Sunday, December 22, 2013

Guest Author, Heather Topham Wood

Please join me in welcoming Heather to my blog today, as she talks about her journey to publication! 

Her new release THE MEMORY WITCH is available now online at Amazon and Barnes and

The Guts and the Glory of NaNoWriMo
by Heather Topham Wood

If you’re involved in the book world in any capacity, then NaNoWriMo is likely familiar to you. National Novel Writing Month comes every November and forces many authors to buckle down and get that novel done. Last year was the first time I attempted NaNoWriMo and I can’t rave enough about what an awesome experience it was for me.

Preparing for NaNoWriMo should take place at least a few weeks in advance. I’m not much of a plotter and my preparation for last year’s event consisted of writing down a few basic ideas on scraps of paper. I already had a series I was working on, but I decided to take the month to try something completely new. This gave birth to the idea of a YA paranormal romance series that begins with The Memory Witch.

The thing about NaNoWriMo is that meeting your daily word count becomes a game. And if you have a competitive personality like I do, you don’t want to lose. My house may have been a disaster for a month and we may have eaten takeout every night, but I did meet my word count goal every single day.

You also receive a ton of encouragement along the way. I met a lot of new authors through NaNoWriMo and it was great to cheer each other along. I swapped excerpts and asked for help when I got stuck.

What else do I love about NaNoWriMo? You feel bad *ss after. You can’t beat the feeling of knowing you wrote an entire book in a month. The book may not be polished or near being publishable, but you have 50,000 more words than you had November 1st. The months following NaNoWriMo is when you can take your time reviewing and revising everything you wrote.

My advice is not to rush off queries once November 30th rolls around. Get the book completely ready before approaching agents and publishers about your manuscript. The great thing about my NaNoWriMo piece is I was able to find a publisher. A year later and The Memory Witch is now being published through Crescent Moon Press.   

About the Book:
Ten years ago, Quinn Jacobs’ mother made a bargain with a local witch—steal away Quinn’s memories from the first eight years of her life and in return, Quinn would spend a year in servitude to the witch.
On Quinn’s eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to leave her home and friends behind. For the next year, she’ll live at the Chadwick House, learning everything she needs to know about being a spellcaster. As her powers grow, Quinn begins to unravel the secrets of the past and the reason her mother was so desperate to conceal the horrifying truth.
About the Author:
Heather Topham Wood’s obsession with novels began in childhood while growing up in a shore town in New Jersey. Writing since her teens, she recently returned to penning novels after a successful career as a freelance writer. She’s the author of the paranormal romance Second Sight series and the standalone The Disappearing Girl .

Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as USA Today,, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, Heather is a pop culture fanatic and has an obsession with supernatural novels and TV shows.

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