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Today we have Natalie Palmer dropping over to share her books. Her second book just released.
Top 10 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me about Writing a Book
10. Don’t worry too much about the first ten pages of your book. They’re the hardest ones to write and if you’re anything like me half way through the book you’ll end up throwing them out anyway.
9. If you get bored when you reread part of your work chances are your readers are going to be even more bored when they read that part of your work.
8. Don’t be afraid to delete hours of writing. If it isn’t working it isn’t working. It’s better out than in.
7. Give yourself time to step away from your work for a few weeks or more. A fresh set of eyes is invaluable.
6. Exercise helps writers block. I’m sure there’s some neurological research about exercise and oxygen flow to the brain, but I know firsthand that when I’m exercising my imagination flips into turbo mode. I pretty much came up with my entire second book while walking laps around a track during my second pregnancy.
5. Get yourself a good editor. Your editor has the power to take your shabby ball of mess and help you mold it into a work of art. Be picky about who you choose (if you have the choice) because your final product will have your editor’s personality all over it.
4. Pick a book cover because it will give your readers an idea of what’s going on inside the book. Don’t pick the cover just because you like the picture.
3. Don’t spend hours upon hours writing a book just to sit on it like a hot bag of rice. Get it out there. Ask people to read it. Submit it to publishers, agents, friends… anyone! Just get it out there. Have I said get it out there yet? Because I mean it, get it out there or I’ll haunt you in your dreams.
2. Don’t be disheartened by negative reviews. Nothing in the world is loved by everybody. Even chocolate is hated by some people (weird people but nevertheless…). And remember, negative reviews generate discussions and discussions generate sales!
1. And the number one thing (that someone actually did tell me before I started writing my books) is… Don’t wait until you have more time in your life to write a book because it will never happen. Life just gets busier and the excuses keep piling up. Writing a 300 page book might feel impossible now but you’ll get there one word at a time. And trust me, if I can do it… so can you.
"Things change. People change. Jess and I weren't above it."
Gemma's first year of high school isn't starting out the way she hoped. Jess is back from California, and before she can memorize her class schedule their summer romance comes to a screeching halt. To add to her misery the gorgeous new girl in school also has eyes for Jess, and despite Gemma's unfailing attempts to win him back she keeps finding herself alone.
But when a late night car crash lands her a three-month grounding and twenty hours of community service, she discovers that there's more to life than just romance and boyfriends.
Unpredictable and heart wrenching, Second to No One is the perfect continuation to the magical beginning of the Gemma and Jess romance.
'Even my most humiliating moments seemed funny somehow when I told them to Jess.' Gemma Mitchell is a normal girl who somehow gets herself into abnormally embarrassing circumstances. And while she thinks she's the biggest loser in school because of them, there are a few people in her life who would disagree. One of those people is her best friend, Jess Tyler, who is opposite to her in every way. He's popular, good looking, athletic, and intelligent, and he can't get enough of Gemma. But while Gemma is dealing with problems like wrong locker combinations and Valentine's Day dances, Jess is living in a world of serious issues that are foreign to Gemma, until she realizes that he's holding on to her for dear life. Humorous and true to life, Second Kiss is an entertaining saga about a boy and girl who find that their lives have a lot more meaning once they have shared them with each other.
I am a writer. But more importantly, I'm a mom, which is the best thing I could have ever hoped for in my life. I have three kids who amaze me every day with their little quips of humor and intelligence. I can't really applaud myself for how great they are, though, since I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing when it comes to mothering children. But the fact that they're turning out so great and I'm the one that hangs out with them all day makes me feel pretty good about myself.
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where I was spoiled to have the huge Wasatch mountains in my backyard. I graduated from the University of Utah with a major in English Literature but that's boring. The exciting part was when I met and fell in love with the boy of my dreams. It didn't take us long to figure out that life could never be as good apart as it was together so we got married and have been living happily ever after ever since.
One of my favorite things about myself is that I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormons) and I am extremely happy to be so. I truly don't know where I'd be without my faith and even though I have a lot of characteristics that don't necessarily have anything to do with the church you should know that everything I am and everything I do in life is for and because of its truths.
So there you have it. I'm a wife, mother, writer and a Mormon. While my husband works his brains out I take care of our kids and conjure up storylines and characters and romantic turns of events. And someday, if we're lucky, we'll be as happy as we are now.