Saturday, March 28, 2015

New series Orenda plus Q&A, guest post with Ruth Silver

A little late posting this one; author Ruth Silver has a new series titled Orenda for ages 14+. The book is currently available for FREE on Amazon and iTunes!


Orenda by Ruth Silver
(Orenda #1)
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: December 5th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.
A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages.


Add Orenda to your Goodreads' to-read list: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23734060-orenda

Purchase (FREE on Amazon and iTunes right now):
And B&N


Quick Q&A with author Ruth Silver

Q: What’s your favorite, go to, writing website?
RS: YA Highway is a fantastic resouce for all writers. You don’t have to be just a YA writer to find it beneficial. Here’s the link:

Q: What inspired you to write Orenda?
RS: I wanted to write a fantasy appropriate for middle grade as well as young adults. I loved the show Fringe and how they brought a parallel world into the mix. I wanted to do something similar and yet completely different with Fae, dragons, and magic.

Q: In a few brief words, tell us how you market your novels?
RS: I’m a huge believer in social media. I use Twitter and Facebook a lot. You can always find me on there. I’m also a book blogger, I run the website Write Away Bliss and Ravyn Rayne Reads. I connect those blogs to Triberr, which helps my posts get seen. I believe in both helping other indie authors and self-promoting. Aside from that, I create teasers, run promos and ask other blogs to help with those postings.

Q: How can a new writer get published?
RS: Get a publisher. Seriously. Write a great book, then query it to publishers and/or agents. You can self-publish but you’ve got to have it professionally edited, formatted properly (study similar books and look at text size/font/format), and market the crap out of it. Even then, you still won’t have all the resources of even a small press company. It’s tough, I’m not going to sugar coat it. I’ve done both and I would never go back to self-publishing or co-op publishing. Resources are key. There are connections you can’t get on your own.

Q: What the heck is a Query letter?
RS: It’s not a cover letter or a synopsis. It’s a selling point. You’ll start with a blurb that will entice the reader but not give them every detail about what your book is about. Overall, a query explains why the publisher/agent should read your novel. Often it compares your novel to two or three similar books that would be next to it on a bookshelf. You’ll also include word count, genre, and if you bring something special to the table that they agent/publisher should need to know (i.e. You’re a YA librarian and writing a YA novel). Check out that link above (YA Highway) for sample query letters, even if you’re not a YA writer.



Blogging Tips and Advice for Writers

1.      Make friends with authors. When they share your books, share theirs in return. Every single time.
2.      Share indie and traditional published books. Don’t just focus on the mainstream.
3.      Write reviews but be constructive. Never attack an author.
4.      Share cover reveals, blog tours, book blitzes so you’ll have new content.
5.      Join Triberr and connect your blog through Twitter or Facebook.
6.      Always comment on people that leave a comment. If they’re taking the time to leave a message, thank them for stopping by.
7.      Only use images that you have the copyright to use. Going to Google and saving an image and using it isn’t legal. It will get you into trouble and if you ask bloggers to share that image, it will get them in hot water as well.


About the author:
Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories. 
She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, "Deuces are Wild", which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.
Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.

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