I am often asked by budding young authors what my best advice for becoming a published author is.
If I were to advise anyone dreaming of writing their book, I would tell them that persistence is critical. Writing a novel is the hardest thing I have ever done, and the degree of difficulty is pretty high.
However, it is possible too! It is a marathon, not a sprint, and you have to be determined to keep going even through the murky parts of the creative process. Create stories that you do not want to let go of and ones you are willing to see all the way through to the publishing process. Moreover, in the moments when you lose sight of the end of the rainbow, and you feel like everything you have written any good, you cannot give up.
So if you are an emerging author who is second-guessing themselves, this is what I want you to know: persistence is crucial. Writing a novel is the hardest thing I have ever done, and the degree of difficulty is pretty high. Bit now I’m proud to say that I have successfully published three YA novels with a few more in the works!
Writing any kind of book is a marathon, not a sprint. You have to be determined to keep going even through the murky parts of the creative process. Moreover, at the moment s when you lose sight of the end of the rainbow and you feel like everything you have written is any good, you cannot give up.
The most important thing for me in my creative process is not to try to edit as I write. Editing is a process all on its own, so do not try to weave it into your writing process. When it comes to publishing your final product, the same persistence principles apply. Not everyone is going to love your story so keep trying until the right fit finds you. Sometimes writers find themselves in the right place at the right time, and everything comes together. Other writers find they have to struggle for years before they get published. If this is the case, as long as you believe in yourself and your story, I guarantee someone else will believe in it too.
Create stories that you don’t want to let go of and are committed to bringing to life. The journey may be long, but it is sooooo worth it! I feel like I am living proof that dreams come true.
As the recent recipient of a Master’s degree in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University, author Hannah Rials has dreamed of being an author since childhood. A native of Maryville, TN, Rials began writing her first YA novel at age twelve. That same novel, Ascension (Book One in a three-book trilogy) ultimately became her first published book at age 19. Published by Aletha Press in 2017, the Ascension series is a saga of modern-day teenage romance filled with “double-blooded” vampires and revenge-seeking witches. Her second YA thriller in the Ascension series, Clandestine, was written and edited while she was a full-time college student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
When not writing YA novels or selling books at Mr. B’s Emporium, Hannah can be found roaming around England in search of unique bookstores and coffeehouses to experience. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and via her website.
All three of the trilogy books (Ascension, Clandestine, Reclamation) are available in paperback, ebook, and now…::drum roll:: even a 3-Book Bundle Deal!
The Ascension Trilogy by Hannah Rials
Book One-Ascension by Hannah Rials
Author Rials was only 12-years-old when the storyline for Ascension came to her. After many years of learning, researching, and honing her writing craft, Rials released Book 1 in the three-book Ascension trilogy shortly after her 19th birthday. Ascension garnered rave reviews and went on to win a Royal Dragonfly Award (first place in young adult literature) and also the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in New Voice: YA from the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Available on Kindle for only $1.99 for a limited time!
Book Two-Clandestine by Hannah Rials
As the much-anticipated second book in Rials’ Ascension trilogy, Clandestine smoothly picks up from the cliffhanger ending and continues to keep readers mesmerized by the unfolding challenges and danger of young “double-blooded” vampire, Cheyenne Lane.
At 17, Cheyenne finds herself the center of a centuries-old conspiracy involving the vampires, Deuxsang, and witches, and everyone is telling her who she should trust and what she should do. Her head is too full of voices and opinions, and it’s time for Cheyenne to make up her own mind.
“Gripping until the very end.” – Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia
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Book Three–Reclamation by Hannah Rials
Reclamation is the third book in the award-winning Ascension Trilogy and was released in February of 2020.
The situation is dire.
Teen vampire hybrid, Cheyenne Lane’s world is shattered as she discovers that she’s led her friends and family to the slaughter. With their blood on her hands, Cheyenne finds herself a captive to the most powerful vampire in the world, Lamia. Cheyenne knows time is running out and Lamia will do whatever it takes to make her future a reality, but she and her crew of witches and Deuxsang brethren aren’t going down without a fight.
But, Cheyenne will not be used.
No matter how powerful the enemy, Cheyenne will not allow the people she loves to be destroyed. She knows she’s not alone—Eli is ready to do whatever it takes to set Cheyenne free and end the vampires’ reign. When they are together, their powers can move the earth. But is that power strong enough to stop Lamia’s vision from coming true?
Everyone’s future is in the balance, and the only thing that’s certain is that Cheyenne and her crew of witches and Deuxsang aren’t going down without a fight.
Pro Tip: If the beach is not in your travel plans, stake your claim in a special spot in your backyard and dub it your Reading Sanctuary. Have-book-will-travel (even if it’s only from lawn chair!).
Happy Reading. Stay Well.
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