Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Dreaming Beauty by Anneka R. Walker, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Dreaming Beauty
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anneka Walker is an award-winning author raised by a librarian and an English teacher turned judge. After being fed a steady diet of books, she decided to learn about writing. The result was a bachelor’s degree in English and history. When she isn’t dreaming up a happy ending for a story, she is busy living her own with her husband and adorable children.
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Guest Post from Anneka Walker
The hardest part about publishing books and the best thing about publishing books
I love questions about publishing because the umbrella is so big and there is so much to talk about. Having traditionally published with a publisher tied to brick-and-mortar stores, a small-press publisher, self-publishing collaborations, and my own self-published projects, I have experienced several different avenues to bringing a book into print. And interestingly enough, my opinions are not the same as my friends. For me, actually writing the book is by far my favorite part of the publication process.
For months, I plotted and planned The Dreaming Beauty in the back of my mind while I finished other projects, anxious for a chance to immerse myself in the story and discover all the twists and turns writing it would present. There is something so incredible about the creative process that keeps me writing books over and over again. Are there hard parts of drafting? Yes! Do I ever get stuck? Yes! But my passion for my projects often outweighs those frustrations.
The hardest part of publishing for me begins when the early release copies are sent out. I set up a team of reviewers to read my book and share it on their platforms. Seeing those first reviews can be thrilling, but oh, so nail-biting! I’m a tense mess through the pre-release month and it often carries over a few weeks into the official release. While readers are contributing to the reviews coming in, the marketing part of being an author has only begun!
This extra work makes this release time exciting but an overwhelming process. We have a lot of behind the scenes work with setting up preorder swag like bookmarks and stickers, coordinating calendars for blog tours—both private and national—bookstagram tours, and giveaways. I spend hours creating social media graphics with announcements or book quotes, reels, or book trailers to share. I often do at least one Facebook takeover, book signing, author chat, and book club, but sometimes I’ll do several. I also do a half a dozen interviews, which can be a lot of fun! And believe it or not, while launching a book, I’m generally in edits on another book with my editor, and mid-writing the next project. It’s a whirlwind process, and I am continually grateful for the support I receive. I honestly could not do it without my amazing team and generous readers! Writing starts out as a solo endeavor but ends up as community experience.
(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, The Dreaming Beauty, signed book plate, matching bookmark, stickers, and button!
Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight August 15, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on August 22, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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