We are pleased to be participating in the IMPOSSIBLE by Komal Lewis Blog Tour, hosted by The Romantic Maidens! We hope you enjoy this stop. We have a TENS LIST and a GIVEAWAY!
Ashton Summers is on her way to becoming the most popular girl in school and nothing—or no one—is going to stand in her way. Especially not Luca Byron, her freak neighbor, with his tattoos, loud music, and distracting green eyes.
Luca Byron has three goals in life: get through high school with a low profile, make sure his garage band becomes something more than a hobby, and try to forget about his insufferable ex-best friend, Ashton, who he can’t get out of his mind.
The last thing Ashton and Luca want to do is rekindle their friendship, but when Ashton takes a tumble down the social ladder, Luca—with his new makeover—is the only one who can help her rise up again by pretending to be her boyfriend. At first, being together is unbearable and annoying, but things start to change as Ashton and Luca discover the real reasons they drifted apart seven years ago.
Now, keeping their hands off each other seems impossible.
TENS LIST: TOP TEN TIPS FOR WRITERS
In my journey as a writer, I have learned so many things and received a lot of great advice that has helped me improve my work. I’m very excited to share those writing tips with other aspiring authors in the hopes that maybe it will help them too.
1. Write what you know.
I bet you hear this one all the time, right? It sounds pretty obvious too, but I just wanted to mention it anyway. I write stories about teenagers falling in love and dealing with personal issues because I know what that’s like. I couldn’t write a non-fiction book about astronauts because I know nothing about it. I could always learn and I could always do a lot of research, but you’d be able to tell that I was a phony. There’s only so much you can research.
2. Write what you love.
This is so, so important. You really need to write something that you are passionate about, and write a story with characters that you love. If you don’t love your story, how can anyone else? Don’t be afraid to scrap an idea and start from the beginning.
3. Read books in the genre that you write in.
This is a great way to see what types of stories are popular and to see what is working for other authors. It’s always important to be aware of the trends and get an idea of the quality of work in your genre.
4. Acquaint yourself with the publishing industry.
Whether you choose the self-published or traditional route, it is still important to know how each process works and the amount of work you need to put in so that you are successful in your chosen path. Don’t choose the traditional route if you want to release a book in the next three months. It will never happen. Similarly, don’t self-publish just for the sake of having a book out in three months. Self-publishing is hard work. Know what you’re getting yourself into and go from there. It took me two whole years to really get the hang of everything.
5. Write consistently.
Write a little bit each day or allocate yourself a few days in the week where you can write as much as you like. I get it. Life gets in the way, but find some time in the day to sit down for ten minutes and write your heart out. 100 words is still progress towards getting that first draft done!
6. Read agent/publisher blogs.
Even if you decide to self-publish, agent and publisher blogs are still useful. They cover a variety of publishing topics and can really help you with your writing. There is some great advice to be found on, so don’t forget to check them out!
7. Social networking
Social networking has become a huge part of being a writer and an author. We are always being told that it is important to build a platform, whether you have a blog, a Facebook page, or a Twitter account. I think networking is a great way to connect with fellow writers, authors, bloggers, and readers. But don’t just spam people with posts or tweets about your upcoming book; form a connection with them about books that you enjoy or other mutual interests you share. You don’t just want to be another spammer on Twitter because there are already enough of those.
8. Don’t leave your blurb/book description/query letter to the last minute.
Sometimes you get so caught up in your writing and revising that one of the key factors of your book is left to the last minute: the dreaded blurb/book description/query letter. Whatever you call it, it still needs to be done. This is one of the first things I write when I start working on a new story. Then, as I’m writing the first draft, I work on my book description too. When I start revising my novel, I revise the book description too. Then I send it to my critique partners to see if it works or not.
9. Critique partners
I am so lucky that I have two of the most amazing critique partners in the whole world! Erica and Michelle are my rocks. They are my go-to girls. They are my confidantes. I go to them when I need advice, when I’m feeling down, and to talk about our fictional boyfriends. I love them so much (Erica and Michelle, not the book boyfriends!) and I don’t know what I’d do without their amazing feedback.
10. Practice, practice, practice!
Don’t let criticism or a negative review ever get you down. Work hard on your writing and all that hard work will pay off!
I would like to thank the bloggers at Me, My Shelf, and I for hosting me! You guys are fabulous!
1 – Paperback of IMPOSSIBLE
10 – Kindle copies of IMPOSSIBLE
Komal Lewis is an author who writes both Young Adult and Adult novels in the Contemporary and Fantasy genres. Her debut novel IMPOSSIBLE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance about a girl who will do anything to become popular, and the rocker boy-next-door.
Komal lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and one too many dogs and cats (although she never seems to think they have enough). She is overly enthusiastic about video games, comic books, Batman films, Byronic heroes, baking, reptiles, and pretty shoes.
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