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Annie's Wild Ride
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For 20 years, I've heard lots of advice about how to become a successful author. I am now about to throw it all out the window.
#1) Never let anyone see anything but your very, very best work.
After 20 years and over a dozen published books, I am writing my next romance novel live online at: www.AlinaAdams.com/live. Readers can follow along with my every key-stroke, see my typos, my mistakes, my clunky prose and my plot dead ends that I delete the next day. They can watch me edit, and they can offer their own suggestions. Along the way, I hope everyone gets a better idea of what it's like to write a book from start to finish. (It's not magic, and it's not divine inspiration. It's simply hard work, even on days when you don't feel like it. Especially on days when you don't feel like it.)
#2) Stick to one genre so you can build an audience.
I've written romance novels, figure skating mysteries, family sagas, and now a non-fiction book about the trials and tribulations of getting into Kindergarten in NYC. (It costs $9.99 and is geared for all those parents who can't afford a $10,000 private consultant. Yes, people do hire them. To get their kids into Kindergarten.)
#3) Don't try anything too radical that readers won't understand.
A few years ago, I took my traditionally published figure-skating mystery novels and turned them into enhanced ebooks, with video from the Ice Theatre of NY embedded alongside the story. People still aren't sure what to make of them. Think of it as a book and movie in one. Why just read about figure-skating, after all, when you can actually see the routines described!
How will all this rule-breaking turn out? I don't know... you tell me!
Top Customer Reviews
I can't wait to see what Alina Adams has in store for the future. It can't come soon enough for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fascinating book. How often does the reader get a chance to "see" inside the interworkings of a marriage. In good times and in a lot of bad. Read morePublished on March 20, 2008 by Krista Lyn
The book didn't start typical first of all, with the whole: they meet, they attract, they can't keep off one another. Read morePublished on November 13, 2003 by Angelia
This story was a wonderful fantasy (5 stars for that) but a grossly inaccurate representation of life at the US Air Force Academy, and life as a USAF pilot. Read morePublished on June 17, 2000 by hacha
Like a roller coaster in full motion, you can't abandon this book until the car comes to a full and complete stop. Read morePublished on May 3, 1999