For Authors

Hello & thanks for stopping by. I hope you find the information helpful. By the time I’m done publishing this series, my goal is to be able to help authors at every stage in their career.

Why?

Because I’m just like you.

I was a newbie once. I was a failing author. I’ve made more mistakes than I can count. My trial and errors… well, most were errors. But, I learned from a lot of my mistakes. I can see where I went wrong and why my efforts fell short. So, my goal is to help you avoid some of the same roadblocks I encountered so you can produce the best product for readers and find the success we all seek.

I’m sure you’re wondering why I believe I’m qualified to dispense advice to other authors. What makes me special?

Nothing.

I’m just your average romance author. A small fish in the big pond. Someone who wants to help others like those before me have helped to get me to where I am today.

You don’t have to take my advice on anything you read. You can download the worksheets you want and ignore the rest. But if you have a question, if you need further explanation, or if you just want to chat, feel free to pop over to the contact me page. I’d be happy to help in any way I can. And if I can’t, I’ll make sure to point you in the right direction.

XOXO- Rachael

 

My Story

I wrote my first full-length novel at fifteen years old, the same year I won my first award for creative writing. Fast forward seventeen years to when I found that novel, in a box, in a closet.

It was AWFUL!

My son had just started kindergarten and I was bored so after a long hiatus from writing for fun, I took the POS I had written and turned it into my first novel. A young-adult romance. Everything about that book changed, even the character names. When the final product came together, I felt better about it but it felt wrong to put it back in the box in the closet so I went out on a limb and submitted it to a few publishing houses.

Horray! I got picked up.  That was easy, right?

Don’t get too excited yet. It was a scam. A vanity publisher. (we’ll talk more about these later and how to spot them)

Jump ahead a bit, I get the rights to my book back and teach myself how to self-publish. Twenty-four books later… here I am. Still learning something new every day. Still writing what I love.

I quit my corporate job in 2015. Since then I’ve been working part-time and for the last few months, I’ve been VERY part-time. Writing is my full-time job and I love it. But the road to where I am now hasn’t been easy. I’m not making thousands of dollars every month. I don’t have the coveted titles above my name on my book covers.

Those weren’t my goals. Well, maybe the money part would be nice.

My goal is to always love what I do. To enjoy the process. And now, to share what I know and what I’ve learned, with others to help them achieve their goals. Whatever they may be.