Since I brought you down with a “lack of success” story yesterday, today I am going to use my writer powers for good (and not for evil) to highlight a big success and to throw some pub day love at my friend Brittany Geragotelis, whose book, “What the Spell” came out today! I'm always excited when nice people who work hard succeed, so I am dedicating today's blog post to her success and her awesome book.
Here is a selfie of me with my brand-new copy, which has just arrived in the mail. To answer your question, yes, it is still very cold on the East Coast, so I am indeed sitting in my office wearing an "outside coat," two sweaters, and a scarf. To answer your OTHER question, yes, I have heard about this new-fangled invention called the "Kindle" and I do know that books can be downloaded through the ethers, but since Brittany is my friend, this is a special occasion, and I want to get her to sign it, I pre-ordered an old-fashioned book from Amazon. Usually, though, I do read books on the Kindle app for my iPad.
If you don’t know Brit’s name already, you are about to in a big way. She and I are kindred self-promoter spirits, and here are some of the reasons why she’s been so successful.
No surprises here, this is the kind of thing I tell authors and other creative types every single day:
She’s smart: She blogs, she writes, she was managing editor at American Cheerleader magazine for 10 years. Holla!
She’s social: Brittany earned her success with 12 million downloads on WattPad. Here is a story all about that. She is also active on Twitter and her Facebook Fan Page. See how everything is set up correctly? This is a great example of an organized creative-type person.
She put in lots and lots of writing hours. Before this “Cinderella” moment, Brittany was a writer just like you with SIX UNPUBLISHED NOVELS. This basically means if you have five unpublished novels, you are not allowed to get depressed. Here's the full Publisher's Weekly article, in case you're interested in reading all about how she did it.
Here's the cover for "What the Spell," and here is my endorsement: if you liked my books “Hollywood Car Wash” or “The Dirt,” or if you have teenagers or are into magic, you are sure to love “What the Spell.” Also, Amazon has it on 30% discount for the time being, so get right on that! Here's the book trailer, in case you feel like you need even more convincing:
I'm also going to Brittany's book launch party on Friday night, so I'm sure I will be Instagramming some photos of myself getting a "magical makeover," or putting glittery makeup on Stephan. It could happen!