Thank you, for being such a faithful reader! Your opinions are always appreciated!

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