Today I have the pleasure of hosting Amy Lignor on her Virtual Blog Tour for her novel GILDED WINGS. Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.
Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.
She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.
Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.
Gilded Wings Summary
Here is the portion of the excerpt for the read along.***
The passengers enclosed in the ship’s cramped quarters talked to Anya nonstop. The older couples spoke to Anya of a time long past that was filled with love and peace, while the younger group rattled on about what their new lives would be like in the birthplace of freedom—where the streets were paved with pure gold. They regaled her with the stories they’d heard of the riches that could be made there. All a man had to have in order to achieve success was a strong back, a sound mind and a dream. Anya returned their excitement as best she could. She, too, wanted to see the shores of the country they were already so enamored with, she longed to finally erase the memories of blood and death that sat like a demonic image inside her mind.
On the third day of the long journey, as the steerage compartment began to ripen with the scent of unwashed bodies, Anya bumped into a father and son. The older man looked lost, like a soul searching for nourishment. They sat down beside Anya on the weathered bench, and propped their bodies up against the wall, as the massive boat rocked back and forth in the waves.
“I am Gregori.” The young boy grinned. “I am ten.”
Anya returned his happy smile and ruffled the boy’s dirty hair; his curls dripped with oil and sweat. “You’re a good speaker of English, Gregori.”
He puffed out his small chest. “I’ve been practicing. I’m to be an American.”
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Gilded Wings Twitter hashtag:#GildedWings
Gilded Wings Goodreads page:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15725493-the-angel-chronicles-book-2
Until Next Time Goodreads page:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13319888-until-next-time
onicles web site:http://www.the-angel-chronicles.com
The Angel Chronicles Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Angel-Chronicles/168932393209654
Amy Lignor's Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/alignor
Amy Lignor's Twitter:https://twitter.com/#!/HelloWritersAmy
Amy Lignor's Website:http://www.thewritecompanion.com/
Amy Lignor's Blog:http://hellowriters.wordpress.com/
Amy Lignor's GoodReads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5222068
Tribute Books website:http://www.tribute-books.com
Tribute Books Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176
Tribute Books Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/TributeBooks
Building a Bond with Your Publisher!
When I wear my editor’s cap for The Write Companion, I come up against the same ‘belief’ a great deal of time when working for a debut author. They feel as if St. Martin’s or Random House or one of the ‘biggies’ should take their book no matter what. Problem is, when this doesn’t occur, they become highly depressed and want to simply walk away from the whole ‘being a writer’ dream. This makes me extremely sad because, yes, it is horribly difficult to get in with a huge publisher; but when you receive a ‘form’ response or a negative reply, that does NOT automatically mean you’re writing isn’t up to par. Especially in this economy.
There are daily stories about how publishers are closing their doors, being bought out, how authors (some extremely well-known) are having their contracts voided, whereas other big houses are simply going with the big names and will no longer even look at a debut author’s work because they can’t take the risk. This is the economy. These are the days when making a move, going out on a limb, daring to put support behind a new name - is something that the bigger publishers simply won’t do. BUT, as I tell all the authors I work with, starting with a small company is in many ways far better.
A while back I had the opportunity to go with a big ‘name’ in the publishing industry but chose not to. I know, some people will say this is ridiculous - BUT, you should have seen the contract. There were some loopholes and odd phrases where I knew that if I didn’t do well - and quickly - that I would be in the proverbial doghouse when all was said and done. In addition, I’m one of those really annoying people who want to work with people who love my characters as much as I do, or at least 80% as much as I do. If my story doesn’t affect them, then they’re not the ones I should ‘team’ up with.
When a wonderful lady by the name of Nicole and I fell over each other when working on something else, things happened and Matthew and Emily were brought into the Tribute family. Until Next Time, the first in this series, was new for me. I had never written a YA novel and I knew that Nicole was taking a chance on me. Not only did she turn out to be a friend, but she is beyond professional, works twice as hard than ANY ‘major’ publisher would on my behalf, and even provided me with the BEST cover artist in the industry who made the characters in my head come to life. I was beyond humbled and extremely grateful.
When I emailed her - about anything - the response was almost immediate. When she needed something for the book - blogs, interviews, etc. - I did them for HER immediately. This was (and, thankfully is) the kind of working relationship I want for all my novels no matter what genre they are. In fact, Nicole has spoiled me; and, if possible, I have become even more picky after being a part of the Tribute clan and getting such professional service.
Writing is a lifelong career. It is also a lifelong struggle to be able to tell a great story that will entertain or effect reader’s lives in, hopefully, a great way. There will always be all-nighters, aggression with various social media networks when you want to throw your computer out the window and see if it will fly - all of that is part of the tough job of being a writer. But when it comes to the publisher, the partnership that you crave more than anything, make sure to NEVER discount the smaller presses, indie publishers, or eBook/electronic publishers. Chances are you will find a perfect partnership that you will be eternally grateful for!
Until Next Time, Everybody,
Release: November 1, 2012
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